Donald Trump’s first term as president featured mainstream Republican figures — respected military officials, centre-right policymakers, and neoliberal business leaders — who promised to temper his more extreme instincts. But if Trump takes office again, his White House could feature a very different cast of characters. The FT’s Washington bureau chief, James Politi, and deputy Washington bureau chief, Lauren Fedor, join this week’s Swamp Notes to discuss what a second Trump White House would look like.

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