What lessons have the press learned?
With just a modicum of cooperation the media could put Trump's feet to the proverbial fire. When Trump refuses to answer a direct question, the reporter called upon next should follow up and insist that he answer the question posed. Rephrase it if necessary, but don't let him avoid a topic. Instead the next reporter sticks to their own script and lobs Trump a (usually) multi-layered, open ended question that amounts to an invitation for more BS and bluster. Trump has certainly screwed the pooch, but so has the "elite" media.
"And what lessons are the press learning from Trump's Vietnam?" Eric, I continue to wonder and ask WHY the press seems to not learn? Is it to maintain access? Is it structural in the industry? Decisions are made: what are the rationales? This is the new version of what has been occurring for 3+ years.
Eric, put the blame where it belongs - the administration is at fault. The "government", the federal employees in the government would have responded vigorously had tRump and his sycophants permitted them to. The administration owns this, don't mistakenly saddle the career civil servants and the government with the blame.