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The remarkable Donald Trump: Confronting enemies foreign and domestic

Written By | Aug 30, 2018
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WASHINGTON.  In a previous article, we discussed the ways in which President Donald Trump turned the American economy around with astonishing speed. He accomplished this with a two-pronged strategy. Notably, it included the mass shredding of the Obama administration’s endless thicket of business and job-killing rules and regulations. The remarkable Donald Trump added his strong support for the GOP tax cut bill, the greatest business revival effort of modern times.

Trump’s remarkable foreign policy moves: The Middle East and Iran

Aside from confronting an increasingly belligerent North Korea, perhaps less noticed by the public and the media alike have been the Trump administration’s continuing efforts to reverse Barack Obama’s incoherent foreign policy moves. This carnival of diplomatic and military missteps seriously damaged American credibility. Worse, these policies led to a more dangerous world for all Americans, particularly with regard to Russia, China and the Middle East.

With regard to our national security, deliberately weakened by the Obama administration, Trump came to office facing a grave situation in the Middle East. Obama’s post-colonial foreign policy moves had allowed ISIS to gain control of large parts of Iraq and Syria. Worse, his hollow threats effectively allowed Russia to re-enter the Middle East fray in support of the corrupt Syrian government. And by extension, the terror-minded Iranian mullahs.

Obama and then-Secretary of State John Kerry made an epic blunder. As a result, Iran received what amounted to an obligation-free gift of more than $140 billion from U.S. taxpayers. This gift was part of Obama’s unconstitutional, Senate-bypassing “deal” with Iran’s outlaw government.

This massive fund transfer was allegedly intended to jumpstart the nearly-dead Iranian economy. In addition, Obama dropped the U.S. and international sanctions that had weakend the mullahs’ regime. In exchange, Iran’s mullahs gave Obama vague promises of a military slowdown. But the Obama “deal” still allowed Iran to develop nuclear weapons within the next 10 to 15 years.

Obama’s actual reward: Iran used most if not all that taxpayer-funded windfall to fund ISIS and other terrorist activities. This massive tranche of money also funded elite cadres of Iran’s radical Revolutionary Guards. They used these funds to further extend Iran’s hegemonic influence in Syria.

Confronting Little Rocket Man

On the other side of the world, North Koreans were launching nuclear-capable missiles. The message: these missiles could carry nuclear warheads to surrounding areas in the Pacific. They could eventually reach every US city. While pursuing these provocations, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un spoke to Washington in a menacing tone.

The remarkable Donald Trump thundered back against “Little Rocket Man.”

The eventual was an entirely unexpected summit conference with the North Koreans. And an apparent end to those provocative missile launches.

Facing down MSM propaganda, furious Democrats and GOP #NeverTrumpers

Trump faced these serious problems with a mainstream media (MSM) that was consistently biased when reporting the news. Numerous studies found that more than 90% of the media reporting on Trump was negative. Historically presidents are granted a honeymoon period, where the media does not criticize a newly elected president.

But Trump had no honeymoon.

Although Trump’s Republican Party did have majorities in both houses of Congress, a substantial number of Republican #NeverTrumpers did not support their own President. Against their own party’s interests, these #NeverTrumpers blocked some of Trump’s key initiatives, most notably the long promised – but never delivered – repeal of the widely detested Affordable Care Act.

As a result, Trump actually tried to work with Democrats whose sole objective was to resist anything he or his party attempted to accomplish. When Trump proposed a highly stimulative tax cut, similar to the growth-inducing Kennedy tax cuts of 1963 and the Reagan tax cuts of  1982, not one Democrat supported the resulting legislation.

AG Jeff Sessions is proving to be a bust

Another serious issue: Trump somehow appointed an Attorney General who has apparently refused to work with the president, even though he strongly supported Trump’s. In fact, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from overseeing a special prosecutor who was supposed to be investigating Russian collusion in the 2016 election and if Trump obstructed justice. It was an investigatory witch hunt that, in hindsight, Sessions should probably never have permitted in the first place.

Sessions’ blunder appears supported by recent history, namely the increasing fact that Donald Trump did not collude with the Russians. Nor did he “obstruct justice.” To the contrary, it strongly appears that the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign were the parties that colluded with the Russians.  But the special prosecutor, and his 100% Democrat staff seem uninterested in pursuing this line of inquiry.

Mueller grasps at straws. If it’s not Trump-Russia collusion, then it must be Trump obstruction

As the Russia-collusion theory fizzles, Trump now finds himself dealing with allegations of campaign finance irregularities involving a pair of women he may or may not have been involved with roughly a decade before he declared his presidential candidacy. While he may have misspoken about the timing, he paid for nondisclosure agreements from these women from his own funds and not campaign funds.

The MSM and Congressional Democrats are calling for impeachment on these charges. Yet the law, as clearly written, says that will not happen.

In the end, the special prosecutor will not discover any actual crime that Trump has committed. Unless Robert Mueller investigates collusion by all parties, nothing will come of this. Except, of course, if he decides to include suggestions in his final report that might support a Democrat-led movement to impeach the president. Even so, attempts at a Senate trial and removal from office will likely fail in that body.

24/7 opposition fails to derail the presidency of Donald Trump

In spite of everything that’s been thrown against this president, the remarkable Donald Trump has still managed to accomplish a remarkable set of objectives. First, reversing Obama administration policies, he neutralized ISIS. They are no longer a major factor in the Middle East. Even more unexpected, the remarkable Donald Trump brought North Korea to the bargaining table to discuss denuclearization one-on-one. It was a diplomatic first for America, accomplished by a president with little if any foreign policy background.

North Korea has not fired a missile since. It is likely that China has recently influenced that country to begin rattling its sabers again as part of China’s trade war against the U.S. But the doors remain open for serious future agreements between the U.S. and North Korea.

Back in the Middle East, Trump canceled the disastrously one-sided Obama “deal” with Iran. Subsequently, he reapplied America’s earlier tough sanctions on that rogue nation – sanctions that are already crippling Iran’s dysfunctional economy and infuriating its people. Against their own government, not against America. This will ultimately force Iran back to the bargaining table.

The remarkable success of the remarkable Donald Trump

Despite an MSM bias that equates to pro-Democrat propaganda and the resistance to his presidency from all Democrats, #NeverTrump Republicans and a special prosecutor determined to find Trump guilty of something, the remarkable Donald Trump’s success has been – remarkable. In just over 18 months, President Trump

  • Turned around the American economy.
  • Made the world a much safer place.
  • Appointed two outstanding Supreme Court (with the second on his way to approval).
  • Imposed more stringent sanctions on the Russians.
  • Forced our trading partners to renegotiate bad trade deals.
  • And restored the vitality and confidence of American workers, consumers and businesses.

Despite his personal flaws, Donald Trump is a remarkable man and a remarkable President, something the radical left still refuses to understand.

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Michael Busler

Michael Busler

Michael Busler, Ph.D. is a public policy analyst and a Professor of Finance at Stockton University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Finance and Economics. He has written Op-ed columns in major newspapers for more than 35 years.