They actually presented a fair article about President Trump!
Analysis by Stephen Collinson, CNN | Updated 6:24 AM ET, Thursday, December 7, 2017
Washington (CNN) A politician who actually does what he told voters he would do seems almost unfathomable in Washington, a town of broken promises. For Donald Trump, being a president who delivers is especially crucial, since it’s one of the golden keys to his so far unbreakable bond with supporters.
The need to live up to that image helps explain why Trump, who is under ever-increasing pressure from the Russia investigation, on Wednesday recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital despite the widely acknowledged risks.
It was just the latest instance of the President obstinately honoring the bumper-sticker vows he made to his ultra-loyal supporters — even those that horrify the political and foreign policy establishment, media critics and allied leaders.
On Wednesday, Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, defying international fury, and promised to move the US Embassy there from Tel Aviv, a step considered too risky by his immediate predecessors.
“When I came into office, I promised to look at the world’s challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking,” Trump said in the first words of a speech on Wednesday outlining a sharp shift in Israel policy.
There’s more at the original.
The article is good, and I’d love to quote the entire thing, but, to summarize, it notes that the President has stated that the same failed assumptions and same failed strategies of the past have not worked, and continuing those failed policies will not result in success in the future.
The article also noted President Trump’s kept promises:
- Withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement;
- Withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership;
- Renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement;
- Refused to recertify Iran as in compliance with the nuclear deal negotiated under President Obama;
- Increased enforcement of immigration laws;
- Imposed a travel ban on those coming from several nations with large Islamist movements; and
- Renewed economic growth, with a surging stock market and GDP growth of 3.3% in the third quarter.
Not mentioned was the President’s kept promise of appointing a conservative Supreme Court justice, and appointing better lower court federal judges.
Of course, there have been some promises not yet kept, including the big one, the repeal and replacement of the wholly, laughably misnamed Affordable Care Act. Some conservatives give him a pass on this one, noting that he needed the help of Congress to do this, and just enough Republican senators voted against a proposal to do that to torpedo the legislation. I don’t give him a pass on that, because his promise of a better health care plan, one that would cover everybody, was never met by any actual proposal from the President to do just that; he left the writing of the legislation up to Congress. The promised tax cut bill is one still waiting to be kept, but the bills passed by the House and Senate, which still have to be reconciled, are bad ones, which increase the deficit and national debt.
Of course, the impetus for the article was the President’s explicit recognition of the truth, that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. The left and the diplomats and the professionals and foreign governments are all aghast, but Mr Trump’s very direct statement that not recognizing the truth hasn’t led to peace in the past.
In 1995, the Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act by huge, bipartisan majorities, 374-37 in the House and 93-5 in the Senate. President Clinton neither signed nor vetoed it, so it became law without his signature ten days later. Perhaps the distinguished gentlemen in the Congress knew that President Clinton would simply use his authority to issue waivers of the law, for national security reasons, but they still voted for the law, including then Representative Joe Scarborough (R-FL), now excoriating Mr Trump’s decision on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
President Trump’s decision signals one thing: his Administration’s strong support for Israel. The left are appalled, of course, but the even-handed approach of President Clinton didn’t produce peace in the Middle East, and the Arab-favored foreign policy of President Obama didn’t produce a peace agreement. What Mr Trump has done won’t be any worse that that.