When it comes to the real barometer of presidential truthfulness — keeping his promises — Donald Trump isn’t the better choice to secure America’s future. He is the only choice. This President is a epitome of honesty. For better or worse, since taking office Trump has done exactly what he promised he would.
For far too long, the American people have been forced to deal with smooth-talking, scripted and rehearsed politicians. This is how John F Kennedy could be married to Jackie while having an affair with Marilyn Monroe, and how Ronald Reagan could play grandpa while ambushing affirmative action and keeping silent on apartheid in South Africa. It is also how Bill Clinton could play the saxophone on the Arsenio Hall show, endearing himself to African Americans, while enabling the building of private prisons to warehouse a generation of Black youth, and how Barack Obama could sing Amazing Grace at the funeral of a preacher murdered by the bullet of a racist, but send children-killing drones to Afghanistan and Yemen.
Donald Trump, as president, knows none of this. He does not fall into these categories. He addresses matters as they are and is not afraid to fight back when attacked. Moreover, Trumps’s effective manners of communications allow him to connect with Americans. And this is why I am glad Trump is president.
Throughout the 2016 election and Trump’s presidency, his critics have criticised his use of Twitter. In recent months, anti-Trump folks have even called for Twitter to dangle the president’s accounts; Twitter has declined to honor these requests.
The fact is, Trump’s tweets allow Americans to hear directly from him without the strainers of the conventional media. As knowhow becomes more and more overriding in the modern world, our leaders must also learn to adapt; the president is already way ahead of the game.
Some Promises He Made And Fulfilled
- Trump vowed to nominate Supreme Court justices “in the mold of Justice [Antonin] Scalia,” and now Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh sit on the high court. Trump also vowed to fill the federal appellate courts with young, conservative judges, and so far the Senate has confirmed 29 — more than any recent president at this point in his administration.
- Trump promised to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and kept his promise something his three immediate predecessors also promised yet failed to do.
- He undertook to “crush and destroy ISIS,” and two years later he is on the threshold of eradicating the Islamic State’s physical caliphate.
- He swore to impose a travel ban on countries that he saw as posing a terrorist threat. The final version of his ban was upheld by the Supreme Court and after numerous false starts.
- He swore to penalise Syria if it used chemical weapons on its people, and, unlike his immediate predecessor, he followed through — not once but twice.
- Trump kept his promise to cancel President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, withdraw from the Paris climate accord, approve the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, and open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration.
- During the last campaign, then candidate Trump told African American voters, “What do you have to lose? . . . I will straighten it out. I’ll bring jobs back. We’ll bring spirit back.” During his tenure, African American unemployment reached the lowest level ever recorded, and his tax reform included a little-noticed provision creating “Opportunity Zones” to try to revitalize struggling towns and inner-city communities.
- Candidate Trump swore to pass historic tax reforms and signed the first major overhaul of the tax code in three decades. He swore an unprecedented regulatory rollback, with a stringent policy to eradicate two prevailing regulations for every new regulation. He achieved $8.1 billion in lifetime regulatory savings just during his first year and is on track to achieve an additional $9.8 billion this year.
- When it comes to trade, Trump kept his vow to retract from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and levy tariffs on steel and aluminum. He also committed to renegotiating NAFTA and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement — and recently signed new deals with Mexico, Canada and South Korea. He committed to imposing tariffs on China to force it to open its markets and stop its theft of intellectual property — and is following through on that pledge. Whatsoever one thinks of Trump’s trade policies, he is doing precisely what he said.
- Candidate Trump pledged historic increases in defense spending, and President Trump delivered.
- Candidate Trump pledged to bring back manufacturing jobs, under President Trump manufacturing jobs are growing at the fastest pace in more than two decades.
Even in area where Trump has failed to keep vows, such as building the wall or repealing Obamacare, it has not been because he failed to try. Only in a few rare occurrences has he back-pedalled on a campaign vow — when he boldly acknowledged that he was wrong to promise a complete withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and reversed course.
At the end of the day, whether one agrees or disagrees is not the issue. The real issue is you can trust your President when he says he will do something; you can take it to the bank. Yes, he takes liberties with the truth. But unlike those before him, he did not pass his signature legislative achievement on the basis of a lie (“If you like your health care plan, you can keep it ”) — which is clearly worse than falsely bragging that your tax cut is the biggest ever.
The fact is, in his first two years, Trump has compiled a remarkable record of presidential promise – keeping. He’d probably say it’s the best in history — which I can only agree with. And for me, When it comes to the real barometer of presidential truthfulness — keeping his promises — Donald Trump isn’t the better choice to secure America’s future. He is the only choice.
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