What Has Our President Actually Done?

I hear a lot about how our President is doing all these bad things from multiple different angles but what has he done and what are his viewpoints on certain things? First, we must look at his campaign promises and see how they meet up with what he’s done to get them done. During his campaign for getting elected Trump promised to deliver tax cuts, fight ISIS, help ties with Israel, bring home troops, end/improve existing trade deals with China, improve border patrol strength, and rebuilding the infrastructure of America.

Trump has made it clear on multiple occasions that in his eyes the American people should always come first before we can help other countries. This can be seen on such occasions as his foreign policies address when he states, “our allies are not paying their fair share, and I’ve been talking about this recently a lot. Our allies must contribute toward their financial, political, and human costs, have to do it, of our tremendous security burden. But many of them are simply not doing so.¨ It’s not just the America first idea but also the holding accountable for actions mindset that has been his goal to point out from the beginning. He’s also the first to strike a deal with North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un (June 12, 2018). His promise to fix issues with Israel were also seen very recently as he signed the first ever treaty between Israel, the UAE (United Arab Emirates), and Bahrain.

Fighting issues such as ISIS were shown to be a trivial matter under the Trump Administration. On April 13th 2017, Trump finally made the call to drop a 21,000-pound munition bomb on the ISIS-Khorasan cave complex in Achin District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. After this point the terrorist organization has hence been claimed as defeated and their territorial resistance has dwindled to a subpar fraction of what it once was. The main thing too is how long it took for the previous administration to even take action with this threat. Eight years of promises from the Obama administration to fight the issue but all that was seen was continued bombings, hostages, and what seemed to be failed promises from the administration about drawing a red line which was crossed right away by the terrorist group and Syrian refugees which only furthered to make him look weak in the face of enemies. This just demonstrates that actions speak louder than words and that policies are more effective than empty promises.

In order to strengthen one of the most stressed over allies of the U.S., the Trump Administration decided that the best scenario to fix the situation of relations would be to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and approved moving the U.S. embassy. It opened in May 2018 to coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary. The construction of a permanent US embassy building in Jerusalem has been approved and is expected to begin at some point this year. This was a far too disputed issue due to thoughts from the Palestinian government over who claims it. The idea that was set was to allow the land that has long been thought of as Israel’s as an established line of where the middle east ties stand and allowed for the United States image to be restored.

Have soldiers come back to their families from overseas? The short answer is it’s a pending process due to issues from the democratic run house holding back against the President on every idea that he has brought up which is often why he gets blamed for not getting things done even though bills are being brought forth. In an early morning Twitter post, Trump said that U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan are “acting as a police force, not the fighting force that we are.” He has issued similar public complaints about U.S. training and peacekeeping missions at various points throughout his presidency. He went on to say in the tweet, “After 19 years, it is time for them to police their own country,” he wrote. “Bring our soldiers back home but closely watch what is going on and strike with a thunder like never before, if necessary!” On May 20th 2020, the New York Times reported that senior defense officials in coming days will present Trump with a series of withdrawal scenarios for troops in Afghanistan, including one to remove all personnel by this November, ahead of Election Day.

Trump made it the priority for his Presidency to improve the issue with the existing trade deals with China. During the 2010 crash the Obama administration sold us out to China with a very high interest rate to get our economy going but what it led to was a fluctuation in debt because of tariffs. On October 11, 2019 Trump renegotiated tariffs with Chinese leader Xi Jinping which would be seen as a negative by Democrats because of it plummeting the stock markets due to economic reset but it would later be shown to make never before seen rises in the stock market. The Dow started 2020 with a record high of 28,868.80. It set another record a week later. It then set a milestone on Jan. 15 when it rose above 29,000.

The border has been an ongoing issue where some say we need open borders and others say that we need tighter restraints. The problem with open borders is it leads to mass homelessness and crime rates skyrocket. This can be seen in areas like Paris where refugees from foreign countries flood the streets in tents and it reeks as the public has stated of ¨urine and waste.¨ Another example of this is the sanctuary city of San Francisco that once stood as a beautiful example of the American dream. It now is flooded with homelessness, hypodermic needles lay waste everywhere, the streets reek of waste, and worst of all the crime rates are high, all of which is due to democratic leadership. Trump has increased the crack down on border security to a record high by having caught more runaways coming over illegally. Since then however he has managed to raise 3.4 billion for the construction of it in hopes of keeping the drug shipments at a record low.

In order to get the infrastructure of America back we had to get our jobs back first. The economy added 6.7 million jobs, and unemployment fell to the lowest rate in half a century. Recently it dropped to a 2.1% rate of growth for the economy due to corona virus sanctions. Although the virus has made it hard for the economy to grow we were at a 3.5% unemployment rate which is crazy to think about since the 1950’s was when there were in a major resurgence of jobs thanks to the wars having given factories more to work.

Overall, the truth remains clear that he holds up to his word and gets policies passed.