DISCUSSIONS: 2-(June 30) Trump not as big a loser as many think

Trump may not be the buffoon as labelled by so many.
He has done more and had many more successes for which he has not received much credit.

Trump has been labelled as a buffoon by many. Many people also feel he has done nothing constructive or positive since taking office. The truth is much further away.

A list of his achievements:

  1. The number of illegal immigrants to the USA has dropped due to Trump’s immigration order. The order is being ping ponged by the US supreme court but Trump keeps trying to pass it and its threat even in modified form is enough to discourage immigrants from coming to the US. Illegal immigration is down 67% since Trump took office.
  2. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been arresting illegals at a 38% higher rate than a year ago. Gang members are in particular being targeted. ICE’s anti-gang Surge force, in one recent six-week operation alone, captured 1,378 illegals, including 1,095 associated with gangs. Little wonder that would-be illegals, knowing they’re likely to be caught and deported, are reluctant to give the human smugglers the US$8,000 or more needed to smuggle them across the border. With last week’s announcement that immigrants won’t be eligible for welfare for five years, the U.S. becomes less appealing still to those who would come for the benefits more than for the freedoms.
  3. Trump is also delivering on another signature issue — jobs and the economy, areas that suffered in the Obama years.
  4. Some 600,000 new jobs have been created since Trump took office, while unemployment has dropped to 4.3 per cent, the lowest level since 2001.
  5. With the war on coal over, coal mining is coming back — a new mine in Pennsylvania actually opened earlier this month — as is mining in general, where some 33,000 new jobs have been created.
  6. The Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines are no longer stymied. Business is buoyed by the prospect of lower taxes and less regulation, leading to business confidence and to a stock market that’s at record highs.As a Wall Street Journal editorial put it, “So far the Trump Administration is a welcome improvement, rolling back more regulations than any President in history.” By any measure, Trump has been an activist president who has chalked up win after win. Those regulation roll-backs were accomplished in his first 100 days by signing 13 Congressional Review Acts, more than any other president in history. In that period, he also signed 30 executive orders, more than any president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and enacted 28 laws, more than any other president since Harry Truman.
  7. He has yet to repeal and replace Obamacare and he may not — many consider that unlikely. Still, it took Obama longer to pass Obamacare and no one should count Trump out — he is nothing if not persistent.In foreign affairs, where Trump isn’t hobbled by an obstructionist Congress, he is if anything even more activist:
  8. He rolled back Obama’s concessions to Cuba, dropped the “Mother of All Bombs” on Afghanistan,
  9. bombed Syria in response to Assad’s use of chemical weapons and recently, UN rep Nikki Haley has delivered an ultimation to Syria if it follows through on a planned gas attack on its on people;
  10. united the Sunni Arab world against Iran, isolated Qatar for its funding of terrorism,
  11. revived peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians,
  12. convinced NATO members to honour their funding commitments,
  13. is renegotiating NAFTA
  14. withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Accord.
  15. Trump is on the verge of defeating ISIL in Iraq and is in hot pursuit of it elsewhere.No one refers to the United States as a paper tiger any more.
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  16. On social issues, Trump has made good on his vow to fill the Supreme Court vacancy with a strict constitutionalist through his much lauded selection of Judge Neil Gorsuch,
  17. he will soon be filling some 150 lower-court vacancies with like-minded others, helping to roll back the politically correct culture that has marginalized traditional American values.Because Trump is keeping promise after promise, he has retained the loyalty of his Republican base and won grudging admirers elsewhere. An ABC/Washington Post poll taken in April found that, if a do-over of the presidential election took place, Trump would win by a bigger margin over Hillary Clinton, and even win the popular vote. In a special congressional election for a House seat in Georgia last week, which was widely seen as a referendum on Trump, the Republican won easily, besting the margin by which Trump beat Clinton in that congressional district in the November presidential race.The left, distracted by Trump’s tweets and obsessed with linking him to Russia, has mostly been oblivious to the rate at which he is fulfilling the mandate on which he was elected. Until the left wakes up, and grows up by accepting that Trump is a legitimate president with whom it must engage, Trump will continue to win, win, win.

So, do you think Trump as big a clown as people have claimed him to be?

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