It’s been less than a week since President Donald J. Trump took office, and he has, in no short order, astonishingly delivered on myriad campaign promises. In spades. His hands-on style of governing is breathtaking. The people spoke. The people won. And our man is delivering the goods. It’s what freedom is supposed to look like. We have been living under the boot of leftist autocrats for so long, we forgot it could be this good. We have been set free. Every day is Christmas.
The whole of the enemedia is in a collective tailspin, hell-bent on ignoring his monumental accomplishments, and instead are churning out fake news stories about crowd size — his and the sore losers march (funny how they never did a story on Tea Party crowd size). Last night, ABC news anchor David Muir, in the first interview Trump gave as President, made something of an ass of himself trying to bait the President focusing on “crowd size” and today’s favorite enemedia meme — “who’ll pay for the wall?” As if the Democrats ever gave a fig about costs. Who paid for the absurd “cash for clunkers”? Or Obama’s endless bailouts? Or Obamacare? Or Obama’s hundreds of billions to Iran? Or Obama’s 20 trillion dollar deficit? If Trump says Mexico will pay for that wall, rest assured, they will — one way or another.
Trump’s accomplishments in five days are nothing short of miraculous. We are witnessing history. And it’s wonderful. And no one is talking about it. It’s kafkaesque.
The old Republican guard, falling into the media’s trap once again, decry Trump’s handling of the media. They say he shouldn’t be responding to the media’s false accusations. Instead, he should be talking about the actions he is taking. As if the media would report (positively, no less) on what Trump has set in motion And why are the RINOS still considered our spokespeople? They are not. Has FOX learned nothing from this election? They, too, are playing into the enemedia’s false narratives of crowd size, wall costs and black sites.
The left will not go quietly. They want a war, and by George, they may very well get one. Last night, they demonstrated in Washington Square Park — led by Hamas-tied CAIR. It is amusing that the left has handed the reins of power to terror-tied groups such as CAIR, who seek to impose sharia across this great land. Black slavery (in many Muslim countries), gender apartheid, creed apartheid is now the rallying cry for the left? Perfect. The left has become a ridiculous parody of itself.
This week Trump:
- Trump Abandons Trans-Pacific Partnership, Obama’s Signature Trade Deal
- President Donald Trump Signs Executive Order to Defund International Planned Parenthood
- Trump to DEFUND UN Groups Who Give Full Membership to Palestinian Authority
- Trump HALTS Obama’s $221,000,000 parting gift to the “Palestinians”
- Trump to Sign Executive Orders RESTRICTING IMMIGRATION/Migration
- WATCH Union Leaders PRAISE Trump from Rose Garden
- Trump signs order for Mexico border wall
- President Trump fighting terrorism in phone call with Egyptian President Sisi
While the Democrat-media axis recoils, Trump keeps his promises
By Matt Mackowiak, Washington Times, – – Thursday, January 26, 2017
I am not going to pretend that the first week of the Trump presidency has not been a little bumpy.
But the collective freakout over everything President Trump or his team says or does is reaching unprecedented levels in modern history.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer unfortunately relayed false Metro ridership statistics on Saturday. That story was treated with collective hyperventilation, amid calls for his firing, his resignation and perhaps his public hanging.
Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed this week as Mr. Spicer has been poised, smart and well-prepared to handle all manner of detailed questions thrown his way during what remains a chaotic new presidency.
I have known Mr. Spicer for a decade. He’s a good and decent person, who served our country in the Navy Reserve, as assistant U.S. trade representative, in senior roles on Capitol Hill and over six years at the Republican National Committee. He will do an excellent job as Mr. Trump’s spokesman.
If the new administration appears somewhat unprepared, perhaps it is because on Inauguration Day only two of Mr. Trump’s Cabinet members — Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly — had been confirmed by the Senate. By comparison, eight years ago President Obama had seven Cabinet secretaries in place by the end of his first day.
This week Mr. Trump got two more nominees confirmed, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who was needlessly delayed three days over the weekend, and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, who was overwhelmingly confirmed. I would hope that we can all agree that it is exceedingly difficult to run the federal government without people leading the federal agencies that make up the government.
Nevertheless, in his first days in office, Mr. Trump is methodically carrying out the promises he made as a candidate, mostly through issuing, and soon also through rescinding, executive orders. Perhaps the arrogant Obama administration finally regrets governing almost solely through executive orders that can be so easily wiped off the books.
Democrats are howling about an executive order that ends U.S. taxpayer funding for abortions overseas, widely known as the “Mexico City policy.” That view has been in the political mainstream for decades.
Mr. Trump gave agencies flexibility within Obamacare to reduce its harm to the economy, as it will be fully repealed by the end of February and the replacement plan ready by the end of March.
On Tuesday, President Trump withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a move which in my view strengthens China economically, but it was a promise he made and it’s a promise he kept. He also now wants to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, the free trade deal with Mexico and Canada.
A day later, Mr. Trump announced he would defund “sanctuary cities” — those jurisdictions around the country that are flagrantly defying federal immigration laws, a move that shouldn’t even be controversial. Releasing criminals back into communities, by ignoring detainer requests issued by federal judges, makes no sense whatsoever and recklessly endangers the public. The days of refusing to enforce the law with no consequences are over.
The new president also is altering refugee policy from countries where no legitimate vetting process exists, as top Obama administration officials testified under oath late last year. I do not believe this will be permanent policy, and we want our country to be generous and compassionate, but Islamic State has openly said it wants to infiltrate its operatives into the U.S. Don’t we need stronger vetting?
Finally, Mr. Trump is moving forward with the Mexico border wall, with planning starting now and building beginning “in months.” I suspect this will ultimately be a complete border wall in urban areas, and layered fencing and virtual security in rural areas, but the southern border is not secure and anyone who claims that it is has never been there.
Mr. Trump made certain promises as a candidate and he is following through in a methodical way. I do not agree with everything he says or does, but the voters knew he would do these things if he won, and as a helpful reminder he won 33 states and 306 electoral votes.
Before rushing to judgment, can’t we all simply just wait a few months and see what the results of these policies are?
Matt Mackowiak is the president of Potomac Strategy Group, a Republican consultant, a Bush administration and Bush-Cheney re-election campaign veteran, and former press secretary to two U.S. senators. He is the host of a new national politics podcast, “Mack on Politics,” produced in partnership with The Washington Times. His podcast may be found at washingtontimes.com/mackonpolitics.