Before “Make America Great Again,” Trump was known by another famous slogan: “You’re Fired!” It’s not always easy to fire someone, but it sometimes is necessary to ensure all goes well. Now Trump needs to fire a member of his cabinet: Security Advisor John Bolton.
Thursday night, President Trump made a monumental decision to call off a strike against Iran. After they shot down an American drone Monday, the president said that such a reaction was “not proportional” after learning it would lead to the deaths of around 150 people.
Without a doubt, Trump’s decision was a good one; not killing 150 people is radically better than killing 150 people. But this alone is a far cry from a heroic act and does not clean the blood that already stains his record.
President Donald Trump has placed himself in a situation that he cannot easily pull out. His strongman persona is under threat by his response to Iran’s decision to down a US drone. While Trump made the correct decision, the situation with Iran demonstrated weakness and indecision. The combination of tough talk and his hawkish advisers led the US towards a war no one wants.
President Trump was supposed to be the deal striking president that could get things done. Instead, he has sidestepped the deal-making process and used emergency declarations twice to get what he wants. After negotiating with House Democrats, President Trump signed an emergency declaration to boost funding for his border wall project. Now, the president has signed another emergency declaration in order to push an arms deal to Saudi Arabia. The president did sign into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but this was with a Republican supermajority. So far, I have been disappointed in the president’s ability to govern conservatively and strike deals that shrink the size of the federal government or reduce the budget deficit.
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Amid increasing tensions with Iran, Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan announced that 1,500 additional United States troops will be sent to the Middle East. Shanahan remarked in a statement that the extra forces are being sent to combat the “ongoing threat posed by Iranian forces.”