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    Trump Has All the Right Enemies

    Trump Has All the Right Enemies

    By Scott Jennings
    April 19, 2017

    With President Trump’s 100th day in office coming at the end of the month, media have already begun the timeless—and meaningless—process of dissecting how he is doing.

    One hundred is an arbitrary deadline, born of our society’s enduring fascination with round numbers. Nonetheless, we persist in asking presidential candidates what their first 100 days would be like and then judging the winner at the same mark.

    Our system of government gives the president enormous power to make things happen in his first 100 days (or in any 100-day period, for that matter). However, the chief executive’s ability to move swiftly runs smack into the big white glacier at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, where Congress is better judged in yearly increments.

    Signing bills into law requires two branches of government; therefore, it isn’t exactly fair to blame the Trump administration for a Republican-controlled Congress divided against itself. Though Trump lacks a signature legislative accomplishment in his first 100 days—a la Bush 43’s tax cut and Obama’s stimulus—it is not for lack of trying (see: Obamacare repeal).

    While not as sexy as repealing Obamacare, Trump has signed several meaningful pieces of legislation that thrilled different parts of his political base – a pro-life bill allowing states to strip money from Planned Parenthood; a bill repealing Obama-era anti-coal regulations; and a bill scrapping anti-gun rules signed by Obama.

    These were core promises to conservative Republicans kept by President Trump. And along the way, he nominated, and saw confirmed, Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. You could do worse in a 100-day period. Heck, Trump has signed more than double the number of bills Obama did in the same period back in 2009.

    But Trump has truly made his mark on foreign policy. He has forcefully reasserted American leadership on the world stage after an eight-year vacuum. He fulfilled a campaign pledge to “bomb the hell out of ISIS,” killing at least 94 of them using the “mother of all bombs.” He put Syria’s genocidal dictator, Bashar al-Assad, on notice by Tomahawking a military airport after Assad viciously gassed his own people, including women and children. And Trump has dealt with the lunatic despot Kim Jong-un by sending Vice President Mike Pence to the Korean Peninsula and possibly “cyber-terminating” a North Korean missile test.

    In the face of success on the international stage and some policy wins at home, the mainstream media is desperate to undermine a successful 100-day narrative for Trump. The press has settled on two storylines – flip-flops and White House staff infighting.

    It is true that some of President Trump’s decisions stand in contrast to statements he made during the campaign. But those who deride his “flip-flops” should remember that governing and campaigning are two different things and that Trump gets more policy latitude from voters because he has never held office before.

    Though campaigns focus on the promises of candidates, presidencies are more about reacting to circumstances than enacting plans in a static policy environment. Things change all the time, and a chief executive must be prepared to deal. Would we really want a president incapable of reacting to a rapidly changing world?

    But in an attempt to split Trump from his political base, the press will continue to create stories about how his flip-flops are costing him his most fervent supporters. And while you can always find a crank or two to quote in any article, the truth is that Trump’s base is as solid today as it was on Election Day.

    Why? Because Donald Trump continues to have all the right enemies, and no flip-flops or stories of White House infighting are going to change that.

    Trump’s base supporters are too busy living their lives to obsess over the outrage of the minute in Washington, D.C. They don’t follow 50 Beltway reporters on Twitter, hanging on their every snarky comment. They aren’t particularly concerned with which Trump advisers are up or down in the morning political tip sheets.

    But they do follow politics closely enough to know that the press still hates Trump, as do the liberal political elites. As far as the average Trump supporter in middle America is concerned, Trump must be doing just fine.

    And to make matters better for Trump, his political opposition, the hapless Democrat Party, has taken its participation-ribbon view of society to laughable lengths, celebrating the loss in a recent Kansas special election like it had won the lottery. Democrats continuously relitigate the sideshow issue of Trump’s tax returns (newsflash: This was settled by the Electoral College). And today’s battle whine? Mitch McConnell was mean to Elizabeth Warren in the hallway!

    The policy news flying out Washington is head-spinning, but Trump’s political enemies are the same old collection of media properties and out-of-touch liberals. That tells Trump’s core supporters all they need to know – that the antiestablishment president they sent to Washington is doing exactly what they asked him to do. In the first 100 days, Trump has turned Washington upside down, pissing off all the right people along the way.

    Scott Jennings has advised President George W. Bush and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He is a partner at RunSwitch Public Relations and can be reached at scott@runswitchpr.com or on Twitter @ScottJenningsKY.

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    And maybe some he don't know about: Kushner and McMaster have deep ties to George Sorro's ...Not sure this is good with the influence Ivonka's husband has with Trump.

    https://therealdeal.com/2017/01/27/g...startup-cadre/

    http://www.abeldanger.net/2017/04/hr...supported.html

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    This opinion piece by Scott Jennings is very bad advice for the Trump administration and blatantly false when he states...

    It is true that some of President Trump’s decisions stand in contrast to statements he made during the campaign. But those who deride his “flip-flops” should remember that governing and campaigning are two different things and that Trump gets more policy latitude from voters because he has never held office before.

    Though campaigns focus on the promises of candidates, presidencies are more about reacting to circumstances than enacting plans in a static policy environment. Things change all the time, and a chief executive must be prepared to deal. Would we really want a president incapable of reacting to a rapidly changing world?

    But in an attempt to split Trump from his political base, the press will continue to create stories about how his flip-flops are costing him his most fervent supporters. And while you can always find a crank or two to quote in any article, the truth is that Trump’s base is as solid today as it was on Election Day.
    I wonder iF Scott Jennings told GW Bush's White House the same thing about how he would not lose his base, and sure the media could find a few "cranks" to say they were leaving his orbit? It is pundits and DC insiders like Jennings that whispered in the ears of Bush as his approval rating dove to under 20% as his own base left him leaving him as the least popular President in modern American politics.

    The problem with America is that politicians lie to our citizen voters during the campaigns to win and then go to DC and serve other powers instead. American citizens are constantly being deprived of a voice and of true representation because of these kinds of lies and "flip flops".

    And if you are a lying Republican like GW Bush or that slimeball Mitch McConnell, just call on RunSwitch Public Relations and people like Scott Jennings to try to explain your lack of morality and integrity away.

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    And maybe some he don't know about: Kushner and McMaster have deep ties to George Sorro's ...Not sure this is good with the influence ivanka's husband has with Trump.
    Don't like that whole thing....trump needs to listen to Jeff Sessions more. His daughter and son-in-law in position of powerful influence is a bad joke; they are immature and spoiled rich kids. And mcmaster was set to send troops to syria. isis does have some access to chemical weapons, they used them the other day - you don't know if they had some stored in syria. Hope we had some real intelligence reports that it was assad not just ivanka's daddy push to action.

    Either way assad needed an awakening because he has used them in the past and got away with it. That whole area is home to deceivers, liars - "no face". Curse war profiteering gw/cheyney for getting us involved in conflicts there and the continuation by obama that helped form isis. Bu then again what better way to disperse muslims @ the world..
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    Assad and Syria are not enemies of USA. Assad asked Russia to help them fight ISIS, which Assad has been fighting right along, but America has no business going into another country to kill the leader and then leave them to Islamic terrorists like we did in Iraq, Libya. Trumps daughter married Jared Kushner, a liberal Jewish man. From what I read Trump is being influenced by both of them. Also, Trump has brought on some Goldman Sachs people, Rich New York liberals who are giving him "advice". President Trump named Gary Cohn Director of the National Economic Council and Dina Powell to the National Security Council. Many other Sachs people were named to other high positions in Trump's cabinet. Steve Bannon, former CEO of Breitbart news, a conservative service is also on Trumps Administration and fighting for the President's ear. From what I read, Trump attacked Syria after his daughter and husband Kushner showed him pictures of dead Syrian kids. The pictures were found to be photo shop phonies. These liberals have apparently been successful in blunting President Trump's promise of stopping ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. Americans have got to really hammer Trump to stop Obama's DACA, flood of North Africans and continued Hispanic Illegals. Do not let the Trump White House rest until they do this. Also, since the rich liberals who own social media are blocking conservative and Illegal immigration news, stop using them. I refuse to join any social media and make these liberals richer. You can live without facebook and twitter. So get to work people and lets make sure the Trump Administration does what they promised. We did not elect Kushner, Cohn and Powell, we elected Trump. Let him know this.

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