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Op-Ed: With President Trump, America Leads World Again

Mar 15, 2018 08:16AM ● By Bill Gilman

Goodbye, “strategic patience.” Hello, “strategic presence.”

With North Korea, President Donald Trump is doing what his predecessors failed to: leading.

Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama watched and waited. Trump took action, bigly

Of course, Trump has something they didn’t: good old-fashioned American (courage). 

Trump didn’t run from world bully Kim Jong Un; he confronted him – head on, early on – with everything from tough new sanctions to unconventional Twitter diplomacy

Trump is shining the spotlight on North Korea’s nuclear efforts and putting on the pressure to shut them down.

Make no mistake: This Trump-Kim meeting proves the president’s strategy worked. Kim Jong Un isn’t extending an invitation to our president because he’s trying to gain something; he understands he’s in the position to lose everything.

How things will proceed, who knows. One thing is certain: Doing nothing all these decades hasn’t worked. On the contrary, Trump’s in-your-face style now has the dictator’s full attention. For the first time in a long time, there’s at least an opportunity to end North Korea’s nuclear ambitions – peacefully.

Trump has put America back in charge on the world stage. Not just with North Korea, either. Gone are the days of Obama leading from behind. While Obama drew his (fake) “red line” in Syria, Trump took action against atrocity. While Obama refused to say “radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump went on a Middle East tour and called on Arab leaders to drive out terrorism from their countries. While Obama apologized for America, Trump is America’s global cheerleader!

Speaking of no-apologies performances on the world stage, at the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki Haley is kicking butt – and she “will not shut up.”

In just one year, America’s come a long way. Tax cuts like we’ve never seen before. Regulations eliminated like we’ve never seen before. Jobs pouring back in like we’ve never seen before. Remember Obama mocking Trump

[Related: America is open for business, bigly.]

Trump has grabbed the economy by the golden nuggets. In Obama’s America, everyone got food stamps. In Trump’s America, everyone gets a job. Unemployment is at a 17-year low!

Do you recall the establishment’s laughter, dismissals and predictions of economic doom about a possible Trump presidency before the 2016 election? Meanwhile, look what’s happening at companies across America with bonuses, raises and 401(k) hikes for workers!

Regardless of our nation’s resurgence, Trump Unacceptance & Resistance Disorder (TURD) is real. Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton appear to be among the still butt-hurt left.

Anyway, unlike the Democrats, Kim Jong Un is willing to come to the negotiation table. 

Lesson learned: Let Trump be Trump. Our president’s fighting the foreign and domestic battles that matter most. He’s being true to his campaign promises and to his own unique style. And he’s winning for America. 

(Brian Genest is a member of a Dracut Republican Town Committee.)

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