The Art of a President: Donald Trump’s brilliance is the best gift I could ask for

Donald Trump must have known that it was my birthday because I couldn’t have received a better gift. After all, the world has been poking the fences since his election.

China has been advancing in the South China Sea against Taiwan and Japan.  North Korea is threatening to lunch missiles into America with their constant tests—Russia has continued to buzz American naval vessels in contentious waters.  Iran is sponsoring terrorism everywhere they can, Democrats are fighting everything Trump tries to do in the White House including trying to block the Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.  Supposedly Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner are fighting it out in the Oval Office in front of Donald Trump and we’ve discovered that Susan Rice under Barack Obama’s direction had spied on the Trump transition team—illegally. The CIA, FBI, and all connecting intelligence agencies have been caught in a DEEP STATE scheme that has them all looking horrible and in the face of all that—Trump launched an airstrike against Syria while hosting the Communist Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Winter White House in South Florida.  After the press conference announcing the strike you could almost hear Trump say (nonverbally) “Xi, if you don’t straighten out North Korea—you’re next.  And by the way—I’m going to tax your exports.  Have a nice day.  Would you like some more wine?”  This was the art of the deal at its finest and I can say that this is my most satisfying birthday in my life—because I’ve been waiting to live in a country with this kind of winning record since the beginning.

PALM BEACH, Fla. — North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and the U.S-China trade imbalance as well as other points of tension between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are being overshadowed by the U.S. missile strikes on Syria.

Nonetheless, the two leaders are meeting for a second day at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate as planned Friday. Their first-night summit dinner wrapped up shortly before the U.S. announced the missile barrage on an air base in Syria in retaliation against Syrian President Bashar Assad for a chemical weapons attack against civilians caught up in his country’s long civil war.

  • The US military fired more than 50 tomahawk missiles at al-Shayrat military airfield at 8.45pm EDT Thursday
  • Moves comes just hours after Trump said ‘something should happen’ following Tuesday’s gas-attack atrocity
  • Trump took action after more than 80 were killed and many more were injured in the sarin poison gas attack
  • ‘Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack,’ he said after launching the strike
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a furious response calling airstrike an ‘illegal act of aggression’ 
  • US says airfield was used to store toxic weapons and was the base for the aircraft involved in the sarin attack
  • Claims that nine were killed, and more were injured, in the strike which has severely damaged the airbase 
  • US told Moscow it was launching an airstrike about 30 minutes in advance – but did not ask for permission

I know Constitutional purists like Rand Paul are upset at the Syrian airstrike—but when America is the only country in the world capable of taking an authority position against bullies—there is an ethical obligation to act when we see poor little children suffering under the failures of politics—and that’s what happened in Syria. It was the right thing to do under any circumstance.  But, if Trump had to pick a target to pull the world in behind him and dispel the rumors of his alliance with the Russians—Syria was it.  Even as Gorsuch was nominated to the Supreme Court even Chuck Schumer was singing praises for Trump’s decisive move.  It was rather astonishing.

Trump has not suddenly become a globalist. He’s not about to become an interventionist.  But he needed to take a shot to set the stage for all the challenges going on around the world—especially with China and North Korea.  And he had to set up the relationship with Russia.  Nobody ever thought Trump was going to eat out of Russia’s hand—as I have been saying for a long time.  It will have to be the other way around—and this was the first step.  Trump had the moral high ground and he took it—and now the world is wondering how they didn’t see it all along.

This is how it is different having a real executive in the White House as opposed to a typical politician always sticking their hand out looking for campaign donations. Trump doesn’t care if Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner want to kill each other.  He’s more interested in the result of their conflict—he needs different points of view to flush out a truth.  That’s what good leaders do, they don’t necessarily want everyone to get along.  They want a competition of ideas and through conflict truth justice and reality are defined.  So the Trump White House thrives in conflict.  It doesn’t want everyone sitting around a campfire singing songs and giving each other reach-arounds.  It wants action, and when it comes time to make hard decisions, Trump can make them because he can see the truth through the combat of opinion.  He has a wife for the softer times in his life.  But at all other times, he loves the battlefield of conflict because that’s where life thrives and honesty, bravery, and valor emerge.

I’ve been waiting for this all of my life.  The closest I’ve seen to this kind of American decisiveness was when Ronald Reagan sent an airstrike against Libya—and I remember the effect that had on the world. Trump has had his moment and now he can negotiate with everyone from a position of strength.  It had to come sometime and now that he has done it there are many more opportunities for peace than there was before the attack.  Without this bombing the chances for violence by North Korea against South Korea is much greater.  The threat of China moving against Japan has much larger odds.  And Russia would continue to buzz American ships without wondering when or if Trump would react.  Now he has and even considering more aggression against America might provoke war.  So Trump has captured the high ground against every single one of his global rivals including his political ones with one swift stroke.  And it was just a brilliant time and place to do so.

I’m sure this won’t be the last time and I’m also sure that all this new power won’t go to Trump’s head.  Why—because he is used to being at the top of everything he does and he’s battle hardened to the perils of success.  Out of all the people in the world who could do this very difficult job as a modern American president with all the factions that are ankle biting out there, only Trump presently is qualified to perform the tasks.  This is precisely why I voted for Trump and I am very proud to see him doing such a very excellent job.  I feel very sorry for the kids involved in all the evils around the world who are suffering under bad people.  And this bombing in Syria won’t save them all.  But many more will be safe because of it—and like all good things in life—there are many more positives than negatives with the action.   For us in America—it’s good to see a president who finally knows how to juggle all these bananas—because it’s long overdue.