Thoughts on the unlikely meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un

It was less than a year ago when many, including myself, began to wonder if the prospect of a nuclear war was about to become real. North Korea was shooting rockets non-stop over neighboring countries and basically sticking their middle finger at the rest of the world. It was scary to think that some madman was leading a country with nuclear weapons. Insults between President Trump and this madman leader were constant and continuous. The future of the world did not look bright at that time. Now flashback to last Tuesday. Seeing these two leaders shake hands and have a friendly meeting certainly has eased any concerns and is certainly a huge step in enhancing world peace for the short-term future. Whether this suddenly new pleasant relationship between Trump and Kim Jong-Un stay pleasant and lead to bigger and better things down the road is any ones guess at this time. But it certainly is a great sign and a nice win for President Trump.

Why Kim Jong-un is agreeing to become a denuclearized country has been a huge topic of discussion in talk shows. The common belief is that those sanctions against his country are working and Jong-un is a desperate leader with his regime about to tumble. I certainly believe this to be true, but I also believe that we did a masterful job of convincing Kim Jong-un of the long term benefits of having a denuclearized state. In exchange, we would help with their economy and tap into the potential of a stronger and vibrant quality of life for the North Koreans. What struggling country would not want that? I strongly believe that unlike his predecessors, Kim Jong-un is fascinated by the western way of life and yearns for his country to have the same economic success of many western states such as the United States.

Getting rid of nuclear weapons is certainly a huge sign that North Korea is willing to keep this bargain alive, but there are other things this rogue nation must also agree to. Something that is not talked about enough is the huge number of human rights violations that are going on in the country. The crimes against their own people is staggering. There are a huge number of political prisoners who are being tortured and severely being mistreated for being against Kim Jong-un’s dictatorship. This fact about North Korea should also be addressed in any talks. We should not help any country that treats their people in a inhumane way.

Sadly, many of the Trump haters out there are downplaying this meeting. Some have foolishly said that Trump was taken to the cleaners by Kim Jong-un. Whether you like President Trump or not, you have to give him credit for at least trying to make this world a much safer place to live. He is doing what few presidents would even think of doing. I have to give him a huge amount of credit for meeting with Kim Jong-un. I also give him a ton of credit for not being a weak world leader like the last President was. Sometimes peace is only accomplish through strength. We are looked upon again as a strong world leader who will not back down to rogue states. Kim Jong-un is appearing to find that out and that might just be a good thing for future generations of people in this world.

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The meeting of the century between Trump and Kim Jong Un

Like so many people, I was deeply shocked to hear last week that President Trump will be meeting sometime in the next few weeks with perhaps one of the most evil men in the history of the world. Who would have thought these two would be meeting after some of the insults thrown at each other during the past year? But this meeting is all but certain to take place and might be one of the most highly anticipated meetings ever between two world leaders and I have to give the Trump administration a huge amount of praise for getting the ball rolling on this problem that has been continually kicked down the road.

Of all the countries in the world that threaten world peace, I have to put North Korea at the top of the list. The thought of this rogue nation having nuclear capabilities should be of huge concern to any human being in the world. It should be the number one foreign policy priority of any president. Kim Jong Un only increased these concerns in the past year with his uncalled for nuclear missile launches, thus putting the safety of many nations at risk. Fortunately, we finally have a leader in the White House who is not backing down and is willing, along with many of our allies, to impose tough economic sanctions on this ruthless dictator.

The United States should always be the leader in dealing with nut cases like Kim Jong Un. That is what “peace through strength” is all about. Just a few months ago, many people criticized Trump for potentially provoking a madman. Some folks were even comparing Trump to Kim Jung Un and were extremely worried that a couple of crazy men would get us involved in a nuclear war. But as has been the case so often in history, playing footsies with evil dictators is not the right course of action to take. Trump’s hard-line approach and pressure on North Korea seems to be working at this point.

Solving this North Korea nuclear issue would be a huge victory for President Trump and his administration. But more importantly, the world would be a much safer place to live in and that is what I am most pleased about when hearing that a potential meeting will take place. Whether you like Trump or not, you have to agree with that.

 

Thoughts on Trump’s first year

Last weekend marked the one year anniversary of one of the most unlikely administrations to ever take the oath of office. Who would have ever thought that President Donald Trump would have been sworn in as our next commander-in-chief? I fully did not expect him to beat Hillary Clinton, nor did many millions of people all around the world. His victory will go down as one of the biggest political upsets ever, not only in this country, but the world. So how is he doing after one year in office? If you listen to CNN all day, you might think his presidency has been a total failure so far. It is no secret that the folks over at the Clinton News Network and many other mainstream media outlets absolutely detest the guy. They seem to have a common goal of wanting to destroy his presidency at all costs. However, many others including myself, see through all of this media bias and recognize some of his accomplishments and many that are sure to come.

If you would ask me what I think it his biggest accomplishment so far in office would be, I would not hesitate and say that it is easily the tax reform package that his administration crafted so brilliantly. New reports that many thousands of workers are receiving bonuses from their companies since this legislation has passed should come as no surprise. Cutting taxes, especially corporate taxes, has been a proven way of stimulating our economy for years. Trump fully understands this and isn’t it great to finally have a person in the White House who understands a little bit about business and how to boost our economy? I expect the economy to continue to grow in the upcoming year and Trump deserves a ton of credit.

Pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement was another huge accomplishment that Trump deserves much credit for. This agreement would have been very costly for the United States and would have been another unnecessary burden on the tax payers of this country. Trump was wise enough to see that this deal was a bad deal for the United States and he had the courage to pull out.

One of the things that really helped him get elected was his stance on immigration and I have to give Trump props for the way he has handled this topic since taking office. Unlike other administrations who have failed to do anything about immigration, Trump realizes how important immigration reform is to our security as well as our economy. He is working hard to do something about it. It is only a matter of time before some type of immigration reform is in place and it is about time!

Of course, there are some negative things to mention about his first year that deserves to be mention. His failure to repeal and replace Obamacare certainly ranks right up there. Some of his endless tweets leaves a lot to be desired. I just do not know how effective it is to attack those who disagree with you on social media and call them names. I would expect the President of this country to be above that nonsense, but that is just Trump’s style and it may just hurt his image among people.

The Russian collusion story never goes away and that is certainly a thorn in this administration. I have a hard time believing that President Trump colluded with the Russians to help win the election. To me, this story is complete nonsense and a waste of time and money. However, this story serves as a huge distraction to his administration. Hopefully it will end soon.

There is no doubt that Trump has gone through a huge learning process during his first year as President. Running the country and dealing with some of those Washington lawmakers is probably much more difficult than Trump ever expected. Being the CEO of this country is much different than being the CEO of some real estate company. Especially when you have to deal with a media and many members of Congress who would like nothing than to see you fail.

Overall, I believe that Trump is doing a better than average job so far. He is on a good track to make America great again. As just an average United States citizen who is also a voter, I cannot see any huge reason why he does not deserve to a second term. I expect President Trump and his administration in this second year of his term to continue to build on some of his first year successes and make America even better.

 

Is Trump really fit for office?

In the latest attempt to delegitimize the fact that Donald Trump is our president, a new book has come out called “Fire and Fury” which is very damning to the President and raises questions whether he is actually mentally and emotionally fit to hold the highest office in the land. The book is largely based on information given to the author, Michael Wolff, by former Trump advisor Steve Bannon. Now if you are a big-time Trump hater, this book only adds to your belief that this man has absolutely no business running our country and should be removed immediately. But is this book really legitimate or is it just written and aided by another person who has an axe to grind with the President? Are the stories about Trump and his administration in the book really true?

I have not personally read the book, however, I have heard enough about it to really question some of its content. One of the statements from the book really caught my attention when it was stated that nearly everyone in the Trump administration feels that he is both mentally and emotionally unfit to do the job. Others have claimed that he is not smart enough to handle the very difficult responsibilities of being President. Interestingly enough, many members of team Trump have come out since this book came out backing the President and at the same time, questioning the validity of the book.

My take on claims that Trump is not smart enough to be our President is this, if you really believe that is true, then you might want to look in the mirror and question whether you yourself are smart enough to vote. Those claims are complete nonsense and absolutely ridiculous! Trump is a very brilliant man and more than smart enough to be our president. A stupid man does not run a successful business for many years, beats several more well established members of his own party on the first try and pull off one of the biggest political upsets of all time. A dumb man does not succeed in doing all of these things. Furthermore, Trump has something that many recent previous presidents have not had, common sense when it comes to policy decisions. Trump seems to have a great understanding on ways to boost our economy, make us safer as a country and deal with our enemies and allies overseas. I know his decisions have not been popular for some people, but I like a man who is strong in his convictions. As a voter and a citizen of this country, I am more than pleased that he seems to get it on these issues, unlike other more recent presidents.

The thing that worries me more than anything about Trump is his thin-skinned nature. I cannot recall a more thin-skinned politician ever in my life. Most politicians and presidents take criticism as a badge of honor and part of the job. President Trump seems to take criticism about him to a very high and disturbing level. If you dare to criticize him or his policies, you might be on the receiving end of an insulting tweet! And you might also find yourself with a new nickname! Presidents need to put aside those huge egos and realize you are a huge lightning rod for criticism. I do believe that Trump has to do a better job of handling both fair and unfair criticism about him and his job. Many of those Twitter insults might come back to haunt him in the future.

I do not know how true this book really is but I suspect it is just another attempt to show people that we made a huge mistake in electing Trump. The Russian collusion thing is rapidly fizzing out so people have to find other ways to go after the President. Are there not more important things to worry about in this country right now? Why are people not talking about ways to get more people off of food stamps, improving education, growing the economy and improving our national security? Instead the main focus right now is whether the President is fit to run the country? How sad! He has proven that he is more than fit to run the country. Lets move on to the real issues of the day.

 

Trump vs. Kim Jong Un

Forget about the WWE, if you want a real-time feud these days, just turn on the news and chances are you will hear about the latest war of words between President Trump and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un. Both men have very unique, stubborn personalities and this feud will intensify in the upcoming weeks. Unfortunately for this country, it may mean military action against a leader who has basically stuck his middle finger out against the world. Finally, there is a leader who is willing to stand up to him and how this feud will end is anyone’s guess. One thing is for certain, Kim Jong Un is a very dangerous man and the world might be a better place without him in power.

One of the scary things about this whole story is the fact that some nut case like Kim Jong Un has the capability to have nuclear weapons and this fact should send shivers to anyone living in this country or any ally of the United States. There are probably several other rogue leaders who would not think twice about sending some missile our way which could cause massive casualties. The fact that leaders of these rogue nations have that capability is very concerning to say the least. In the near future, those capabilities will only get stronger as well as our risk of being attacked.

Some people claim that President Trump should tone down his rhetoric towards North Korea and Kim Jong Un. I completely disagree. It is refreshing to finally see our President take a harsh stand against one of our biggest enemies. A strong leader will stand up for us and our allies when some head case wants to do harm to innocent people. Why people are outraged over his statements is simply appalling. Leading from the front is what we should expect from our nation. Former President Ronald Reagan was the same way. He was not afraid to confront our enemies and our country was safer because of it.

I also find it ridiculous to be extremely concerned whether Trump has the mental capacity to handle this foreign crisis. Not only does he, but his team of advisors is very experienced and knowledgeable in foreign affairs. I have the utmost confidence in this group of people in making good and wise decisions in the best interests of the nation and world.

North Korea and Kim Jong Un has been a problem for far too long and it is time for him to face the music. We cannot tolerate his evil and disrespectful ways any longer. I have to give the Trump administration credit for trying to do a job other administrations have by-passed. North Korea is a problem that has to be dealt with now before it is too late.

Those Trump tweets

Unless you have been in a terrible coma for the past couple of years, you might have noticed that our newly elected president loves to tweet. President Barack Obama had a Twitter account, but the frequency of his tweets paled in comparison to President Trump. The question I have is this; is it a good idea for a President or any politician to engage heavily on Twitter? There are varying opinions on this topic and I will share a few myself.

Part of being a good politician is getting your message out to the public. With so many people using Twitter these days, you would think that it would be wise for a lawmaker to use Twitter to persuade the public on a particular issue. For example, a lawmaker can make a short, but very compelling case on why we need to repeal Obamacare. An account with Trump’s popular can reach millions of people with just a quick send button.

On the other hand, I find it rather difficult to articulate a view with only 140 characters allowed. Sure you can send multiple tweets on a particular topic, but I find it very hard to uphold any type of good conversation when I am limited. Perhaps a blog post might be a better idea for the President. On top of that, Twitter is filled with a bunch of wackos who will not think twice about sending you some mean and ignorant tweets. I would think that the President has better things to do with his time than getting involved in a Twitter war.

It is no secret that many media figures do not like President Trump and will do anything to discredit his achievements. Having the option to reply back at his critics is a wonderful way for him to use Twitter and you might say, set the record straight. Yes, there are times when I think Trump should be above some of the cheap shots that delivered to him, but I admire him for fighting back at some of ridiculous things that are said and written about him.

Having said all these things, I do think eventually that his Twitter use could get him in deep trouble some day. And that goes for any politician who uses Twitter regularly. Anyone who uses Twitter probably has had those moments where you send a tweet that you wish you had not. Many famous athletes and politicians have gotten into huge trouble from what they have said on Twitter. Furthermore, I would expect my President to show some class in his or her tweets instead of sending juvenile tweets about how stupid a certain news anchor might be or how fat a celebrity critic of his may be. You are expected to uphold the office with some dignity and some of Trumps tweets have crossed the line, no doubt about it.

President Trump’s twitter account is one of many politicians that I follow from both sides. I think it is a very useful tool that can help him out in achieving his agenda. How there is a great risk involved and hopefully President Trump will be wise enough to understand that there are many vultures out there just waiting for him to send that one regrettable tweet.

Much hype, little drama over the Comey testimony

It was the testimony that everyone was waiting for especially those many Trump haters. The recently fired FBI director James Comey was set to give his testimony before a Senate Intelligence Committee. Could this be the moment when President Trump is exposed for several wrong doings? Cable news stations had countdown clocks in anticipation of probably the biggest high-profile testimony of any government official in many years. Millions skipped work and crowded local bars for this event of a lifetime. In the end, I think many regretted skipping work. The testimony revealed little that we had not already known.

There is little doubt in my mind that many media outlets came out of this hearing rather disappointed. They were banking on seeing some explosive testimony indicting Trump. Imagine if that had occurred? CNN, The New York Times and the Washington Post would have a field day. It would further vindicate their claims that this election was not a legitimate one and Trump has no business being the President of this country. The same can be said of the many folks in this country affected with TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome). A damning testimony by Comey could have further enhanced their claims that the election was rigged.

Unfortunately for these folks, nothing that was revealed really hurt President Trump. In fact, this testimony may eventually come back to haunt a few Democrats and Comey instead. His admission that he leaked important information could lead to his own investigation. Furthermore, the former Attorney General, Loretta Lynch’s request to downplay the handling of Hillary Clinton’s alleged dealings with classified information seems to fall in line with what Trump was requesting for Michael Flynn. How can you in good faith investigate the dealings of Trump and Flynn without equally pursuing any ties between Lynch and the Clinton campaign? It seems to me that this hearing opened up a whole new can or worms that anti-Trump fans did not bargain for. Why the double standards?

Just maybe in the near future, this ridiculous notion that the Russians colluded with President Trump to helped him win the election will go away and Trump can proceed with his agenda for helping this country. There is absolutely no evidence at this time that any collusion took place. It is time to move on and maybe this hearing will eliminate any doubts that some people may have. However, I highly doubt it. Talk of Russia and Trump colluding in this election will be a topic that will never go away. Trump won the election fair and square. I hope people will finally accept that fact some day.