U.S. President Donald Trump raised the hackles of American’s allies when he refused to sign the G7 trade agreement last week. He blamed Justin Trudeau for his rejection of the pact, saying the Canadian prime minister made “false statements” and was “very dishonest.”
Before the conference, Trump warned America’s allies he would cut them off from U.S. markets if they didn’t lower their trade barriers. “The gig is up.” he said.
Trump, who was elected on an “America First” platform has shown he is serious not only about putting the interests of the U.S. first, but in restoring the moral leadership of the U.S. in the world. Nowhere is this more prominent than in the fight against Islamist extremism, where his actions have made it clear to extremists that “the gig is up.”
Here are five global fronts Trump has opened where he is leading the way in the fight against radical Islam:
Against cries of racism and Islamophobia, Trump stuck to his guns in an effort to protect America from infiltration by Islamist terrorists. His immigration pause – which was eventually certified as legal by the Supreme Court – stopped the flow of immigrants from problematic countries so America could get its act together regarding vetting. Contrast Trump’s immigration policy to the problematic flow of immigrants to Europe, where the unregulated influx of immigrants has caused massive culture-related problems and terror attacks.
Trump not only put America first when he singularly pulled out from the flawed Iran deal, he did a favor to the entire world. Forcing European and Asian companies to abide by American sanctions or be sanctioned themselves puts less money into the mullahs hands to be used for international terrorism when these companies realize they would rather remain in good standing with the U.S. than do business with Iran. The U.S. is already seeing the fruits of this strategy: A recent article in Forbes named the 10 largest companies which have announce their withdrawal from Iran. The companies include leading oil firms Total (from France), Lukoil (from Russia) and Reliance Petroleum (from India).
Recognizing – and celebrating — Jerusalem as the capital of Israel puts Palestinian terrorists, as well as their European enablers, on record that the U.S. will not be intimidated by them or back down in the face of scare tactics. Although previous administrations declared their support of Israel, many of their actions proved otherwise. By moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, Trump put these terrorist thugs on notice that the era of appeasement is over. As history has shown many times over, appeasement only breeds more blood lust. Trump is on the right path on this one and the world should thank him.
Since he was elected, Trump has been progressing with the building of a barrier between the U.S. and Mexico. While, he might not get Mexico to pay for it as was his initial proposal, prototypes involving different materials have now all passed inspection and special forces have been involved in testing its effectiveness. The Trump administration requested $1.6 billion in its 2019 budget for Homeland Security to build 65 miles of the wall, mainly in Texas.
While the amount of money (and hence the amount of wall) that gets built will eventually rest in the hands of Congress which allocate the funds, the fact is that the wall is not just a barrier for economic and cultural migrants from Mexico. Iran and its proxy Hezbollah have moved into Central and South America in a serious way, with their terror cells attempting to infiltrate the U.S. from its southern borders. The wall will help stop that.
Trump’s efforts to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions have far-ranging consequences. If successful, not only will these weapons of mass destruction be taken out of the hands of a fanatical dictator, the North Korean and Iranian nuclear programs are critically intertwined. Degrading North Korea’s nuclear ambitions will put a clamp on the ayatollah’s as well.
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