President Donald Trump’s foreign policy is a stark departure from his predecessors, as he has chosen to extend the olive branch to world leaders reviled by the military-industrial complex rather than provoke them. His talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan are proving particularly fruitful.
Trump met with national security advisers and his Cabinet members last week to hear from Zalmay Khalilzad, who is the chief U.S. envoy for peace talks with the Taliban. Others at the meeting included Vice President Mike Pence, CIA Director Gina Haspel, national security adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
The first step of the proposed peace deal would involve the removal of approximately 5,000 of the 14,000 U.S. troops currently stationed in Afghanistan. In return, the Taliban would renounce Al Qaeda and sanction the anti-American terrorist group by preventing them from recruiting, fundraising and training in Taliban-controlled areas of Afghanistan.
The White House is being vague about the particular details of the negotiations. Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said that “discussions centered around our ongoing negotiations and eventual peace and reconciliation agreement with the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan.”
“The meeting went very well,” Gidley added.
President Trump also released a tweet without specifics claiming that the two sides are coming closer together:
Just completed a very good meeting on Afghanistan. Many on the opposite side of this 19 year war, and us, are looking to make a deal – if possible!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2019
Trump’s negotiations for peace in Afghanistan are angering hawkish neoconservative lawmakers in Washington D.C. – led by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who was a vocal proponent of the disastrous war in Iraq.
To argue for endless war, Graham said that “to trust the Taliban to control al-Qaeda” and extremist groups in Afghanistan “as a replacement for a U.S. counterterrorism force would be a bigger mistake than Obama’s Iranian nuclear deal.”
“I hope President Trump and his team make sound and sustainable decisions about radical Islamist threats emanating from Afghanistan — the place where 9/11 originated,” Graham said.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, also opposes President Trump’s peace push in Afghanistan. She implied that Trump is pushing for a “phony deal” with his current negotiating.
Accepting a phony deal that puts America’s security in the hands of the Taliban would mean conceding defeat to al Qaeda, the group responsible for killing nearly 3,000 Americans on 9/11. See my full statement below. https://t.co/U6Hm6BxlJa
— Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) August 12, 2019
However, Trump is acutely aware that he was elected to bring the troops home. His “America First” foreign policy is opposed to putting U.S. troops in harms way in order to be the policemen of the world.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2019
“I love our country. I’m the President of the United States of America. I’m not the president of the world,” Trump said.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is calling for President Trump to receive a Nobel Peace Prize if he pulls off this historic Afghanistan peace deal – perhaps the one that was erroneously given to former President Barack Obama.
Obama got a Nobel Peace Prize and subsequently sent 100,000 US troops to ramp up war in Afghanistan. If @realDonaldTrump ends the war, the Nobel Committee should retrieve Obama’s peace prize and give it to Trump! https://t.co/9B3ttXT8QO
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 16, 2019
With the Democrats becoming more violent and deranged by the second, it looks like Trump will be the choice for peace and prosperity that is on the ballot during next year’s general election.
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President Trump’s Approval Rating Soars as the Public Increasingly Supports His Coronavirus Response
The public supports Trump’s crisis response.
A Gallup poll has shown that President Trump’s approval rating has jumped to 49 percent as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
His approval rating has jumped five points in the past month. This matches his all-time high, which was previously achieved in late January and early February. Ninety-two percent of Republicans support the President, while 43 percent of independents and 13 percent of Democrats approve of Trump.
Americans also approve of the way President Trump has handled the coronavirus pandemic. Sixty percent of Americans support Trump’s disaster response while 38 percent of Americans disapprove. Ninety-four percent of Republicans support his response, while 60 percent of independents and 27 percent of Democrats support how Trump has handled coronavirus.
“The Trump administration has received some criticism for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic — including that the president downplayed the threat, at least up until his nationally televised address on March 11,” Gallup noted in their report.
“On March 16, Trump acknowledged the seriousness of the situation by urging people to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people and to have workers and students stay home if possible. The administration has had daily press conferences since then to update the nation on what the federal government is doing to address the situation,” they added.
It is not uncommon for an incumbent president to gain in popularity during a crisis, as every commander-in-chief in office during a serious threat has gained support from the public as a result.
“Historically, presidential job approval has increased when the nation is under threat. Every president from Franklin Roosevelt through George W. Bush saw their approval rating surge at least 10 points after a significant national event of this kind. Bush’s 35-point increase after 9/11 is the most notable rally effect on record,” Gallup noted.
Although he is peaking right now, President Trump has consistently shown strength in various polls for many months as the public realizes the fake news is lying about his administration:
New polling from Quinnipiac released Thursday shows President Donald Trump handily defeating every major Democratic presidential candidate in hypothetical general election matchups…
Well-known Democrats Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are the most competitive candidates against Trump in the Wisconsin general election, and even they lose by a considerable seven points to the incumbent Republican president.
Even Pete Buttigieg, an Indiana mayor who claims to have a credible path to victory in midwestern states the President grabbed from the Democratic Party in 2016, appears nowhere near seriously competing in the state.
The polling suggests Democrats will have a serious uphill battle in order to contend for the electoral votes of midwestern states such as Wisconsin, in 2020 or other future Presidential elections.
President Trump’s polling in statewide and national surveys has consistently improved as the Democratic Primary erupts in contention, suggesting that the divisions within the Democratic Party may bode well for his re-election.
The state was formerly assumed to be a safe blue state, before Trump won its electoral votes in a shocking upset in 2016. Pennsylvania and Michigan also went Republican for the first time in decades in Trump’s victory, and will prove essential to the election in 2020. Polling of the latter two states shows closer general election contests than in Wisconsin.
President Trump is showing his leadership bona fides during the crisis, and the public is thrilled with the way he is handling the coronavirus pandemic.
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