Trump successes in 2018

Marc Thiessen (Washington Post): The 10 best things Trump has done in 2018

10. He has secured the release of 19 people, including 16 Americans, from foreign captivity.

9. He delivered for the “forgotten Americans.” The Trump boom is benefiting those left behind by the Obama economy. Manufacturing jobs grew at the fastest rate in 23 years and the unemployment rate for Americans without a high school diploma reached the lowest point ever recorded.

8. He worked with Democrats and Republicans to pass important legislation. …Trump got a lot done on a bipartisan basis, including criminal justice reform, opioid and sex trafficking legislation, and a new “Right to Try” law giving dying Americans access to experimental medications.

7. He has ushered in a golden age for women in the CIA. Trump not only appointed Gina Haspel as the agency’s first female director but also made Elizabeth Kimber the first women to lead the agency’s clandestine service…

6. His push to expand domestic energy production bore fruit. This year the United States passed both Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s top oil producer.

5. In the six months after the Singapore summit with North Korea, he has made no concessions to Pyongyang.

He didn’t seem to make much progress on North Korea either, but at least he and Kim Jong Un have toned down their rhetoric.

4. He struck Syria again and eliminated the last vestiges of the Islamic State’s physical caliphate. For a second time, he enforced Obama’s red line against the use of chemical weapons. The militant group is far from defeated, but Trump is right that we have knocked “the hell out of ISIS.”

‘We’ includes Russia, Turkey and Iran. It’s probably premature to claim to celebrate the elimination of ISIS.

3. He’s continued his tough line with Moscow.

I’m not sure that Putin will be deterred much by a debatable ‘tough line’.

2. He pulled out of Obama’s disastrous Iran deal and reimposed crippling sanctions on Tehran.

I have no idea how crippled Iran is, and what difference sanctions will end up making.

1. He stood by Brett M. Kavanaugh and even in the worst moments never wavered. Trump has confirmed a record 85 judges in his first two years as president.

That’s the best thing trump has done? It will take time tell whether Kavanaugh turns out to be a prudent appointment or not.

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50 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  January 2, 2019

    Nice to see someone seeing past the Lefty hatefest and tweetstorms.

    • lurcher1948

       /  January 2, 2019

      The worlds view of POTUS # 45 Donald Trump

      • kluelis

         /  January 2, 2019

        @lurcher1948. Lol. I though there were rules about posting selfies on here Lurch. The stuff Allan sent me was strong but the stuff Allan sent you must be twice as lethal 🙂

        • lurcher1948

           /  January 2, 2019

          I’m a lot of things but a dick head i ain’t

        • Griff.

           /  January 2, 2019

          • lurcher1948

             /  January 2, 2019

            God the right are bringing out the old troll thing,if i upset you there are echo chambers nearby were you can all rant about the same thing like SLG and comments on her teeth and baby..i have my views and i dont hide under a bridge and eat children Griff

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  January 2, 2019

      Fake news

    • adamsmith1922

       /  January 2, 2019

      Thiessen is a Trump apologist,IMHO,

  2. kluelis

     /  January 2, 2019

    To be fair it has been a slow year in USA politics. Talking about Le Don Rump’s hair piece is on Par with Bark Obi won Alabama and his smoking.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 2, 2019

      Been wondering what you are smoking, kluelis.

    • Robert Kluelis…..

      • kluelis

         /  January 2, 2019

        I am becoming popular on this site. Being compared to a regular is progress indeed. Soon I will have my own locker, my own seat and my own coffee cup. This is the Kaptain speaking Star Ship Kluelis is ready to rok and role …make it sow.

        • lurcher1948

           /  January 2, 2019

          No one is bigger than the blog and its posters kluelis, there isnt a personality cult…here

  3. Corky

     /  January 2, 2019

    One of the great American presidents…and don’t liberals and the media hate him for that.
    No doubt the next president will be all about climate change, whales and windmills. He’ll have to make up for lost time and get America back on track as a mediocre heap of liberal mush.

    • adamsmith1922

       /  January 2, 2019

      Surely you jest

      • Corky

         /  January 2, 2019

        No, I’m serious. Tell me I’m wrong that the next president of the US won’t be a snowflake in thought and deed, regardless of which political party he belongs to.

  4. “That’s the best thing trump has done? It will take time tell whether Kavanaugh turns out to be a prudent appointment or not.”

    Kavanaugh is a huge win for the Conservative side of politics in the USA IF he follows a conservative line in his voting on the SCOTUS.

    Democrats fought it tooth and nail – the SCOTUS being conservative for a generation scares them big time…

    • Patzcuaro

       /  January 2, 2019

      Aren’t judges meant to be impartial?

      • You have a future in stand up ….. not on you life.

        And especially not in the US of A

        NZ they are not impartial either….. particular on the appellate benches… Labour/Left to the core…

      • Pink David

         /  January 2, 2019

        “Aren’t judges meant to be impartial?”

        Yes, until the Democrats turned the supreme court into a fourth branch of government. Why else do you think there were such hysterics every time a constitutionalist is appointed?

        • Duker

           /  January 2, 2019

          youve never of the racist anti -semite on the court when Roosevelt became president

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Clark_McReynolds

          ‘He was best known for his sustained opposition to the domestic programs of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his overt anti-semitism.’

          yes . Impartial. Apparently when woman lawyers started to appear before court, he would just walk out when they began to speak

  5. Patzcuaro

     /  January 2, 2019

    My New Years resolution is to find something nice to say about Trump.

  6. Gerrit

     /  January 2, 2019

    Best thing about Trump?

    He has the swamp in a tizz.

    Loving it.

    • Gezza

       /  January 2, 2019

      It’ll be good to finally see details of Trump’s business accounts, taxes, & funding sources now the Dems have control of the House Committees.

      • Gerrit

         /  January 2, 2019

        Not going to happen for it will shine a light on the USA internal revenue services who’s job it is to collect ALL the taxes.

        You seriously think that Trump taxation shenanigans are any different to what dozens of democrats (and republicans) have also done?

        The democrats are politicians that will, like all politicians, obfuscate and allege.

        But take Trump down? No, for it will open a pandora box, potentially causing a voter backlash from the “flyover states” and the marginalised on the east and west coast.

        When playing with fire, best not be soaked in petroleum.

        • Duker

           /  January 2, 2019

          IRS is like IRD here, people file their own tax returns. Yes they may be like lots of others with shennagins…have they run for and been elected President.

          • Gerrit

             /  January 2, 2019

            Run for or be elected to president has no bearing on the tax avoidance done before public office.

            the old expression comes to mind; “Let those without sin cast the first stone”.

            • Duker

               /  January 2, 2019

              yes it is.
              they have a higher standard.
              Bolger was much crticised for using a family trust to evade charges for his mother who went into a home and it was mostly paid for by the government.
              Bolger bought in some of said charges and restrictions on ordinary bods.
              Keys tax returns would have made interesting stories and the actual tax paid each year

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  January 2, 2019
    • adamsmith1922

       /  January 2, 2019

      He is the swamp

  7. Gezza

     /  January 2, 2019

    It must be hugely galling for all the local Iraqi, Iranian, hezbollah, & kurdish fighters on the ground who had to do the hard yards actually risking their lives going into the cities & cleaning all the lethal ISIS fanatics the US created out of them, street by street, house by house, dealing with the horrors of booby-trapped bodies & suicide bombers & IEDs everywhere – then listen to Trump claiming the yanks (who supplied some weapons & provided some flying artillery from a safe distance) did it.

  8. Joe Bloggs

     /  January 2, 2019

    Other trump achievements in 2018

    – 34 new defendants charged
    – 5 new guilty pleas
    – US$48m clawed back through tax fraud cases
    – Manafort went from tough-guy talk about “the battle to prove our innocence” to accepting a plea deal with Mueller
    – Cohen went from “taking a bullet” for Trump to telling Mueller everything
    – Giuliani went from “there was no collusion” to “collusion is not a crime”
    – trump went from defiance to extreme hyperventilating ALL-CAPS defiance

    Roll on January 3 and a whole new mess of trouble for King Moron

  9. Patzcuaro

     /  January 2, 2019

  10. Duker

     /  January 2, 2019

    “The Trump boom is benefiting those left behind by the Obama economy. …”

    left behind ? However the job growth for the last 2 years with Trump has been LESS than the last 2 years with Obama
    2012: 179,000 per month or 2.14 million
    2013: 192,000 per month or 2.3 million
    2014: 250,000 per month or 3 million
    2015: 226,000 per month or 2.7 million
    2016: 187,000 per month or 2.24 million

    Trump ? ( Numbers extrapolated from sept)
    2017: 182,000 per month or 2.19 million
    Through September 2018: 208,000 per month or 2.5 million run rate
    Thats the numbers from the rich pricks magazine Forbes.
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckjones/2018/10/30/two-charts-show-trumps-job-gains-are-just-a-continuation-from-obamas-presidency/#b301c621af3f

  11. Patzcuaro

     /  January 2, 2019

    • Patzcuaro

       /  January 2, 2019

      No doubt the Obamas purchased their own wall.

    • adamsmith1922

       /  January 2, 2019

      There is no wall apparently

      • Patzcuaro

         /  January 2, 2019

        Why let the truth get in the way of a tweet?

    • Duker

       /  January 2, 2019

      No wall.
      they just have a typical for the area fence.

      • MaureenW

         /  January 2, 2019

        He does have life-time secret service protection, so whether he has a fence or no fence, he, his family and property are protected from unwelcome invasion.

      • Gezza

         /  January 2, 2019

        Jesus what a dump. :/ No Trump Tower, that’s for sure. 😐

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  January 2, 2019

        Except apparently you have to get past a security blockade just to get into the street. And that photo was obviously taken while the wall was still under construction as per the plastic wrappers on top of the unfinished pillars.

  12. Patzcuaro

     /  January 2, 2019

    Trump success 2019 a border wall

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