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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