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Trump's Presidency Drifts From His Campaign Promises

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In this Oct. 27, 2016 photo supporters of then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hold signs during a campaign rally in Springfield, Ohio. Trump’s campaign promised to "drain the swamp" in Washington, D.C. (Evan Vucci/AP)

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Evidently the Russians should have gotten the agreement in writing before they "hacked the election for Trump," because it appears their handshake deal wasn’t worth the exchange of skin cells.

When President Trump launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian air force base it put Putin in the same position that has evidently been occupied by a number of stiffed contractors that have done business with Trump, Inc.

Initially Trump’s attack was comprised of 60 missiles, but it appears the one containing Trump’s campaign promises veered off into the Mediterranean.

Peter Wehner, a particularly supercilious "Never Trump" moralizer, expressed concerns about Trump having access to the nuclear codes, but I think the person to worry about is Ivanka.

She’s supposed to be the driving force behind Trump’s rumble on the runway, but my question is, "Who elected her?"

Trump may live over the office, but that doesn’t mean the U.S. is the family store.

The White House is not one of those unaffiliated mega-churches where husband and wife are the co-pastors and the kids run the youth ministry.

His attack ran counter to everything Trump said about Mideast intervention during the campaign. Deplorables expected to get was a U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, voiding the Iran agreement and a hands-off policy in Syria’s Civil War.

What we got was no U-Haul in Tel Aviv, quiet acceptance of Obama’s Iran surrender and meddling in Syria.

Trump’s attack was entirely in keeping with past GOP Mideast policy — expensive and utterly pointless.

Administration mouthpieces boast the attack was "proportionate."

This strategy is favored by pencil-necks who aren’t on the front line.

A "proportionate" attack means you let the enemy set the tempo and the limits of the confrontation. It’s a loser’s strategy. An attack should be sudden and overwhelming.

Trump’s strike should have been against the decision–makers who ordered the gas attack.

That merciless retribution would have left Syria’s Pentagon a smoking hole.

Instead, we spent over $60 million blowing up asphalt and killing janitors and rent-a-cops.

The pilots who delivered the gas attack were flying the next day.

Which means we should add Trump voters to the list of people who should have gotten their agreement in writing.

Rather than drain the swamp, Trump has requested swimming lessons. An AP analysis explains, "Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, are pushing for a more competence and results-driven focus for the West Wing.” And the LA Times observed, " . . . in his most consequential week in office so far, Trump relied on familiar pillars of the establishment."

The fact Trump supporters rushed to by Trump for Women perfume after department stores dropped her products shouldn't persuade Ivanka that Deplorables will also rush to buy her ideology.

Taking Jared’s advice to go wobbly on immigration and embrace the same establishment that rejected his budget will render Trump as impotent as Gov. Arnold Schwarzennegger.

The "pillars" Ivanka and Jared are urging on dad are the same "pillars" that were routed in GOP primaries last year leaving two outsiders — Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz  — the only viable candidates. If it’s true White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus may soon be spending more time with his family, then Trump should just drop the outsider façade and ask Jeb Bush to join the staff.

The  Los Angeles Times likes to rile up its readership by describing Trump’s promises as a “scorched–earth campaign to ‘drain the swamp.’” When the fact is he hasn’t even bothered to send a lackey out to gather kindling.

What happened to term limits? Or reforming the permanent bureaucracy?

When Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was trying to capture Vicksburg he tried three different approaches, failing each time. In between rebuffs he kept pressure on the enemy. It was only on the fourth attempt that Grant succeeded and the Confederacy’s doom was sealed.

What does it say about Trump’s claim to be a winner when the first time he meets resistance Trump turns on his allies?

After the defeat of Paul Ryan’s Obamacare Lite (complete details on this rancid failure can be found here, here and here) Trump didn’t blame the RINO establishment.

Trump blamed the Freedom Caucus who fought a bill that failed to do what Trump promised.

Laura Ingraham, an early Trump supporter told the Washington Examiner, "If Donald Trump stays true to his America First agenda . . . his movement will grow and he'll be successful.

"But if he allows his administration to drift away from those core tenets, toward a more conventional Bush-style Republican approach, the results will be catastrophic for his presidency and the country we love."

I’m hoping Donald Trump isn’t another Republican who regrets to inform voters the promises he made to get elected are impractical to fulfill when he's in office, but I’m beginning to have my doubts.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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I’m hoping Donald Trump isn’t another Republican who regrets to inform voters the promises he made to get elected are impractical to fulfill when he's in office, but I’m beginning to have my doubts.
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