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WashTimes' Hallow: A President Trump Might Resemble Eisenhower

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By    |   Tuesday, 20 Sep 2016 03:53 PM

A Donald Trump presidency might resemble that of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the five-star general who served from 1953 to 1961, Ralph Z. Hallow wrote in The Washington Times.

"Though the temperament and personality hardly match, there are enough parallels between the high-energy business tycoon and Dwight D. Eisenhower to make the avuncular Ike's Oval Office tenure six decades ago a predictor of a Trump presidency's features," Hallow wrote.

Eisenhower did not hold rigidly to positions, like Trump, and also like Trump, had not entered U.S. politics before his run for president, per Halllow.

"Trump has staked out positions that do not allow him to be pigeonholed ideologically—that makes him more akin to an Ike figure, certainly," according to Eric Hargan, President George W. Bush's Health and Human Services Department COO.

Trump and Eisenhower share skepticism about how much the military costs. Trump has said about the military, "We can do it for a lot less."

When Eisenhower left office, he had built up the military by ending the Korean conflict, and he relied on the threat of nuclear weapons rather than spending money on Army personnel. He called the military-industrial complex self-serving.

Hallow wrote Robert Schadler, American Foreign Policy Institute senior fellow in public diplomacy, said, "Ike seemed little interested in much of government. He preferred bluffing the Soviets with nuclear weapons to force them back from the brink, rather than actually going to war."

Trump has called for more fiscal discipline in military spending, saying generals end up with equipment from companies that are "politically good," but the equipment isn't.

Trump wants to reduce commitments, deployments and alliances with other countries, Brookings Institution's Michael O'Hanlon said, "so he might not need so much more money."

Steve Yates, chairman of the Idaho Republican Party, said Trump would get money for infrastructure and military improvement by ending wasteful spending, Hallow wrote.

John Bolton, former ambassador to the United Nations under George W. Bush and a diplomat for several Republican administrations, appeared to express doubt Trump could succeed with little political experience.

Bolton pointed out what President Harry Truman said about Eisenhower: "Eisenhower doesn't know any more about politics than a pig knows about Sunday. Poor Ike — it won't be a bit like the Army. He'll sit here and he'll say, 'Do this, do that,' and nothing will happen."

King's College associate professor of history Joseph Loconte disagreed with the Eisenhower comparison in an article for National Review. 

"Imagine, if you can, Donald Trump exercising the mental discipline to analyze a complex national security crisis." Loconte said. "It is unimaginable."

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