Back on June 23rd I wrote the Trump-Russia collusion story was a "nothingburger," and now with the revelation that Trump campaign officials met with an eccentric Russian lawyer, the story remains a nothingburger.
There is nothing illegal or improper in a campaign talking to a foreign national about their election opponent. It might actually be wise if they feel the foreigner has information the public should know.
When I was reading Politico's Playbook this morning, I saw all the buzz about the "Russian meeting."
But that didn’t disturb me. I know Donald Trump. He would never collude with the Russians.
What did disturb me was The Washington Post report this past weekend. The Post said it is highly unlikely the Republican healthcare bill will pass before the August recess and maybe never at all.
"Virtually every piece of their ambitious legislative agenda is stalled, according to multiple Republicans inside and outside of Congress," the Post reported.
The healthcare debacle has become like a car careening across a moving highway as it slams into the President’s bold agenda for tax reform, infrastructure, and a number of major items he envisioned to "make America great again."
The passage of such reforms is key to the President's popularity and success.
Meanwhile, the media is blaming Trump for healthcare, but I don't see him at fault.
First, the new President judiciously deferred to House Speaker Paul Ryan on healthcare reform. Ryan returned the favor by giving the president a damaged bill of goods.
Ryan crafted legislation that did not even have the support of his own caucus, let alone Senate Republicans.
Since then, Trump has been trying to fix Ryan's mess.
We have seen that when Trump himself sets a vision and gets quality people behind his plan, it gets executed. Correctly. The first time. Take for example:
- The $110 billion Saudi arms deal. In a short time, Trump's senior adviser Jared Kushner organized this massive trade deal that directly benefits the U.S. economy. Kushner, who heads up U.S. efforts to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict, has created tremendous goodwill with Gulf State allies who had been given the cold shoulder by the Obama administration. This new relationship helps rein in Iran while keeping oil states firmly in our corner, key for the global economy.
- China opens up its markets for the first time in 40 years. Trump made clear to President Xi Jinping the trade relationship with China could no longer be one-way. Trump’s Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was tasked to implement the new policy and China quickly caved, opening its huge market to U.S. businesses.
- Trump hits NATO members for spending a fraction of what the U.S. pays for defense. His new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tells NATO members this won't fly. Now, 22 NATO member countries are increasing their military budgets.
There are dozens and dozens of examples where the President set the vision, picked smart and savvy people, and saw the mission accomplished.
In August, Newsmax Magazine will have a blockbuster cover story about the President’s efforts to radically clean up the Department of Veterans Affairs, keeping a campaign promise to do so.
As president-elect, Trump himself convened the top private healthcare executives in the nation from places such as the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins and Kaiser Permanente to help him overhaul the VA.
He then picked David Shulkin, an able Obama appointee, to lead the agency. The problems the department inherited have been massive, but the overhaul is underway and already showing significant results.
The President’s private business style is actually well-suited for his role as president and a key reason I believe he will succeed, despite the media’s prognostications.
In business Trump set a strong vision for his companies and his brand. He picked strong people to implement the vision. He constantly checked on results. If things didn’t work out, he made adjustments and sometimes fired people.
Using the same approach as president, Trump has done an amazing job in a short time.
The administration has fallen short in three areas: communications, personnel staffing and allowing Congress, particularly Speaker Ryan, to set the legislative agenda. All three areas are interconnected and will undermine the President’s future plans if not corrected.
But the President has shown an adroitness in addressing problems and overcoming obstacles.
It's also important to remember almost all new administrations have issues. Remember the first two years of the Clinton administration?
So much you hear about the President is media spin and myth, such as claims the president doesn't listen or he can't take criticism.
In my experience, he does and he can, then he acts and big things happen.
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