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Trump's Achievements Benefit Even Liberal Haters

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020 04:06 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Second of two parts.

President Trump has racked up so many achievements in his first three years in office, there must be something there for even those who detest the man personally. Say, people like many of my liberal friends.

It is, by almost any standard, an extraordinary litany of "winning":

—President Trump’s signing the first phase of the China trade deal: good for U.S. farmers, businesses, and their shareholders.

—Replacing the NAFTA treaty: good for blue-collar workers and U.S. manufacturers.

—Eliminating thousands of regulations. The Federal Register peaked at more than 97,000 pages in 2016, the last year of the Obama presidency. In 2017, total pages plummeted 36% to just shy of 62,000 pages. Good for profits and economic growth.

—Cutting taxes: it put more money in the pockets of 83% of Americans by some estimates. Though The New York Times is pained about this: "Face It: You (Probably) Got a Tax Cut," the paper dejectedly notes. “Studies consistently find that the 2017 tax law cut taxes for most Americans. Most of them don’t buy it,” the Times says, mystified. Um, they don’t buy it because the Times and the media report otherwise.

—Landing new lows in unemployment for all Americans, especially women, blacks, Latinos, and Asians. Good for them!

—Championing criminal-justice reforms that have led to the release of 3,000 non-violent offenders, 90% of them non-white. Good for them and their families.

—Signing a new law to help terminally ill patients get greater access to experimental drugs that might extend their lives. Good for patients and their loved ones.

—Rebuilding the U.S. military after years of scrimping, and prodding member nations of NATO to pay their fair share of their own defense, as required.

—Unleashing the military to all but wipe out ISIS, kill its chief, and take out the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Good for the world.

—Unveiling a new Mideast peace proposal that is a stark departure from decades of failure, and getting officials from some of Israel’s Arab neighobrs to attend the ceremony. Good for peace.

There is a lot to like here, yet President Trump’s opposition is incapable of recognizing any of it. At the State of the Union address the other day, on the Democrat half of the room, there was so much wallowing in resentment. Or reveling in it.

So many sourpusses, so much personal animosity.

The Democrats are blinded by Trump’s abrasive style and his utter disregard for the rules held sacred inside the Beltway.

Yet, when you meet Donald Trump in person, he actually is a nice guy.

A decade before Trump ran for President, I met him personally. Twice.

Both times he struck me as an accomplished man who, nonetheless, was eager for the approval of strangers. He wanted to be liked.

The first time was at NBC’s "Today" show, after I had just done a guest hit. A producer told me Trump had asked her to escort me to meet him in the greenroom "so he can introduce himself to you."

Introduce himself? Everyone knew Donald Trump, he was the host of NBC's "The Apprentice."

It was disarming, that now-uncharacteristic bit of humility. I get to the greenroom, I say hello, and Trump heaps praise upon me for the segment I just did. Asks me if I have considered a career in television. Then, as if meeting Donald Trump fails to impress, he instantly introduces me to a second heavy hitter who also was present.

The second time I met Trump was at a private dinner of half a dozen people at a fancy Japanese restaurant, hosted by another billionaire I know.

Donald Trump sits down next to me and stays for almost an hour.

He goes around the table, one by one, asking us who we are, where are we from, what our parents did for a living when we were growing up, what we do for a living now.

He never mentioned himself and his achievements to us, not once.

It is a very different Donald Trump now, in public, at least.

Under siege and perhaps hurt that so many people demonize him and despise him, he lashes out. It makes me wonder what might have been, had Democrats reached out to him from the start and offered a bow and a willingness to work with him.

Instead of vowing to impeach him from day one.

Dennis Kneale is a writer and media strategist in New York. Previously he was an anchor at CNBC and at Fox Business Network, after serving as a senior editor at The Wall Street Journal and managing editor of Forbes. He helped write “Wealth Mismanagement: A Wall Street Insider on the Dirty Secrets of Financial Advisers and How to Protect Your Portfolio,” by Ed Butowsky, published in August 2019 by Post Hill Press. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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It is a very different Donald Trump now, in public, at least. Under siege and perhaps hurt that so many people demonize him and despise him, he lashes out. It makes me wonder what might have been, had Democrats reached out to him from the start
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