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Tactician Trump Rightly Signs Spending Bill

Tactician Trump Rightly Signs Spending Bill
President Donald Trump speaks about the spending bill during a press conference in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House on March 23, 2018. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

By Thursday, 29 March 2018 11:52 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The liberal media has been gleeful about the $1.3 trillion spending bill President Trump recently signed. From across the spectrum of liberal Democrats, the victory sign has been raised.

That is far from the complete story that will unfold over the rest of 2018 and beyond. There is little doubt that many conservatives are justifiably upset the president signed on to a spending bill ripe with liberal fingerprints. But has Trump wisely understood you sometimes lose a battle to win the war?

Part of the reasoning provided for his willingness to accept the bill was its major increase in desperately needed military spending after eight years of Obama cuts. The president is well aware the Pentagon is in dire need for upgrading of outdated equipment.

Would vetoing the spending bill have been useful to Trump’s future plans? It should be considered a tactical situation by his supporters. It obviously made the likes of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi happy after their debacle over the DACA question. Trump’s signing takes some of the political heat off of them for the time being.

But this president didn’t become a billionaire real estate mogul standing by as a human potted plant. The skilled negotiator sees the big picture and future battles to come. One need not look further than the astonishing transformation of relations with the North Korean dictatorship and their nuclear threats.

The facts of Trump’s reasons for signing the spending bill are numerous. It was served to him cold by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, already rumored to be on his way out in the last few days. He supposedly convinced the president to eat crow and allow the liberals their day. That scenario is unlikely, but Trump is willing to go with that theme for the time being.

There is little doubt Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Ryan were relieved to witness the signing. The amount of fight in these two men has seriously waned from their years in Washington. One might argue they are perfect examples for term limits.

There is little doubt this issue means Ryan’s days as Speaker are numbered. Trump knows conservatives will lead the fight for his ouster while he stays relatively silent. The president will meanwhile keep his campaign powder dry for true allies as the midterm elections heat up. His approval rating continues an upward spiral and he will utilize that good news effectively.

Trump will lavish his presidential endorsements where they are best suited to his needs. His strategy is to swell the ranks of the House Freedom Caucus. They will in turn assure the demise of waffling Paul Ryan.

The Senate is a different political animal altogether. If prognostications hold firm, the GOP could pick up as many as eight additional seats. The mere fact Democrats are on the hot seat for most of the state elections makes their further demise in the Senate almost a given.

Trump is now spending a great deal of his time on foreign policy. His newly-nominated secretary of state and national security advisors are well known hawks. It is the president’s belief that America’s enemies must perceive the country as fully prepared to wage war. To Trump, as it was with Ronald Reagan, that is essential to keeping the peace.

The Democrats and their media allies are rejoicing over the second largest spending bill in the nation’s history. They should be careful their party doesn’t get out of hand since the hangover that looms may spoil their glee.

Dwight L. Schwab, Jr. is an award-winning national political and foreign affairs columnist and published author. He has spent over 35 years in the publishing industry. His long-running articles include many years at Examiner.com and currently Newsblaze.com. Dwight is an author of two highly acclaimed books, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selected Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014" and "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Election in History." He is a native of Portland, Oregon, a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, and a resident of the SF Bay Area. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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The liberal media has been gleeful about the $1.3 trillion spending bill President Trump recently signed. From across the spectrum of liberal Democrats, the victory sign has been raised.
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