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Bright Line Campaign Promise Test for President Trump

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How are we going to know whether President Trump and the Republican Party are fulfilling their respective campaign promises?

Repealing and replacing Obamacare is not shovel ready right now. How long that will take is any one’s guess.

It’s not as if President Trump can just wave a wand, or in the style of President Obama just use the telephone or pen, to make major changes.

Congress, that being Democrats, Republicans, and Bernie will still continue milking the system for all they can get. Then there is the nightmare of dealing with the entrenched bureaucrats.

The swamp has not been drained yet. Anything involving Congressional legislation or bureaucrats is still a matter of business as usual. Maybe if the Public Corruption Section of the DOJ convicts a couple of the most blatant crooks that could at least catch the attention of the rest.

So let’s face it. The Republicans, like their supposed opposition party, will just carry on as usual taxing, spending, while engaging in flagrant nefarious cronyism. That is until the President clamps down on them.

In the meantime, what can President Trump do on his own which would definitively demonstrate he is fulfilling at least one campaign promise?

The State Department can move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. What that would entail by the President is nothing.

I mean literally doing nothing.

If President Trump lifts no finger, then existing legislation that passed with massive bipartisan support in 1995 would require the move of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Is there anybody in the United States that doesn’t already believe that Jerusalem has always been the capital of Israel. At least for the last 3000 years.

The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 was passed by a vote of 374-37 in the House and 93-5 in the Senate and signed into law by then-President Clinton. If the State Department refused to move the embassy by December 31, 1999, then 50% of the funds appropriated to the State Department would be withheld.

The Act called for Jerusalem to be an undivided city and recognized as the capital of Israel.

The law provided for the President to defer the move for 6 months if he determined it necessary to protect the national security interests of the United States.

After Clinton, then President Bush signed deferral waivers every six months for 8 years; and then President Obama signed deferral waiver for the last 8 years.

The next time that a deferral waiver comes up for a decision on signing it will be up to President Trump.

As widely reported, Donald Trump in September pledged to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel.

The Republican Party as part of its 2016 Party Platform, promised to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

(Mrs. Clinton, apparently not wanting to upset her Muslim campaign funders, cautiously pledged to oppose the BDS movement and UN meddling.)

Obviously, the United States has no real allies among any Muslim country. Both Iran and Saudi Arabia have been in private actively funding terrorist groups while duplicitously acting, in public, as a friendly nation. Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, just as examples of other Muslim countries, have also been doing the same thing.

And they inevitably vote against the United States in the United Nations.

The only loyal ally the United States has in the Middle-East and one which the United States has a “special relationship” and an “unbreakable bond” is Israel.

Unlike President Clinton, President Bush, and President Obama who were, it now appears, in the pocket of various Arabic Countries, President Trump comes into office beholden to nobody.

I look forward to President Trump signing many revocations and repeals of President Obama’s Executive Orders and major regulation.

But for me, the bright line test as to President Trump fulfilling a campaign promise is whether the American embassy moves from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Denis Kleinfeld is known as a strategic tax and wealth protection lawyer, widely published author and creative teacher. 

 

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