President Donald Trump has a big opportunity to be a ‘transformational’ leader who will get things done in a way that predecessor President Barack Obama did not, said Larry Kudlow, an economic adviser to the Trump campaign.
“Trump has a very transformational agenda…He's going to roll back a lot of the stuff. You can't do these big changes, which I probably favor most of them, without some bipartisan support,” he said in an appearance on CNBC during Friday’s inaugural ceremony. “President Obama made a very big mistake twice at the beginning of his presidency. He jammed down a stimulus bill without any Republican votes. Then he jammed down an Obamacare vote with no Republicans.”
While Trump comes into power with Republican majorities in both houses of Congress, Kudlow said he wanted to see the president show “civility and respect” for political opponents. The 2016 campaign was rife with insults, attacks and counter-attacks from Republicans, Democrats and third-party candidates.
Kudlow cited President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address that implored: “Let us begin anew — remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.”
Kudlow recently authored a book about the tax policies of President Kennedy in the early 1960s and President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. Kudlow started his political career as an anti-war Democrat, but later was a budget official in the Reagan White House.
“We need some bipartisanship. You can't win every battle,” Kudlow said. “My former boss Ronald Reagan used to say ‘give me half a loaf now, I'll get the other half later.’ If you disagree with me 30 percent and you agree 70 percent, you're not my enemy. We can do business. We need that in the political culture.”
David Horowitz, the author of a new bestseller about Trump’s policies, sees the president as a demanding leader who applies the best of his negotiating skills to push for U.S. growth.
Trump won’t be an ideological purist like Republicans who support free trade but don't fight for fair trade, Horowitz said.
“If you just say, ‘well we're for free trade and we're not going to look at the deals that we make’ — that's not a good idea,” he said in an interview with TheStreet.com. “We've had an anti-business president now for eight years who doesn't take a hard-nosed attitude towards these deals. Trump is going to get better deals for us, which is still free trade.”
Horowitz's new book "The Big Agenda: President Trump's Plan to Save America," released just this week, reveals Trump's "first 100 days strategy" to roll back Obama's legislative and executive record.Horowitz's new book is the first book about the Trump presidency and has soared to the top of the Amazon bestseller charts, becoming the No.1-selling book on the web.
Trump will also lead the way in making infrastructure spending to boost the U.S. economy, Horowitz said.
“If the economy grows as it will under Trump, there's going to be a lot more money to spend,” he said.
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