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Is the Next Debate Now Rigged Against Trump?

Workers set up the debate hall inside the Curb Event Center ahead of the presidential debate at Belmont University
Workers set up the debate hall inside the Curb Event Center ahead of the presidential debate at Belmont University on Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By Wednesday, 21 October 2020 01:11 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Both the Commission on Presidential Debates and the moderator for Thursday’s debate made a few last-minute changes, including allowing the moderator to mute a debater’s microphone while his opponent is speaking.

But none acted against President Trump as much as the commission’s decision to remove foreign policy as a debate subject, according to Trump campaign senior advisor Jason Miller.

"Good morning to everyone," he tweeted, "except Presidential Debate Commission members who changed focus of final debate away from foreign policy so Joe Biden wouldn’t have to answer to being compromised by the Chinese Communist Party, supporting endless wars and sending pallets of cash to Iran."

And countering those failures, the president has racked up a long list of foreign policy achievements throughout his less-than-four-year-tenure.

Most recently, Trump announced an agreement the United Stated reached with Sudan Monday.

"GREAT news!" he tweeted. “New government of Sudan, which is making great progress, agreed to pay $335 MILLION to U.S. terror victims and families. Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. At long last, JUSTICE for the American people and BIG step for Sudan!"

The damages are to compensate victims of the 1998 attacks on U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.

Also, last month Trump brokered what became known as the Abraham Accords, two separate peace agreements: the first between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and the second between Israel and Bahrain.

The agreements not only normalize relations between the Jewish state and the Islamic governments, but also establish a barrier among all three against Iran, the most dangerous state sponsor of terrorism.

On the subject of Israel, Trump moved the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem early into his administration — a promise made by many former presidents but one never kept until now.

Trump also brokered an economic agreement between two bitter enemies in the Balkan Wars — Serbia and Kosovo.

The administration has steadily been withdrawing troops from the Mideast — primarily Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan — and has been in talks with the Taliban in an effort to complete that process.

None of that would have been possible but for the administration decimating the Islamic State’s caliphate from roughly 41,000 square miles in Syria and Iraq to a few scattered encampments of militants.

In addition, Trump eliminated two threats to peace in the Mideast — Islamic State leader Abū Bakr al-Baḡdādī, and Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.

The Trump administration also turned its focus on China, a country that has increasingly become an economic and military threat to the United States. To that end he threw out the Trans-Pacific Partnership, am Obama signature trade deal, one that favored China.

Trump is continuing to take steps to reduce the United States’ reliance on Beijing for trade goods, primarily medicine and technology, and has taken a hard line on its land grab in the South China Sea.

Closer to home, Trump replaced NAFTA with the USMCA, a new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada that prompted manufacturers to bring their facilities back home.

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s dealings pale when placed alongside these achievements. Despite his claim to be a foreign policy expert, during the Obama administration Biden:

  • Voted against taking out Osama bin Laden
  • Allowed China to take advantage of the United States
  • Was possibly involved in dirty dealings in Ukraine and China as evidenced by what are alleged to be his son Hunter’s emails

Is it any wonder that former Obama Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Biden "has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades"?

On Monday Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien sent the Commission on Presidential Debates a letter protesting the change in focus away from foreign policy.

Also Monday the Trump War Room observed the timeline that may have prompted the change.

"Sept. 15: Trump hosts historic peace deal ceremony with Israel, the UAE & Bahrain," they tweeted.

"Oct 14: Emails show Joe Biden met with son Hunter's Ukrainian business associate & was set to receive money from China,” they continued.

"Oct 16: Debate commission announces foreign policy will no longer be a topic."

On Election Day, most viewers of tomorrow night’s debate won’t be reminded of any of these successes — but you have, and it wouldn’t hurt to remind friends and family.

To continue the achievements of the last four years, re-elect Trump.

To continue getting constitutionally-focused jurists confirmed to the federal court system, keep the Senate in Republican hands.

To get rid of the congressional gridlock, flip the House red.

Fight back.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports More Here.

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