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Michael Goodwin: Media Ignore Trump Leadership

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By    |   Sunday, 04 March 2018 05:40 PM

In the effort to chronicle the events that take place in the era of a Donald Trump presidency, the media fails to acknowledge the "unique" characteristics that set him apart and, in the process, ignore his leadership, New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin writes.

In an opinion piece for the newspaper on Saturday, Goodwin explained the difficulty of "assessing the impact of Trump's presidency" because, he maintained, "so much is happening so fast that it's impossible to make sense of what it all means for America."

Trump's "CEO style" sets him apart from previous presidents and clears the way for new solutions to dyed-in-the-wool Washington, D.C., ways of conducting the business of governing, Goodwin said.  And, on three recent occasions, the president was able to exhibit his own brand of being president and his ability to try and find common ground among Republicans and Democrats.

"Trump three times put on a public master class in presidential leadership. He did it with members of both parties on immigration several weeks ago, then at a meeting with governors and last week with members of Congress on gun control.

"The president is supremely comfortable in front of the camera and those sessions allow him to talk over the heads of the Washington media and directly to people in their living rooms and offices, much as he did during the campaign.

"In all three cases, Trump showed himself knowledgeable and flexible as he tried to find common ground on vexing subjects," he wrote.

Goodwin also posed the question whether Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi really wanted to find common ground with Republicans and the president, or "would they rather keep moving the goal posts because they want to claim in the midterms that Trump can't govern?"

Goodwin also addressed the "extreme media bias" Trump has faced as president, explaining "virtually everything Trump says and does is presented through the darkest possible lens almost everywhere."

"From networks to newspapers, rumor and speculation are dressed up as authoritative by citing 'sources close to the president.' This is compelling only if you forget how many times anonymous sources were wrong," Goodwin explained.

Trump's "work horse stamina and warrior determination to succeed" have produced policies that were "mostly the right ones," Goodwin wrote, and his "tax changes and regulatory reforms will spur growth and create opportunities for millions of Americans."

And, making the argument that "Democrats are more divided and in a deeper hole than they want to admit," Goodwin predicted, barring any clear evidence of wrongdoing by the president in the Russia probe, the policies Trump has put in place "will produce enough progress that he will finish this term strongly and have a good chance of winning again in 2020."

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In the effort to chronicle the events that take place in the era of a Donald Trump presidency, the media fails to acknowledge the "unique" characteristics that set him apart and, in the process, ignore his leadership, New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin writes.In an...
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