“Make America Great Again” is the oft-caricatured slogan of the Donald Trump presidency. When Trump was elected, he boasted of jump-starting the economy to achieve an annual economic growth rate of 4 percent.
Trump now can outsource his lone-wolf hawkishness to new hard-liners Bolton and Pompeo, and remind enemies that his art-of-the-deal comprising is their last chance at an agreement. The tough reputations of Pompeo and Bolton now allow Trump to be what he always was – a dealmaker.
The country is about to witness an investigatory train wreck. In one direction, Robert Mueller’s investigation train is looking for mistakes by Trump campaign. The oncoming train mostly focused on improper or illegal FBI and DOJ behavior. Will the two collide?
Victor Davis Hanson says Trump should keep quiet, stop tweeting his intentions and give no indication of what he might do next. If he decides to act again in the future, then he should do it unexpectedly, with overwhelming force and with the intention that he won’t have to do it again very often.
After almost a year, Mueller has offered no evidence that Trump colluded with the Russians. Ironically, the United States has often interfered in foreign elections to massage the result. Bill Clinton jokes about his own efforts as president to collude in the 1996 Israeli election to defeat Benjamin Netanyahu.
President Trump has his own way of solving problems and he doesn’t necessarily follow the typical diplomatic channels. Columnist Victor Davis Hanson says that enables him, perhaps, to be more effective than past leaders in getting better results.
A common strategy of the deep state careerist is the psychological tactic known as “projection.” To square their own circles of lying, our so-called best and brightest loudly accuse others of precisely the sins that they themselves commit as a matter of habit.
Trump should ratchet up the embargo of North Korea, writes Victor Davis Hanson. Do not give it any aid – no matter the pleas and threats. Put more pressure on China. Do not barter with Pyongyang until it is proven that it has no more nukes.