The Good and the Bad: Donald Trump so Far

At least half of the country would feel a small twitch of frustration when they see “good” and “Trump” in the same sentence. Donald Trump has defiantly ruffed some feathers and caused some stress in our country lately – even in me! I did not vote for the man, but I am please (so far) with what I have seen. Remember: Trump isn’t even president yet and he is doing far more than any other president-elect, creating a hopeful future for his administration.  Whether you like him or not, credit should be recognized where it is due, and for someone I previously described as a “complete buffoon”, Trump has impressed me. I hope two things: Americans keep an open mind to his work and that Trump stays this busy to avoid any foot-in-mouth situations.

The biggest surprise to me is the eye-opening Carrier deal. When I saw the news that Donald Trump made a deal with the air conditioning country, I had to verify it and found it was true! Of course, some may say “he did not save all jobs at Carrier” – but those same people refuse to acknowledge that Trump is not president. He has no commitment to get to work already. Note that it is President Obama’s job to try and save these jobs. Trump’s loud speeches about negotiation trade deals seems to have some substance – but something else begs attention about this accomplishment: Trump isn’t the brainless, flamboyant, tough-guy we thought he was. Trump is honestly taking this job seriously.

The next impressive move from Donald Trump is the active communication with foreign leaders. Obama did extend a hand (or, at times, bowed) to foreign leaders when he entered office – but again: that is when he was already on the payroll. The first, and probably most well thought out protest to this action is that Trump has not been briefed by the State Department yet. This protocol is followed so that the President knows the world affairs more thoroughly that the average citizen. Although it is hard to tell what they are discussing, we can assume that is has to do with negotiations and relations. So far, Donald Trump has called, visited, or spoke with:

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull, Irish PM Enda Kenny, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud,  and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (on the first day as President Elect)

Since day one, Trump has also come in contact with:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian PM Matteo Renzi, British PM Theresa May, S. Korean President Park Geun-hye, French President Francois Hollande, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Argintinan Presdient Mauricio Macri, Russian President Vladimir Putin (first time meeting him), Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, and Dannish PM Lars Lokke Rasmussen to name a few. The meetings have not stopped except to save jobs, but that factor has been overlooked. It is important for anti-Trumpers to realize: yes, call him out on his deplorable comments, but use some critical thinking – Trump is in fact doing good and this communication is a unique Trump characteristic that hints at a very productive administration.

This communication has already seen some benefits. Japanese business man Masayoshi Son has met with Donald Trump and negotiated a deal in which Son and his company SoftBank will invest $50 billion in the United Sates with the objective to create 50,000 new jobs. The details are few but so is anxiety that Trump will some how make himself a debtor to foreign countries. Mana Nakazora, the chief credit analyst echos other’s concerns, “I think Son must have thought how to use Trump and this opportunity”. Yes, it is fair to wonder what this deal entails, but it is also reasonable to think that Trump is not afraid to dump anyone who think thy can get a favor from Trump. Election year 2016 – need I say more? The deal does speak volumes toward Trumps supposed negotiation skills, “Masa said he would never do this had we (Trump) not won the election!”

Finally, there is the stock market: the lifeline of the economy. The more poetic business writers describe the bulls and bears of Wall Street as the heartbeat of the country. Following that relationship, the shock of election day reflects the people’s shell shock response to Trump. Note that stock market shocks on election day are common and Trump’s was not as bad as his predecessors. MSNBC and CNN Money have both echoed other declarations that a Trump win would devastate the economy. The warmest predictions have shown at least, “ an 8% fall in the U.S. A new paper out Friday from the Brookings Institute projects a 10% to 15% nosedive” These predictions and many others, though semi-rational due to Trump’s air of uncertainty, are probably the most laughable of all. In fact, the DOW Jones Average broke all time records by breaking the 19000 mark and even close to 20,000. This reaction is not directly Trump, but is the confidence of Trump perceived by the public. If that is the case, we have little to fear.

There are more dissenter than fans of Trump in the media, and they have so far ignored the accomplishments while working overtime to try and find some negatives about Trump. Those negatives have not changed since election day. In The Slates “230 Things Donald Trump Has Said and Done That Make Him Unfit to Be President”, one can see that there is little substance in the case against Donald Trump other than his rhetoric – which is a definite issue. But the feelings of Hillary supporter’s should not have any bearing on Trump’s actions. When someone barks, “that’s offensive!” the rational minded replies, “I am still waiting to hear your point” Actions speak louder than words, and although it is hard to imagine anything being louder than Trump’s words, his actions provide solid evidence for a much better president than I or most American’s could have expected. Yes, he seems to have stirred the already tense racial and socioeconomic conditions. But, when one studies the recent #notmypresident protests, the real cause for tensions become apparent.

My advice: take a breath, have a drink, and do some research – the future is no as bleak as we are lead to believe.

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