America’s new CEO

White House | So far, President Trump has followed through on his campaign promises
by Cal Thomas
Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at 9:35 am

President Trump’s critics are finding it difficult to stay focused following a flurry of actions taken by the new American CEO.

In just the first two working days of the new administration, the president has signed an executive order withdrawing from the negotiating process of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), aligning him with socialist independent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who broke with former President Obama over the agreement. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Barack Obama oppose withdrawal. Strange bedfellows, indeed.

Trump has also reinstated the Mexico City Policy, which bars taxpayer dollars from going to non-government organizations that promote or perform abortions. In addition, House Republicans say they will move to make the Hyde Amendment, which prevents the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions, except to save the life of the woman, or if the pregnancy arises from incest or rape, permanent. They’re also to cut off federal funds from Planned Parenthood.

On Tuesday, Trump signed another executive order to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota pipelines. The Obama administration and environmental groups had opposed both projects, claiming they would harm the environment and contribute to America’s reliance on fossil fuels. Until alternative fuels are sufficiently available to replace fossil fuels, we should use what we have and wean ourselves totally from Middle East oil.

Taking a page from Abraham Lincoln and his “team of rivals,” Trump met Monday not only with a group of business executives, but also with union heads, who had endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. Trump told both groups he wants to create jobs, especially for the middle class. The union heads came out of the meeting in support of the president’s goal. When was the last time you can recall a union leader praising a Republican president?

It’s a new day for the media, too. Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, signaled on Monday that the relationship between the White House and media is changing. Left-of-center mainstream media journalists, who are accustomed to being granted the first several questions in all press briefings, will no longer enjoy preferential treatment. Spicer announced that he would provide access via Skype to journalists working for news organizations “who may not have the convenience or funding to travel to Washington.” These changes mean the public might actually get useful information.

He believes—rightly—that in the past Republicans have been intimidated by Democrats and their media friends and cowered when criticized.

In the early days of this administration, President Trump has shown he intends to follow through on his campaign promises. He believes—rightly—that in the past Republicans have been intimidated by Democrats and their media friends and cowered when criticized.

There will be more changes to come, including a nominee to the Supreme Court, action on school choice, which allows poor kids to escape failing schools, a new and more successful approach to fighting terrorism, and immigration reform that, for starters, expels criminal aliens, properly vets those coming into the country, and significantly reduces the flow of illegal immigrants. Who knows, we might even get a credible foreign policy that puts American interests first and no longer tries to impose American values on nations that have no foundation in democracy or religious and political pluralism.

So far, so good.

Listen to Cal Thomas’ commentary on the Jan. 26 edition of The World and Everything in It.

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Cal Thomas

Cal, whose syndicated column appears on WORLD's website and in more than 500 newspapers, is a frequent contributor to WORLD's radio news magazine The World and Everything in It. Follow Cal on Twitter @CalThomas.

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  •  Paul B. Taylor's picture
    Paul B. Taylor
    Posted: Sun, 01/29/2017 06:19 pm

    If President Trump stands with Prime Minister Netanyahu, America will be blessed.

  • Sawgunner's picture
    Posted: Wed, 02/01/2017 02:57 pm

    A broken clock is right twice a day. During the entire Keystone XL dustup you hear the standard mantra ad nauseum about how construction jobs are all "temporary". Well, yes. When you build something you eventually finish it and folks move into the house or the office suites or what have you. Even temp jobs building a pipeline would truly help spread the wealth around as Joe the Plumber (not a pipefitter!) would likely aver. I was bewildered that the laborer's union and his member voters evidently counted for FAR LESS in our political system that did the billionaire environmentalist Strayer. When Barack and Hillary said no to the pipeline they did two things: they helped defeat Sen Mary Landrieu and they ensured railway freight cars and big rig semis would wind up hauling all the oil which would otherwise gone down the pipe. And if Co2 emissions is a concern, how much carbon dioxide is given off by a pipeline versus a semi truck or freight locomotive??

    I hope this president will look at the cost benefit analysis and not be held hostage by environmentalist utopians.