With the public image of the Trump administration suffering from scandal after scandal and the inability of the congress to pass headline-worthy legislation, even people who supported Donald Trump wonder if it was really worth it. Others on the right choose to fight! They tear into the GOP for their inaction and defend their man, the Donald, from any fault. They defend him from all scandal and accusation, at times lowering ethical standards in order to do so. If you choose to stand with perhaps the most unique president in history or be skeptical of him is up to you, but the conversation is incomplete without including the accomplishment of the Trump administration. There is accomplishment. At times hidden in the dark and lonely corners of the internet and in tiny letters at the very bottom of the CNN webpage. Here are some:
1. Withdrew from TPP
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and the United States. It contains measures to lower both non-tariff and tariff barriers to trade, and establish an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism. It also contains strong measures to ensure environmental protection, good governance and promote human rights in countries lagging behind in those areas.
As is well known, in Donald Trump’s first week in office he signed an executive order announcing the withdrawal of the US from TPP. Trump claimed the deal would cost the US jobs.
2. Crackdown on illegal immigration
Since taking office and signing new executive orders for ICE and border patrol, Illegal crossings have dropped by around 65% percent and ICE arrests are up 40%. http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/06/10/new-illegal-immigration-numbers-reveal-trumps-incredible-impact-on-the-border/ http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/05/18/ice-arrests-under-trump-jump-40-percent-as-border-crossings-drop.html
3. Implemented new tactic to crackdown on imports avoiding paying tariffs.
In April the president signed executive orders to crackdown in illegal trade, as commerce secretary Wilber Ross explained “What had happened was that the very clever importers, who are beating the laws in a lot of ways, set up shell companies [in the US]—those do the technical importing. Then when we levee a fine there’s no financially responsible party there. So this’ll call for a process of bonding or putting up letters of credit or cash to make sure that when we levee a fine, we collect it.”
Trump also ordered investigations into illegal dumping of steel and aluminum. The reports have yet to be released.
4. Negotiated release of American held in Egypt
The President negotiated the release of Aya Hijazi, an American charity worker jailed in Egypt for 3 years on (according to the US) absurd charges together with her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, who is Egyptian, and four other humanitarian workers.. The Washington Post, a newspaper that has no love for the president to say the least reports: “The Obama administration unsuccessfully pressed Sissi’s government for their release. It was not until Trump moved to reset U.S. relations with Egypt by embracing Sissi at the White House on April 3 — he publicly hailed the autocrat’s leadership as “fantastic” and offered the U.S. government’s “strong backing” — that Egypt’s posture changed. Last Sunday, a court in Cairo dropped all charges against Hijazi and the others.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/freed-egyptian-american-prisoner-returns-home-following-trump-intervention/2017/04/20/d569fe1e-2608-11e7-bb9d-8cd6118e1409_story.html?utm_term=.11195a6d0010
5. Release of American held in North Korea
On June 12, 2017 American student Otto Warmbier was returned home from imprisonment in north Korea. He came home in a coma with severe brain damage. At the direction of the President, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson set in motion a diplomatic mission to secure his release led by State Department Special Representative Joseph Yun. CNN reports: The diplomatic process began on June 6 when State Department Special Representative Joseph Yun met with North Korean UN Mission Ambassador Pak Kil-yon in New York City and learned of Warmbier’s deteriorating health condition, according to a senior State Department official. After that meeting in New York, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson consulted with President Donald Trump and instructed Yun to prepare to travel to North Korea with the intent of bringing Warmbier back to the United States.”
At a press conference, Otto’s father said spoke with disappointment of the Obama administration’s advice to the family “to keep a low profile.” The Obama administration had called for “strategic patience” with North Korea, a policy the Trump administration has publicly departed from. When asked Thursday if the Obama administration could have done more to free their son, Fred Warmbier replied: “I think the results speak for themselves.” The “time for strategic patience is over,” he said.
6. China mini-trade deal
On Thursday, May 11, approximately one month following the Presidential Summit between President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China, Secretary of Commerce Wilber Ross announced that the two sides had reached “consensus on initial commitments” on agricultural trade, financial services, investment, and energy. Highlighting the deal was China’s commitment to open their market to American beef, a $2.5 billion market. On June 12 USDA announced that “U.S. Department of Agriculture has reached agreement with Chinese officials on final details of a protocol to allow the U.S. to begin the beef exports to China.” Secretary of Agricultre Sonny Perdue added “I have no doubt that as soon as the Chinese people get a taste of American beef they’ll want more of it.”