As much as I criticized President Trump’s pugnacious personality, I have always been a cheerleader for his generally conservative policies and appointments. Some things he did were controversial at the time. Now that we have the Biden administration as a comparison, however, we can better judge the former President’s actions.
The Wuhan Lab
Trump said that he believed – based the on limited evidence available – that the Covid-19 virus may have come from the Wuhan Virology Institute. At the time, Democrats and the media criticized him – saying that the virus was from bats in a wet market. Even Dr. Anthony Fauci said that.
Today, everyone is not so certain. Fauci has done a twist, now saying that it is possible that it came from the laboratory. Of course, the Chinese are refusing to allow an international investigation into the source of the virus. They still claim it was from bats – and the World Health Organization is accepting the Chinese explanation at face value.
Trump was right.
The World Health Organization.
Throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has played patsy to the folks in Beijing – and this is not the first time. It was actually WHO that misled the world – and especially the United States – into believing that the virus did not pose an international threat. Fauci, himself, reiterated that position at the onset of the virus – saying that it was not likely to impact significantly on the United States. Yes, he really said that.
(Least we forget, that was about the same time Trump was saying the same thing. And while Trump’s mistaken statement appears repeatedly in the press, Fauci’s does not. Hmmm.)
Because of WHO kissing up to China – meaning disserving the interests of the United States – Trump cut the American contribution to the organization unless it changed leadership and pro-China policies. The decision not to fund WHO has not proven to have had any negative impact on the healthcare situation in America – or our many other medical cooperative ventures around the world.
Biden has restored American funding to the WHO without any concessions or obvious benefits to the United States. And the world is still not getting any straight answers from WHO regarding the source of the Covid-19 virus.
Trump was right.
Once it was obvious that Hamas would be the governing authority over Gaza – and once it was clear that Hamas had no intention of agreeing to Israel’s right to exist – and once it was obvious that Hamas had no intention to cease its terrorist war on Israel and the Jewish people – Trump abandoned the failed policy that required a two-state solution. The United States would explore regional peace efforts that were not predicated on exclusive support for the two-state solution.
This was a bold move since other Arab nations had conditioned their own relationships with Israel on a resolution of the Palestinian problem through a two-state solution. They were inclined to maintain that position since it was in accordance with the United States policy at the time.
Once America no longer made the two-state solution a prerequisite, Trump could use diplomacy to restructure the Middle East. He proved that Hamas and Iran could be isolated through a totally different policy. One of the results of that was the Abraham Accords.
Trump underscored our support for the Jewish state by entering into agreements to sell Israel advanced military equipment. He also cut funds to the Palestinians. He did not embrace the old “even handed” approach of previous administrations – an approach that put the legitimate state of Israel on an equal basis as a recognized terrorist organization.
Biden has reversed virtually all of that – except possibly the weapon sales – and has promised to send money to the “Palestinian people” to build back better. He claims the money is purely humanitarian and will not flow to Hamas. At this point, the Palestinians are so brainwashed by Hamas that such a distinction cannot be made. Relief money only takes the pressure off of Hamas.
Trump was right.
Iran Nuclear Deal
And speaking of money for Hamas to send more than 4000 missiles into Israel … that has been helped by the billions of dollars the old Iran Nuclear Deal gave to Tehran. Iran is the number one state-sponsor of international terrorism – especially in the Middle East. That is why the Trump administration knocked off Iranian General Qasem Soleimani — the leader of their country’s terrorist operation.
Just as money flowing into Gaza, there is no way that money sent to Iran will be used only for humanitarian or peaceful purpose. Every dollar we gave them — or allowed them access to by lifting sanctions — was a dollar for Hamas and Hezbollah. It was money for missiles.
Under the terms of the nuclear deal, Iran was gaining greater power and influence in the region. And they were still on track to become a nuclear power in the future whether they adhered to the deal or not – and there was already evidence that they were cheating.
Now, the Biden administration is eager to get back into the Iran Nuclear Deal. And how much more will that cost the United States?
Trump was right.
At the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic, we were told that it would take years to develop a vaccine. That was the consensus of the medical community we saw every day on the telly – many of whom were doctors hired by the mainstream media.
Trump – based on input from the actual manufactures of vaccines – said that the new method would produce a testable vaccine in months. When Trump said there would be a vaccine by the Fall of 2020 — and that people would be receiving it before the end of the year — the Trump-hatred lobby went into high gear.
He was accused of misinforming the American people. They said he was lying to fool voters in the November 2020 election. Even the highly touted Dr. Anthony Fauci – knowing of the new vaccine technology – said vaccines would not be available for the public no sooner than mid-2021.
As it turned out, vaccines were going into arms before the end of the Trump administration – and the plans to inoculate 100 million Americans was set in place BEFORE Biden took office. In December, Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced the plan to inoculate 100 million Americans in the first three months (90 day) of 2021.
That did not stop Biden from lying to claim credit for both launching the vaccinations – and HIS goal of injecting 100 million shots in his first 100 days. At one point, Biden said that vaccinations did not start until after he was elected.
While the goal of 100 million shots was reached, there was NOTHING the Biden administration could have done to affect that pace. That was already baked in. None of Biden’s proposal and appropriations were yet in play. To this day, the vaccination operations is still operating on last year’s plans and last year’s money. It would have been physically impossible to implement any major shift in methods and procedures – including the mobilizing of more workers — in such a short time.
Trump was right.
For four years, Democrats and their media allies claimed that Trump’s only public policy was to undo everything that President Obama had done. At no time in American history has a President undone more of a past President’s actions – and more quickly – than Biden has done in his first 100 days. That frenzy was pushed by the hard left in the Democratic Party. And as one might expect in that kind of approach, Biden undid a lot of things he should not have.
A little credit where credit is due.
So, there ‘tis.