Trump stacking up accomplishments

As we approach the end of President Trump’s second year in office, the ever-growing list of extraordinary good things he has done for America is nothing short of remarkable.

President Trump inspires such deep emotions in his critics that many have struggled to objectively assess his presidency. Some are so blinded by their hatred of Trump that they refuse to acknowledge the good he has done.

As president he enforced President Barack Obama’s red line against Syria’s use of chemical weapons. When Bashar al-Assad used a toxic nerve agent on innocent men, women and children, President Trump didn’t wring his hands He acted quickly and decisively, restoring America’s credibility on the world stage, something that President Obama had squandered away.

Our president took a surprisingly tough line with Russia, approved a multimillion dollar arms package for the Ukraine, sent troops to Poland’s border and imposed additional sanctions on Russia.

He recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital after previous presidents failed to fulfill their promises to do so. This is why “we the people” elected him. He does what he promises to do, for better or for worse — in this case, for the better.

He withdrew from the Paris climate agreement. After George W. Bush pulled out of the disastrous Kyoto treaty, U.S. emissions went down faster than much of Europe. The same has held true for our departure from the Paris accord. He approved the Keystone pipeline and opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, ushering in a new age of American energy development.

After decades of pleading by both Bush and Obama, President Trump got NATO allies to kick in billions of dollars toward the worlds’ collective security. Trump’s tough talk did the trick. As a result NATO is stronger.

Trump removed the constraints Obama placed on our military and let it drive terrorists from their strongholds, virtually eliminating the Islamic State’s physical caliphate.

Trump admitted he was wrong on Afghanistan and reversed Obama’s disastrous withdrawal, saying, “My original instinct was to pull out. But all my life, I’ve heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office.” A hasty withdrawal would have created a vacuum for terrorists.

His historic tax and regulatory reform has unleashed economic growth.

He is installing conservative judges who will preside for decades. With his appointment of Neil Gorsuch, a conservative majority now sits on the Supreme Court, and he is quickly moving to fill vacant federal appeals courts with young conservative judges.

President Trump took a clear, strong stand against the dictatorship in Venezuela. He renamed Asia-Pacific, Indo-Pacific and included India in the larger task of preventing China’s control in Asia. Trump has made clear that he was willing to use force to stop North Korea from deploying nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of destroying U.S. cities , prompting China to finally put real pressure on Pyongyang. The final chapter to be written.

A record of achievements tells me that, despite the noxious tweets and self-inflicted wounds, Trump will be one of the most consequential conservative presidents in modern American history. The question is: will any liberal be convinced?

He, not Hillary Clinton, was inaugurated as president. Trump delivered the coup de grace that ended the corrupt, dishonest Clinton political machine.

Robert Ware

French Creek