Supporters of President Trump make a strong case that the President, in contrast to Congress, has been notching an impressive list of accomplishments. Despite this, polls that track presidential popularity have hardly budged. This is likely because of the unprecedented negative coverage the President has been receiving from the major media.
One issue presently facing the President is his administration’s NAFTA negotiations. The Washington Post writes that “Trump is about to make the ‘worst deal ever’ even worse.” Stephen Moore, a former economic adviser to the Trump campaign, disagrees: “Fortunately, it now appears that Donald Trump’s intention on NAFTA is to mend it, not end it.”
The U.K. science columnist Matt Ridley has an unusual defense of both trade and Brexit, “Free Trade Makes People Nicer.”
The President is also being attacked for his announcement that the insurance industry will no longer receive the subsidies President Obama provided it. Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy makes the case that it is President Trump, not the former president, who is faithfully executing the law.
White House chief of staff John Kelly believes that the administration could accomplish even more if all the top staff posts could be filled faster.
Defeated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton may be the Trump opposition’s worst “spokesperson.” Queried by the BBC on her reaction to the Democrats’ Harvey Weinstein scandal, Mrs. Clinton blamed the cultural climate created by President Trump, whom she called that “sexual assaulter in the Oval Office.”
Our contributor Eaglebeak comments:
“Mrs. Clinton refers to Donald Trump as the ‘sexual assaulter’ in the Oval Office without a shred of self-awareness. What’s wrong with this picture?
- The Access Hollywood tape proved one thing: Trump, like many men, bragged and talked big about sex when talking to other men,
- He didn’t say he had assaulted anyone; he said: they let you do it (so it’s not assault and not harassment),
- He didn’t say he in fact did it (although he did admit to chasing some married woman).
“But Harvey Weinstein he’s not.
“Bill Clinton, on the other hand:
- Assaulted women while he was in office (as both Governor and President),
- Used Arkansas State Troopers to procure women for him,
- Sexually assaulted women in the Oval Office (Kathleen Willey),
- As President, sexually harassed younger, powerless women (Monica Lewinsky, whom Hillary slandered and vilified),
- Raped at least one woman while Governor (Juanita Broaddrick),
- In the Paula Jones case, (i) perjured himself; (ii) settled out of court by paying her $850,000,
- Got himself impeached and lost his law license for his perjury.
“And on and on.
“When her husband’s scandals became public, Hillary devoted herself to denigrating and slandering the women who had the temerity to complain about Bill. She attacked the hapless Lewinsky as a ‘narcissistic looney tune’ and claimed she stalked Bill. Simultaneously, the Clintons’ campaign strategist James Carville said of Paula Jones, ‘Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find.” Hillary referred to Gennifer Flowers as ‘some failed cabaret singer who doesn’t even have much of a résumé to fall back on.’
“Here’s what Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, and Juanita Broaddrick had to say before the  election: video.
“In her BBC interview, Mrs. Clinton dismissed accusations of her husband’s behavior, saying ‘That was subject of a huge investigation in the late ’90s and there were conclusions drawn. That was clearly in the past.'”
“Fiddlesticks,” Eaglebeak concludes. “If his behavior with Willey or Broaddrick had been litigated, he’d be in jail right now.”
The Austrian People’s Party won yesterday’s election on a platform of opposition to the EU’s “open borders” refugee policy. The party is expected to form a majority coalition with the even more stridently anti-immigration Freedom Party.
The rebellion against the unelected supranational EU Commisission is especially strong among the central-European EU member states. Hungarian Prime Minister Orban doesn’t mince words: “There is no such thing as a European nation!”
Twelve of the central and eastern European states, while valuing their EU-wide trading relationships, have formed their own special association, the Three Seas Initiative, to promote greater energy and transportation integration.
The EU isn’t just being challenged by autonomy tendencies among peripheral member states (the U.K., Catalonia, and central and eastern European countries). There is a strong Flemish separatist movement in the EU’s very home country, Belgium. At issue is not only linguistic and economic differences with Belgium’s French-speaking ruling class but also the massive influx of North African Muslims to Brussels and the surrounding region, including many jihadists.