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Trump’s Ten Biggest Fails

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USA - February 7, 2019

On February 5, President Donald Trump gave his State of the Union address in front of a joint session of Congress. It was President Trump's second State of the Union address where he laid out his agenda for his third year in office.

While the theme of the address to the nation was "Choosing Greatness", President Trump has done a lot of controversial things since his 2016 election, and some of them have been scandalous. Let’s try to make our own unbiased list (not full, though) of Trump’s main fails since he entered the White House.

1. Trump decertified the Iran nuclear deal

In 2017, after describing it as the “worst deal ever” and threatening to scrap the entire accord, President Trump decertified the Iran nuclear deal, describing it as against U.S. national security interests, and he outlined significant measures targeting the regime in its entirety. This is a major U.S. policy shift vis-a-vis Iran dating back to the early 1950s since Eisenhower turned against the democratically-elected government of Prime Minister Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh.

However, most European countries, including France, Germany and the UK, strongly opposed Trump’s position regarding the Iran nuclear deal.

On February 5, the UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May reaffirmed Britain’s commitment to a 2015 Iran nuclear deal in a telephone conversation with Trump ahead of a key U.S. decision on whether Tehran has stuck to the terms of the pact. Trump has cast doubt on the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which sought to curb Iran’s nuclear program in return for lifting most Western economic sanctions.

 

2. In 2017, Trump bombed Syria on false flag information

As a show of force, Donald Trump launched a bombing attack against Syria, on Friday morning, April 7, 2017, under the spurious pretext that the inhabitants of a Syrian town had been the victims of a chemical attack. All this, not only in the absence of proof but also after there were numerous indications that such an attack was a false flag operation that had been staged by U.S.-backed Islamist rebels to embarrass the Syrian government, to blame Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, to manipulate the American president and to hoodwink the American public. Trump launched an illegal military attack against the sovereign country of Syria, under false pretenses, just as George W. Bush had done in 2003 against Iraq.

 

3. Moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In December 2018, Trump said he formally recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and approved moving the U.S. embassy. It opened in May 2018 to coincide with Israel's 70th anniversary. For Trump, U.S. foreign policies seem to be for sale to the highest campaign bidders, whatever the consequences.

And, to make sure that this would be the case, Trump designated Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and a fervent Zionist, to frame American foreign policy in the Middle East, in association with neocon John Bolton. It is no wonder that the Middle East is a daily human tragedy, with refugees fleeing in droves to Europe.

More generally, it can be said that the regime under Donald Trump, as it was also the case under George W. Bush and previous American presidents since WWII, has an unchecked hubristic complex, and thinks it has a God-given right to meddle in other sovereign countries’ domestic affairs, as we’re seeing right now in Venezuela.

 

4. Trump has extended huge tax reductions to corporations and rich individuals, who in turn bought stock shares and created a stock market bubble.

Possibly the Trump administration’s biggest economic and social blunder was the huge tax bonanza given to large corporations and super rich individuals, thus exacerbating income and wealth inequalities in the United States. Such large tax reductions are pushing the federal fiscal deficit above $1 trillion a year, thus saddling future generations with a huge public debt.

This is more surprising if one considers that during the 2016 political campaign, candidate Trump promised he would eliminate the public debt in eight years. In fact, Trump did just the reverse. As a result of Trump’s fiscal policies, it is estimated that his administration will add $8.3 trillion to the public debt during his first term. Meanwhile, the public debt will balloon to a total of $25 trillion. There is a term for that and it is called fiscal irresponsibility and campaign promise cynicism.

In 2018, for example, S&P 500 companies (Qualcomm, Apple, Oracle, etc.) used their Trump tax cut bonuses to spend an estimated staggering $770 billion to buy back their own shares, thus contributing to generating a stock market bubble. For CEOs, whose compensation is tied to the stock price because it makes the stock more valuable, this was the best of times, i.e. high salaries and lower taxes.

Many small investors, however, who bought at the top of the market, will be singled out to lose a lot of their savings when the stock market bubble bursts, while workers’ real wages are still lingering.

 

5. Trump’s promise to fight political corruption in Washington D.C. has been just an empty promise. Hillary is still free.

The promise that Donald Trump made while on the campaign trail to fight political corruption—to drain the Washington corruption swamp, as he said—has fallen flat. In fact, he has done anything but drain that swamp. On October 11, 2018 Trump said that former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton “should be in jail,” the Washington Times reports. Clinton should have been “taken right off the campaign” and thrown in jail back in 2016, according to Trump, and that would have happened if not for former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey. However, neither Clinton nor Comey were investigated or prosecuted.

 

6. Trump has started a trade war with China.

There is presently an intense technological competition around the fifth-generation (5G) chipset, which is bound to influence the global smartphone industry, telecommunications and cellular networks in the future. Many governments, not the least the U.S. government, are worried that Chinese companies such as Huawei could dominate that next-generation technology.

The Trump regime fears that the Chinese advances in that field could make it possible for the Chinese government to spy on other countries. For example, it has imposed restrictions and sanctions on Huawei and barred it and other Chinese companies from installing telecommunications equipment in the United States. The Chinese company has also been accused of “violating American extraterritorial sanctions against the country of Iran” and of “stealing trade secrets” from an American partner.

 

7. Trump has started a new arms race which could have negative consequences for global prosperity and for world peace.

The Trump regime has launched a new arms race against Russia and China, both in space and in Europe, which could degenerate into a military conflict. It has also placed nuclear missiles in countries bordering Russia, a provocation, thus openly threatening Russia’s security. If it were the reverse, the United States would surely object to having Russian nuclear missiles in a neighboring country. As a matter of fact, this was precisely the basis of the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962, under President John F. Kennedy.

 

8. Trump’s decision to unilaterally cancel the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

When Donald Trump announced, in October 2018 and when this was officially confirmed on Friday, February 1, 2019 that, without consultation with European allies, his administration is unilaterally withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), he opened a huge Pandora’s Box that could unleash a lot of human misery. That important treaty was first signed in December 1987 by Republican President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev. One of its objectives was to make sure that Europe would not become the theater of a disastrous nuclear war. But Trump does not care: “Après moi le déluge“.

That reckless decision has been called Trump’s Nuclear Folly as it indicates that allies can’t count on the Trump administration. It seems that Trump and his neocon advisors want a war with Russia. First, they place nuclear missiles in countries bordering Russia; then they get out of a nuclear treaty to prevent a nuclear war in Europe.

 

9. A border wall paid for by Mexico.

Trump’s vow to build a wall along the US-Mexican border was one of the most controversial of his campaign promises. Trump also insisted that Mexico would pay for it. Not one brick has been laid of the "big, beautiful wall". Mexico poured scorn on the claim that it would pay for such a barrier, and even Trump appears to have dropped that idea.

Democrats are vociferously opposed to a wall, whereas some Republicans have baulked at a bill that could reach $21.5 billion, according to a Department of Homeland Security internal report.

In December 2018 the US government went into a shutdown after Democrats resisted Trump's demands for $5 billion to fund the wall.

All Trump has to show so far for his signature campaign pledge is a photocall of him posing alongside wall prototypes.

 

10. Trump’s plans to ditch NATO

Trump repeatedly questioned the military alliance's purpose, calling it "obsolete". One issue that irked him was whether members were pulling their weight and "paying their bills". In one New York Times interview in July 2016, he even hinted that the US would not come to the aid of a member invaded by Russia. But as he hosted Nato's Secretary General at the White House in April 2018, he said the threat of terrorism had underlined the alliance's importance. "I said it [Nato] was obsolete," Trump said. "It's no longer obsolete." In July 2018, Trump reiterated his support at the NATO summit, but suggested the US might still leave if allies did not acquiesce to his budget demands. The abrupt departure of Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has concerned some allies, as the general had been among aides urging the president to remain in NATO.

Author: USA Really