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Old 10-12-2018, 04:07 PM  
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Opinion: Trump could be most honest president in modern history

https://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news...uCL5YKPTMKUaN/

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump may be remembered as the most honest president in modern American history.
Don’t get me wrong, Trump lies all the time. He said that he “enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history” (actually they are the eighth largest) and that “our economy is the strongest it’s ever been in the history of our country” (which may one day be true, but not yet). In part, it’s a New York thing — everything is the biggest and the best.

But when it comes to the real barometer of presidential truthfulness — keeping his promises — Trump is a paragon of honesty. For better or worse, since taking office Trump has done exactly what he promised he would do.

Trump kept his promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, something his three immediate predecessors also promised yet failed to do. He promised to “crush and destroy ISIS,” and two years later he is on the verge of eliminating the Islamic State’s physical caliphate. He promised to impose a travel ban on countries that he saw as posing a terrorist threat, and after several false starts the final version of his ban was upheld by the Supreme Court.

Trump pledged to nominate Supreme Court justices “in the mold of Justice [Antonin] Scalia,” and now Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh sit on the high court. Trump also pledged to fill the federal appellate courts with young, conservative judges, and so far the Senate has confirmed 29 — more than any recent president at this point in his administration.

Trump promised to cancel President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, withdraw from the Paris climate accord, approve the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, and open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to exploration. He fulfilled all of those pledges.

On trade, he kept his promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and impose tariffs on steel and aluminum. He also committed to renegotiating NAFTA and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement — and recently signed new deals with Mexico, Canada and South Korea. He committed to imposing tariffs on China to force it to open its markets and stop its theft of intellectual property — and is following through on that pledge. Whatever one thinks of Trump’s trade policies, he is doing exactly what he said.

Where Trump has failed to keep promises, such as building the wall or repealing Obamacare, it has not been for a lack of trying. Only in a few rare instances has he backtracked on a campaign pledge — such as when he admitted that he was wrong to promise a complete withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and reversed course. I’m glad he did.

But whether one agrees or disagrees is not the point. When Trump says he will do something, you can take it to the bank. Yes, he takes liberties with the truth. But unlike his predecessor, he did not pass his signature legislative achievement on the basis of a lie (“If you like your health care plan, you can keep it”) — which is clearly worse than falsely bragging that your tax cut is the biggest ever.

The fact is, in his first two years, Trump has compiled a remarkable record of presidential promise-keeping. He’d probably say it’s the best in history — which may or may not end up being true. It’s too soon to tell.


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Old 10-12-2018, 04:20 PM   #2
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Old 10-12-2018, 04:26 PM   #3
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Old 10-12-2018, 06:11 PM   #4
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He is indeed honest. I especially love it when it pisses of liberals.
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Old 10-12-2018, 06:24 PM   #5
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Well, someone who speaks off the cuff is honest about what he thinks. Whereas most other politicians are scripted and not all like what they are behind the scenes.

Trump is quite different than his public brash rhetorical style I've read. Even Putin commented on that.

Doesn't mean he can't get mad when someone betrays him or screws up big-time. All presidents have done that.
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Old 10-12-2018, 06:29 PM   #6
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Old 10-13-2018, 08:02 AM   #7
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Old 10-13-2018, 08:29 AM   #8
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First few sentences: "Don't get me wrong, Trump lies all the time"....


OK....Name ONE (JUST ONE) politician that doesn't lie every time they open their pie holes...

But I do agree. Trump (for the most part) tells it like it is. So yeah, he may go down as the most honest President in history.
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Old 10-13-2018, 09:29 AM   #9
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Old 10-13-2018, 09:46 AM   #10
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Old 10-13-2018, 09:56 AM   #12
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Trump is emotionally honest all the time. whatever emotion he feels, that is the emotion he expresses. I dont think he is honest about material things.
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Old 10-13-2018, 09:58 AM   #13
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This is a joke, right?
Did you actually read the article? Probably not.
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So, if they were polling better than Trump and the primary goal was to prevent Hillary from becoming POTUS, perhaps it would have been a better strategic decision to nominate someone who actually had a chance of beating her and preventing that than nominating Donald Trump.
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Old 10-13-2018, 10:05 AM   #14
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Did you actually read the article? Probably not.
Yes, I did. It doesn't make any sense. Unless, of course, you can justify that he lies all the time with he keeps his promises.
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He's certainly what the country needed in the time of libtard identity politics & political correctness shaming.

I'd take him over bum **** barry, the sasquatch, and hillary anytime.
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