Trump’s first 100 days is about to pass on April 29th, 2017. How has the so-called political “outsider” (a very inside kind of outsider) Donald Trump done? Has he delivered on his campaign promises? Has he brought about real change? Is this change for the better? Trump’s first 100 days have been full of incoherency, especially regarding his foreign policy. Just as Barack Obama was the Teleprompter-in-Chief, I think a fair moniker for Trump is Flip-Flopper-in-Chief, due to the immense range of issues upon which Trump has done a 180 degree turn. The latest Gallup poll showed that Trump’s popularity had fallen to 41%, the lowest ever polled by Gallup for a US president after 100 days in office (compared to the highest ever [JFK’s] which was 74%). Here are Donald J. Trump’s first 100 days in review.
Trump’s First 100 Days: Denial of Observable Reality
Trump has his own brand of mendacity. It’s a different kind of lie to the lying of Hillary Clinton. It’s more of a narcissistic lie than a psychopathic lie, more like a denial of observable reality. Hillary more lies to cover her ass and her murders, whereas the Donald just “makes shit up” because it sounds good and kind of almost true if he spins it. As the New Yorker writes:
“One reliable way to know that Donald Trump has reversed himself on an issue is if he denies having done any such thing. The pattern repeats itself: his Administration is dealt a major setback—the courts blocking his travel bans, the G.O.P. health-care bill dying in the House—and Trump responds by decreeing that “great progress” is being made and the media is neglecting to cover it. It’s easy to become inured to how bizarre this is: America has a President who denies observable reality and uses his social-media accounts to feed his supporters an alternate version of the truth. All politicians spin. Trump lies, regularly and brazenly.”
Trump’s First 100 Days: Flip-Flopping Galore
It is no secret that Donald Trump has flip flopped on countless issues since assuming the presidency. To flip flop around the way that Trump has shows us many things, namely that he doesn’t have strong principles and positions which he has already formed, that he has a tendency to mouth off before understanding an issue, that the Deep State has gotten to him and persuaded and threatened him into reversing his campaign positions (assuming he was actually being honest during campaigning) and that now he is showing his true colors once he has secured the throne of power (assuming he was ever being honest in the first place).
Here is a brief list of some of the things that Trump has flip flopped on:
– We need to investigate and prosecute the ultra corrupt Hillary Clinton > She’s a “good friend” and has been through enough
– Draining the swamp > Appoints swamp dwellers to his Cabinet and Administration, such as Zionists, Neocons and the 3 Gs (Goldman Sachs, Generals and Gazillionaires)
– Replace and repeal Obamacare > Keep the “strongest assets” of Obamacare
– Mexico will pay for the wall > Assuming it even happens, the US will have to pay upfront for it (and will probably never get the money back unless via US citizens themselves, through taxes or increased costs of Mexican goods)
– We should stay out of Syria > Trump breaks international law and strikes Syria with 59 missiles
– NATO is obsolete > NATO is “no longer obsolete”
– China is a “currency manipulator” > China is not manipulating the currency
– The US should get along with Russia > Russia is now the official enemy
– Janet Yellen (head of the Federal Reserve) is bad > Now Trump “respects” her
– The Export-Import Bank is bad > The Export-Import Bank has helped small companies
– On his first day Trump signed a memo ordering a freeze on federal hires > In April 2017, that freeze is now over
– Wikileaks/Julian Assange is great > Trump would “be OK” with prosecuting Wikileaks/Julian Assange
– The US should be non-interventionist > Trump rails and ratchets up tension against Iran, China, Syria and North Korea (all to varying degrees)
– We need a strong US dollar > The dollar is “getting too strong”
To be fair to Trump, there are some issues where he has followed though on his word, such as his promises to appoint a conservative justice (Neil Gorsuch) and to withdraw the US from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), but such issues are few and far between.
Trump’s First 100 Days: Militarism, Strikes and Multiple Wars
Nowhere are Trump’s internal contradictions and incoherencies more apparent than in the realm of foreign policy and the military. He has said one thing during his campaigns, another thing with his tweets and implies yet another thing with his actions. He claimed he wanted the US to be less aggressive and interventionist, yet his administration has picked fights with Iran, China and North Korea – plus he ordered military action in Yemen and Somalia, Syria to be struck with missiles and Afghanistan to be the target of the MOAB! All of these actions resulted in people being killed, including civilians. He has put more generals in his cabinet than any other US president since WW2 and he increased the already massive US military budget. Do you know that Trump now wants to spend 61% of discretionary funds on the military (while spending 6% on education and 6% healthcare)? The article Trump’s Incoherent Foreign Policy notes:
“During his campaign Trump implied that the United States should fight fewer wars overseas and demanded that U.S. dependents, Japan and South Korea, do more for their own defense, perhaps even getting nuclear weapons. Yet … Trump had tweeted that North Korean acquisition of a long-range missile “won’t happen” and that his administration was considering preemptive military strikes on North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs or reintroducing U.S. tactical (short-range) nuclear missiles into South Korea, which were removed 25 years ago.
So which is it — demanding U.S. allies do more or ramping up America’s efforts to make them even more reliant on American power? And this is not the only Trump policy contradiction.
If Trump is demanding that wealthy allies — both East Asian and European — put out more of an effort for their own security and if Trump wants to fight fewer wars overseas, then why does the defense budget need to be increased by a whopping 10 percent? That proposed increase is roughly equivalent to the entire Russian annual defense budget. In fact, couldn’t U.S. defense spending be cut to help ameliorate the already humongous $20-trillion-dollar national debt?”
The Trump Syria strike was yet more posturing. Knowing who Trump is, with his big and fragile ego, it has the feeling of Trump trying to show that he is not afraid of ordering missiles and bombs to be dropped. The MIC (Military Industrial Complex) have decades of experience in knowing how to manipulate a president, including more soft and easy ways like playing off his ego. The MSM (Mainstream Media) showed its moral depravity by declaring that the Syria strike was when “Donald Trump became President of the United States” (uttered by CFR member Fareed Zakaria). According to the CNN and its ilk, conducting mass murder means being a real president. Guess you can’t be the leader of the biggest and most aggressive Empire in world history without also being a bully and a killer.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who Trump has changed attitude towards, noted the Trump hypocrisy when he asserted that, “… it’s not about what they promise, because we all know that the American officials say something and do something different, they’re never committed to their promises or their words”.
Trump’s First 100 Days: Hypocrisy and Flip Flop on Wikileaks / Assange
Trump’s hypocrisy on Wikileaks and Julian Assange has been especially egregious. Candidate Trump had a love affair with Wikipedia, mentioning them in something around 140 tweets, yet when Wikileaks turns its leaking power against Trump, suddenly it’s not allowed. Trump was fine with Assange when all the dirt that was coming out involved Hillary and the DNC; yet if any of it involves Trump or his cronies, that’s not okay. Assange himself called out CIA head Mike Pompeo on his hypocrisy:
“When the director of the CIA, an unelected public servant, publicly demonizes a publisher such as WikiLeaks as a “fraud,” “coward” and “enemy,” it puts all journalists on notice, or should. Pompeo’s next talking point, unsupported by fact, that WikiLeaks is a “non-state hostile intelligence service,” is a dagger aimed at Americans’ constitutional right to receive honest information about their government … Pompeo was once a WikiLeaks fan. On July 24, then partisan politician Pompeo gloatingly tweeted: “Need further proof that the fix was in from Pres. Obama on down? BUSTED: 19,252 Emails from DNC Leaked by WikiLeaks.” Pompeo liked WikiLeaks when he perceived it was publishing material revealing the shortcomings of his political rivals. It was only when our publications touched Pompeo’s rice bowl that WikiLeaks became his target. Pompeo subsequently deleted the tweet, but he is learning that in the digital age, the truth is hard to hide. You don’t get to love the truth one day and seek its suppression and the incarceration of its publisher the next.”
That last line by Assange is gold. If you really have a principle, such as the seeking of truth or the promotion of freedom, you don’t abide by it when it’s convenient and throw it under the bus when it’s inconvenient. Such flip flopping and ambivalence only demonstrates a lack of real dedication, commitment and intestinal fortitude.
Trump’s First 100 Days: Cabinet and Admin Appointees
Trump’s first 100 days has shown us an administration full of questionable characters. As mentioned above, it was already clear that Trump had stacked his cabinet with generals, Zionists and ex-Goldman Sachs employees. However, even those outside those orbits have not turned out well. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has thoroughly disappointed and shown herself to be a complete puppet, willing to read whatever pro-Israel, anti-Russian script is placed in front of her. The promotion of Scott Pruitt to EPA head reeks of breathtaking corruption and cronyism, given that he clearly hates the EPA (having sued it 14 times). How can Americans expect any environmental protection from this? After Pruitt’s appointment, Trump signed into law a Republican bill that overturned animal welfare protection and now allows hunters to legally kill hibernating wolves and bears.
Trump’s first 100 days was also marked by his failure to get his new Healthcare Bill passed, despite a Republican majority in both the Upper and Lower houses. Trump also signed off on the DAPL pipeline, showing yet more evidence that under his watch he will favor corporate power over that of We the People.
Meet the New Boss, Just Like the Old Boss
Has their been any real significant change or progress in the right direction during Trump’s first 100 days? Doesn’t look like it. If you have a different opinion, please post your comment below. Meanwhile, people need to realize we need to be thinking in terms of restructuring the entire system (or doing away with it altogether and transitioning into peaceful cooperation or anarchy), not just changing from Left to Right and back again every few years in an act of desperate futility.