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The Many Terms from Reagan to Trump Vs. the First Term of President Trump

By | Dr. Frank Musmar 

November 15, 2020

It has been 28 years since President Ronald Regan left office on January 20, 1989, and President Donald Trump began his first term presidency on January 20, 2017. In his first term, President Donald Trump’s achievements preceded the 28 years of the former presidents. Besides Regan, every President was part of the IVY educated league and the ruling class that promised many things and did another. Those ruling class kept the deficits, raised taxes, deteriorated the industrial base, kept the borders open to foreign nationals domiciling the country without sharing the United States’ values, but got benefits and voted for their previous homeland benefits against the interest of the United States. Accordingly, President Trump started his first term battling to fix the many problems that burdened the United States for many years. 

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

NAFTA was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on December 8, 1993, and went into effect in 1994; it is an agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico to lift tariffs on most goods produced by the three countries. NAFTA was an unfair deal and hurt many Americans by closing factories, exporting jobs, and broken political promises resulting from the old NAFTA. President Trump is the first president that renegotiated a modern United States trade agreement. “America has finally turned the page on decades of unfair trade deals that sacrificed our prosperity and shipped away our companies, our jobs, and our Nation’s wealth,” President Donald J. Trump.   

The World Trade Organization (WTO)

The United States and China are the world’s two largest economies that wrangle for global influence. WTO has always been an unfair trade agreement for the United States, and it is mostly in the interest of China. President Bill Clinton in 2000 pushed Congress to approve the U.S.-China trade agreement and China’s accession to the WTO in what was described by President Trump as the single worst trade deal ever made. President Trump introduced tariffs on several goods imported from China into the US, which created frustration with hyper globalization, China’s “economic imperialism,” and a serious call for the United States to withdraw from WTO. 

The World Health Organization (WHO)

The United States is the most significant contributor to the WHO. America’s taxpayers are funding a $2 billion, equal to half of the WHO’s budget. The WHO has an apparent and persistent wasteful spending, utter disregard for transparency, pervasive incompetence, and failure to adhere to basic democratic standards. The WHO and during the COVID-19 pandemic showed a lack of independence” from China. President Trump announced that he is terminating the United States’ relationship with the World Health Organization because of China’s control over the organization. 

The United Nations (UN)

UN is a potential world government with many programs that violate the US Constitution, such as the implementation of the International Court of Justice and the Law of the Sea Treaty, both of which are considered a threat to US President Trump administration withdrew from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in October 2017 and June 2018 respectively. The United States also announced its intention to withdraw from the World Health Organization on July 6, 2021. In September 2018, President Trump said on the opening day of the Assembly’s annual General Debate that Americans govern America, and we reject the ideology of globalism. Moreover, President Trump said, “We are working to shift more of our funding from assessed contributions to voluntary so that we can target American resources to the programs with the best record of success,” he said. “Only when each of us does our part and contributes our share can we realize the UN’s highest aspirations.”

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

President Trump renegotiated NATO altogether after describing the organization as obsolete because it wasn’t taking care of terror. Moreover, President Trump believes Europe’s NATO members are not spending enough to support the alliance and are relying on the US to shoulder the burden. The US accounted for 70% of the total spending on defense by NATO governments. President Trump renegotiated the US spending, and for the period 2021-2024, cost shares attributed to most European allies and Canada will increase, while the United States’ share will decrease.   

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

The absurd atomic accord with Iran was the worst arms-control agreement since the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922. President Obama helped Iran spread its influence considerably and allowed Iran to continue to be an outlaw state. The arms-control agreement relieved the Iranian regime’s pressure to increase its support for terrorism and other rogue regimes and expand its conventional military power over Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yamen. On May 8, 2018, President Trump did America and the world a favor by withdrawing the United States from the JCPOA and signed a presidential memorandum to institute the “highest level” of Iran’s economic sanctions to deter Iranian aggression. 

Israel and the Middle East

President Trump is the only President that promised and delivered. On December 6, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States would begin recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and open an Embassy in Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Embassy Act is a 1995 bipartisan act that has never been applied by any previous president; however, President Trump applied it, and the senate unanimously reaffirmed it. Moreover, President Trump recognized the Golan Heights as part of Israel through a presidential proclamation signed on March 25, 2019 

Peace to Prosperity and a peace momentum in the Middle East

Donald Trump’s “Peace to Prosperity” plan is the most realistic and achievable peace proposal ever put forward. The plan created a momentum of peace in the Middle East between Israel and UAE, Bahrain, and Sudan, which reformulated formerly combative relationships. Trump administration instituted a remarkable momentum on foreign policy that any former president never achieved since Regan time.   

The American Economy

President Trump administration reduced the size, scope, and cost of federal regulations for the first time in decades. The Administration cut eight and a half regulations for every new rule that slashed regulatory costs by nearly $50 billion, with savings reaching $220 billion and will increase the real annual incomes by more than $40 billion. The deregulatory efforts will save American households an estimated $3,100 each year.  

America is energy independent

Under President Trump’s leadership, America is energy independent for the first time. Rather than staying reliant on foreign nations, today, America is an exporter of American-made energy. The United States became the world’s number one producer of oil and maintained its position as the number one natural gas producer. President Trump achieved the promise that every previous President since Nixon promised: energy independence. 

Immigration and securing the borders

President Trump administration adopted an immigration system that serves the national interest that restores law and secure borders. The Border Wall reached 400 Mile in October 2020, ensuring the swift removal of unlawful entrants. Moreover, to protect American workers, the President supports ending chain migration, eliminating the Visa Lottery, and moving the country to a merit-based entry system. These reforms will advance the safety and prosperity of all Americans while helping new citizens assimilate and flourish.

China

President Trump recognized the true nature of the Chinese Communist Party and its threat to America’s economic and political way of life by increasing its influence in the United States, using political, economic, military, and propaganda tools. China has a history of unfair trading practices and intellectual property theft. Trump administration imposed tariffs policy on Chinese products to encourage consumers to buy American products by making imported goods more expensive.

There is no doubt and its evident that President Trump did whatever he promised to do like never any politicians preceded him despite all pressure that he and his family had to experience from his rivals; every single authority has investigated him, and his family and his businesses were audited in an attempt to destroy his image. President Trump is the only president who did not need the income of his job as a president, and once described by President Obama as the American dream is to be Donald Trump.