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Good Trump, Bad Trump

Good Trump, Bad Trump
July 13
18:09 2018

The problem with the #NeverTrump resistance movement is that they can only see a Bad Trump in every policy, appointment and statement. They lose credibility by not recognizing the positive accomplishments of his administration.

Those who believe that policy and actions are more important than pugnacious and bellicose feuds with unimportant celebrities, or even his gross exaggerations of self-importance, are able to distinguish the Good Trump from the Bad Trump. They have accepted that President Trump is a man who often colors outside the lines of conventional presidential behavior. Even that has been seen as a refreshing break from traditional styles and approaches that have brought decades of more serene failures.

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But there is a Bad Trump, to be sure – and he appeared again on his visit to Great Britain – more specifically in his interview with one of the nation’s more prominent tabloids, The Sun. In this case, Trump did not color outside the lines, he went off the page.

One might expect a president to be firm, even tough, in representing the interests of the United States. His criticism of the NATO allies for not meeting their financial commitments to the alliance is more than justified. That demand was made by several of his predecessors. Only the style and results have changed. Despite #NeverTrump criticism, the president never undermined the basic purpose and strength of the alliance.

Trump’s public criticism of our G7 allies was centered on trade. His throw-away lines about admitting Russia to the G7 had little impact on actual negotiations – but merely added fodder to the Trump and Putin as bosom bodies political narrative.

What Trump did in Britain, however, was an error in both style and substance – and a matter of time and place. Bad Trump went beyond pressing his views on a controversial subject – as he did in Brussels and earlier in Vancouver. Bad Trump used a state visit to meddle deeply in British politics and in a way that’s an affront to the head-of-state hosting him and to the people of the host nation.

Bad Trump accused British Minister Theresa May of not taking his advice on the handling of Brexit – which may be the source of his testy relationship with May. At a time when she is facing a rough political road, Bad Trump threw a few more rocks on the pavement.

To add injury to insult, Bad Trump proposed that May’s recently resigned Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson would make a fine Prime Minister. This would be the equivalent of May coming to America and suggesting that Hillary Clinton would have been a great president for America. Perhaps it is Johnson’s equally strange iconic blond hairstyle that has drawn Trump’s attention and approval.

The problem with what Bad Trump did in Britain is that it is not just style. It has significant policy and political implication. For those on Trump’s team who are working on trade deals with England, the job gets more difficult. Trump has turned the issues between two of the world’s closest allies into a peeing contest between two heads-of-state who may not like each other. It creates a division at the grassroots level. It creates a friction, if not a hostility, between the peoples of both nations.

On the home front, Bad Trump will drive away critical support for himself and the Republican Party – just as that support was slowly inching up in the polls. Bad Trump’s behavior in Britain is indefensible. Couple this with the Republicans less-than-stellar management of Peter Strzok’s appearance before the House Judiciary Committee and the sound you hear may be wavering voters moving back to the Democrat side for the upcoming elections.

The problem with this bad behavior by Bad Trump in England is that it is impossible to see any positive good that came of it. This goes beyond even a tough negotiating strategy. Trump would be well advised to tell Bad Trump, “You’re fired.”

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. DJ
    DJ July 16, 17:39

    Agree with all you said EXCEPT your critisism of the Republican questioning of treasonous Strzok.
    If anything, I think they were too easy on this arrogant self important liar.

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  2. Nick
    Nick July 16, 18:03

    He’s Putin bitch

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  3. Rucy
    Rucy July 16, 18:10

    At least you Republithugs – are admitting Trump is a rude, mannerless, bully who is internationally clueless, and does not have the best interests of the U.S. in his heart or brain. He wants to be a strong dictator like the object of his Bromance – Vladimir Putin, or possibly – Hitler.

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  4. Irreverent One
    Irreverent One July 16, 19:51

    Take a breath Larry, relax. We are the people who elected this man and we are the people who stand side by side with him in his goal of returning America to the position of leader of the free world. If he seems to be a loose cannon then perhaps it is because he wants to see changes from our European Allies. These changes are long overdue and our President has a way of telling it like it is and we all stand in firm support.

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  5. David
    David July 16, 23:26

    Larry, as one on the liberal side of things,I greatly appreciate the Good-Bad distinction of Trump you made. It also helps me understand why people find some “goodness” in him.

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