The week has been filled with good news for Americans, and others around the globe, courtesy of President Donald Trump.
Three American citizens detained for over a year have been released by North Korea. They are in good health and we did not pay an extortive ransom in the manner of Barack Obama. In fact, not only did President Trump negotiate their release, he was able to bring the leaders of North and South Korea together for a handshake with talks being scheduled, after 70 years of saber rattling hostilities that have destabilized the region and worried world leaders.
A June 12 date is set for President Trump to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
The Washington Times cites a Pew Research poll showing Trump’s across the political spectrum 71% approval rating for the “powerful, positive, developments” in negotiating directly with North Korea over its nuclear program.
The 2015 deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, provided Tehran billions of dollars in relief from sanctions in exchange for its less than trustworthy agreement to rein in its nuclear program. President Trump, no fan of the Barack Obama-era scheme negotiated by John Kerry, stated he will refuse to extend U.S. sanctions relief to Iran unless it is renegotiated.
Few have forgotten traitorous Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan, putting his fellow soldiers at risk as they searched for him. In 2014 Barack Obama swapped him for five Taliban murderers being held in Guantanamo Bay.
In another disastrous scheme, Obama sent plane loads of cash totaling $1.7 billion to the “Death to America” chanting dictatorship in Iran for the release of hostages —- which Obama denied doing even as news of the payments were revealed.
Fortune Magazine quotes Sen. Marco Rubio, who, in 2016, introduced legislation to ban future payments for hostages. “President Obama’s disastrous nuclear deal with Iran was sweetened with an illicit ransom payment and billions of dollars for the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism. The U.S. government should not be in the business of negotiating with terrorists and paying ransom money in exchange for the release of American hostages. Doing so puts more Americans in danger, as President Obama himself admitted.”
The icing on Trump’s economic cake follows news that U.S. unemployment has dramatically fallen to 3.9 percent. Black and Hispanic unemployment reached record lows as the economy has continued its upward spiral.
We are witnessing evidence of the difference between putting a businessman with negotiating skills in the White House as compared to elevating a leftist community organizer past his point of competency.