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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.
Under Trump, construction has begun on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines even as the United States will soon achieve oil production of 10 million barrels per day, will become a net exporter of oil sometime in the next decade, and is set to rival Russia as the world’s largest oil producer by 2019.
Add to that low unemployment, rising wages, a booming stock market and a tax cut that will put more money in middle-class pockets starting next month and you have the makings of a very successful presidency. Did I mention that Obamacare’s noxious individual mandate has been consigned to history’s dustbin as well?
And there’s more. At the border, illegal crossings are down as much as 60%, showing that a willingness to enforce the law and end incentives to enter the country illegally will change behavior.
Likewise, Trump has overseen a change in national security policy from the globalist moral imperialism of his recent predecessors to the interests based in realism that he calls America First. His speeches in Warsaw, Poland, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, were triumphs. They encouraged our friends and put our enemies on notice.
Back in Washington, Trump’s appointees are quietly cutting regulations pursuant to one of his first executive orders, which instructs them to cut two regulations for every new one they put in place.
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.
He promised to punish Syria if it used chemical weapons on its people, and, unlike his immediate predecessor, he followed through — not once but twice.
Trump pledged to nominate Supreme Court justices “in the mold of Justice [Antonin] Scalia,” and now Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. 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.
He vowed an unprecedented regulatory rollback, with a strict policy to eliminate two existing regulations for every new regulation. In his first year, he achieved $8.1 billion in lifetime regulatory savings and is on track to achieve an additional $9.8 billion this year.
During the campaign, he told African American voters, “What do you have to lose? . . . I will straighten it out. I’ll bring jobs back. We’ll bring spirit back.” On his watch, African American unemployment reached the lowest level ever recorded
Trump promised to cancel President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, withdraw from the Paris climate accord and open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil 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.
The president pledged historic increases in defense spending, and delivered. He pledged to bring back manufacturing jobs, and manufacturing jobs are growing at the fastest pace in more than two decades. He pledged to sign “Right to Try” legislation to give dying Americans access to experimental treatments, and did. He pledged to take on the opioid epidemic and will soon sign a sweeping bipartisan opioids package into law.
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.
“Let’s overthrow the government of Donald Trump peacefully, lawfully and with extreme prejudice. Let’s make America great again, by making Donald Trump a casino operator again,” he added.
After the dinner, Baldwin said that he wakes up every morning still “horrified” that Trump is president, The New Hampshire Union-Leader reported.
PRESIDENT Donald Trump has been hit by an astonishing attack from former Secretary of State John Kerry, who branded him “the worst President in American history”.
For now, though, the real story of Donald Trump is a simple one. He is a horrible president. He is hurting our country. He is making the world a worse place. He is choosing to divide us. And even if it doesn’t change a thing, speaking out is the right thing to do.
For the same reason you wouldn't expect a Right leaning newscaster on CNN showering Trump with praise. I certainly didn't expect The Washington Post to publish this, but maybe even the higher ups couldn't dispute the facts. Either way, it's a win for Trump, who will most likely use it in a future tweet, if he hasn't already.
so it seems they are trying to have the new opinion article cancle out the old one ,the article i quoted seems much more angry then the one the OP posted
Marc Thiessen has written a column here at The Post arguing that President Trump is not, as most people acknowledge, the most prodigious liar in the history of the presidency, but in fact “may be remembered as the most honest president in modern American history,” because “when it comes to the real barometer of presidential truthfulness — keeping his promises — Trump is a paragon of honesty.” Thiessen goes on to say that “When Trump says he will do something, you can take it to the bank.” And Wednesday morning, the column came to the attention of the president himself, the way he usually learns information: via “Fox & Friends.” So Trump tweeted this: “Trump could be the most honest president in modern history. When you look at the real barometer of presidential truthfulness, which is promise keeping, he is probably the most honest president in American history. He’s done exactly what he said he would do.” Marc Thiessen, WPost — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2018 Thiessen is wrong about a number of things in this column, the first being that keeping promises is “the real barometer of presidential truthfulness.” It just isn’t — they’re somewhat related, but they aren’t the same thing at all. You can be honest and fail to keep your promises for any number of reasons, and Trump is living proof that you can keep promises while lying every step of the way. The assertion that the real measure of honesty is not honesty itself but something else sounds a lot like a concerted act of rationalization, a way of supporting a president who lies with shocking regularity while convincing yourself that you’re still a moral person for whom honesty matters. But what I really want to address is Thiessen’s claim that Trump is perhaps “the most honest president in modern American history” because of his unparalleled record of promise-keeping. Trump has now endorsed this assessment, and it is a claim he will probably continue to make for, well, the rest of his life.