The President has the implied right to carry on diplomacy with foreign governments, even if the diplomacy isn’t shared by Congress or the people. Congress can refuse to fund or not fund anything it wants but we can’t have 535 different voices for our country’s foreign policy.
Which explains why we only have one president at a time even if some pundits have opined that the job is just too big for one person. They said that when Obama was flailing and needed a life line in 2010.
Many people are upset with Trump’s calls with Mexico and Australia. I’m not one of them. Mexico is corrupt. It encourages illegal immigration to our country because it’s unwilling and cheaper than taking care of its own great people.
Someone had to finally tell the president of Mexico the hard truth. But as usual, the reports of the call between the two presidents was hardly the truth. On Feb. 1, the AP reported this outrageous claim:
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump threatened in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart to send U.S. troops to stop “bad hombres down there” unless the Mexican military does more to control them, according to an excerpt of a transcript of the conversation obtained by The Associated Press.
Except that’s not even close to what Trump said according to the Washington Times but we’re used to fake news by now. You don’t think the AP wants to start some kind of war do you and blame it on Trump/sarc?
Mexico said Wednesday that the Associated Press’ account of a call Friday between President Trump and his Mexican counterpart is inaccurate.
“The assertions that you make about said conversation do not correspond to the reality of it,” the Mexican government said in a statement on the wire service’s reporting.
We need a good relationship with Mexico and Mexico needs a vibrant economy that isn’t run by the drug cartels or doesn’t hold influence over President Nieto even if he may be complicit. That is how we can be great neighbors and trading partners by respecting each other’s sovereignty.
I recently heard this on the radio and it may be a lie so take it with a grain of salt. A caller said that Mexico gives its southern border crossers a 10-day visa or permission slip to legally cross their country in order to get to the United States. If they don’t meet their goal and successfully exit Mexico and enter ours within 10-days, they’ll be arrested and sent back home which is not Mexico. There is no such thing as illegal immigration in Mexico for the most part. A free ten-day ride to penetrate our border! Reminds of the new show, The Hunted.
Reports are that Trump also got testy with the Australian PM because Trump didn’t want to honor Obama’s invitation to send us their unwanted refugees. Think about that. Australia said yes to 1,250 refugees and decided they just couldn’t bring themselves to welcoming them after all to their big island so they want another country to inherit them. The U.S. welcomed over 80K refugee and asylum seekers last fiscal year alone.
Here’s how the WashingtonTimes.com explained the situation:
In 2001, Australia came under international fire after it refused to resettle 450 refugees, mainly from Afghanistan. Caving to international pressure, Australia set up offshoring processing centers on the Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus in Papua New Guinea to detain them, rather than bringing the refugees to their shore. It was, for them, a compromise.
Many of these detainees stayed on the islands indefinitely, and the conditions there were inhumane. Last year, The Guardian reported numerous cases of physical and sexual abuse at the centers, and protests erupted for the Australian government to shut them down, which it agreed to do.
But here’s the kicker: although they agreed to shut down the detention centers, the Australian government still didn’t want the refugees to resettle on its land. Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said flatly that the 854 men living at the Manus Island detention center wouldn’t be resettled in Australia.
Australia had a problem and turned to Obama to be the fixer….after the election I might add. Hurry, rush in the refugees before Trump takes office! And the WT asks a great question:
And what does the U.S. get in return, other than an Australian-made problem that undoubtedly will cost us money and jeopardize our national security?
I don’t know. It’s certainly worth evaluating. And that’s exactly what Mr. Trump is doing.
Yet Trump is the crazy undiplomatic guy in all this for trying to protect this country from Australia’s misfits, just like PM Turnbull is doing for his country after it built this mess!
If one cares what the UN says, in 2009 it accused Australia of being “entrenched” with racism after an inquiry into the treatment of the country’s Aboriginal population. There’s a history there yet Trump is the one accused of being a racist for not taking in another 1,250 refugees that apparently are too dangerous to set foot on Australia proper.
Enter Senator McCain who is appalled that Trump would speak to a world leader without bowing in awe and saying in no uncertain terms “NO”. McCain decided he’s the president and offered them his condolences for Trump’s behavior and harsh words. From TheHill.com:
“I called Australia’s Ambassador to the United States this morning to express my unwavering support for the U.S.-Australia alliance,” McCain, who’s frequently criticized Trump, said in a statement.
McCain added that he asked Joe Hockey, the Australian ambassador to the U.S., to “convey to the people of Australia” that Americans value their alliance, “honor the sacrifice of the Australians who have served and are serving by our side, and remain committed to the safer, freer, and better world that Australia does far more than its fair share to protect and promote.”
Excuse me Senator, but no one elected you president and undermining our current one publicly and behind his back internationally isn’t helping our country! You lost that title to Obama, remember? You may not like his policies or diplomatic demeanor and you’re free to enact laws all day long, but you don’t set the foreign policy unless war or treaties are involved and you don’t get to speak for our president. Capiche?
I have to agree with the AP’s assessment in this article aptly titled:
Since Trump’s inauguration, McCain has broken with the president on his immigration order, warned him against any rapprochement with Moscow, lectured him on the illegality of torture, and supplied only a tepid endorsement of Rex Tillerson, Trump’s secretary of state nominee.
McCain of Arizona and Graham of South Carolina issued a joint statement saying, “Our government has a responsibility to defend our borders.”“It is clear from the confusion at our airports across the nation that President Trump’s executive order was not properly vetted,” the two senators said. “We are particularly concerned by reports that this order went into effect with little to no consultation with the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security. We fear this executive order may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security.”
They continued, “We must do so in a way that makes us safer and upholds all that is decent and exceptional about our nation.”
My emphasis on that tired old talking point the Left loves to use. Yes, just be nice to the terrorists and they’ll be nice back to us. And of course much of their blabber is utter nonsense since we learned that other departments were consulted.
It’s shenanigans like this that explain precisely why Trump didn’t advise, consult or inform Congress on the E.O. before its release. Do you think the order would have been so strong if Trump let Congress critters dictate their demands before its release? Would it have been leaked before Trump announced it to the public, giving the opposition of the McTwo and the Democrats an opportunity to undermine it before it was released?
And yes, although the words “legal permanent residence” or “green-card holder” can’t be found in the E.O. , their exemption should have been explicitly written into it to avoid the confusion it temporarily caused.
The president’s primary function is to keep America and its citizens safe and he has plenty of latitude to do just that whether or not one agrees with his tactics.
In regards to the powers of the president, this Heritage article asserts:
In answering the question, a natural starting point is the list of powers possessed by sovereign nations as of the time of America’s founding. These would include at least these three:
1) the right to protect the safety of citizens abroad,
2) the right to respond with military force to aggression, whether from states or from international criminals, and
3) the right to carry on diplomacy with foreign states, including the rights to accredit their ministers and to grant or withhold recognition of foreign governments.
What Trump doesn’t need is has-been, loser, past, presidential candidates backstabbing him on foreign policy and coming to the rescue of another country from his meanie words just because they don’t agree with the current president’s tone or position. The people spoke and they didn’t make McCain or Graham the president.
Did they ever put up such a ferocious fight towards Obama’s failed policies? Iraq policy comes to mind but they did a full surrender to Obama on the worst deal in our history, the Iran deal. Graham sponsored the deal with Corker and everyone but Sen. Cotton voted yes to it! McCain said he had no choice in the matter and Mark Levin let him have it for being so Constitutionally inept!
Undoubtedly President Trump is learning that the highest office of the land is a lonely place. He can’t do right or wrong without criticism from all sides. That’s how it’s supposed to work since we don’t crown a King and I imagine he’ll get more used to it as time goes on since it comes with the territory. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the right to push back just as hard on his detractors or myth tellers that pretend to be journalists.
Please, one president at a time for the powers vested to him in the Constitution. No more, no less.
*McTrio and McTwo and McDuo are the new names I’ve coined for Senators McCain, Graham and Flake or a subset of the three. They usually act in concert, are rarely inseparable and often get egg on their faces. Had Ayotte been re-elected, they would be the McFour.