The Trump Administration has yet to accomplish anything major since the belligerent businessman Donald Trump took office, and so they’re eager to seize on anything to make up for the lack.
Professional liar and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders showed this on Twitter this Saturday, when she posted a message claiming that the Trump Administration is close to victory both in the fight to defeat the Islamic State terror group and in the national GOP’s struggle to pass tax reform.
‘We are getting closer everyday under President Trump’s leadership to defeating the ISIS caliphate and passing massive tax cuts for families & businesses. A stronger, more prosperous America is within reach.’
To start with, Donald Trump has not done anything remarkable or noteworthy in the fight against ISIS. The group’s continued loss of territorial strongholds has nothing to do with him, although something having nothing to do with him has never stopped Trump from claiming credit for something in the past.
The president promised to have a plan to defeat ISIS ready to go within thirty days of being on the job, but the only plan that had ever materialized as of this summer was basically a re-upping of the Obama Administration’s Middle East policy.
Back in April, the president ordered an airstrike on a Syrian government airfield after a chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians, but that’s just one instance of the president breaking from the Obama Administration’s precedent. He hasn’t ordered any similar airstrikes since.
This past week, Iraqi forces, operating with coalition support, retook the last major ISIS territorial stronghold in Iraq from the group, but to suggest that Trump’s supposed leadership skills had anything to do with that is ludicrous. It’s not as though the fight against ISIS started under him and those on the ground in the Middle East were just waiting for a thumbs up from our incompetent president.
So no, “President Trump’s leadership” has nothing to do with ISIS having its territory ripped out from under it.
The issue of the national GOP’s efforts to enact tax reform is a whole different story. Although the full Senate has yet to vote on the measure, the Senate Finance Committee recently passed the upper Congressional chamber’s version of the national GOP’s tax reform bill, which includes a repeal of the ObamaCare individual mandate.
Although the White House has asserted that they’re open to a repeal of the individual mandate being left out of the final version of the tax reform bill, if it does get passed, millions of people would be uninsured who would have health insurance otherwise.
Repealing the individual mandate would likely torpedo the ObamaCare insurance market, as CNN reports:
‘While experts have mixed views on how effective the mandate has been, many feel that removing it would cause the Obamacare market to tilt even more towards sicker and older consumers. That, in turn, could make insurers think twice about participating in the exchanges, especially since they would still be required to cover those with pre-existing conditions and not charge them more based on their medical history.’
So, no, Sarah Sanders, “President Trump’s leadership” hasn’t proven to be very helpful to anyone, anywhere, at all.
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