President Donald Trump has a tough job. All presidents do.
While holding the most powerful office in history, a president is bound to be tested. Political opponents, terrorists, foreign rivals, and even foreign allies all wait like hungry jackals for the smallest gap to exploit.
Trump has been tested, perhaps more than any president since World War II.
One of the first challenges was from North Korea.
The hermit kingdom wasted no time in ramping up war rhetoric, promising to bury Washington, D.C. in a sea of radioactive ash. These threats soon became more realistic as Kim Jong Un’s scientists developed a missile with a range long enough to strike the continental United States.
Without batting an eye, Trump went to gunboat diplomacy. He parked a few aircraft carriers within striking distance of North Korea, ensuring Lil’ Kim was most definitely shaking in his size 4 boots.
In no time at all, supreme leader Kim was begging to meet and talk things out.
Not to be outdone on the list of communist countries doing stupid things, China decided to test Trump’s resolve to put the American economy first.
They got a much different response than they did with Bill Clinton.
After only months of tariffs, Chinese president Xi Jinping is facing growing criticism over his decision to not back down in the face of hurricane Trump. As the New York Post points out, some are even braving China’s police state policies to criticize their president.
For a country that’s implemented the ‘Great Firewall of China’ to keep its citizens from accessing anti-government information, this dissent harbors a real possibility of spiraling out of control.
Last but not least, we have Iran.
Starkly anti-American since their Islamic revolution, Iran has done their best to challenge the United States at every turn.
Then-President Barack Obama infamously handed over a cash ransom for the return of U.S. sailors captured by Iran’s navy.
Now in the midst of an economic crisis, Trump’s sanctions have done wonders to further the chaos. Protesters are flooding the streets, and strikes are becoming more and more frequent.
Handled well, Iran can hope for a long road to recovery. Handled poorly, and Iran has regime change and even possible civil war to look forward to.
Trump continues to hammer Iran, going so far as to level threats against any company willing to do business with the rogue nation.
The Iran sanctions have officially been cast. These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level. Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States. I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2018
While they have not accepted defeat yet, they are most certainly diminished in their ability to do our citizens harm.
If his head is not on a pike by then, the Ayatollah is most certainly going to be rooting for anyone BUT Trump in the 2020 elections.
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