Unlike Barack Obama, President Trump’s first trip aboard was no apology tour.
After a long eight years, America is finally center stage again. Not as the world’s bully, but as the world’s leader.
Our country lacked leadership under Obama’s reign, and it’s quite refreshing to see a POTUS demonstrate resilience in the face of the world leaders.
President Trump has concluded his first trip nine-day trip abroad, which included Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican, Brussels and Italy for the G7 summit.
This was nothing like Barack Hussein Obama’s first foreign trip, in which he began to lay the groundwork for a lead-from-behind foreign policy.
Many have dubbed his foreign visits as nothing short of an “apology tour.”
This is because Obama was a weak leader that viewed America in a global sense. This is particularly due to his Kenyan roots, he viewed America in the context of the global world.
That’s not what we need or desire from a president. We need leadership that views the world from America’s perspective, and puts America first.
The current president displays actual leadership, compared to the feckless and apologetic Obama.
President Trump’s first stop was Saudi Arabia, where he met with King Salman and Muslim leaders at the Riyadh Summit.
He signed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, the largest in world history. I think this is an absolute mistake. I’m no fan of the country behind the 9/11 attacks.
However, President Trump did something very important for this trip, something the United States has needed to make crystal clear for quite some time.
He boldly called on not only Saudi Arabia, but the entire Muslim world, to condemn and join the fight against the evil ideology known as radical Islam.
Let’s contrast this with Obama’s infamous apology speech at Cairo University on June 4, 2009. Obama envisioned a “new beginning” and tried to bridge the divide between the West and Islam
“I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”
Yes, quite the job you did there, Barry.
This is very different from what the Muslim world heard this past week, as President Trump feels no such “calling”:
“Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory. Piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and your soul will be fully condemned. Heroes don’t kill innocents. They save them.”
That’s clearly something Obama would never have done.
Also, despite this debate being pretty much settled at this point, we need to get this clear:
Trump’s much taller compared to this Saudi king and had to slightly hunch over. That’s not a bow.
But that sure as hell was.
Here’s another positive from the President’s first foreign trip, his continued commitment to strengthening our important alliance with the state of Israel, one that Obama nearly destroyed.
Our close relationship with Israel goes back to the country’s very inception. It is a vital relationship to the United States.
Israel’s the only democracy in the Middle East. And finally after a long eight years, it’s starting to look loud and clear that America stands with the state of Israel again.
Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Donald Trump’s relationship also goes back years. It’s nice to see a friendship foster into an important geo-political relationship.
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) May 27, 2017
But never forget Obama’s contempt for Israel, which was on full-display for the entire world to see.
He once refused to acknowledge Jerusalem is part of Israel. And like most of Obama’s actions, this was by no means simply an accident.
After initially sending a press release with a transcript of Obama’s remarks at a memorial service in “Jerusalem, Israel,” the White House quickly issued a “corrected” version of the release, with the word Israel was crossed out.
As anyone knows with internal relations, subtle things really make a huge difference.
But Obama wasn’t always so subtle in his disdain for our ally. He once sent taxpayer money to unseat Netanyahu, an effort that ultimately failed.
And let’s never forget that Obama blatantly stabbed Israel in the back by refusing to veto a U.N. resolution that condemned Israel’s settlements on the West Bank.
All of that and I haven’t even mentioned Iran yet.
Where Obama sought appeasement with the mullahs, President Trump has taken a tough stand against Iran during this trip:
“For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror. It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room.”
Contrast that with Obama, who sought to seek better relations with the Iranians and gave $150 billion to a country that chants “death to America!”
The Israeli people can rest assured that the United States now firmly stands behind them, and not the terrorists in control of Iran.
Ending off Trump’s first trip abroad was the G7 Summit, held in Taormina, Italy.
The leaders of the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan – the countries that make up the Group of Seven, met on Friday for a two-day summit.
The major topic of discussion (a completely useless one) was climate change and the Paris Accord.
Unlike Obama, Donald Trump has called climate change a “hoax invented by the Chinese”. This marks a staunch difference from Obama, so the outcome of these talks was going to be an interesting one.
German Prime Minister Angela Merkel characterized the talks during the summit in Sicily “very unsatisfactory”.
When the women who is responsible for Europe’s demise and the destruction of her own country (due to importing refugees) is disappointed in you, you know you did something right.
Earlier on Saturday, the President tweeted from Italy that he would make his final decision next week as to whether the U.S. will remain in the Paris Accord:
I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2017
However, President Donald Trump has informed multiple individuals, including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, that he intends to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.
Again, compare this with pathetic Obama, who called “climate change” the greatest threat facing the world currently, and NOT radical Islamic terrorists.
Is anyone really surprised that nobody was able to persuade Donald Trump? He’s not a man flexible on every issue.
He came to Washington with an agenda, and is the same person we elected in November. Proof being his scolding of NATO members to pay their fair-share on defense spending.
While President Trump is concerned with other countries taking advantage of us, Obama was perfectly fine with excess waste. Just look at the national debt under his time in office!
We finally have a commander in chief that wants the best for the country.
Trump understands American exceptionalism. He’d never dare apologize on behalf of our country over defeating imperialist Japan and winning WWII.
While Obama’s apology tour is long over, his legacy sure isn’t.
However, as President Trump continues dismantling Obama’s failed policies, slowly but surely the United States is gaining back global respect.
We now have a president that doesn’t apologize, just the way it should be.