Trump’s Priorities Now – White House Staff, ObamaCare Push, Handle North Korea
As President Trump enters August, his clear priorities appear to be cleaning up the bickering and fighting among White House staff, pushing Congress into repealing the ObamaCare disaster, and handling North Korea’s nuclear ICBM threat against America.
What’s likely to happen next? Will Trump overcome all three challenges? Do Trump’s adversaries understand what they are about to face?
Let’s discuss Trump’s priorities now …
Trump Intends to Clean Up the White House Staff In-Fighting
With the appointment of a no-nonsense, tough and saavy retired four-star Marine General, John Kelly, President Trump is signalling that he intends to clean up the staff disputes in the West Wing. As Chief of Staff to the president, John Kelly will insist on discipline and teamwork. Anthony Scaramucci apparently didn’t fit the Kelly style.
Significantly, 5 staffers left the White House staff recently:
- Anthony Scaramucci, Communications Director (left to make room for John Kelly’s team)
- Reince Priebus, Chief of Staff (left on apparently positive terms when Trump wanted to change directions; had been accused of leaking by Anthony Scaramucci))
- Sean Spicer, Press Secretary and Acting Communications Director (left apparently because he didn’t want to work for Anthony Scaramucci)
- Michael Short, Press Aide (left after Anthony Scaramucci promised to fire everybody associated with leaking)
- Michael Dubke, Communications Director (left for personal reasons in June)
President Trump is likely to succeed in ending the leaks with:
- Tough Chief of Staff John Kelly
- Pushing for immediate investigations into the leakers
Trump Intends to Repeal ObamaCare – It’s Not Over Yet
The media and some Republicans may be hoping the fight over ObamaCare is over, but President Trump is not signaling the effort is over for his signature promise to the American people to repeal ObamaCare, and then, preferably replace it with some free market reforms.
You can expect the president to cajole Congress into keeping the ObamaCare issue on the front burner. After all the president and many Congressional Republicans promised to repeal the ObamaCare healthcare disaster.
If there is no Congressional action by September at the latest, you can also expect the president to undo the subsidy Congress gets on ObamaCare expenses. That will be a tough reminder to Senators, Representative and their staff about what the American people have been forced to put up with over the last several years. Many Americans feel that Congress needs to experience first hand ObamaCare’s:
- High premiums
- High co-payments
- High deductibles
- Few, if any, insurance plan choices
- Excessive regulations
- Healthcare shortages
ObamaCare might still be repealed in calendar year 2017.
Trump Intends to “Handle” North Korea
Once again, Trump’s priorities include handling the threat North Korea poses to America. The latest ICBM missile test now shows that North Korea might be able to drop a nuclear bomb on San Diego, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, New York and Boston. The North Korean ICBM missiles might even be able to hit Washington, DC. What is important to our national security is the fact that the North Korean dictator seems intent on threatening us. He appears to be serious.
From published reports, Trump is moving military assets into place. China and Russia have not taken sufficient action to mitigate the North Korean danger to the U. S. mainland. Recently, two supersonic B-1B bombers from the U. S. Pacific Air Force Command in Guam made a run to the Korean peninsula along side a South Korean fighter escort. THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) system missiles have been successfully tested at least 15 times as well.
It appears that the president will pressure the Chinese and Russians to reduce the current threat to the U. S. If it appears America is in imminent danger, an American surprise attack might be deemed absolutely essential to prevent a nuclear bomb from being dropped on a U. S. city.
Trump has promised the threat “will be handled.” Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, U. S. Pacific Air Forces commander, has been quoted in the press as saying: “If called upon, we are ready to respond with rapid, lethal, and overwhelming force at a time and place of our choosing.”
Apparently, if diplomacy fails, military plans are available and are being developed further.
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