President Trump is creeping up in the polls now that the foreign policy took in the middle of the stage.
With his agenda rubber for now, Trump is about to discover, like his predecessors, a President has far more room to play on the world stage. At the same time, global events have required a management response.
It is hardly surprising that Trump’s approval rating is a little better—up six points to 40 percent in a new Quinnipiac” poll. He has launched widely praised attack air strikes against Syria over chemical weapons, and used the mother of All bombs against ISIS in Afghanistan.
The President is usually a boost to get after taking the military action, but that can be short-lived.
By challenging North Korea with harsh verbal exchange, as the regime makes nuclear threats, Trump the focus keeps on the foreign policy–in contrast to tax reform, or the failure of the health care bill.
Now the media is the criticism of the trump change. New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush tweeted: “he Will speak to us in a war?”
Here is the story, which he, together with Mark Landler of the is:
“Mr. Trump is confrontational and improvisational approach to foreign Affairs his mood, assets and survey values stands out in the last few days…
“But Mr Trump mix of chest thumping, and the real action — the missile attack and the use of a huge bomb against the Islamic militants in Afghanistan — with serious risks overseas. It could also backfire at home, where a majority of Americans, and many of the populist-conservatives, who supported him in 2016, against long-term military commitment.”
And here is the mother of All nut Grafs:
“The biggest risk is, critics say, is that Mr. Trump, in a war. Only a little less dangerous, he could is to weaken the nation by backing off from a threat to use violence.”
Well, it is certainly in danger, the pressure on North Korea, the bombing in Syria and the escalation of fire power in Afghanistan. But there is also the risk of inaction— that Barack Obama was often accused, especially in Syria, with its “leading from behind” approach.
The Washington Post the President says foreign policy “is undercut by the confusing and contradictory messages from his administration.
“In the past two weeks, the political pronouncements by leading Trump helpers to each other often in opposition as the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must relinquish power as part of a negotiated resolution to the end that nation in the civil war.”
And there are evidence to substantiate. Rex Tillerson, and Nikki Haley sometimes harsh rhetoric as a trump card, whether it’s on Russia, Syria or ISIS. But another view is that this reflects Trump’s unique style. By his followers rattle the saber, the President can project a lack of clarity about his intentions and our enemies keep guessing.
One of his constant refrains, which was during the campaign that he is not to telegraph military action.
But there are times when the mixed messages, the simple. According to Trump, a rather detour tried to exert pressure, he said, he sent a fleet to the region of the Korean Peninsula, had to admit the administration, that he sailed to Indonesia.
In the end, the President has to produce results in some of the world’s trouble spots—and his record of success is no matter, more than any media scorekeeping.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of five books and has its headquarters in Washington. You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.