The Trump administration has the right stuff

Armstrong Williams | 5/24/2018, 3:23 p.m.
The past few weeks have been historic ones for the Trump administration. President Donald Trump finally showed the moral courage ...
Armstrong Williams

The past few weeks have been historic ones for the Trump administration. President Donald Trump finally showed the moral courage to do what three previous presidents would not or could not, relocate the U.S. Embassy in Israel to its rightful place in Jerusalem.

Undoubtedly, it was not only the correct move to make but also one that finally righted a historic wrong. Since Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act in 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama all exercised a national security waiver to delay moving America’s diplomatic home in Israel to the historic and modern-day capital city of the Jewish state.

This act is just one of several foreign policy accomplishments for which President Trump deserves recognition. Just days before the embassy transition, the president announced America’s withdrawal from the woeful Iran nuclear deal. Whereas President Obama and his then Secretary of State John Kerry bent over backward to weaken the U.S. by acquiescing to the bullying demands of Tehran, President Trump put his foot down. He put the world on notice that America will not permit the terror-sponsoring and radical Islamist rulers in Iran to plow forward with developing the most destructive weapons known to man.

It is amazing what a healthy dose of resolve, common sense and bold decision-making can do. The French energy company, Total, one of the first large corporations to rush into the arms of the mullahs and do business with the regime, has now announced that it will wind down its operations there. President Trump’s announcement forced a hard choice for Total: do business with America or do business with Iran.

After all, who in their right mind would forego access to the U.S., the world’s leading economy, in favor of seeking short-term profits in Iran? We should expect a number of other companies and countries to follow suit. What this incident clearly shows is that when America leads and does the right thing, others will soon fall into line.

Meanwhile, the administration is still facing criticism on the domestic front for comments made by a White House staffer who reportedly made a crass joke about Senator John McCain, who is currently in declining health because of a malignant brain tumor.

It bears stating that jokes, comments or discussions, sensitive or otherwise, that are part of internal White House discussions should not become fodder for the media. Leaking is wrong, and it is un-American. It is a cowardly way for people who are supposed to be serving their country to knife each other in the back, to settle scores and to sow discord. It does not serve the greater good and instead only serves to distract from the real issues and important matters that should have the full attention of the White House.

Leaking is certainly not a new phenomenon. The Obama administration faced the same scourge and was aggressive in its efforts to stop the practice, which actually reached new heights under his watch. In an increasingly polarized political climate, leaking only makes things worse. When men or women choose to serve in the administration, they can and should express their opinions, but they should also have to understand that once decisions have been reached, it is their duty to move forward and accept them rather than seek to use gutter tactics to advance their positions or to maneuver against colleagues.