In a Newsmax interview this weekend, Donald Trump confirmed that he is seriously running for President, and he made it perfectly clear why: He is fed up with President Barack Obama’s policies. The Afghanistan policy, in particular, Trump believes is dangerous, stupid, and foolish.
Two weeks ago, I reported that Donald Trump was seriously considering running for President. Then this past week he gave another hint that he was considering politics when he praised the website “ShouldTrumpRun.com.” [Source: Donald Trump twitter account at: http://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump].
Now he has openly stated to Newsmax that he is thinking about running for President. One of his top reasons for running is to prevent countries like China from treating the U.S. unfairly with economic policies. He is also critical of various other Obama policies, including the deadline to pull out of Afghanistan; Trump commented that, “for [Obama] to give a date was a very dangerous, stupid and foolish thing to do.” [Source: Meyers, Jim and Kathleen Walter. “Trump: Mideast Explosion Could Destroy OPEC, Lower Oil Prices,” Newsmax.com, 1/30/11. Downloaded from: http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/trump-opec-oil-egypt/2011/01/30/id/384427]
By directly criticizing Obama’s policies with words like “stupid” and “foolish,” Donald Trump is positioning himself as a candidate who would attack the incumbent President head-on. In the last Presidential election, I believe many voters became tired of John McCain’s diplomatic, wishy-washy refusal to confront Obama strongly. Trump would certainly not make that mistake. In fact, I believe he would have no problem telling Obama to his face that his international policies are stupid.
On the other hand, will Americans really vote for someone who has become a TV personality? Yes, Al Franken can be elected Senator, but the President is a different level of seriousness. Many citizens’ willingness to vote for Donald Trump might turn on whether they see him primarily as a TV personality or primarily as a successful businessman.
Whether he runs or not, though, Donald Trump’s increasingly vocal criticism of U.S. foreign policy could influence other political pundits and, ultimately, our politicians.
Donald Trump twitter account at: http://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump
Meyers, Jim and Kathleen Walter. “Trump: Mideast Explosion Could Destroy OPEC, Lower Oil Prices,” Newsmax.com, 1/30/11. Downloaded from: http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/trump-opec-oil-egypt/2011/01/30/id/384427