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Trump News: Carrier, Mattis, Recent Tweets

Some good things Trump has done lately

Recent Tweets

He’s doing pretty good on this front:

I expected him to keep saying politically incorrect things that roil the news cycle. That’s one of the major reasons why I supported him.

General Mattis for Defense

General James Mattis sounds like a bit of a hawk on Iran, but there are no real surprises here. Trump made his position clear on that issue during the campaign:

“Mattis, whose nicknames include “Mad Dog” and the “Warrior Monk,” has had a leading hand in some of the U.S. military’s most significant operations in the past 20 years. As a one-star general, he led an amphibious task force of Marines that carried out a November 2001 raid in helicopters on Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, giving the Pentagon a new foothold against the Taliban after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Using the call sign “Chaos,” he commanded a division of Marines during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 and returned there the following year to lead Marines in bloody street fighting in the city of Fallujah.

Mattis continued to rise through the ranks and establish his credentials as a military thinker, co-authoring the U.S. military’s new counterinsurgency manual with then-Army Lt. Gen. David H. Petraeus while Mattis was a three-star general at Quantico, Va. …”

I don’t know much about him. I do know people who served with him who speak highly of him. He sounds like a Patton or MacArthur figure.

Carrier

I haven’t had the time to comment on the Carrier deal:

“Back in early 2016, an appliance manufacturer named Carrier decided to move 1,400 jobs from its plant in Indiana to Mexico. Then Donald Trump happened.

Looking to make good on Trump’s promises to restore American jobs and manufacturing, the incoming administration started talking with Carrier soon after the election. On Tuesday, the president-elect and Carrier struck a deal to keep “close to 1,000 jobs” in Indiana.

Now, the deal might owe more to tax sweeteners offered by Indiana’s state government, where Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence is governor. And Carrier and its parent company may have just decided the savings from Mexican labor weren’t worth possibly pissing off the new administration.

But what’s really significant isn’t how the deal went down. It’s that Trump was smart enough to claim credit for the outcome. …”

A few thoughts:

1.) First, I can’t remember George W. Bush or Obama ever going out of their way to save White working class jobs, much less before they were even sworn into office, so that’s a good sign and a welcome change from the status quo.

2.) Second, I don’t really like the conservative method of using tax incentives to stop companies from moving factories abroad. I prefer tariffs to promote domestic manufacturing, but I guess this is better than nothing.

3.) Third, the most important thing here is that this is a break with laissez-faire doctrine. Hopefully, it is a harbinger of things to come.

Note: James Pethokoukis hates the Carrier deal which is always a good sign.