I like that he’s closing our trade deficit. He’s ramped up exports of both coal and LNG. This is one of the leading reasons we’ve had 3% GDP growth in the last quarter. Secretary Ross and Munchin are doing more for the economy than anyone to ever hold these offices before.
He put Tillerson in charge of downsizing the State Department. I believe this is literally the first time since it was formed that it’s been reduced in size and power. The State Department is probably the one agency that can be said to be ever more corrupt, evil, and incompetent than Congress. My only criticism is that he’s not slashing it down as rapidly as I’d like.
He’s forged the strongest Middle Eastern alliance we’ve had in decades. He’s backing every pro-Western government and hanging all of the others out to dry. For the first time in my lifetime, I’m seeing public statements from leading authorities in Islamic countries that they’ve about had it with fundamentalist organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood. Trump is fostering what is probably the last hope for the Middle East to avoid full and permanent decent into Islamism.
He exited the Paris Climate agreement, which you might say “Well of course”, but Trump is about the only Republican who would have aside from Cruz. Letting Europe continue on with it - and pay for it, puts them at a major strategic disadvantage going forward. Energy costs are a major reason manufacturing left he U.S. in the first place.
Returning to manufacturing, Trump is going to oversee the most significant growth in manufacturing we’ve seen in decades. He’s been laser focused on driving down the cost of energy. He’s also been working on bilateral trade deals to drive down the cost of raw materials. There are basically three major cost factors in manufacturing. Those are energy costs, raw material costs, and labor costs. Everyone always focuses on labor costs and ignores the other two. The biggest reason we lost our domestic steel industry was never labor costs. The primary reason was energy cost and raw material costs.
Not an exhaustive list, but those are my major points. I’ve been very pleased with Trump so far. If he had an even moderately competent Congress, he’d be destined for Rushmore.