Since Donald Trump took office in January, the media has made a big issue out of how unpopular he is. Never mind the fact that Democrats were shut out in special elections, or that the Republican Party is enjoying record-breaking fundraising; Trump’s policies are universally hated.Similarly, the media continues to report that Trump is unpopular abroad. In Europe, where he has been critical of NATO, reports say Trump is tarnishing America’s reputation with important allies. To some of these allies, electing Trump signaled the end of America’s role as a global leader.
Of course, there’s a completely different side of the story that many aren’t hearing. While Trump’s “America First” mindset may rub many world leaders the wrong way, it sends an important message. After eight years of bowing to the demands of other nations, world leaders had grown used to Obama’s timid leadership. In Trump, they have to confront a leader willing to firmly stand with American interests.
While growing pains are predictable, Trump’s approach is starting to yield real results. In May, Trump had an extremely successful trip to the Middle East. There, his speech in front of Middle Eastern leaders was warmly received by those in attendance.
Since returning from that trip, Trump’s positive reputation in the Middle East has continued to grow. In fact, in a recent interview with Politico, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that Trump’s leadership is a step up from the previous administration.From Bizpac Review:
Donald Trump’s leadership is favored over Barack Obama’s in the Middle East, according to Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a claim he made Monday in an interview with Politico that received very little media attention.
Harari cited Trump’s decisive approach as a major reason:“‘Clarity,’ the prime minister says, and the hope for a more decisive approach, is the reason why he and other Arab leaders prefer Trump,” writes Politico’s Susan B. Glasser. “[I]t helps explain why the gilded palaces of the troubled, war-torn region are the few places on the planet — outside Russia — where Trump has been more popular than the president he succeeded.”
Predictably, the media has ignored the story:Many in the establishment media, who have framed Trump as “anti-Muslim,” have largely ignored Trump’s favorability in the Arab world. Perhaps they see the Lebanese prime minister’s claims the Mideast region favors Trump’s leadership to Obama’s as a threat to their narrative.
Of course, Obama’s tenure did little to help the situation in the Middle East. After his pullout of troops in Iraq, sectarian violence led to a complete decay of the country’s security situation. From there, civil war in Libya and Syria led to the spread of ISIS into a worldwide terrorist organization. By 2016, little knew what America’s plan was to deal with the growing threat.
In just a few months, Trump has started the process of stabilizing the region, providing leaders there with a clear vision of American leadership. Sadly, the media still isn’t reporting the growing reality.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]