President Donald Trump signing an Executive Order
President Trump has been giving his Montblanc pen quite the workout this week signing Executive Orders. More than a few people have had their feathers ruffled by this and have taken to the streets to VERY LOUDLY vent. IMO many of the loudest protesters are mistaken when they insist "He [Trump] can't do that!" From what I've read (in most cases at least) he DOES have the power to do what he's doing.
Today the big stink is his Executive Order regarding Muslim immigrants. From the statute I read it appears he IS within his rights. But just because he CAN doesn't mean he SHOULD. With over three million Muslims living in the US right now, how many of them will become so incensed by this that they become some of those almost-impossible-to-detect "home-grown" jihadists we've been warned about? Stop 3 foreign terrorists, create 10 domestic ones?
And while little publicized, the US has close working relationships with numerous Muslim countries involving intelligence gathering and matters pertaining to our national security. Are they going to still want to work with us as closely after this? Questionable. If I were them I'd have some serious soul searching to do.
Earlier in the week it was all about "The Wall". It seems that years ago Congress voted the funds to build 700 miles (?) of border fence, but then didn't spend it all, so there's already money in the kitty. I'm thinking Prez Trump CAN start up construction again if he wants, but SHOULD he? If we build his border wall, 2017 might just become known as the start of the Golden Age of Mexican Tunnel Digging! Where there's a will, there's a way.
And just as with the Muslim countries, US/Mexican cooperation on many sensitive national security issues might well be jeopardized. You just can't kick someone in the 'nads and then expect them to act like nothing ever happened. Secure the border, sure, but how about by another less expensive, less static, more flexible, more tactful means?
And Mexico is going to reimburse us for The Wall, or we'll put a 20% (?) tariff on their imports to the US? Ummm....many of those products they sell to us are made with US components we sold to them! *I think that's called shooting yourself in the foot*
The President has historically been able to seat anyone he wants on his National Security Council. Can Prez Trump choose to NOT give full-time NSC seats to the Chairman of of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence? Yes he CAN, but SHOULD he?
I believe many thinking people are beginning to wonder if President Trump's decisions to date have been wise ones. I understand he wants to honor his campaign promises to his supporters, but maybe he should slow down a bit and think of the unintentional consequences he might be creating.