Why Trump deserves a chance to govern
status quo. Some in power may be intimidated by the change that the new president brings — but those who normal. It is time to reset protocol to something that will better serve the nation. We should redefine what is presidential to take account of results, as in the business world. A businessman defines a problem, finds a solution, and acts. Yes, the president’s decisive style of action doesn’t always follow protocol, but it moves the ball.
So give change a chance. Conformity with the past will lead only to more stagnation. Instead of criticizing the businessman president who gets the job done, we should applaud him.
Mr. Trump hasn’t been in office long, but he has made the most of his time. He has withdrawn from the Trans Pacific Partnership, as he promised. He has approved the Keystone XL pipeline, creating jobs, as he promised. He has taken our country out of the Paris Accords, as he promised. He is beefing up border security with a review of our immigration policies, as he promised — and despite opposition in the lower courts, appears on the way to vindication before the Supreme Court. He is working with Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare, keeping at it despite setbacks, as he promised.
Mr. Trump came under fire for firing former FBI director James Comey, but as president, he had the authority to do it — and for a businessman president it was the right thing to do. In the private sector, if you’re unhappy with the way someone is acting, you fire the person. You don’t ask Congress. You act.
If Mr. Trump were to follow the practices of the past, he would not have social media accounts anymore. But guess what: Twitter didn’t exist in the past. Mr. Trump is a modern president. Social media is part of many citizens’ lives, so it is a part of President Trump’s life. Mr. Trump refuses to give up his Twitter account, because it is his direct link to the American people. Traditional media doesn’t like him, because traditional media doesn’t work like that.
But the Trump way is working. Supporters are happy that he is challenging the way things have always been done. They feel closer to the presidency than ever before, because this president doesn’t go through media consultants. He says it how he sees it — unfiltered.
At the end of the day, if Mr. Trump’s new way of doing things fails, Washington can always go back to doing things the way they have always been done. But first we owe it to our nation’s future to give Mr. Trump a chance. Georgette Mosbacher is a commissioner at the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.