The media won't admit it, but President Trump has had a great 2018

The media won't admit it, but President Trump has had a great 2018
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President Donald J. Trump has had a great 2018 but you would not know it if you listened to cable talking heads obsess about Roseanne Barr’s latest tweet or the latest “breaking news” coming from a White House press briefing. The media seems obsessed with gossip and conjecture about what is going on at the White House staff level while they ignore the growing number of landmark achievements of the Trump administration. This has been a great year so far and Americans can expect much more in the months to come.

When Mike PompeoMike PompeoSunday shows - Biden foreign policy in focus Pompeo defends Trump on Russia in Chris Wallace interview Pompeo: Decline of free speech on college campuses keeps me up at night MORE was confirmed to be secretary of State recently, he had already achieved much in his talks with North Korea to leverage a historic summit to discuss peace for that region of the world. Secretary Pompeo ended up garnering the support of many Democratic senators who are looking over their political shoulders this fall like Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampEffective and profitable climate solutions are within the nation's farms and forests Bill Maher blasts removal of journalist at Teen Vogue Centrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives MORE (D-N.D.), Joe ManchinJoe ManchinPelosi: 'No intention' of abandoning Democrats' infrastructure goals Ocasio-Cortez: 'Old way of politics' influences Manchin's thinking The Memo: Democratic tensions will only get worse as left loses patience MORE (D-W.Va.), Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyRepublicans fret over divisive candidates Everybody wants Joe Manchin Centrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives MORE (D-Ind.), Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonDemings raises million after announcing Senate bid against Rubio Russia threatens to leave International Space Station program over US sanctions Nikki Fried, only statewide elected Democrat in Florida, launches challenge to DeSantis MORE (D-Fla.), and Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Jan. 6 commission vote delayed; infrastructure debate lingers into June Missouri Republicans move to block Greitens in key Senate race Democratic Kansas City, Mo., mayor eyes Senate run MORE (D-Mo.).  Even these Democrats know that they must support the president or lose their jobs.

Historic tax cuts kicked in this year and Americans have more money to spend on housing, travel and food. On April 17, 2018, also known as “Tax Day,” President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting Senate investigation of insurrection falls short MORE wrote an editorial in USA Today promoting his tax cuts for all Americans: “ I signed one of the largest tax cuts in history and the most sweeping tax reform in a generation.” The corporate tax reform will keep jobs at home and make sure that more Americans are working this year.

April also saw the president reform welfare and end the practice of releasing illegal immigrants upon capture at the border. Early in April, the president issued an executive order on welfare reform promoting economic mobility that will encourage more people to enter the workforce.  The president ordered a report to end the practice of “Catch and Release” with illegal immigrants and deployed the National Guard to the border to enhance border security. Both of these actions had to be taken by the executive branch because Congress has failed to take decisive action on reforming entitlement programs and fixing our broken immigration system.

The stealing of intellectual property by foreign governments was a hot issue in March, yet comparatively little was written about that issue by the media obsessed with palace intrigue. In March, the president announced steps to stop China from stealing American intellectual property. Also, in that month, President Trump announced efforts to protect America’s schools, including partnering the Department of Homeland Security with states to harden at-risk schools. The months of March and April were loaded with achievements that were largely ignored by journalists

More Americans are back at work this year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 2018’s average monthly job growth was the strongest since 1997 with 2.5 million jobs added to the U.S. economy. The most important issue for Americans is the creation of new jobs and stopping American jobs from going overseas. The U.S. economy is booming, yet one would have to go right to the White House website to read about this news, because the mainstream media is ignoring historic job growth enabled by President Trump’s business- and worker-friendly government policies.

After years of past presidents promising, while running for office, to recognize Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, President Trump did it. In February, the State Department announced that the opening of an interim embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the founding of the modern state of Israel. This was yet another foreign policy promise kept.

Infrastructure was front-and-center this year, with the president announcing his detailed framework to rebuild American roads and bridges. In addition, the Trump administration rolled out an FY 2019 budget that saved $3 trillion over the next ten years for American taxpayers. During President Trump’s State of the Union, he spoke of his first-year accomplishments and provided a vision for a safe, strong and proud America going forward.

The president kicked off the year by going to Davos, Switzerland, to announced that “America is open for business” and gave a strongly pro-America message to the world. This is a president who has accomplished much so far this year, yet you would not know it if you only got your news from the mainstream media. It is obsessed with gossip, yet the American people know better and the polls indicate that the American people are feeling great about the future.

President Donald Trump is leading America to a more peaceful world and a prosperous America with his “America First” policies.

Corey R. Lewandowski served as a campaign manager to Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States. He is co-author of “Let Trump Be Trump: The Inside Story of his Rise to the Presidency.” Follow him on Twitter @CLewandowski_.