Webb: Trump train rolls on 

Democrats have become the apology party and I don’t pity them. Identity politics can only go so far with educated voters. There are not enough indoctrinated voters in a general election. Eventually, Democrats have to put forth policies so that voters will be able to make a decision. 

Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAren't delirious Democrats now accusing Team Obama of treason? Trump won't say if he'd endorse Pence in 2024 HHS restores legal meaning of 'sex' — what will US Supreme Court, Congress do? MORE is correct about the circular firing squad and I say let’s buy them the political bullets and lots of popcorn to watch it play out. Obama should know because he managed to run and appeal to many in the center while being upfront about his progressive goals. He’s concerned that the progressives can’t pull off the political scam again as they did for eight years. Use common sense, why else would he be concerned about the exposure of progressivism?


In spite of this, the Trump train rolls on. In spite of a 675-day multimillion-dollar investigation that started during the Obama administration and targeted Trump the candidate and the president, the left’s fix failed. The collusion conclusion is in and neither Trump, nor any of his campaign, colluded with Russia. A reluctant Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonYoung Turks founder says Democrats should avoid repeat of 2016 and pick a progressive Young Turks founder says Democrats should avoid repeat of 2016 and pick a progressive Trump highlights polls that showed Clinton beating him by double digits MORE and her anti-Trump counterparts, including Bill Kristol and Ana Navarro, can finally concede that Trump won the election fair and square. Don’t hold your breath. 

Turning around the economy and the markets, creating jobs

No president gets full credit or full blame for the economy because no single person or administration can control the multiple facets of a domestic and a global economy. That said, they can set the environment through legislation and regulation that allows the economy to function close to free market capitalism. Some have accused the president of protectionism, but they miss the point of using leverage to change the environment for a more pro-growth oriented economy going forward. This was not going to be fixed in two years or even two terms, but the stage has been set. The economy functions in business cycles not election cycles.

Renegotiating with China over trade practices and unfair practices such as forcing U.S. companies to share technology is necessary. China has no incentive to change because they have never really been challenged. Their economy is not as strong as they project and the Trump administration knows this and is willing to use it unlike prior administrations.

Renegotiating NAFTA and other unfair rules that have benefited our trade partners  

The proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is much better than the North American Free Trade Agreement’s transfer of wealth. It is also one way we can stabilize trading with our American partners and set the stage for a new agreement with other nations in Central and South America that are capable of conducting trade. There, we face opposition from the Mercosur agreement, a coalition similar to the European Union, but with Brazil’s help we may be able to change another socialist construct. 

Reducing the threats posed by Iran, North Korea and ISIS

If the economy, any nation’s economy, is the foundation of having a strong national security footing, then conversely an effective national security doctrine is important to the nation. 


Three years ago we were in a more tenuous and dangerous world and in many respects we still are. The recent designation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization is important to stand up to their Near East hegemonic aspirations and global actions. 

North Korea is an ongoing negotiation and dangerous situation. For two decades, there was no change and stagnation with a nuclear threat. Now the two governments are at the same table and while still at odds, there is more possibility for a step-by-step process toward a nuclear detente and the goal of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Here the leverage with China matters and the trade talks being conducted are respective of that where it applies. 

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has been denied its physical territory. Its numbers have been severely reduced and the remaining contingent must not be allowed to spread and re-form. Rebuilding our military and updating our special operators to deploy at a moment’s notice anywhere on the planet is the counterthreat that is necessary. 

Issues evolve for the better or worse. The administration continues to work on what has gone wrong for whatever reason. No more Washington, D.C., arguments. Solutions are needed.

Webb is host of “The David Webb Show” on SiriusXM Patriot 125, host of “Reality Check with David Webb” on Fox Nation, a Fox News contributor and a frequent television commentator. His column appears twice a month in The Hill.