In case you were unaware, the President and First Lady have traveled to the Middle East on a tour of the nations in the region, and are just mowing down barriers all over the place. Their trip has been a smashing success in every way. Between creating strong relations with these usually adversarial nations and garnering an unexpected level of respect from leaders who are typically rude and condescending, I think most of us are breaking our arms patting ourselves on the back for electing the guy with the spine instead of the woman with a shady background.
The one country that the United States already had a strong relationship with is, of course, Isreal. President Trump reached out to Isreali Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu within hours of his inauguration in January and immediately set up a time for the Prime minister and his wife Sara to come to the White House. That visit was also a great trip for both nations, who were concerned with fixing the damage done by the previous administration. Prime Minister Netanyahu obviously had great respect for President Trump, and the relationship has only grown.
This was displayed during the President and First Lady’s trip to the Middle East this week. Not only have the two first families become friends, but since it was the Trump’s, Israel accepted what is guessed to be the first direct flight between Saudi Arabia and Israel when Air Force One had to make the trip. This is such a huge milestone because of the way Israel has been at odds (and sometimes all out war) with the countries surrounding them for decades. The idea that our political outsider and longshot President might be able to do what a plethora of predecessors have tried and failed to do is a tribute to how anyone can become president . . . and crush it.
The Netanyahu’s think so much of the first family, that they’ve apparently been telling their people in Israel that they should do the same:
Via The Gateway Pundit:
“President Donald Trump took a direct flight on Monday from Riyadh to Tel Aviv, Israel.
The flight from Riyadh to Tel Aviv on Monday was believed to be the first direct flight between Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli people were all smiles when new US president touched down in Jerusalem after eight dark years under Obama.
After President Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu exchanged greetings Sara Netanyahu took Melania Trump aside and gave her a pep talk on the tarmac.
Sara Netanyahu: ‘I talk every place about her, how great she is. And how great you are. I can testify to that. Because a majority of the people in Israel, unlike the media, they love us. So we tell them how you are great so they love you. We have very much in common. We’ll talk about it over dinner.’
If that doesn’t say something for the President’s ability to win friends and influence people, I don’t know what does. It’s hard to say from the context if he’s saying that he thinks Melania is great or if he thinks the Netanyahus are great, but I’d be good with it either way.
Israel is one the United States’ oldest and strongest allies, and the broken friendship that the Obama administration caused was a source of much pain and turmoil with many citizens of both countries. Obama went out of his way to placate to the Arab nations, despite their obvious disdain for our country and people, and this was much of the reason for the much-deserved mistrust between the United States and Israel in recent years.
What does all of this mean for us? It means we can breathe a little easier knowing that leaders in other countries actually respect our Commander in Chief and aren’t holding their breath to see what kind of crazy deals he will make. It means that our allies can get a little better sleep and our enemies will need to sleep with one eye open (here’s looking at you Kim Jong-un). And isn’t that the way it should be?
America the beautiful, America the kind, America the superpower.
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