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The Latest on the flu and a New Virus: Trump: ‘Glad Something is Being Done,’ But 2018 New Year’s Resolutions Aim To Be ‘A Little More Effective’

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The Latest on the flu and a New Virus:

01/11/2020

Trump: ‘Glad Something is Being Done,’ But 2018 New Year’s Resolutions Aim To Be ‘A Little More Effective’

U.S. President Donald Trump calls for more vaccinations among children in a speech at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 11, 2017. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump has expressed frustration with the complexity of global health and how it affects individuals. But every once in a while he’ll be seen as an inspiration to those frustrated with a global situation for which they have no real power.

Shortly after taking office in 2017, Trump pledged to unveil “a detailed plan to fight the terrorist threat around the world.” With one speech and one full-scale air strike against the Islamic State, Trump proved himself to be the right man at the right time.

But toward the end of 2017, Trump spoke about “crazy” countries like Venezuela.

“Venezuela is a catastrophe. There is no solution unless we solve Venezuela. And you know, some people say, ‘Oh, he can’t do it.’ I hope I can, because it’s a very, very sad situation.”

But, as those in Washington and Western capitals were known to do, Trump was dismissed by critics as flippant and complacent.

Last year, Trump — at the beginning of a long summer of challenging fights to come — opened his first address as president by lamenting his inability to make a “quick work out of our biggest outstanding agenda items.”

“Because we have become divided at home, our enemies overseas seek to sow dissension and discord,” Trump said. “Terrorist groups seek to sow disunity as well. They embrace the social media bully pulpit to sow confusion and sow fear.”

To those critics, Trump called attention to “the forces that are weakening America.”

“Fully one-half of the American people disagree with the basic premise that the earth is round,” Trump said. “Both major political parties are guilty as well of engaging in willful distortion and outright denial of the fundamental nature of our problem.”

“We can win this coming battle,” Trump said of combating global threats. “When we get right down to it, all of the world’s problems just boil down to economics.”

President Trump is expected to return to the topic of combating global threats in 2020, as he hasn’t indicated his intentions for future years.

In 2019, it’s more important than ever that Trump shed light on how to defeat the world’s major problems. This could happen as a result of U.S. intelligence and security agencies actually quantifying the global threats that existed before Trump became president, or in anticipation of the very things Trump pointed to on Tuesday — threats that seem to arise no matter the President’s actions, particularly when that President isn’t totally sure what to do.

No one truly understands what the U.S. will do in 2030, but there are two candidates that deserve at least a portion of the credit for better understanding the threats of the century ahead. If a candidate rises to become president, it is likely their foreign policy decisions will be based on a sizable mix of realism and idealism.

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