Contrary to the constant negative news reports in the mainstream media, President Trump has been extremely successful in his first six months in office. The economy is soaring, illegal border crossings are plummeting, and crippling regulations are being cut every day. But Trump’s greatest accomplishment has been fixing the former president’s greatest mistake.
The Daily Wire reports that despite the claims from the mainstream media, President Trump has enjoyed immense success in foreign policy. Specifically, by reversing the “lead from behind” policy of former President Obama, Trump has given our military leaders the support they need to crush ISIS.
ISIS first gained international attention in 2014 after they successfully seized the Iraqi city of Mosul. From their newly-conquered capital, ISIS forces continued to spread, filling the power vacuum left by former President Obama’s misguided decision to pull American troops out of Iraq.
During the 2016 presidential election, then-candidate Trump railed against his opponent Hillary Clinton and her former boss Obama for creating ISIS in the first place. “In many respects, you know, they honor President Obama,” Donald Trump said of ISIS while appearing at a campaign rally in Florida. “He is the founder of ISIS.”
Donald Trump’s statements aligned with the claims of Russia, another enemy of ISIS. Before President Trump even announced his intention to run for office, Russian President Vladimir Putin was explaining that Obama was the mastermind behind the terror group ISIS.
“Do you really not understand who is fighting in Syria?” Putin asked rhetorically at the Valdai International Discussion Club in 2014. “Well who on earth armed them? Who armed the Syrians who were fighting with Assad? Who created the necessary political climate that facilitated this situation? Who pushed for the delivery of arms to the region?” he said, implicating Obama.
So, if former President Obama created ISIS and allowed them to grow to their height, then what has President Trump done to counter ISIS?
The Washington Post reports that ISIS is losing ground quickly under President Trump. About one-third of ISIS territory has been liberated in the last six months.
The State Department envoy to the coalition against ISIS, Brett McGurk, served under both President Trump and Obama. He explains that the approach of the two presidents could not be more different. Specifically, he says President Trump’s ability to delegate authority away from the White House and towards the commanders in the field has “dramatically accelerated” the fight against ISIS.
The former ISIS capital of Mosul was liberated in July thanks to President Trump, pushing ISIS forces to their Syrian capital of Raqqa. Now, according to McGurk, over 45 percent of Raqqa has been pulled from the grasp of ISIS thanks to “key changes” from the Trump administration, including launching a “campaign of annihilation.”
ISIS reached their peak in 2015, controlling over 27,000 square miles of territory with about 30,000 soldiers fighting for them. Since taking office, President Trump has taken back 8,000 square miles of territory and reduced the size of the ISIS army to only 2,000 troops in Raqqa. According to McGurk, these terrorists will “most likely will die in Raqqa,” as all of their escape routes have been cut off.
All of this points to the undeniable fact that President Trump is indeed winning key victories in the ongoing conflict with ISIS.