Trump Tweets Classics

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The entire mainstream media has been peddling extremely negative coverage on President Donald J. Trump ever since he won the election in 2016.

Fortunately for Americans and President Trump, there are platforms like Twitter and Instagram to allows direct communication that bypasses the biased coverage.

Literally, the whole world looks out for President Trump’s early morning tweets as they could significantly impact on global or local political events. His tweets could also move markets.

Here are some of the more recent and classic tweets on the president.

 

 

 

 

 

strategic leadership

Chapter 1: Strategic Leadership of Donald J. Trump

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To better understand the strategic leadership of President Trump, it will be useful to reflect on some of the historical writings and ideas of Carl von Clausewitz and Niccolò Machiavelli, two great thinkers on political philosophy/strategy, as well as the leadership qualities of some of the greatest American presidents. In more recent times, we will also refer to the founding leader of Singapore, the late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who was well known and respected for his strategic leadership. In a brief span of fifty years, he transformed Singapore from a small trading port to one of the most advanced countries in the world. As we will soon discover, good strategic leaders also have visionary strategic plans.

Machiavelli argued that for princes or political leaders to remain in power, they need to be ruthless enough to be feared and kind enough to not be hated.

While political leaders should possess all the qualities expected of great strategic leaders, they also require a few additional qualities. To be able to win elections, they need to be excellent communicators and campaigners. They must be able to tap into the sentiments of the voters and carefully articulate their vision and policies to win over the trust and confidence of the people. They must not only be able to defeat their political opponents but also protect their own reputation and policies ruthlessly against unscrupulous attacks or smear campaigns. They must possess boundless energy, have the ability to respond to unexpected crises as well as the flexibility to negotiate with their opponents to either build consensus or achieve a compromise.

Overall it could be summarized that good strategic leaders are trustworthy, courageous, determined, intuitive, comprehensive and decisive. In order to successfully govern, they need, at times, to be ruthless in defending their reputation and policies, and must be prepared to use coercive force when necessary.

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Chapter 2: The Bush Jr and Obama Years

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In 2003, I was teaching military history and strategic studies at the Singapore Command and Staff College, a military training institution. At that time, America was still reeling from the 9/11 attacks, fighting a global war against terrorism, and was at the brink of launching the shock and awe offensive against Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction. My personal assessment at that time was that after the Vietnam War, the 2003 invasion of Iraq would be viewed as America’s next greatest strategic blunder.
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Chapter 3. The 2016 Presidential Elections

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Having witnessed the steady decline of America from 2007 to 2015, there was a sense of anticipation in America to have a strong leader to revive the economy. After the 3rd GOP debate, it became clear that many Americans were especially impressed with Donald J. Trump. As they saw it, here was a candidate not afraid to speak his mind on any controversial issue and had clear, definitive goals of how to reinstate America’s role in the global arena. It was America’s time to have a strong leader who was not afraid to be politically incorrect and who would get things done.

 

 

Art of Trumpian Strategy

Chapter 4. Art of Trumpian Strategy

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Despite what this book tries to achieve, nobody will ever be able to fathom Donald Trump’s strategic thinking or the art of Trumpian strategy. Only Donald Trump truly knows Donald Trump.

One of his primary strengths is his genius when it comes to campaigning and branding. The Trump Hotel brand is known for and prides itself on providing high-quality hotel services. At the root of it all, the Trump name itself is a highly coveted brand, as evident from the Trump Organization’s licensing activities.

Like most of us, President Trump is a product of his upbringing and experiences. As a builder in a highly competitive New York environment, he experienced some of the most challenging moments in his life. He has faced difficult financial situations and made some tough decisions to survive. As a billionaire, he mixed with celebrities and political elites. As a celebrity himself, he gained experience on how to successfully navigate the mainstream media.

Donald Trump’s hallmark quality is his Machiavellian ‘ruthlessness’ in attacking his international or political opponents, defending his reputation and never apologizing for his mistakes. He embodies this ruthlessness further by doubling down on his statements or attacks, regardless of the political or social ramifications.

On the world stage, Donald J. Trump has projected the image of a strong leader who will not hesitate to use coercive force to seek compliance. Given America’s role on a global scale, it is not difficult for him to back up his threats with wide-ranging political, diplomatic, economic and military actions.

Another strategic strength of Donald J. Trump is his filter-less mind and raw honesty about what is he thinks at all times. That he says whatever comes to his mind or how he feels is where he stands apart from most other leaders. It is envisaged that in order to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems, this is arguably most useful.

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Chapter 5. International Security

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One of the most important decisions President Trump made was to give the job of Defense Secretary to General James “Mad Dog” Mattis. Likely due to his teenage experience at ROTC, President Trump seems to have a special sense of admiration for the military and its generals. General James Mattis was unanimously confirmed to his position by Republican and Democratic Senators.

 

It is in the realm of international security where President Trump’s Machiavellian style finds a perfect fit. He is a realist who believes strongly that power, and especially the decisive use of military power, shall dictate the international order. Early in his presidency, he made it clear that he would not hesitate to use maximum and unfettered military force or “fire and fury” to achieve any objective.

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Chapter 6. The Economy

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Saddled with a national debt of more than $20 trillion, reviving the U.S. economy was one of the Trump Administration’s highest priorities. There was very little time to waste as the House elections were scheduled to take place on November 2018; the Trump Administration only had two years to showcase some significant economic improvements so as to retain majorities in the House and the Senate.

Chapter 7. Law and Order

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As suggested by Machiavelli, there is a need to carefully balance between individual freedoms and the rules of law in a civil society. In America, the first and second amendment rights make it much more difficult to exercise law and order. Police in America face a greater risk of getting shot as compared to most countries where guns are not readily available. Not surprisingly, President Trump is a strong advocate of law and order. He believes a country cannot exist if it cannot protect its borders and if there is no respect for law and order by the citizens. He campaigned for a border wall to stem the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into the country. He has also defended the police and called for the National Football League to stop their players from kneeling in protest during the flag display and the national anthem.

Chapter 8. Foreign Policy

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It is on the international stage that President Trump can and did use his Machiavellian instincts to the fullest extent. America is today the sole global superpower, and if the leadership is perceived to be weak, there will be many who will challenge its leadership. The international stage is largely anarchic with few enforceable international laws that govern the political and economic engagements between the independent and sovereign nation-states.