Now consider that you are much safer and more secure under this president than you were on Jan. 20, 2017, because of the military buildup Trump has overseen. Every member of the military has received higher pay, and the armed forces are now much better equipped. (You might not be safer if you live in crime-afflicted Chicago or New York or Portland, Ore., but that’s another matter.)
Trump has reduced the U.S. military footprint abroad, choosing to punch hard while pulling back. The Islamic State’s so-called caliphate in the Middle East has been destroyed. Syria and Iran are on notice. The two biggest terrorist leaders alive when Trump took office, the Islamic State’s Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, are now dead. The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have recently signed major diplomatic agreements with Israel, a breakthrough engineered by the Trump administration and the first such pact between the Jewish state and its Arab neighbors in 25 years.
The president has focused the world’s attention on the Chinese Communist Party’s imperial ambitions, human rights abuses and role in letting the coronavirus escape from Wuhan. Trump has also shown how the World Health Organization’s ties to Beijing worsened the crisis.