The Real Reset Button.

Robert Massimi.

Remember when wimpy Barack Obama sent crooked Hilary to Russia to hit the reset button? Do you know what changed with that? Nothing. Putin went on to push Obama around like the Steven Irkel that he is and nothing changed in foreign policy. Russia, China, Syria and Iran all ran rough shod over the Obama administration. What do you expect from a guy who never read his daily briefings and seemed only interested in playing golf.

Today the world fears Trump, he will not be pushed around by anyone. Look at the reception Obama got in China, then look at the one Trump received. Obama was JV, pure and simple. He never saw the threat in ISIS, never saw the threat in China nor Russia. Always out manned and out classed by Putin, Obama went on daily as business as usual. Hilary Clinton was even more clueless as Secretary of State. We lost more friendly countries under her watch then any other, it was the real reason Obama never really stumped for her.

The fact is other countries fear us once again, that we have the world stage back and no giving it up in the near future. Obama was weak and clueless, Hilary, more so. The fact that unemployment is now turning the corner, factories opening back up and crime is down, we are on our way for even better things to come.

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President Trump hits global reset button from Paris to Pyongyang

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For a man who has been in the public limelight for more than 30 years, it is remarkable how little Donald Trump is properly understood, simply because he is now the president of the United States and no longer a real-estate magnate and media celebrity.

When I was in the White House, and even today, if ever I am asked to help explain the way President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truthWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by RussiansShulkin says he has White House approval to root out ‘subversion’ at VAMORE thinks and acts, I always start with the same advice: Read “The Art of the Deal.” For diplomats, journalists or simply the unconvinced, this is the quickest and most accurate way of understanding just how much America changed when we chose the iconoclastic non-politician for the highest office in the land.

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Recent decisions from the Oval Office, especially on steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as the developments out of the Korean peninsula, underscore the enormity of the shift in the American politics and our role in the world as a nation which shapes geopolitics as opposed to just riding along its wavetops and being buffeted by events.One of the earliest declarative statements from “The Art of the Deal” is the advice Donald Trump gives that you should never ever be so invested in a yet-to-be-sealed deal that you cannot walk away from it at any juncture. This attitude informed President Trump for nigh on half a century in the private sector, and it still informs his decisions today as president, from the Paris Accord to NAFTA.

The negotiations themselves, or maintaining the established way of doing business, are never the objectives. The real objective is defined by realizing your interests, which may not be possible if the status quo is maintained. President Trump may not be a biblical exegete, but I can assure you that he instinctively knows that there are times when you simply have to “turn over the tables in the temple” to get things done.

In other words, outside of our borders, in relations with other nations and organizations, there are very few sacred cows, especially if the matter at hand clashes directly with promises candidate Trump made to the American people. That is why, for example, despite howls from the establishment and even members of his own team, President Trump was never going to cave on recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the eternal Jewish state or renege on his promises to American coal miners and steel workers.

This commitment to promises made is all the more valid given that the president has minimal respect for the so-called “elite” that has been responsible for all the many policies that have undermined America financially and otherwise in recent decades, from interminable wars in the Middle East to trade deals and international regimes that facilitated the rise of a Communist China which steals our secrets wholesale, intimidates our friends and props up rogue regimes who preach our destruction.

Simply put, this is the “Revenge of Common Sense,” a characteristic of the new commander-in-chief which appeals to ordinary Americans all over the country, including areas that were long considered Democratic strongholds. The bucking of the establishment and its conventional wisdoms is, in fact, something the president relishes, most particularly when it comes to otherwise indefensible nostrums which have embedded themselves into the collective mind of the body politic.

How many times have we had to hear over the last few weeks that there are only 600,000 Americans working in the steel industry but millions in steel-dependent manufacturing, such as the automotive sector? Yet, did anyone stop to think what the logical ramifications of this “critique” of the president’s tariff policy truly are?

Such an unsophisticated boilerplate criticism only holds water if you subscribe to a belief that a national economy is a closed system and that we should never increase the number of steel workers because somehow for every additional foundryman you hire you must fire an assembler on a manufacturing line. Such zero-sum thinking is fine for a class in dialectic materialism in Pyongyang, but not on Wall Street, or the Chamber of Commerce, or anywhere else within a free market. Like the president, most Americans know instinctively that wealth is not an issue of redistribution in a bubble, but that it has always been created, from the historic Gold Rush, to Henry Ford, to Silicon Valley.

President Obama sent Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by RussiansTrump: CNN, MSNBC ‘got scammed’ into covering Russian-organized rallyPennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district mapMORE to present a mislabeled “reset button” to the Kremlin. In reality, there was no reset. The Obama administration did not effectively address the expansionist and destabilizing behavior of former KGB colonel Vladimir Putin, not even after he invaded Ukraine. With regard to the Middle East, the Obama White House empowered the murderous regime in Iran by releasing $150 billion to Tehran, paying a cash ransom and agreeing to the Iran deal that wouldn’t, in fact, prevent a nuclear breakout by the mullahs.

In Egypt, President Obama embraced the Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohammed Morsi. In Iraq, he decided to prematurely withdraw before our work was done and Al Qaeda had been crushed, thus sowing the seeds for ISIS. With regard to Asia, the last administration refused to take any meaningful action as Beijing expanded its reach with military installations on illegal artificial atolls, all the while perpetuating its acquiescence to North Korea’s continued policy of nuclear blackmail of Washington and the West. Ironically, all this while in ownership of a Nobel Peace Prize.

President Trump may not have been awarded a prize by anyone, let alone from the now increasingly irrelevant Nobel Committee. But he has effected a true reset, and a global one at that, from a revitalized NATO finally committed, after decades of sloth, to paying its fair share on defense, to the crushing of the physical caliphate of ISIS, to the restoration of our relations with nations we had turned our backs on, most importantly, Israel and Egypt. It is a reset that included tough talk with China and North Korea, talk followed up by actions that have led to a response on behalf of Pyongyang, which may take us to the cusp of bringing peace and stability to the region after 65 years of potential war.

And we are only in the fourteenth month of the Trump presidency.

Sebastian GorkaSebastian Lukacs GorkaGovernment security clearances, not Rob Porter, are the real issue Kelly at center of storm over aide’s resignation Will the FISA memo turn into Obama’s Watergate? MORE, Ph.D., is a national security strategist with Fox News and former deputy assistant and strategist to President Trump. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War.” You can follow him on Twitter @SebGorka.

Trump administration takes first step to ban bump stocks

Trump administration takes first step to ban bump stocks
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The Trump administration on Saturday began the process to ban bump stocks through regulatory action.

“The Department of Justice has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a notice of a proposed regulation to clarify that the National Firearms and Gun Control Act defines ‘machinegun’ to include bump stock type devices,” Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsUnder pressure, Trump shifts blame for Russia intrusionOvernight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposalOvernight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won’t stand MORE said in a statement.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) submitted a notice of a regulation regarding the definition of “machinegun” in the National Firearms Act and Gun Control Act and proposing to include “bump stock type devices, and that federal law accordingly prohibits the possession, sale, or manufacture of such devices.”

Bump stocks are devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire at faster speeds.

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Sessions previously signaled that the DOJ would seek the ban despite the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) previously indicating Congress would have to act in order to ban the devices.

ATF previously ruled that it does not have the authority to regulate bump stocks under the existing regulations prohibiting machine guns under federal law.

The proposed rule next has to be approved by the Office of Management and Budget as part of the regulatory review process. ATF also has to submit an analysis and evaluate public comments on regulating the devices. The review process will likely take months.

Saturday’s announcement comes more than two weeks after President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truthWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by RussiansShulkin says he has White House approval to root out ‘subversion’ at VAMORE first announced that he had directed the DOJ to propose the regulations.

The president proposed the regulations in response to the Florida school shooting on Feb. 14 that left 17 people dead.

“Bump stocks are going to be gone,” Trump promised on Thursday.

The alleged shooter, who was recently charged with 17 counts of first-degree premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder, did not use a bump stock.

However, the gunman at the Las Vegas mass shooting —  which took place last October and left 58 people dead and hundreds more wounded — did use the device during his attack.

Although there was bipartisan support after the Las Vegas shooting to ban bump stocks, no bill was approved. Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRepublicans are avoiding gun talks as election loomsThe Hill’s 12:30 ReportFlake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap planMORE (R-Wis.) has advocated for ATF to close the loophole on bump stocks over a legislative fix.

The survivors of the Florida shooting have reignited a national debate over gun control and targeted the National Rifle Association (NRA) and politicians supported by the group.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed a bill into law on Friday that would raise the minimum age to purchase a firearm in the state from 18 to 21 as well as ban bump stocks in the state.

The NRA immediately filed a lawsuit against the state action, arguing that the law violates the Second and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

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