One of the biggest complaints against Trump during his campaign was that he wouldn’t be able to interact with foreign diplomats without offending them. However, according to a recent interview, Trump is doing better than former president Bush and former president Obama.
Bush leaned on the strong side of foreign diplomacy. Much of his actions were in response to 9/11 but as a whole, many are saying his policy wasn’t successful. On the other hand, Obama simply stopped everything. According to Independent Journal Review, the Obama administration “dealt with a light, often inconsequential, hand in diplomatic relationships, preferring, in their own words, a ‘lead from behind’ approach.”
When Bush went to war, his major concerns were countries similar to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. The issue with Obama walking away from everything was these countries became even more chaotic in Obama’s eight years. For this reason, many contribute the rise of ISIS to the Obama administration.
Regardless of what happened in the past, the present is still hurting in these countries and President Trump will have to inherit these problems. Many people were concerned with President Trump’s manners especially with his famous statement saying he will “bomb the sh*t out of ISIS.” However, his diplomacy might already be making bigger and healthier waves than that of former presidents Bush and Obama.
Dr. Hamdullah Mohib, the Afghan Ambassador to the United States, hosted a dinner on Friday night for several Gold Star wives. Gold Star wives are wives of American soldiers who gave their lives fighting in Mohib’s country. Thanks to Benny Johnson of Independent Journal Review, we get to experience the conversation and hear some interesting information about President Trump.
According to Johnson, the evening was joined by a beautiful conversation about the challenges facing Dr. Mohib’s country, as well as appreciation to the wives for all their husbands, did. He eventually opened up the group for some questions and answers. Somebody asked Dr. Mohib about the current American administration and what the Afghani people thought of President Trump. His answer must have blindsided the majority in the room:
“I’ve personally met with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago and the president has had two phone conversations with President Ghani [The president of Afghanistan]. One call was after he won the election and one after [Trump] became president. Before the calls, we were advised to keep conversations short because, we were told, Trump will not be interested in the details of the call and does not have a long attention span, so it would be pointless to have a long call.
However, we were pleasantly surprised at how much time President Trump spent asking very informed questions. The first time the presidents spoke, the questions Trump asked impressed us. “How can you win in this fight [against terrorism]?” he asked. “What do you need to become financially independent?” and “How can American business invest in Afghanistan? How can we develop businesses and mining in your country?”
Trump would listen intently after each question, often asking follow-ups. Trump’s second call with our president was even longer than the first. Asking these types of questions for our country is something the Obama administration never did. The Obama administration was the most academic administration we have ever had to deal with but the Trump administration has been the most thoughtful and intelligent.
Trump continually asked “How can you win? What does Afghanistan need to win?” in reference to our fight with terrorism. Trump wants to win. Sincerely. All the Obama administration wanted to do was not lose.
The Obama administration was hesitant with us. The enemy could sense that. When the Obama administration announced its plans to pull troops out of the region, they announced the exact date they would do it. All our enemies had to do was wait [Obama] out. They knew the date they had to hang on until — which gave them the will to fight. They used that time to recruit and build up resources.
To bring real reform, we must be able to defeat enemies outside our country and inside. We must overthrow the Afghan warlords who are profiteering off the war. Every time we tried to remove one of them from power, [Secretary John] Kerry would say “no” because it would potentially make it unstable and require more troops be brought in. The entire Obama administration was too cautious, but Kerry was the most cautious. Perhaps the Obama administration was fatigued by the time we assumed power. [President Ghani assumed power in September of 2014.] But Trump is very different from Obama in this way.
This is good, for the future of Afghanistan.”
The ladies seemed to agree with the Ambassador’s answer as they shook their heads in agreement. While the wives sipped their tea, one lady spoke up saying Obama’s treatment of Afghanistan was an “Insult” to her husband’s legacy. The Ambassador responded that he wanted to honor legacies by “creating a stable, free, democratic society in his country.”
Trump clearly impressed the Afghan president. Hopefully, this is just the beginning of healthy relationships around the world. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!