We talk a lot about how unorthodox Donald Trump is as a choice for President, but it’s important to remind ourselves of this as he continues to shatter the mold of the Commander in Chief.
Of course, we hired him precisely for this reason. He’s not a politician, and that’s incredibly important. He’s a wrecking ball for the establishment way of operating, as we can tell by the massive, bi-partisan effort to undermine him. He’s a threat to business as usual, and that makes him the perfect citizen President.
And all of that talk about political experience, or his lack thereof? It hasn’t seemed to phase him much, especially on the economy.
It takes real determination to ignore the numbers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of people working increased by 395,000 from February to May of this year. By contrast, the increase for the same period last year under President Obama was 15,000. Now at 6.9 million, the number of people unemployed is at its lowest level since May 2007, seven months before the recession began.
The unemployment rate hit a 16 year low of 4.3 percent in May, continuing its post-recession trend. But the official unemployment rate can drop for reasons other than labor market strength, such as people dropping out of the labor force or working part time jobs because they are unable to find full time jobs.
A better indicator of labor market strength is the U-6 unemployment rate, a broader measure that many economists consider the real unemployment rate. It counts people as unemployed for a year (rather than just 30 days) after they give up their job search and counts people as unemployed who are working part time because they are unable to find full time jobs. At 8.4 percent, this measure has dropped a full percentage point since January and is now at its lowest level since November 2007, the month before the recession began.
But number crunching isn’t the only thing that President Trump seems to be excelling at. His fierce patriotism seems to be winning over a number of fronts in the nation’s foreign policy, including a never-before-seen maneuver in the Far East.
North Korea and South Korea are reportedly preparing to announce an official end to their 68-year war.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and South Korean president Moon Jae-in will meet next week to discuss an end to the war, the newspaper Munhwa Ilbo said, citing an unidentified South Korean official.
The two countries have technically been at war for 68 years since the Korean War began in June 1950. The three-year conflict ended with an armistice instead of a peace treaty in 1953, and smaller conflicts have flared from time to time since.
The reckoning that North Korea has faced under U.S.-backed sanctions has been tremendous, and the isolationist nation had grown incredibly hostile in recent months. After a few well-timed, stern tweets and a couple of stiff economic penalties, Trump was able to bring North Korea to heel…something that no diplomat has been able to do in nearly seven decades.
This citizen President thing seems to be working out pretty well, eh?