Impeachment Hearing Helped President Trump Make Significant Political Gains in Electoral College States

Pelosi, Schiff and Trump
By Ven Parmeswaran

The Constitution has made the President of the United States Chief of the Executive Branch, Commander-in-Chief and the most powerful official in charge to protect and defend the United States.  Therefore, President of the USA, though not above the law, has every right to initiate and conduct foreign relations as he deems fit.   I have reviewed the history of American Presidents from Franklin D Roosevelt to Donald J Trump.  Whatever President Trump has done in respect of Ukraine has many precedents.  Every President has used foreign policy as a weapon and based on quid pro quo.  President Trump decided to suspend military aid to Pakistan to pressure them to withdraw their support of Taliban in Afghanistan and curb the home-grown terrorists of Pakistan such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and others.    Pakistan has not delivered and therefore is has been deprived of military aid.  I can cite many examples.  Trump is succeeding in trade negotiations because of quid pro quo. 

Fortunately, for President Trump, the US economy is very robust with unemployment at 3.5%, 50 year low, wages are going up, and the minorities – blacks, Latinos, and the Asians all have a record employment.

President Trump’s national average approval is now at 45%, a gain of 5%.  In electoral college States of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio he is scoring from 48% to 52%, again a significant gain.   This must be read with the national polls against impeachment at 51%.

All the leading contenders for the Democratic Party Presidential race were beating President Trump before the impeachment hearings.  Now Trump is beating all of them including Joe Biden, Sanders, Warren and others by a margin of 5%.     Polls are changing fast daily in favor of President Trump because of impeachment.

The question is -Why?

The two articles for impeachment have no basis.  The Democrats have failed to marshal evidence. It is a political impeachment which is  strictly partisan.   Not a single Republican or Independent is in favor of impeachment.   Impeachment of Nixon and Clinton was bipartisan and provided tangible evidence.

Another reason, the process has been called a sham because Adam Schiff, Chairman, Intelligence Committee held a secret proceeding and did not allow the Republicans to call witness or participate fairly giving equal time.   Whistle blower was misused by Adam Schiff.  He and or his staff had been consulting with the Whistleblower and concocting an artificial basis for impeachment.  Thus, Adam Schiff having first relied on the Whistleblower to start the impeachment has abandoned that source without giving any reasons.

The Constitution has made the President of the United States Chief of the Executive Branch, Commander-in-Chief and the most powerful official in charge to protect and defend the United States.  Therefore, President of the USA, though not above the law, has every right to initiate and conduct foreign relations as he deems fit.   I have reviewed the history of American Presidents from Franklin D Roosevelt to Donald J Trump.  Whatever President Trump has done in respect of Ukraine has many precedents.  Every President has used foreign policy as a weapon and based on quid pro quo.  President Trump decided to suspend military aid to Pakistan to pressure them to withdraw their support of Taliban in Afghanistan and curb the home-grown terrorists of Pakistan such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and others.    Pakistan has not delivered and therefore is has been deprived of military aid.  I can cite many examples.  Trump is succeeding in trade negotiations because of quid pro quo.

The Democrats and the holdovers from Obama administration have been leaking secrets to the media.  In the name of investigations, Trump administration has been forced to share secrets with the investigators and the Congress, who have been leaking to the media. Unlike the conventional Presidents, Trump has been slow in planting his own loyal political appointees as ambassadors . Adam Schiff has selected junior level bureaucrats disloyal to President Trump to give testimony.    These witnesses have no credibility.  Secondly, they testified in secret. There was no witness who had direct contact with Trump. In other words, Adam Schiff was manufacturing alleged abuses of Trump administration.

Trump in his telephone communication with the Ukraine President was seeking a favor for the United States and not for himself personally.  He did not say “Do me a favor”.   Adam Schiff has twisted this and misquoted him.  Adam Schiff read a made up of Trump’s phone transcript.

Before the United States extend military aid to Ukraine, President Trump has every right to investigate corruption in Ukraine to make sure our aid is not wasted.  In fact, Obama had delegated his V.P. to investigate corruption in Ukraine long before the 2016 election.  His son was given a job with a salary of almost a million dollars per year because of Biden’s official position as Vice President.  In 2016, Biden was not a candidate for election.  He started running for the Primaries in 2019 and nobody knows he would be a candidate.   Kamala Harris was running but she is no longer a candidate. Therefore, accusing Trump that he was trying to get dirt on Biden is wrong.    As soon as the hearings started in public, public opinion changed in favor of Trump.     Biden’s son himself has admitted on  TV  during an interview that he was able to get such a highly paid job because of his dad’s position.   So, Trump is trying to prove that Biden and his son are involved in the corruption in Ukraine.

Ever since Trump became duly elected President, he has not been allowed to function and discharge the duties of the President of the United States.  He has been hampered 24/7 by the mainstream media orchestrating against him with the Democrats using the leaked information.   I have been an eyewitness to American history from President Eisenhower to present.  No President has had to go thru what President Trump has been subjected to from day 1 because of non -stop investigations.  When the Democrats failed to catch Trump in Mueller investigations they  resorted to political impeachment!

PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEEN EMPEROR WITHOUT CLOTHES

The Democrats and their mainstream media have succeeded in exposing the Presidency of the United States.  This has created a serious national security problem for President Trump.   American people and the voters cannot be fooled.   Now because of the public hearing, public opinion is favoring President Trump.    No head of the foreign governments will have confidence and trust in President Trump because of the fear that their communications would be leaked.   The Democrats have succeeded in arrest  of foreign policy making.    President Reagan ended 50- year cold war with the Soviet Union. Now the Democrats have forced Trump to start a cold war with Russia. Why?

SPEAKER PELOSI COMPROMISES WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP BY GIVING SUPPORT FOR TRUMP’S USMCA TRADE PACT REPLACING NAFTA.  WHY?

Nancy Pelosi is concerned that she may not be able to woo all the Democrats to vote for impeachment. Those new Democrats elected from Trump’s 2016 constituencies are not fully sold on the impeachment because it is 100% partisan and even some Democrats had voted against inquiries for impeachment.  To pacify them and curry their favor, it became politically expedient for Nancy Pelosi to compromise with Trump although it would help Trump politically.  Thus, politics has come to gutter level!     In as much as the national poll is going against impeachment, Nancy Pelosi is not sure today how the 2018 elected democrats would vote.

If the present trend continues, it is possible that Trump’s approval rating will keep going up steadily and he could become a very formidable opponent in 2020.  The trials in the Senate chaired by Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts will also result in giving Trump frost on his cake. Fortunately, for President Trump, the US economy is very robust with unemployment at 3.5%, 50 year low, wages are going up, and the minorities – blacks, Latinos, and the Asians all have a record employment.     The problem for the Democrats today is they have not yet been able to identify a winning candidate.   Hillary Clinton wants to run again because she claims she is more popular and superior to all the current candidates. There is so much uncertainty in the Democratic camp. But, surely, no such thing with Trump.

(Ven Parameswaran, Scarsdale, N.Y. was President & CEO, First Asian Securities Corporation, NYC. His email: [email protected])

 

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