Trump Must Keep His Promises for the Summit with China to be Successful
by SECURE FREEDOM MINUTE
April 7, 2017
Candidate Donald Trump ran against Communist China. He promised to push back against: Beijing's predatory trade practices, its enabling of growing North Korean threats and the ominous Chinese military build-up, including new and fortified islands across the Western Pacific.
At the summit meeting with China's president, Xi Jinping, that starts today in Florida, Mr. Trump's campaign pledges will be put to the test. It is arguably a unique opportunity to exercise U.S. leverage on Xi, who is now presiding over an increasingly restive population, flagging economy and demographic time-bomb - and is fearful of a bad outcome at Mar-a-Lago.
President Trump must press his advantage - not abandon his promises to the American people. The summit will not be a success for America if it papers over serious, and strategically critical, differences between the two governments, let alone concedes ground to the Communist Chinese.
The latest from Frank Gaffney, Jr. Frank is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Read his FSM articles - click here.