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President Trump’s unorthodox approach to foreign policy has paid off. While his critics at home would never admit it, not everyone turns a blind eye to his accomplishments. For two years running, foreign lawmakers have nominated the president of the United States for the Nobel Peace Prize.

When pundits talk about what makes the president an unconventional statesman, they usually get it all wrong.

They focus on the superficial: the tumultuous tweeting; the blunt, undisciplined talk; and the cast of characters he has assembled and discarded to direct foreign policy.

There is a big difference, however, between characteristics and character.

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Characteristics — such as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s booming rhetoric, President Dwight Eisenhower’s fondness for grandpa sweaters, President John F. Kennedy’s youthful exuberance, or Trump’s penchant for social media salvos — are not, in the end, great drivers of statecraft.

Statecraft is about character — the underlying attributes that drive a leader to act.

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President Trump’s character has several distinguishing features that make him a unique statesman. For starters, he has the courage to challenge conventional wisdom. It’s an attribute that is unusually valuable right now, as the world has entered an age of great-power competition in which the old, post-Cold War rules may not apply.

Consider the president’s policies for the Middle East, the region in which his accomplishments have been most extraordinary. For decades, the conventional thinking had been that all diplomatic progress there hinged on brokering a lasting peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israel. All other Middle East diplomacy had to wait until that pact was in the bank.

The president, however, rejected the idea that the Palestinians should get a veto over everything. And he was right. On Tuesday the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain committed to normalizing relations with Israel. More countries will follow.

Nor is Trump reckless, as his political foes contend. His judgments look more risk-informed than risky. For example, his instincts were to preemptively withdraw from places like Syria and Afghanistan. Yet, he accepted that conditions on the ground made these courses too destabilizing to follow immediately.

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Instead, Trump adopted more prudent approaches that continue to safeguard U.S. interests and support our friends.

On the other hand, when the establishment clique of Middle East experts argued that certain bold actions — such as relocating the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, or killing Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani — would “set the Arab street afire,” Trump was shrewd enough to challenge them.

Finally, the president has the determination and persistence to follow through. When Trump says he wants to end “endless wars,” that is what he means. He is willing to stick to it until he gets the job done. The U.S. is still partnering for peace in places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria and pushing back against Iran.

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No wonder nations have come to the table and worked with the U.S. to reach peace accords that many have argued were impossible. Trump has brought a seriousness of commitment to the table, and that counts for far more than glib talk and suave diplomatic demeanor.

It really doesn’t matter if Trump is awarded a Nobel Peace Prize or not. What matters is that he has demonstrated the kind of statesmanship that brings real peace without compromise and protects the vital national interests and security of all Americans. The winners are the American people

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James Jay Carafano is vice president of foreign and defense policy studies  The Heritage Foundation. Follow him on Twitter @JJCarafano.

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Top Democrat Stuns With Remarks On Ilhan Omar: ‘She Doesn’t Belong In Our Party’

Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, slammed Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) during a brief exchange with a political operative this week, saying that she does not belong in the Democratic Party.

An employee at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) asked Peterson, “Do you have any comment as to why you defended Ilhan Omar?”

“I don’t defend her. She doesn’t belong in our party,” Peterson, a 16-term lawmaker, responded, according to video of the remarks that was obtained by the New York Post.

When asked to clarify his remarks, Peterson reportedly doubled down, saying: “She doesn’t belong in our party.”

“It’s unclear why Omar and Peterson have fallen out but his remarks may be an attempt to distance himself from the progressive left flank of his party as he braces for a brutal challenge from GOP candidate, former Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Michelle Fischbach,” The Post added. “Peterson’s criticism of Omar follows that from establishment Democrats who in conversations with The Post have privately dismissed the House’s famous ‘Squad’ of female lawmakers as ‘activists’ rather than legislators who can work across the aisle.”

Omar has been bogged down by scandals throughout her first term in Congress, ranging from marital and potential campaign finance issues to accusations that she married her brother.

Omar has a history of being sympathetic towards radical Islamists, including:

  • Advocating for leniency and “compassion” in the sentencing of men who were convicted of trying to join ISIS
  • Calling for a senior Muslim Brotherhood member to be released from jail in Egypt
  • Voting against a bill that allowed insurance companies to deny life insurance payouts to terrorist’s families
  • Saying that she was “outraged” that Trump killed Iranian terrorist general Qassem Soleimani—who was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American soldiers.

Omar also has an extensive history of making anti-Semitic remarks and promoting anti-Semitic tropes and conspiracy theories. An organization that tracks anti-Semitism named Omar 2019’s anti-Semite of the year. The organization listed a few examples from Omar’s history of anti-Semitic remarks:

  • Accusing American Jewry of possessing dual loyalty.
  • Alleging that Jews buy their influence with money, infamously stating “It’s all about the Benjamins.”
  • Accusing Israel of having hypnotized the world.
  • Supporting the antisemitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.
  • Submitting a resolution in the House of Representatives comparing boycotting Israel to boycotting the Nazis.
  • Having her antisemitic statements endorsed by infamous neo-Nazi David Duke.
  • The sixth point is a reference to David Duke, former KKK Grand Wizard, praising Omar last year, calling her “the most important Member of the US Congress” for her “Defiance to Z.O.G. [Zionist Occupied Government].”

    Brooke Goldstein, the executive director for the pro-Israel Lawfare Project, highlighted Omar’s record of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic comments last year during an interview with Tucker Carlson. “Yes, she has commented on Israel, but she has built a career on attacking American Jews,” Goldstein told Carlson. “She has said that American Jews control Congress. She has insinuated, for example, that Jews have dual loyalty.”

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