The media loves following double standards when it comes to President Trump.
Any effort made by the president is immediately shunned and criticized, but when President Obama attempted to something similar and those same critics are silent.
Trump’s attempt at diplomacy is getting railed by the media and the left. They’ve expressed shock over Trump inviting North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un and Phillipines President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House. After reports started circulating that Trump was planning to schedule a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the president was criticized again.
However, back in 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama sparred with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) during the first presidential debate over the use of diplomacy with countries who aren’t our allies.
Obama was applauded for wanting to engage in direct diplomacy with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over their nuclear program.
“[We have to] engage in tough direct diplomacy with Iran and this is a major difference I have with Senator McCain, this notion by not talking to people we are punishing them has not worked,” Obama said. “It has not worked in Iran, it has not worked in North Korea. In each instance, our efforts of isolation have actually accelerated their efforts to get nuclear weapons. That will change when I’m president of the United States.”
What’s the use of diplomacy if you only engage your friends and allies? Trump is trying to accomplish goals that previous presidents haven’t been able to meet. Hosting President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House on Wednesday to arrange a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians is a step in that direction.
It’s time to stop chastising Trump for this, if you stayed silent when Obama did something similar.