How You Should Decipher Trump’s Foreign Policy

Washington Examiner, April 27, 2017

–Commentary by Ying Ma

Talking heads on television and so-called experts in the Washington policy community concluded long ago that President Trump has no cogent foreign policy and merely changes his mind from one moment to the next.

In recent days, they have pointed to early steps by the Trump administration, on China, Syria and NATO, as proof that Trump is infinitely malleable on policy matters.

While Trump arrived in office with relatively few policy details and is far less ideologically-dogmatic than his predecessors, he did outline on the campaign trail guiding principles for his approach to dealing with the world. For those who were paying attention to what he said rather than sneering at his candidacy, his evolving policy positions are not all that surprising.

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Republicans Need to Rally around Trump

The National Interest, April 4, 2017

During the 2016 campaign, numerous prominent conservatives opposed the Trump candidacy and warned that its success would be inexorably bad for conservatism.

Some two months into his presidency, rifts between Donald Trump and conservatives are in plain sight. The new president has blamed the recent failure to repeal and replace Obamacare on the conservative House Freedom Caucus. In various presidential tweets, he named and blamed various caucus members and even threatened to fight against the group along with Democrats in the midterm elections of 2018.

Were Trump’s conservative critics correct all along that he is bad for their cause?

While the failure to repeal Obamacare is no doubt a setback for the Trump administration and Republicans in general, conservatives should nevertheless be heartened by the overall progress made and broad direction set by the new president. Unconventional though his presidency may be—and it certainly is, beyond the wildest imagination—Trump has pursued an agenda that is friendly to many of conservatism’s cherished ideals.

Since his inauguration, President Trump has picked a cabinet that many acknowledge is the most conservative in history and nominated Neil Gorsuch, a highly respected conservative judge, to the Supreme Court. Furthermore, he has pursued regulatory reform, border and homeland security and pro-market measures that conservatives have long supported.

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7 Tips for Effective Communications

Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, January 18, 2017

–by Ying Ma

I often encounter young women who tell me they wish to pursue a career in communications. It is a perfectly worthy goal. Communicating well is a useful skill to have in any profession, and being a communications professional can be richly rewarding. With that said, communications skills do not just materialize out of thin air. Much like playing a sport or a musical instrumental, communicating effectively and professionally takes practice. Some people have a natural talent for it; many do not. No matter which group you belong to, you can become a better communicator by putting in the requisite time and effort.

I have worked as a communications professional in the private sector and in national politics. My clients have included multinationals and political campaigns. Here are seven tips I would offer to young people who wish to pursue a career in communications.

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Media Bias at CNN and the New York Times

The National Interest, December 1, 2016

The mainstream media suffered a further erosion of its authority during the 2016 campaign. It copiously displayed its disdain of Donald Trump, not least in assuming that his election to the presidency was not simply unlikely, but next to impossible. Then came the evening of November 8, when assorted media pooh-bahs stared in incredulity at the actual results—a Republican trifecta.

Many have blamed Trump himself for his adversarial relationship with the press, but that distracts from the media’s culpability. However unconventional or controversial Trump’s candidacy was—and it certainly broke new ground—the mainstream media have long failed to report the news truthfully about right-of-center public figures with whom it disagrees.

In my view, at a time when many are complaining about “fake news” manufactured by Russia, it is worth taking a closer look at the mainstream media’s complacency and downright dishonesty. Numerous examples exist, but two incidents involving Dr. Ben Carson, surely the most civil and genteel GOP presidential contender in the 2016 election, are illuminating.

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Ying Ma Talks to ABC (Australia) About Trump Victory

Lateline, ABC (Australia), November 11, 2016

Ying Ma appeared on Lateline, Australia’s leading daily current affairs program, to discuss the Donald Trump victory and his agenda moving forward. To view the discussion, please click HERE. Lateline airs weeknights on ABC in Australia.

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“Trump Calls Me American”: Average Citizens Find Their Voice Through Donald Trump

img_0068A Wegman’s truck. A Friendly’s restaurant. Fall foliage in bright sunlight. A crisp chill in the air.

It’s late autumn in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

On the last Friday before Election Day, Donald Trump came to town for one of his massive rallies.

The mainstream media and the political establishment have relentlessly slandered these rallies as a congregation of the great unwashed—dumb and uneducated white people; racists, sexists, and xenophobes.

Yet, tens of thousands continue to show up at each event. When the Trump supporters begin cheering for their candidate, it is explosive and emotional—and deeply touching.

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