Seen through this lens, the “America First” slogan was a fitting one for a campaign against a communist adversary and a variety of the causes it has co-opted in a decades-long campaign to replace the United States as the most dominant country in the world.
The CCP has spent decades robbing American wealth through the theft of trade secrets, protectionist trade policies, and market distortion. The government has used this wealth to finance a behemoth soft power campaign, threatening U.S. interests in every domain and gaining influence over multinational institutions.
Notwithstanding notable interference from within his own government, Trump faced the menace head-on in China, around the world, and in the United States. When he campaigned for reelection in 2019, communism versus freedom was one of the main themes, though the economic disaster and global havoc caused by the CCP virus, forced other priorities to the forefront.
Nonetheless, and despite little fanfare, Trump’s battles against communism proceeded.
The Trump administration likewise confronted the CCP directly on many fronts, including by helping Taiwan and Hong Kong, cutting off revenue streams from private companies tied to the People’s Liberation Army, and barring the espionage threat postured by Chinese technology.
About CCP, the administration challenged decades-old protocols to start normalizing relations with Taiwan, a Democratic republic that’s the antithesis of the repressive communist regime in Beijing. The CCP claims supremacy over the island and has long played strict defense about the issue on the international stage.
Considering Taiwan’s vehement resistance to communism, it may not be a coincidence that the island nation still experiences miraculously low levels of the CCP virus, generally recognized as the novel coronavirus. Notwithstanding a tourism industry that thrives on a massive number of visitors from the region, only seven people have died from the CCP virus in Taiwan since the outbreak of the pandemic. Circumstantial evidence implies there’s a nexus between how close a locale has been to the CCP and the severity of the outbreak.
The Trump administration targeted China’s so-called private companies, none of which are resistant to direct influence from the CCP. U.S. officials have long suggested that Chinese technology, both software, and hardware, could be practiced by Beijing for spying, due to security laws that require companies to assist Chinese intelligence.
Trump wasn't afraid to confront decades of communist infiltration of the United States. While communism completely abolishes private property and free enterprise, ballooning levels of taxation and regulation achieve the same goal over time. The president’s tax cuts and deregulation dealt a blow to the incremental encroachment of the government on people’s assets and businesses.