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  • The Hill: Trump’s Trade Strategy: A Blueprint for a Bilateral Future
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 3, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at The on February 3, 2020. With the signing of last month’s historic “Phase One” trade deal between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, President Donald Trump sent a loud and clear message to the hard-working Americans who were previously left behind by bad trade deals: you are forgotten no more. A critical first step toward re-balancing America’s trade with China, President Trump made good on his promise to put “America First” by making s... Read more

  • Rep Jim Banks: Trump should tout achievements in rebuilding U.S. military at State of the Union
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 3, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared on on February 3, 2020. During this year’s State of the Union, President Trump is expected to contrast his record of productivity with the Democrats’ crowning achievement; a wasteful, partisan impeachment. The only question for President Trump is, where to begin? Despite unprecedented obstruction, President Trump has appointed a record number of originalist judges, steered the U.S. economy to new heights and re-written the rules of global trade on fairer ... Read more

  • National Defense Magazine: Taking on China Requires a Strengthened Workforce
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 8, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared in the January 8th edition of National Defense. During my time in the Navy Reserves I saw the impressive capabilities the Defense Department could deliver to our men and women at the frontlines. It has seen enormous successes during the past several years: the fifth-generation capabilities of the F-35, the elaborate network of our satellite communication systems and advanced undersea detection capabilities. I am proud of our military and want to ensure that it is pre... Read more

  • Trump’s Iran strategy is succeeding – Democrats should get out of his way
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 7, 2020 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at on January 7, 2020. As someone who has deployed to foreign soil, I know how important it is to have a commander in chief that has your back. President Trump has communicated in the last few days to Americans across the world: “I have your back.” Americans are safer today because Iran's Gen. Qassem Soleimani is dead. Let’s take a step back, though, and evaluate what’s really going on here. The president isn’t merely reacting to Iranian provocations or r... Read more

  • Washington Examiner: Rep. Jim Banks: Pelosi guilty of withholding aid for political purposes
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 10, 2019 | Preview rr

    Something remarkable happened Tuesday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted she is guilty of the very accusation levied (without evidence) at President Trump. Except, instead of being guilty of withholding aid to Ukrainians, Pelosi is guilty of withholding aid to Americans. We had dual announcements made by Pelosi and Democratic leaders in the House Tuesday morning. First, they announced two articles of impeachment. Then, just an hour or two later, they announced we will finally pass President Tr... Read more

  • Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Impeachment-giddy Democrats ignore nation's true work
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 8, 2019 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared in the December 8, 2019 edition of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. House Democrats are so busy trying to impeach Donald Trump, they forgot to pass a budget. In 2017, Nancy Pelosi famously said, “show me your budget, show me your values.” Many took her words to mean that you can learn a lot about someone's deepest convictions by watching the way they spend their money. What does it mean if you don't produce a budget at all? When Speaker Pelosi declared by fiat in Sept... Read more

  • Rep. Jim Banks: Subpoena Adam Schiff’s phone records – He did it to Republicans, we should do it to him
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 8, 2019 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared at on December 8, 2019. I join many Americans in being sick and tired of powerful, entrenched Democrats like House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff breaking rules, crossing the line and never being held accountable. This is why I’ve called for a tit for tat. I want Schiff’s phone records to be subpoenaed by the only person in Washington with the power and opportunity to do it. On Tuesday we learned that Schiff, D-Calif., subpoenaed AT&T for the... Read more

  • Daily Signal: When China Acts on Expansionist Ambitions, We Must Respond
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 4, 2019 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared on the on December 4, 2019. President Donald Trump has been tougher on China than any other president in my lifetime. Free from the baggage of Washington’s 40-year “normalization” consensus, the president can see China for what it is—an economically exploitative dictatorship that abuses human rights. Thanks to Trump’s clear-sightedness, the executive branch is working to address the military, economic, and technological threats posed by China. Most re... Read more

  • Fox News: Trump impeachment not justified, hearings show
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on November 22, 2019 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared on on November 22, 2019. The Trump impeachment inquiry led by House Democrats has been described as a “show” and a “circus.” That’s true, but it more closely resembles a merry-go-round. After the conclusion of Thursday’s televised hearing by the House Intelligence Committee, the Democrats are right back where they started – their baseless inquiry has gone round and round in circles without advancing. Witnesses have given seemingly endless testimony last w... Read more

  • Washington Examiner: Why the media should publish the whistleblower's identity
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on November 19, 2019 | Preview rr

    The following op-ed appeared in the November 19, 2019 edition of the Washington Examiner. The moniker “he who shall not be named” no longer refers to a fictional villain in a popular young adult fantasy series but the so-called whistleblower who coordinated with Rep. Adam Schiff’s committee to file a complaint that kicked off the impeachment investigation that’s brought productivity in Washington to a halt. There’s just one problem. The “whistleblower” isn’t actually a whistleblower — he’s merel... Read more

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