Trump Today: Trump Today: President compares himself with Obama and issues Amazon, ‘Dreamer’ threats

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President Trump on Friday gave himself high marks for his first year in office, taking credit for defeating ISIS and reducing taxes. He also issued a veiled warning on “Dreamers” and took a not-so-veiled potshot at Amazon AMZN, -0.64%  , again.

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President Trump was banging away on the keyboard on Friday, touting his administration’s successes in his first year in office. He was on holiday vacation in Florida.

COMPARES SELF WITH OBAMA

Tooting his own horn, a few days before the New Year holiday, the president on Friday fired off a half-dozen tweets touting what he is representing as a wildly successful first year in office.

In a standard refrain, Trump blamed the media for not giving him enough credit and cited a Rasmussen poll showing that his approval rating was the same as Barack Obama’s at the close of his first year as president.

According to Rasmussen, 46% of voters approved of Trump and 53% disapproved of his performance in a poll conducted Dec. 28. On the same date in 2009, Obama scored 46% approval vs. 54% disapproval.

The Rasmussen poll has typically given higher ratings to Trump than other surveys, and it’s the only pollster the president cites approvingly.

The longer-running and more established Gallup poll, however, tells a different story. Trump gets just 37% approval from voters, compared with 51% for Obama at the same stage of his presidency.

ISIS BEATDOWN BOAST

Another success the media is overlooking, the president contends, is the near-destruction of the Islamic terrorist group ISIS. The amount of land controlled by ISIS in Iraq and Syria has shrunk dramatically in the past year amid an onslaught by U.S. and allied forces.

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Military analysts widely credit the policies of both Obama and Trump for the ISIS retreat, but even they have been surprised by how quickly the terrorists have been pushed back.

Some claim Trump has given the U.S. military freer rein to take the initiative — taken the gloves off, so to speak — and jettisoning more limited rules of engagement under Obama.

DREAM ON, DREAMERS?

If Democrats want to protect the so-called Dreamers, Trump implied, they need to play ball with the White House.

Trump said “there can be no DACA” unless Congress agrees to pay for a border wall with Mexico and make other far-reaching changes to U.S. immigration laws.

Officially known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA protects children brought to the U.S. illegally as minors from deportation. The policy, enacted by the Obama administration, was rescinded last fall. Unless Congress acts soon, Dreamers, those young immigrants protected by DACA, could be subject to deportation.

AMAZON FEUD CONTINUES

The president lashed out again at perennial punching bag Amazon AMZN, -0.64%  , saying the U.S. Post Office should charge the online retailer more money to deliver packages.

Trump has repeatedly attacked Amazon because its founder, Jeff Bezos, also owns the Washington Post. The newpaper’s editorial page has been consistently critical of Trump’s administration and the news sections have run a series of hard-hitting pieces that have angered White House officials.

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Amazon, for its part, has been building out its own delivery service and it’s unclear how much it will continue to rely on the post office. The USPS certainly needs the business since fewer and fewer Americans use “snail” mail for communications and other purposes.