Millennials, Communism and Asia…Oh My– The Fourth 100 Days (Trump Briefs:  Nov. 4-Nov. 10/Day 296-302) Week 42

By Michael Hernandez


Saturday, November 4 (Day 296):

White House slams Bush legacy

The White House attacked the Bush legacy after former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush expressed their displeasure with President Trump in a new book (to be released Nov. 14), The Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush by historian Mark Updegrove.

“The American people voted to elect an outsider who is capable of implementing real, positive, and needed change—instead of a lifelong politician beholden to special interest,”  White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.  “If they (citizens) were interested in continuing decades of costly mistakes, another establishment politician more concerned with putting politics over people would have won.”

CNN reported, “If one presidential candidate can disassemble a political party, it speaks volumes about how strong a legacy its past two presidents really had.”

Both Bushes confirmed in the book they did not vote for Trump in the last election.  The elder Bush confirmed he voted for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election and called Trump a “blowhard.”  “I don’t like him,” George H.W. Bush says in the book. “I don’t know much about him, but I know he’s a blowhard. And I’m not too excited about him being a leader.”

George W. Bush offered his own critique of Trump in the book, saying Trump “doesn’t know what it means to be president.” The younger Bush also didn’t vote for Trump in the 2016 election, saying he opted for “none of the above” on his ballot.

The Bush criticism comes on the heels of former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) implying the Republican party is dead.  “Donald Trump’s not a Republican,” he told Politico.

The White House told CNN that Trump remains focused on his agenda. “President Trump remains focused on keeping his promises to the American people by bringing back jobs, promoting an America First foreign policy and standing up for the forgotten men and women of our great country,” the White House said.

President George W. Bush. Photo: The White House Archives

White House attorneys ready to challenge Mueller’s Trump investigation

Politico reported Saturday that Jay Sekulow, a conservative attorney who joined Trump’s team in June, said that Trump’s attorneys are ready to challenge the legality of special counsel Robert Mueller’s actions if he detours into anything they consider “outside the scope” of the inquiry, such as looking at old real estate deals the president might have been involved in through his Trump Organization.

“We’d view that as outside the scope of legitimate inquiry,” Sekulow said. “We’d raise it.”  Trump himself has said that any investigation of his personal finances by Mueller would be out-of-bounds. In July, Trump told The New York Times that Mueller would be in “violation” of his special counsel mandate to shift his probe’s focus from Russia.

Mueller’s investigation entered a new stage this week with the handing down of indictments against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Richard Gates.  Manafort is charged with money laundering and tax fraud.

Prosecutors accused Manafort in court documents unsealed Monday of “together with others, knowingly and intentionally conspir[ing] to defraud the United States by impeding, impairing, obstructing and defeating the lawful governmental functions of a government agency, namely the Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury.”

Sunday, November 5 (Day 297):

27 killed in Texas church shooting; 20 injured

Devin Patrik Kelly, a dishonorable discharged court-martialed airman, 26, killed 26 members of the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church in Texas (23 died inside the church two outside the church and one after being transported to a hospital) while wounding another 20 using Ruger AR-15 rifle.  The assailant was dressed in all black tactical gear including a ballistic vest.

Steve Bannon critical of Bush family

On Breitbart News Sunday with SiriusXM hosts Joel Pollak and Rebecca Mansour, Breitbart News Executive Chairman Steve Bannon was sharply critical of the Bush family, referring to them as “the last Whigs” because “the Republican Party that they talked about is essentially over.”

“Listen, I try to be bad cop to President Trump’s good cop. He’s head of the Republican Party. He tries to stay above the fray. Hopefully I’m there to do the dirty work as his wingman,” Steve Bannon said.  “What are we talking about? This party is a party made up of workers. It’s made up of American workers. It’s made of the American middle class. It’s got to represent not just their values, but their interests, and it doesn’t. The donors, the conservative consultants, the lobbyists, and the politicians they bought in the Republican Party don’t represent their interests at all. It’s quite shocking,” he contended.

“I think now with the Internet and news services like Breitbart, the Daily Caller, and others you’ve disintermediated the kind of old think tanks of the conservative movement, and you’ve disintermediated the old media companies – including Fox News to a large extent, which is really quite Establishment. I think you just have this energy at the grassroots level that really wants to take its party back, and by taking its party back, really effectuate change in the United States. I think it’s healthy, and I think it’s great,” he said.

“I think the energy is on the grassroots side,” he said. “I realize they use my name as kind of a Darth Vader figure to scare little children, or at least donors, to write bigger checks. But I think the power of what the grassroots has done, it’s turned their money from their biggest asset into their biggest liability. And now in a situation where the Karl Roves and the geniuses around Mitch McConnell, the more money they spend, the fewer votes they get.

“They’re in full panic,” he added. “The Bushes are triggered by Donald Trump. They personally, obviously, detest him. I hear this book’s going to actually say that Bush 41 actually voted for Hillary Clinton, and Bush 43 didn’t vote at all. If that’s the case, and you think of what the Clintons stand for, and how we lost this country with judges and policies, and what we’re doing throughout the world with our sovereignty, and think of those people at the Remembrance Project – so many of whom died on George Bush’s watch – it’s just disgusting.

“It says something about Bush that Bush is here attacking, once again attacking President Trump and being just as vitriolic as possible. I’ll reiterate this: I think President Bush 43 will go down in history as the single most destructive in the United States – and I include James Buchanan in that, the president before the Civil War,” he asserted.

­­­“The second was the financial crisis,” Bannon continued. “The financial crisis happened on his watch. It came to a head in September 2008. He just walked away from it, didn’t come up with any solutions. The thing was a debacle. We still suffer from that today. The solution was to, you know, flood the zone with liquidity, trillions and trillions of dollars of liquidity have inflated assets and made the owners of equity and real estate filthy rich, and the working men and women of this country have gotten stiffed after they had to pay for the bailouts.”

 “But the most important part of what he was destructive about is China. It was on his watch they really set in motion Most Favored Nation and getting into the World Trade Organization. I know the Clintons pushed that and tried to implement it, but Bush looked at China, the whole Bush administration said China is going to get wealthier, is becoming more democratic, and more free-market capitalist. That was a massive, massive mistake,” he said.

“China today is a competitor-slash-enemy, having economic warfare against us, of incalculable power. That started with the Bush administration. He is the single most destructive president in the history of the country, and I include James Buchanan in that. For him to come and attack President Trump is an absolute disgrace,” Bannon concluded.


Monday, November 6  (Day 298):

Fox News reports 53 killed, 44 wounded in 7 church shootings since 1999

While 26 were killed and 20 wounded in the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooting; an additional six church shootings include: a shooting on the same day at St. Alphonus Church in Fresno that left one dead and one wounded (not expected to live); one killed and six others injured on Sept. 24 at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ (Antioch, Tenn.); nine killed at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 15, 2015; two killed and six injured at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Church on July 27, 2008; seven killed and four wounded in Brookfield, Wisc. on March 12, 2005; and seven killed and seven wounded at the Wedgwood Baptist Church in Forth Worth, TX on Sept. 15, 1999.

(Editor’s Note:  To view how citizens respond with virtuous behavior please see Citizens Journal link:


Tuesday, November 7 (Day 299):

President Trump speaks about a united Korea peninsula

Notable Trump quotes from his speech on the North Korea threat to the South Korean Assembly:

“A free independent South Korea stands strong.  In the 1990s,  South Korea wealth surpassed North Korea by 10 times.  Today, South Korea wealth surpasses North Korea by 40 times.”

“The Korean people have a glorious destiny.  The destiny of the Korea people, is not to suffer but to thrive.”

“We affirm the dignity of every person to embrace the full potential of every soul and defend against the cruel ambitions of tyrants.”

…(We believe) for “a peninsula that is safe and families that are reunited once again.  We can dream of highways that connect North and South and a nuclear nightmare replaced with the beautiful promise of peace.”

(Editor’s Note:  Please see link posted on: or go to: 

California gas tax is highest in the nation

California Governor Jerry Brown’s new 12-cent-per-gallon gas tax has pushed the Golden State’s gas prices to the highest in the nation after less than a week in effect.

As of Nov. 7, puts the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline at $3.231 in California, nearly eight cents per gallon more expensive than the next-most-expensive state, Hawaii.

Politifact California notes that California’s rapid rise to the top spot fulfills the prediction of Republican George Runner, who serves on the State Board of Equalization, and who warned in April that the gas tax would make California’s gas the nation’s most expensive.

Politifact writes:  “Republican George Runner predicted in April that California’s gas tax hike would catapult the Golden State’s already high fuel prices to the “highest in the nation,” after the increase went into effect on Nov. 1, 2017.

Politifact notes that there are other factors in California’s high price, such as a “mystery surcharge” of 20 cents per gallon that was applied after a refinery explosion in Southern California.  However, it notes that California surged past Hawaii on Nov. 3, a mere two days after the new gas tax went into effect.

Republicans led by State Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) are mustering political forces to campaign for a referendum overturning the gas tax in 2018. They are also targeting freshman Democrat State Senator Josh Newman of Fullerton, who voted for the new tax and who will now face a recall election next year.

President Trump observes National Day for Victims of Communism

“Today, the National Day for the Victims of Communism, marks 100 years since the Bolshevik Revolution took place in Russia. The Bolshevik Revolution gave rise to the Soviet Union and its dark decades of oppressive communism, a political philosophy incompatible with liberty, prosperity, and the dignity of human life,” announced the White House.

“Over the past century, communist totalitarian regimes around the world have killed more than 100 million people and subjected countless more to exploitation, violence, and untold devastation. These movements, under the false pretense of liberation, systematically robbed innocent people of their God-given rights of free worship, freedom of association, and countless other rights we hold sacrosanct. Citizens yearning for freedom were subjugated by the state through the use of coercion, violence, and fear.

“Today, we remember those who have died and all who continue to suffer under communism. In their memory and in honor of the indomitable spirit of those who have fought courageously to spread freedom and opportunity around the world, our Nation reaffirms its steadfast resolve to shine the light of liberty for all who yearn for a brighter, freer future.”

Newsweek, a publication known for attempting to cover up the Clinton-Lewinsky affair in the 1990s, asked if President Trump was “being a hypocrite” for condemning communism on the eve of his visit to China.  “Some might say there’s an inherent contradiction between the White House condemning communism and Trump’s warm disposition toward China’s leader,” says Newsweek.

Trump on Virginia governor’s race:  “Ed did not embrace me”

President Trump criticized Republican Ed Gillespie within moments of his projected loss in Tuesday’s Virginia gubernatorial race, suggesting he fell short because he did not “embrace” Trump’s agenda.

“Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!” Trump tweeted from Seoul, South Korea on Tuesday night, minutes after the gubernatorial race was called for Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam.

The president repeatedly had urged voters to support Gillespie leading up to Tuesday’s vote. The Republican nominee, though, kept a certain distance from the president throughout the campaign, even as he adopted some of the president’s tough immigration policies.

But while Gillespie tried to strike a balance in the swing state — the only southern state Trump lost in last year’s presidential election — Democrats worked hard to tie Gillespie to the president at every turn.

One controversial ad showed minority children seemingly being chased by a driver in a pickup truck, decked out with a Confederate flag and a “Gillespie for governor” bumper sticker. The ad concluded with a scene of a Charlottesville-like rally, with a narrator asking: “Is this what Donald Trump and Ed Gillespie mean by the ‘American Dream?’”

The ad was removed after extensive backlash.

Northam campaigned with Democratic power players like former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden and even had a fundraiser headlined by Hillary Clinton.

Meanwhile, Gillespie garnered Republican support with a fundraiser hosted by former President George W. Bush. He was also joined by Vice President Pence on the campaign trail, but not Trump.

The Trump-referendum strategy has not been particularly successful for Democrats in House special elections this year, which the president referenced in his tweet Tuesday night. He referred to special elections in Kansas, Montana, Georgia, and South Carolina—Republicans won all four of those races. 


Wednesday, Nov. 8 (Day 300):

President Trump:  “Congratulations to all of the Deplorables”

“Congratulations to all of the ”DEPLORABLES” and the millions of people who gave us a MASSIVE (304-227) Electoral College landslide victory!” President Donald Trump wrote in celebrating the one-year anniversary of his election victory.”

Jared Kushner, Stephen Miller and Ivanka Trump worked on the victory speech; November 9th.

“Victory! It’s been an incredible year,” since Ivanka Trump.   “I’m as proud of my father’s commitment to and passion for our great country today as I was exactly a year ago!”

(Editor’s Note:  For editorial on the first year election anniversary; see link: 

Florida Congressman:  Mueller needs to be fired or resign

House Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) called on Special Counsel Robert Mueller — who is investigating alleged Russian collusion with the Trump 2016 campaign — to resign because there is an apparent conflict of interest involving Mueller and an alleged campaign to undermine the president and force him from office.

Rep. Gaetz also called for a special prosecutor to investigate the Uranium One scandal, the Clinton Foundation, and the Fusion GPS firm, which produced the “Russian dossier” alleging Trump-Russia collusion and which was paid by Obama for America’s law firm, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. 

“We are at risk of a coup d’état in this country if we allow an unaccountable person [Mueller] with no oversight to undermine the duly-elected president of the United States,” said Gaetz in a Nov. 8 speech on the House floor. “And I would offer that is precisely what is happening right now with the indisputable conflicts of interest that are present with Mr. Mueller and others at the Department of Justice.

“I join my colleague, the gentleman from Arizona [Rep. Trent Franks], in calling for Mr. Mueller’s resignation or his firing,” said Gaetz. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) called for Mueller to resign in August 2017 because of his friendship with James Comey, the man who succeeded him as FBI director in 2013 and who was fired by President Trump in May 2017.

Mueller was the FBI director from 2001 to Septmber 2013. Comey is one of the figures in the alleged Russia-Trump collusion investigation. “Moreover, we absolutely have to see the Department of Justice appoint a special counsel to look into the Clinton Foundation, the Uranium One deal, and the Fusion GPS dossier that I will now have the opportunity to discuss,” said Rep. Gaetz. 

The congressman then noted that the Justice Department has yet to respond to a letter sent to it by the House Judiciary Committee back in July with questions about the Uranium One scandal

The Uranium One matter is about the 2010 sale of Vancouver-based Uranium One to Rosatom, the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation. That sale, because it involved uranium and national security issues, had to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which, at the time, included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, among other Obama administration officials. 

Former President Bill Clinton was friends with people invested in Uranium One. Prior to the sale, a Russian bank promoting the Uranium One pending purchase, paid Bill Clinton $500,000 to give a speech in Moscow. Also, at least nine investors in Uranium One prior to, during, and after the October 2010 sale donated $145 million to the Clinton Foundation. While all this was occuring, the FBI, headed by Mueller, was investigating a bribery and kickback case involving a subsidiary of Rosatom and the transportation of uranium into the United States.

Despite abundant evidence of bribery and money laundering involving Russian nuclear official Vadim Mikerin, the sale of Uranium One was approved, which gave Rosatom (and Russian President Vladimir Putin) control over 20% of U.S. uranium production.

At the time, Mueller was the FBI director; the lead attorney on the case was Rod Rosenstein, now the deputy attorney general; and FBI agent Andrew McCabe, now the assistant FBI director. McCabe’s wife, Jill McCabe, received nearly $500,000 from a then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe political action committee. McAuliffe is close friends with the Clintons. Jill McCabe was running for the Virginia State Senate.

Commenting on these issues and Mueller’s connection to them, Rep. Gaetz said, “I do know that there’s no world in which Mr. Mueller can potentially investigate these matters. It is federal law that even the appearance of a conflict of interest means that someone cannot engage in prosecutorial duties regarding allegations and investigations. That conflict of interest is absolutely present.”

“As early as 2009, the FBI knew that we had informants alleging corruption into United States uranium assets,” said Gaetz.  “There were allegations of bribery, kickbacks, extortion. Even in 2010, members of Congress were raising these questions and asking the Obama administration to provide answers that were never given.”

 “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that at the same time we were hearing from sources that there was bribery to influence our uranium assets, you had former President Bill Clinton getting paid $500,000 by a bunch of Russians to go give a speech,” said Gaetz.  

“Must have been one hell of a speech!” he said.  “But it’s deeply troubling to me that these circumstances seems to be ripe for corruption, and seem to demonstrate an ecosystem of corruption that must be thoroughly investigated.”

The congressman continued,  “Now, why can’t Mr. Mueller and Mr. Rosenstein conduct this investigation? First of all, Mr. Mueller was the head of the FBI in 2009. He potentially had a role to play in these questions. At the very least, the fact that the FBI never prosecuted any case, never raised objections, never allowed Congress to be able to look into these matters, that would be an act of omission.”

“So, at best, there is an omission that creates a conflict of interest for Mr. Mueller,” said Gaetz, who earned his J.D. from the College of William and Mary. “At worst, there might have been actual malfeasance, or active negligence. And in those circumstances we need fresh eyes and clear eyes to give the American people confidence that our justice system is, in fact, working for them. But it’s not only the Uranium One deal that gives us a great deal to question.”

 “The American people are well aware that the Clinton Foundation functioned largely as a money-laundering organization, to influence the State Department and to ensure that there were special people with special access, with special relationships to the Clintons, that got special treatment,” said Gaetz. “That is not an America that abides to the rule of law. And as a member of the Judiciary Committee we have to see the rule of law held up and cherished. We’re a model for the world.”

“But if we have circumstances where our president, who was elected, is undermined as a consequence of these things,” he said,  “if we do not replace Bob Mueller with someone who can come in absent of association with the individuals who may be implicated, then I fear that this special place that we hold in the world may be diminished.”

Gaetz then mentioned that he has introduced a resolution calling for Robert Mueller to resign and for a special counsel to be appointed to investigate Uranium One and the Clinton Foundation. 

“And to my colleagues on the other side who say, well, hey, you know, there were a variety of agencies that were involved in approving the Uranium One deal, there were eight or nine groups that could have said no,” remarked Rep. Gaetz. “Are members of Congress really taking the position that the Clintons don’t have their tentacles in just about every agency of government?”

“How ludicrous!” said Gaetz. “You’re talking about the former president of the United States and, at the time, the lady who was serving as our Secretary of State. The fact that this was a multiagency process only underscores the conflicts of interest that lie with Rosenstein and Mueller.” 

Study reports that more than half of Millennials will be poorer than parents

The U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research has completed a study led by Stanford University’s Ray Chetty  that shows California millennial children will be poorer than their Baby-Boomer parents.

Prior studies have shown that generations of Americans had much higher rates of income mobility than Europeans for the first two centuries from the 1750s to the 1950s.

Odds of a 30-year-old achieving the American dream has fallen from 92 percent if born in the 1940s, to 79 percent for the 1950s, 62 percent for the 1960s, 61 percent for the 1970s and 50 percent for those born in the 1980s.

Chetty’s findings are written in an article titled “The Withering California Dream, by the Numbers.”   He states that his findings are understated, because he omits the children of immigrants, due to an inability to document immigrants parents’ income.   The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that many U.S. jobs held by immigrants, especially those taken by illegal aliens, pay substantially lower wages than the wages paid to natural born citizens.

The Public Policy Institute of California estimates:  “California is home to more than 10 million immigrants—about one in four of the foreign-born population nationwide.  In 2015, the most current year of data, 27 percent of California’s population was foreign born, about twice the U.S. percentage.”


Thursday, Nov. 9 (Day 301):

Alabama Judge Roy Moore:  I will “never give up”

The Republican Senatorial candidate in Alabama, Judge Roy Moore, hit back against allegations published in the Washington Post in a series of tweets on Thursday, saying he would “never give up.”

Allegations published by the Post on Thursday evening claimed that Moore, who became the Republican candidate after resoundingly defeating the establishment-backed Luther Strange, had engaged in inappropriate conduct with four teenage girls 34-years-ago, including one who was underage.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday evening, Moore blamed the “Obama-Clinton machine’s liberal media lapdogs” for initiating a “vicious and nasty round of attacks” in order to thwart his candidacy.

“The forces of evil will lie, cheat, steal – even inflict physical harm – if they believe it will silence and shut up Christian conservatives like you and me,” he wrote. “I believe you and I have a duty to stand up and fight back against the forces of evil waging an all-out war on our conservative values!”


Friday, Nov. 10 (Day 302):

Alabama Judge Moore: “Allegations completely false” politically motivated

Alabama Judge Roy Moore, the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate dismissed as false allegations against him in the Washington Post that decades ago he engaged in inappropriate relationships with young women. Appearing on nationally syndicated radio host Sean Hannity’s program on Friday afternoon, Moore blasted the allegations as politically motivated.

“These allegations are completely false and misleading,” Moore said in a lengthy Hannity radio appearance. “But more than that it hurts me personally because I’m a father. I have one daughter. I have five grand-daughters. And I have a special concern for the protection of young ladies. This is really hard and I want to talk on radio and explain this: These allegations are completely false.”

Breitbart News executive and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon ripped into the Washington Post Thursday night at the 603 Alliance’s “Taking On The Establishment” fundraiser in Manchester, NH — calling the paper, owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, “purely part of the apparatus of the Democratic Party,” citing its similar hit pieces on Judge Roy Moore and then-candidate Donald Trump.

From CBS News:

At a speech in New Hampshire Thursday night, GOP strategist Steve Bannon compared the accusations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to the release of President Trump’s infamous “Access Hollywood” video during the 2016 election.

“But it’s interesting,” Bannon told the audience. “The Bezos-Amazon-Washington Post that dropped that dime on Donald Trump, is the same Bezos-Amazon-Washington Post that dropped the dime this afternoon on Judge Roy Moore. Now is that a coincidence? That’s what I mean when I say opposition party, right? It’s purely part of the apparatus of the Democratic Party. They don’t make any bones about it. By the way, I don’t mind it. I’ll call them out every day.”

Bannon: Trump to win re-election with 400 electoral votes; McConnell out

Breitbart News Executive Chairman and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon told the New York Times that President Trump will win re-election with 400 electoral votes. “He’s going to win re-election with 400 electoral votes and he’ll be considered in the pantheon of Reagan and Lincoln and others as great presidents, but you have to stick with the program,” he said in an interview with the Times.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Bannon also responded to rumors that he was making deposing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) his personal goal.  “It’s not my personal mission but I have an objective that Mitch McConnell will not be majority leader and I believe it will be done before this time next year,” he said.

President Trump challenges China and World Trade Organization at APEC

“I am always going to put America first the same way that I expect all of you in this room to put your countries first,” President Trump said at the Asia-Pacific

Speaking to prominent business and political leaders of Asian-Pacific nations, Trump focused the importance of national sovereignty, trade reciprocity, and international norms.

“Simply put, we have not been treated fairly by the World Trade Organization,” he said.  The World Trade Organizations has been unwilling to enforce the rules protecting intellectual property, product dumping, and currency manipulation.

“Economic security is national security,”  he said as the audience applauded. “It is vital to our national strength. We cannot achieve open markets if we do not ensure fair market access,” he said. “In the end, unfair trade undermines us all.

“I wish previous administrations in my country saw what was happening and did something about it,” he said. “They did not, but I will.”

Despite withdrawing U.S. participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, Trump expressed eagerness for bilateral trade with Asian and South Pacific countries.  “We seek robust trade relationships rooted in the principles of fairness and reciprocity,” he said.

“With your help, this entire region has emerged – and it is still emerging — as a beautiful constellation of nations, each its own bright star, satellites to none — and each one, a people, a culture, a way of life, and a home,” Trump said.

Navy SEAL, founder of Sons of the Flag: ‘Make sure we never forget’

“We celebrate (Veterans Day) by raising money for specific veterans who have been burned – and firefighters,” said former Navy SEAL, Ryan “Birdman” Parrot, founder and CEO of the non-profit Sons of the Flag.  “If you’re looking for something bold to do, go to a local cemetery and look at the soldiers who are sitting in that cemetery. You might not know that there are soldiers in that cemetery that are laid to rest and they may not have family to come check on them anymore. The job for Americans is to make sure that we never forget.”

Ryan realized that traumatic burns significantly impact not only the military community, but fire fighters, first-responders and civilians as well. Feeling called to help, Ryan established Sons of the Flag, a non-profit organization founded in 2012.

To date, Sons of the Flag has funded Medical Fellowships at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston and UT Southwestern in Dallas, supported Burn Units and theirs staffs, financially supported Pediatric Burn Camps nationwide, established a Fire-Fighter led National Task Force, and funded many individual Burn Survivor requests for help. 

More information on Sons of the Flag is available here.  Below is an excerpt from their mission statementSons of the Flag “provides critical support to military service members, first responders and civilians who have survived burn injuries. 

Sons of the Flag supports military, first responder, and civilian burn survivors by providing funding for innovative research, Fellowships for doctors to further their training in treating burn survivors, educational opportunities, and support for those impacted by a traumatic burn. To that end, Sons of the Flag brings together passionate community leaders, pioneering physicians, experienced military service members, dedicated first responders and purposeful civilians to complete the mission.


Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in West Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He has worked 23 years as a middle school teacher.  Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: [email protected]

 Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres –as a “City Upon A Hill”; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships.

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