The Second 100 Days (Trump Briefs: May 27-June 2/Day 128-134) Week 19

By Michael Hernandez

 

Saturday, May 27 (Day 128):

First Lady, Melania Trump

Melania Trump:  “Your sacrifices do not go unnoticed”

 “This trip has been incredible for me as First Lady,” Melania Trump said.  “I also want to take a moment to thank you all for the sacrifices you make on behalf of our country.   To the families who endure time apart or constant time apart, your sacrifices do not go unnoticed.”

The First Lady said during her speech at a Naval base in Italy, because of their “selfless commitment” and the sacrifices their families make that Americans are able to enjoy freedom. 

“Terrorism is a threat, bad threat to all of humanity.  And together we will overcome this treat.  We will win.”

 

Sunday, May 28 (Day 129):

Marvel Comics ‘Captain America’ franchise attacks President Trump

Both actor Chris Evans (Captain America) and director Joss Whedon continue their rants against President Trump.  “Unacceptable.  This man disgusts me.  If you don’t think Trump has played a role in this unapologetic wave of ignorance and hate, you are WRONG,” tweeted Christ Evans earlier this month.

Evans, Whedon, along with other Marvel stars such as Scarlett Johannson (Black Widow) and Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) also support Planned Parenthood.   “As most of you know, Planned Parenthood” is providing “a safe place for legal abortions,” Johansson said during a Variety luncheon last year.  “A woman’s right to choose what to do with her body…is a human rights issue.”

Whedon produced a short video for Planned Parenthood calling America’s largest abortion provider a “beacon of hope” for the nation.

Silicon Valley tech company heads push for universal basic income

“We should make it so no one is worried about how they’re going to pay for a place to live, no one has to worry about how they’re going to have enough to eat,” said Y Combinator President Sam Altman in a speech at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.  “Just give people enough money to have a reasonable quality of life.”

“We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure everyone has a cushion to try new ideas,” said Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook.  

“There’s a dignity to work, Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) told SilconValley.com.  “People, they don’t want a handout.  They want to contribute to the economy.”  Congressman Khanna is seeking to introduce a $1 trillion expansion to the earned income tax credit available to low-income families.

Meanwhile, Y Combinator has given 100 randomly selected Oakland families an income of approximately $1,500 per month. 

Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook

Monday, May 29 (Day 130):

President Trump honors fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery

“Since the first volley of gunfire in the revolution, brave Americans in every generation have answered the call of duty, and won victory for freedom in its hour of need,” President Trump said while laying a wreath at the Tomb of Unknowns a the Arlington National Cemetery.

“We pay tribute to those brave souls who raced into gunfire, roared into battle, and ran into hell to face down evil.  They made their sacrifice not for fame, or for money, or even for glory, but for country,” said Trump.

Joining the president was Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Homeland Security Gen. John Kelly, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford, National Security Advisor Lt. General H.R. McMaster, Defense Secretary General James Mattis, former Senator Bob Dole and his wife Elizabeth, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway.

President Trump also recognized General Kelly’s son Robert, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010 and Army Sniper Christopher Horton and Special Forces Captain Andrew D. Byers, both recently killed in Afghanistan.

President Trump at Arlington National Cemetery

LA Times offers Anti-Trump activists advice; news outlet attacks Marines

The Los Angeles Times ran a front page story on Memorial Day on how anti-Trump activists were finding ways to relax.   “Many activists in Los Angeles have been in the trenches for years, fighting for immigrant rights and social justice…But five months into the Trump presidency, they’ve never had their endurance so tested,” wrote the L.A. Times.  “President Trump still has nearly 200 more weeks in office…He wants to make you angry. He wants you to lose focus,” he says of Trump.  “But we’re not going to let that happen.”

A Vox article (written by Alex Ward) attacked Marines on Memorial Day claiming that the Marine Corps has a “toxic masculinity problem” that “marginalizes or mistreats female troops.”

The Vox article was criticized by many journalists on Twitter.

 

Tuesday, May 30 (Day 131):

Swedes think media lies about mass migration impact

Sweden’s Institute of Media Studies new book “Mistrust of the Media” reports how Swedes are skeptical of media reports on immigration by a 2:1 margin confirming the statement:  “The Swedish media doesn’t tell the truth about social problems associated with immigration.”

“A serious discussion is needed about the attitude of journalists and the media on immigration reporting,” said Lars Truedson, Institute of Media Studies director.   He warned the profession’s credibility is being challenged on the issue and urged writers and editors to give a more honest picture of how mass migration has affected Sweden.  The mainstream media in Sweden has been accused of censorship in order to hide the extent of migrant crime.

Swedish journalist Joakim Lamotte has claimed sexual abuse from newly arrived migrants—many who are adults and not underage—is prevalent in school and victims are accused of bring racist if they speak out.  A recent report showed that 48 out of 50 recent migrants from Morrocco who had claimed to be underage were actually adults.

“Young girls tell me they are sexually harassed by newcomer guys both at school and outside of school,” said Lamotte.  “They say they do not feel safe in the school corridors.  They say they have stopped going home by themselves after school.  They say they do not take the bus either.  They are called racists when they talk about their reality and what they face.

“I refuse to be silent about this.  Then I would not be able to look myself in the eye. So I ask you who are silent about this:  politicians, policy makers and school managers.  Can you see yourself in the eyes when you get up in the morning?”

The Swedish Teachers Union reports that only 20-30 percent of asylum seeker children meet Swedish school standards.

Refugees headed for Sweden

Pentagon intercepts intercontinental ballistic missile target

The Pentagon was successful in intercepting an intercontinental ballistic missile target for the first time. An ICBM-class target was launched from the Marshall Islands while the ground-based interceptor launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California destroyed the target in a direct collision.

The test was conducted by the Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing, the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense and U.S. Northern Command and by Defense contractor Raytheon. 

The inventory of interceptor missiles will be increased to 44 in 2017.  Earlier in the day, the Pentagon had portrayed the test as a response to a threat from North Korea.

Vanderberg Anti-Ballistic Missile

Wednesday, May 31 (132):

President Trump keeps US embassy in Tel Aviv instead of Jerusalem

President Trump renewed a six-month wavier that will keep the U.S. embassy in Israel in Tel Aviv, instead of Jerusalem.   Every president has signed the wavier since Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act in 1995.  President Trump faced a June 1 deadline to sign such a waiver or the embassy would have moved automatically by law.

Supporters of signing the waiver believe that making a move to Jerusalem would have hurt President Trump’s efforts to help broker a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians. 

“While President Donald J. Trump signed the wavier under the Jerusalem Embassy Act and delayed moving the US Embassy in Israel fro Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, no one should consider this step to be in any way a retreat from the president’s strong support for Israel and for the United States—Israel alliance,” the White House said in its statement.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded:  “The American embassy, like the embassies of all countries with whom we have diplomatic relations, should be in Jerusalem, our eternal capital.”

Israel sees Jerusalem, as its undivided capital, but the Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future independent Palestinian state.   The U.S. does not recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and has kept it’s embassy in Tel Aviv, the country’s financial center. 

CNN drops comedian after Trump ‘beheading’ photo

Kathy Griffin

CNN terminated 56-year-old comedian Kathy Griffin for posing for a photograph of a fake, bloodied decapitated head resembling the President Donald Trump which was first published by TMZ after a photo shoot by photographer Tyler Shields.    CNN had already had ADT—the largest home security company in North America announce it was pulling its advertising from CNN and Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico had announced it has cancelled Griffin’s upcoming performance, scheduled for June 16.  Other cancellations of Griffin’s “Celebrity Run-In Tour” include:  California’s Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Center and the Sunset Center in Carmel, the St. George Theater in Staten Island, New York and the State Theater in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

First Lady Melania Trump called the photograph “very disturbing” and “simply wrong” and particularly hard on Barron Trump—her 11-year old son who “panicked” and began calling for his mother upon seeing the photo.  “Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself.  My children, especially my 11-year-old son, Baron, are having a hard time with this.  Sick!” tweeted President Trump.  CNN anchor Anderson Cooper called the photo “disgusting” and “inappropriate” with Chelsea Clinton—Hillary Clinton’s daughter calling the photo “vile and wrong.”
Griffin apologized in a video posted to her Twitter account in which she said she “crossed the line” and that the photo had gone “too far.” The Secret Service is investigating the incident.

(Editor’s Note:  Kathy Griffin responded to nationwide criticism against her by hiring attorney Lisa Bloom and claiming that she is the victim of “bullying” from the Trump family.)

Trump supporters show up at Congressman’s “illegal alien” Town Hall

“We The People Rising”—Trump supporters—showed up at Congressman’s Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) Town Hall meeting which was an immigration workshop scheduled Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. in Santa Ana.  However, the Town Hall room was cleared by police after a fight broke out and an arrest was made of a ANTIFA protestor who assaulted a WTPR supporter using a flagpole as a weapon.

“Teaching illegal aliens how to avoid detection by ICE at a meeting being held under the seal of a US Congressman is wrong,” said Robin Hvidston Executive Director of WTPR.  “We’re tired of our laws being broken.  And we’re going to hold US Representatives accountable to represent ‘we the people,’ we the lawful citizens instead of people who have no legal right to be here.”

Congressman Corea, 46th district, had listed the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), World Relief Garden Grove and the Mexican Consulate as participants in the workshop.

Two Polls Released:  43 percent want Trump impeached; 60 percent of Trump supporters see media as the enemy

A Politico/Morning Consult poll shows increasing support for impeachment proceeding against President Donald Trump even though most pro-impeachment respondents do not appear to think the President has committed “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Forty three percent of respondents supported impeachment (45 percent said impeachment was not necessary).  The most frequent reason given by those seeking impeachment is that the President “is unfit to serve and should be removed from office, regardless of whether he committed an impeachable offense or not.”

According to Rasmussen Research, public support for impeaching former President Barack Obama reached 32 percent in 2014, while support for impeaching George W. Bush reached 39 percent in 2007.

A HuffPost/YouGov poll found that 83 percent of Trump voters believe the media is hostile towards them—with 60 percent saying the media is “enemies to people like” them—an increase by nine percent over the same poll done in February.

 

Thursday, June 1 (133):

President Trump exits Paris Agreement

The Paris climate change agreement is “unfair at the highest level to the United States,” said President Trump who stated that America will formally withdraw the U.S. from the pact.  “In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord.”

The president said he will “begin negotiations to re-enter—whether the Paris accord, or really, an entirely new transaction—on terms that are fair to the United States, its business, its workers, its people, its taxpayers.”

Leaders of France, Italy, and Germany said they would not renegotiate the climate deal (despite Trump’s urgings)—which was negotiated by President Obama as a non-binding pact in 2015 (a treaty requires a vote of two-thirds of the U.S. Senate), as part of his second-term climate agenda.  President Trump is skeptical of the science behind climate change, and has sought to roll back Obama’s environmental regulations as part of an “American First agenda.” 

“The Paris climate accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers—who I love—and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shut factories, and vastly diminished economic production,” said President Trump.

The goal of the Paris agreement is to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Farenheit) above pre-industrial levels.  Opponents of the pact cited fossil fuel-funded surveys that said it would deprive the country of $3 trillion in GDP and 6.5 million jobs, since compliance would require restrictions on the use of fossil fuels.

Stephen Bannon, the president’s chief counselor, and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt—the Trump administration’s leading voices against the pact, were joined by two dozen GOP senators, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

President Trump has argued that China and India are not aiming to cut their emissions under the deal.  The president said America’s payments to the Green Climate Fund, a United Nations-administered account will now stop (Obama had paid one billion but the U.S. was slotted to pay an additional two billion dollars).

The Trump decision to exit the Paris agreement angered celebrities such as Cher who tweeted “held hostage by insane dictator”; members of the business community such as Telsa and Space X’s Elon Musk and Disney’s Bob Iger; as well as California Democratic representatives such as Governor Jerry Brown who claimed “people will die” and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris who tweeted “this disastrous decision threatens the world.”

President Trump in the Rose Garden announcing withdrawal from Paris Accord

President of European Commission:  “Americans can’t just leave”

Globalist Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission (unelected position) said in Berlin that America would not be allowed to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.

“No, that’s now how it works!  The Americans can’t just leave,” said Juncker.  “So this notion, I am Trump, I am American, American first and I’m going to get out of it—that won’t happen.  The law is the law and it must be obeyed…we have to comply with it.  It is Europe’ duty to say it is not like that.”

Refugees admitted in U.S. increases by 19 percent in May

The Department of State reports that 3,969 refugees (an increase of 19 percent) were admitted into the United States in May (which included 1,110 Muslims).   During the Trump administration, 38 percent, or 6,243 of the 16,261 refugees admitted were Muslim.  During 2016—the last year of the Obama administration—45 percent or 38,555 of the 89,994 total refugees admitted were Muslim.

The percentage of all refugees admitted from the seven Middle Eastern countries whose residents were temporarily banned from obtaining travel visas to the United States under President Trump’s first travel ban executive order (EO 13769) has declined slightly from 43 percent (36,722 out of 84,994 total refugees in 2016 to 38 percent (6,181 out of 16,261 total refugees) during the first four months and 11 days of the Trump administration.  Those seven countries were:  Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.  Iraq has since been taken off the list after meeting Trump administration immigration guidelines.

U.S. Supreme Court to address immigration travel ban

The American Center for Law and Justice will file an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court supporting President Trump’s travel ban Executive Order after last week’s action where the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a decision upholding an injunction imposed against Executive order 13769 designed to protect America from foreign terrorists.

Ten judges (all placed on the court by Democratic Presidents) voted in favor of the injunction and three judges (all appointed by Republican presidents) opposed the injunction which temporarily paused for 90 days the entry into the United States of refugees and nationals from six nations.

The majority opinion of the 4th Circuit Court was:  “We find that the reasonable observer would likely conclude that the Executive Order’s primary purpose is to exclude persons from the United States on the basis of their religious beliefs.”

The dissenting justices stated:  “The Supreme Court surely will shudder at the majority’s adoption of this new rule that has no limits or bounds—one that transforms the majority’s criticisms of a candidate’s various campaign statements into a constitutional violation.”

The dissenting judges said that the majority “violated Supreme Court case law by looking past the face of the Executive Order, which is neutral in terms of religion by wrongly considering campaign statements made by then-candidate and private citizen Donald Trump.”

According to Edward White of the American Center for Law and Justice, “The dissenting judges correctly concluded that the Executive Order on its face “is entirely without constitutional fault.” The Order was a valid exercise of the President’s authority “to suspend the entry of ‘any aliens’ or ‘any class of aliens’ and to prescribe ‘reasonable rules, regulations, and orders’ regarding entry, so long as the President finds that the aliens’ admission would be ‘detrimental to the interests of the United States.’” 

“The dissent pointed out that none of the facts or conditions underlying the issuance of the Executive Order had been challenged as being not true or legitimate. Those facts or conditions dealt with the six countries of concern either sponsoring terrorism or not helping the United States in its counterterrorism efforts.”

“The danger of the majority’s new rule is that it will enable any court to justify its decision to strike down any executive action with which it disagrees. It need only find one statement that contradicts the stated reasons for a subsequent executive action and thereby pronounce that [the] reasons for the executive action are a pretext.”

 

Friday, June 2 (134):

President Trump signs two bills assisting law enforcement officers

“We are here today to reaffirm our unbreakable support for the American heroes who keep our streets, our homes, and our citizens safe, and they’ve been doing an amazing job under very adverse conditions,”  said President Donald Trump during a signing ceremony at the White House.

President Trump signed two bills assisting law enforcement officers—the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement Act—which streamlines benefits for disabled officers and the families of fallen officers and the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act—a bill allowing federal grants to help military veterans transition to careers in law enforcement.

“For too long, injured officers have suffered, and the children of fallen officers have put their dreams of college on hold while bureaucracy delayed crucial benefits, made it impossible for their families,” Trump said. “No longer. It’s unacceptable, and it’s going to end today.  America is proud of our veterans, and I think I can say a double proud or a triple proud,” he said.

Several members of the law enforcement community joined Trump in the Diplomatic Reception Room for the signing ceremony, including representatives from the Fraternal Order of Police and the National Sheriffs’ Association. Law enforcement officers from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, and Virginia were also present.

“When a home is threatened, when danger visits our doorstep, when innocent lives are on the line, Americans turn to their courageous officers of law enforcement because we know they are here to serve and to protect us all,” Trump said, thanking them.

 

Weekly prayer call line launches on Pentecost Sunday at 8 p.m.; 50 Days Ablaze program starts Monday at 6 a.m.

History Makers International launches a weekly Sunday evening conference prayer call at 8 p.m. (PST) Pentecost Sunday (the celebrated birthday of the Church when the Holy Spirit came to the disciples of Jesus in the Upper Room giving them power and boldness) to pray for America according to prayer coordinator Mike Hernandez.  The toll free conference phone number is: (515) 739-1521 and the access code is: 169719.

“Christians are called to national prayer by the apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 2:1-4:  ‘I urge then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and go come to a knowledge of the truth,’” said Hernandez.

“We need to pray for wisdom be given to President Donald J. Trump and his Cabinet—especially the eight cabinet secretaries (Vice President Mike Pence, Secretaries Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson, Sonny Perdue, Rick Perry, Tom Price, Jeff Sessons; EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and CIA Director Mike Pompeo) that attend the weekly Bible study led by Ralph Drollinger of Capitol Ministries.”

We Are The Bride radio blog host Dr. June Knight of Kentucky launches “50 Days Ablaze” at 6 a.m. PST every day at 6 a.m. (PST) which will focus on prayer for and from a specific State of the Union from Monday, June 5 to Monday, July 24. The first week list of States features:   Alabama (June 5); Alaska (June 6); Arizona (June 7); Arizona (June 8); Arkansas (June 9); California (June 10); Colorado (June 10); Connecticut (June 11).

Dr. June Knight, coordinator of Making America Godly Again (MAGA) Revival is on a six month tour of the nation’s borders that started in March when she left Kentucky and travelled to Washington D.C. and then down the Eastern states and the Southern states and now the Pacific states (she currently is in California—her 14th state).

“The Lord is having President Trump secure America’s borders so I was directed to travel and pray to secure the nation’s borders in the Spirit.   I have been praying for revival and the Lord’s protection over America,” said Dr. Knight.   “I also have been declaring over certain cities what the Holy Spirit is speaking.” 

According to Knight, three cities have particularly stood out in her prayer tour:  Miami, New Orleans and El Paso. Dr. Knight who spent time in Southern California at both the Azusa Street Mission and the Los Angeles Dream Center is now headed toward Bethel Church in Redding.  She can be contacted at:  (615) 739-4276.

 

(Editor’s Note:  Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships.)

 

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: [email protected]. 


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One Response to The Second 100 Days (Trump Briefs: May 27-June 2/Day 128-134) Week 19

  1. William Hicks June 5, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Just how much money does it take for a “quality life?”

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