The First 100 Days (Trump Briefs: April 1-7/Day 72-78) Week 11

By Michael Hernandez

 

Saturday, April 1 (Day 72):

Congress Approves letting states decide on Planned Parenthood funding

Vice President Pence cast the deciding vote as the Senate approved legislation letting states decide on Planned Parenthood funding after Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) showed up to vote after being absent since Feb. 20th because of back surgery.  His vote was needed after Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Maine Senator Susan Collins joined Democrats opposing the measure.  The House had approved the legislation last month.

The bill erases a regulation imposed by Barack Obama shortly before he left office that lets states deny family planning funds to organizations only if they are incapable of providing those services.   Some states have passed laws in recent years denying the money to groups that provide abortions.  With this bill, states would be free to divert money now going to groups that provide abortion to other organizations that don’t, like community health centers

The federal family planning program was created in 1970 and in 2015 served four million clients at nearly 4,000 clinics.  Most of the money is for providing services like contraceptives, family planning counseling, breast and cervical cancer screening and sexually transmitted disease prevent.  It has a $286 million federal budget this year.  Most recipients are women, and two-thirds have incomes at or below the federal poverty level, which is $12,000 per year.  Approximately 60 percent of the program’s clients say this is their only or most frequent source of healthcare.

Trump signs trade executive orders

President Trump signed two executive orders aimed at stopping trade abuses and finding the cause of America’s trade deficit.  “We’re going to get these bad trade deals straightened out,” Trump said.  “The jobs and wealth have been stripped from out country, year after year, decade after decade, trade deficit upon trade deficit reaching more than $700 billion last year alone and lots of jobs.”

The Commerce Department released figures in March showing the U.S. had amassed its largest trade deficit since March 2012.  In January 2017, the trade deficit for goods and services was 11.8 percent higher as compared to January, 2016, increasing from $43.4 billion to $48.5 billion.

 

Sunday, April 2 (Day 73):

Former Obama National Security Adviser unmasked Trump officials

Mike Cernovich, a journalist, documentary film maker and best-selling author of Gorilla Mindset breaks story that former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former Ambassador  to  the  United Nations  when  Benghazi happened Sept. 11, 2012 (claiming that attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya was the result of an internet video), is the top ranking security official that unmasked Trump officials by leaking surveillance information to the National Security Council; the Defense Department; James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence; and CIA Director John Brennan.  The names were part of incidental electronic surveillance of candidate and President-elect Trump, including family members, up to year before he took office.

 Trump officials travel to Iraq to meet with Prime Minister

President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford and Thomas Bossert, a president assistant for Homeland Security are to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday.

Mainstream Media Viciously Attacks President Trump

The Los Angeles Times releases the first of six consecutive editorials where it viciously attacks President Donald J. Trump:  Our Dishonest President (April 2); Why Trump Lies (April 3); Trump’s Authoritarian Vision (April 4); Trump’s War on Journalism (April 5); Conspiracy Theorist-in-Chief (April 5); and California Fights Back (April 6). 

See link:  http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-ed-our-dishonest-president/

 

Monday, April 3 (Day 74):

Judicial committee votes to send Gorsuch nomination to full Senate

The 20-member Senate judicial committee voted 11-9 (along party lines) to send the Neil Gorsuch nomination to replace the empty seat vacated by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February, 2016, to the full U.S. Senate.  “Judge Gorsuch is eminently qualified,” said Judicial Committee Chair Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). “He’s a mainstream judge who has earned the universal respect of his colleagues on the bench and in the bar.  He applies the law as we in Congress write it.”

President Trump meets with Egyptian president

President Trump welcomed Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi to the White House praising him for doing “a fantastic job” and pledging U.S. support.  Like Trump, al-Sissi believes he can eradicate radical Islamic extremism. “Together, we will fight terrorism and other things and we’re going to be friends for a very, very long time,” said President Trump.

ESPN makes changes to limit on-air talent’s political commentary

New rules come after years of fans and customers complaining against ESPN views delivered during sporting events.  The sports network states:  “Original news reports should not include statements of support, opposition or partisanship related to any social issue, political position, candidate or office holder.”

 

Tuesday, April 4 (Day 75):

Senate Majority Leader supports investigation of Susan Rice

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will support a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation of Susan Rice by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC).  At issue is her handling of intelligence.  Rice ordered the unmasking of American citizens’ identities in surveillance collected on President Trump and his officials.

President Donald Trump said to the New York Times, that he thinks that President Barack Obama’s former national security advisor committed a crime.  “I think it it’s gong to be the biggest story.  It’s such an important story for our country and the world.  It is one of the big stories of our time.”

Susan Rice

 

Trump:  “End Common Core”

“Common Core, we have to bring education more local,” said President Donald Trump at a CEO Business Town Hall.  “We can’t be managing education from Washington.  When I go out to the different states and I talk, they want to run their school programs locally and they’ll do a much better job…And I like the fact of getting rid of Common Core…Common Core…we have to end it.”

Tillerson: “Russian, Iran ‘bear great moral responsibility’ for Syria chemical attack

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the chemical attack that killed at least 100 people, including women and children, and wounded hundreds (possibly 400) of others, “horrific” and cast blame in part, on Russia and Iran who have ben helping support Bashar al-Assad’s regime with money and weapons in Syria’s ongoing civil war.  “The United States strongly condemns the chemical weapons attack in Idlib province, “the third allegation of the use of such weapons in the past month alone,” said Tillerson.  “A genuine ceasefire” is needed.  “We call upon Russian and Iran, yet again, to exercise their influence over the Syrian regime and to guarantee that this sort of horrific attack never happens.”  The massive chemical attack was followed by the bombing of hospitals.  In August 2012, President Barack Obama warned Assad against crossing a “red line” by using chemical weapons.

 

Wednesday, April 5 (Day 76):

Trump officials to choose 4-10 companies for border wall prototype;

Border patrol agents upset by Trump appointment

A border wall prototype will be built by 4-10 companies on a quarter-mile strip of federally owned land near San Diego.  The prototype include plans for bombproof concrete, solar panels, and a fiber optic tunnel detection system.  “There will be a lot of different activity—protests, prayer vigils—on both sides of the wall,” Enrique Morones, executive director of Border Angels, an open border advocacy group said.  “We pray and hope that they’re peaceful.”

President Trump selected Kevin McAleenan the Obama-hired Customs and Border deputy who was tasked with enacting Obama’s open border vision to lead the parent agency of Border Patrol and Custom and Border Protection (CBP).

Steve Bannon leaves National Security Council

President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Stephen K. Bannon has left his role on the National Security Council, claiming that his mission is complete.  Trump’s first National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn resigned less than a month after he took office and was replaced by Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.  Being added to the National Security Council was Trump’s Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford, and CIA director Mike Pompeo.

Steve Bannon

David Horowitz:  “The Democratic Party is a party of hate”

“The Democratic Party is a party of hate,” said David Horowitz to a crowd  of over 300 gathered at the Ronald Reagan President Library Wednesday to listen to a lecture by the conservative commentator—a former radical leftist (whose parents he said were communists)—and New York Times bestselling author.  “That’s what they do:  character assassination and name calling.”

According to Horowitz, “A president usually gets a honeymoon period to assemble his team, get confirmed, and begin an agenda before the political attacks begin.  For Donald Trump, it was nothing but a witch hunt.” 

“The war that Democrats have declared on America’s social contract is a war on individual rights and individual accountability, which are the bedrock of America’s constitutional system.  The stakes in this war are enormous.  Democrats’ emphasis on group identities and group rights and progressives’ clamoring for ‘social justice’ will lead inexorable to a collectivist tyranny.  This is a fight for American freedom—the soul of what this country stands for and the foundation of all its success.

“One battle is over, but there are many more to come,”

See CitizensJournal.US link to read more:

https://citizensjournal.us/david-horowitz-the-democratic-party-is-a-party-of-hate/

 

Thursday, April 6 (Day 77):

U.S. Senate changes rules to force vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch

Senate Republicans changed longstanding rules to clear the way for a full Senate vote for the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court through the “constitutional or nuclear option.”  This came in the heels of Senate Democrats threatening the first partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee in American history.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), invoked the 2013 change in rules to include all presidential nominations.  The vote passed on a party-line 52-48 vote.  A 30-hour countdown has now begun for the full Senate to vote on Gorsuch.

Neil Gorsuch

House Intelligence Chair steps down temporarily from Russian investigation

House Intelligence Committee Chairman David Nunes stepped down temporarily from his role in investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and possible surveillance of Trump associates.  Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-FL are set to lead the House committee.

President trump orders cruise missile strike against Syrian airbase

Pentagon officials announced that President Trump ordered a cruise missile strike against a Syrian regime military airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack carried out by the Syrian regime on Tuesday where 100 were killed and possibly another 400 wounded.

Pentagon officials say that 59 Tomahawk land attack missiles launched from the USS destroyers Porter and Ross hit Shayrat Airfield located in the Homs Governorate in Western Syria in a strike that lasted minutes that hit aircraft, shelters, petroleum and logistical storage areas, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems and radars.  Russians and “many countries” were notified of the planned strikes ahead of time as were some lawmakers.

The strike was aimed at deterring another chemical weapons attack by the regime.  The airbase was the same one the regime used to carry out the chemical weapons attacks.  The airbase also houses one of Syria’s  main chemical weapons storage facility prior to 2013.

In a statement, President Trump explained the urgency behind the strikes: “My fellow Americans, on Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many, even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.

“Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where a chemical attack was launched. It is in the vital, national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the chemical weapons convention and ignored the urging of the U.N. Security Council.

“Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behavior have all failed, and failed very dramatically. As a result, the refugee crisis continues to deepen and the region continues to destabilize, threatening the United States and its allies. Tonight I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types.

“We ask for God’s wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world. We pray for the lives of the wounded and for the souls of those who have passed and we hope that as long as America stands for justice, that peace and harmony will, in the end, prevail. Good night and God bless America and the entire world. Thank you.”

 

Friday, April 7 (Day 78):

Senate approves new Supreme Court justice

The U.S. Senate voted 54-45 to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia who passed away last year.  “Justice Gorsuch exemplifies everything a good judge should be, realizing it’s his job not to be a legislator,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice.  “Today the Constitution won.  The rule of law won.  And the American people won.”

The Case for Christ” and “Facing Darkness” released at local theaters

Two Christian movies are being released this Easter Season:  “The Case for Christ” (Thursday, April 6th) and “Facing Darkness” (only on Monday, April 10th at 7 p.m.) will be shown at The Century Riverpark 16 theater, 2766 Seaglass Way (at The Collection) and other movie houses throughout Southern California. 

See CitizensJournal.US link for more info:

https://citizensjournal.us/the-case-for-christ-and-facing-darkness-released-at-local-theaters/

 

(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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