The First 100 Days (Trump Briefs:  Feb. 19-24) Week 5

By Michael Hernandez


Sunday, Feb. 19 (Day 31):

Oliver Stone, Twitter

Hollywood director wants anti-Trump bias to stop

“It’s fashionable now to take shots at Republicans and Trump and all that and avoid the Obamas and Clinton,” said Hollywood director Oliver Stone, while accepting the Writers Guild of America West Laurel Award, “But remember this:  In the 13 wars we’ve started over the last 30 years and the 14 trillion dollars we’ve spent and the hundreds of thousands of lives that have perished from this Earth, remember that it wasn’t one leader but a system—both Republican and Democrat.”


Monday, Feb. 20 (Day 32):

President Trump names new national security advisor

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster has been named by President Donald Trump as his new national security adviser, filling the vacancy left by the ouster of Michael Flynn. McMaster, 54, is a career Army officer, is a military strategist that led a calvary regiment that retook the city of Tal Afar from al-Queda insurgents during the Iraq War.  The post coordinates the president’s foreign policy initiatives and military objectives across federal agencies.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who had been serving as interim national security advisor, will return to his role as chief of staff on the National Security Council.   Deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland will remain in her current post.

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations rips anti-Israel bias

U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley criticized the United Nations Security Council for failing to address such issues as: Hezbollah’s illegal buildup of rockets in Lebanon, the money and weapons that Iran is supplying to Latin America and the Middle East; or ways to defeat the Islamic State and how to hold Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad accountable for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of his countrymen.

“Instead, the (Security Council) meeting focused on criticizing Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East,” Haley said.  “I am here to underscore the ironclad support of the Untied States for Israel.”

“Incredibly, the UN Department of Political Affairs has an entire department devoted to Palestinian affairs,” Haley said. “There is not a division devoted to illegal missile launches from North Korea.  There is no division devoted to the world’s number one state sponsor of terror, Iran.”

Nikki Haley,

Tuesday, Feb. 21 (Day 33):

Homeland Security to enforce current immigration laws

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released two new memos outlining the Trump Administration’s plan to aggressively enforce the current immigration laws.  Both memos were signed by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

The memos seek to;:

  • Strengthen current programs designed for execution of immigration laws
  • Establish the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office
  • Ensure that privacy policies are aligned with current law
  • Increase resources to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection to begin building a wall along the southern border
  • Hiring of 10,000 new ICE and 5,000 new border patrol agents
  • Ending the former practice of “catch and release”
  • Commission a new study focused on Border Security
  • Engage with Mexico on illegal immigration
  • Expand the role of local law enforcement to patrol when necessary and where applicable and
  • Review the current Parole Process.

“A wall along the southern border is necessary to deter and prevent the illegal entry of aliens and is a critical component of the President’s overall border security strategy , said the Department of Homeland Security.   “Congress has authorized the construction of physical barriers and roads at the border to prevent illegal immigration in several statutory provisions.’”

The memos prioritize the removing of aliens who:

  • Have been convicted of any criminal offense;
  • Have been charged with any criminal offense that has not been resolved;
  • Have committed acts which constitute a chargeable criminal offense;
  • Have engaged in fraud of willful misrepresentation with any official matter before a governmental agency
  • Have abused any program related to receipt of public benefits;
  • Are subject to final order of removal but have not departed the United States;
  • In the judgment of an immigration officer.


President drops Barack Obama’s pro-transgender polices

President Trump’s policy reversal on pro-transgender policies is set to protect single-sex civic groups and institutions—including single-sex bathrooms across the nation from lawsuits.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said, “the President has maintained for a long time that this is a states’ rights issue and not one for the federal government.”  This in effect will force the cancellation of the federal “gender identity” policy announced in May 2016 by Obama deputies.

Polls show that less than one-quarter of Americans support the “gender identity” plan pushed by gay groups and by Obama, which would allow transgender activists to sue single-sex institutions—such as  sports leagues, public shower-rooms and women’s shelters.  Since Trump’s election, Obama has twice admitted that his unpopular transgender policy helped defeat Hillary Clinton.


Wednesday, Feb. 22 (Day 34):

Connecticut Governor orders police to ignore Trump’s immigration orders

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy has sent out a memo to law enforcement officials to refuse compliance with federal immigration law.  Malloy insists that ICE detainer requests should not be treated as an official order or warrant for a suspected illegal alien’s detention.  He also stated that law enforcement personnel in Connecticut should refuse to allow federal immigration officials to have access to illegal aliens in their custody.  The governor’s order also urges school to come up with a plan to deny ICE access to any students.

The Connecticut Trust Act of 2013, limited the interaction local and state police agencies have with federal immigration officials and gave the opportunity to rebuff ICE officers in their attempt to enforce federal immigration laws


Thursday, Feb. 23 (Day 35):

Senate Democrat seeks to work with President on infrastructure

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md) wants Democrats and Republicans to work together on upgrading the nation’s infrastructure as part of President Trump’s one trillion rebuilding package focused on upgrading U.S. roads, bridges and airports.

U.S. District Court rules in favor of taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood

Judge Sam Sparks for the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas has blocked health officials from denying taxpayer funding through Medicaid to Planned Parenthood.  In the decision the court dismissed the videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress and agreed with Planned Parenthood.  Judge Sparks did not take into consideration the Federal Qualified Health Centers do offer health care services for women and children in his ruling.

Both Pro-Choice and Pro-Life supporters to gather Friday morning at Ventura Government Center

Congresswoman Julia Brownley will address Pro-Choice supporters Friday from 10-11 a.m. at the Ventura Government Center courtyard.  Conservatives that support efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood are also expected to attend.

White House Chief Strategist vows to fight for “deconstruction of administrative state”

White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon spoke Thursday morning at the Conservative Political Action Conference and said  that President Donald Trump is in an unending battle for “deconstruction of the administrative state” and vowed that the president would honor all of the “hard-line pledges of his campaign.”

According to Bannon, “deconstruction of the administrative state” refers to the system of taxes, regulations and trade pacts that the president says have “stymied economic growth and infringed upon U.S. sovereignty.”  What we need is a “system that empowers ordinary people over coastal elites and international institutions.”

“If you think they’re (the media and opposition forces) are going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken,” said Bannon.  “Every day, it is going to be a fight.”  According to Bannon,  the White House is digging in for a long period of conflict to transform Washington and upend the world order.

“We’re a nation with an economy—not an economy just in some global marketplace with open borders, but we are a nation with a culture and a reason for being.”  Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement was “one of the most pivotal moments in modern American history.”

The Deep State, WhoWhatWhy

Friday, Feb. 24 (Day 36):

Spirit of America Trump Rally Planned for Simi Valley Saturday afternoon

A Spirit of America rally supporting President Donald J. Trump will be held Saturday from 1-3 p.m. in Simi Valley at the intersection of Cochran and Sycamore. The event is one of many held in cities and towns across the nation and promoted by Main Street Patriots. For more information contact Lea Williams at (805) 304-9371 or by emailing: [email protected].

Facebook Event Link:


(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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