The First 100 Days (Trump Briefs: Feb. 23-March 3/Day 35-43) Week 6

By Michael Hernandez


Thursday, Feb. 23 (Day 35):

Pence says we ‘will fight for Americans every single day’

Vice President Mike Pence said that the Trump administration “will fight for Americans every single day” Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, while charging conservatives to “march forward as if it’s the most important time in the history of our movement, because it is.”

Speaking of the presidential election, Pence said, “the establishment never saw it coming.  The media elites, the insiders, everybody else who profits off preserving the status quo, they just dismissed our President every stop of the way.  They dismissed millions of the hard working forgotten men and women who make this country great.”

“But our fight didn’t end on November 8th, we won the day, make no mistake about it, the harder work, the most important work now lies ahead.  The fight goes on.  Let me make you a promise, President Trump will fight for you every single day.”

“President Trump is a man of his word and we’re keeping the promises he made to the American people.”

“This is the chance we’ve worked so hard for so long to see.  This is a time to prove again, that our answers are the right answers for America.  A strong military, more jobs, less taxes, respect for the Constitution and the values that have made America great and a deep and abiding faith in the goodness of the American people.”

“The success of our movement and more importantly the success of our country, depends as much on all of you as it does on us.  We must all of us rise to the challenge before us tomorrow and every day thereafter.   The other side is not sitting idle and their allies in the media are more than willing to amplify their defense in the failed status quo every single day.

“The best days for America are yet to come.  Let’s get to work.”


Friday, Feb. 24 (Day 36):

President Trump:  “We are the future of the Republican Party”

“Now you finally have a president, finally.  Took you a long time,” said President Donald J. Trump to his cheering supporters at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland on Friday.  

President Trump vowed to keep his campaign promises, specifically to repeal and replace Obamacare, build the Keystone and Dakota pipelines, build a wall on the southern border, and restore military funding.  He also promised to restore the greatness of the American economy and bring back manufacturing jobs to the country.  “The GOP, from now on, will be the party of the American worker.”

Trump became the first sitting president since Ronald Reagan to address CPAC in his first year in office.  And he told the rally goers he would be back next year. “I love this place, love you people.  I wouldn’t miss a chance to talk to my friends, these are my friends.  And we’ll see you again next year and the year after that.”

“There is no such thing as a global anthem, a global currency or a global flag.   This is the United States of America that I’m representing,” said Trump.  “I will never ever apologize for protecting the safety and security of the American people.  I won’t do it.”

“I want you to all to know that we are fighting the fake news.  It’s phony, fake.  I called the fake news the enemy of the people.  They are the enemy of the people because they have no sources.  They just make them up when there are none.”

“The forgotten men and women of America will be forgotten no longer.  That is the heart of this new movement and the future of the Republican Party.”   Trump told conservatives:  “We are the future of the Republican Party.  It’s patriots like you that made it happen, believe me.”  “We have to turn things around.   The era of empty talk is over; it’s over.  Now is the time for action.   The future belongs to all of us.”

Satanists organize midnight rituals to curse President Trump

Singer, songwriter and model Lana Del Rey is now promoting an occult effort to defeat President Donald Trump by using witchcraft and curses on crescent moon ritual dates (Feb. 24, March 26, April 24, and May 23).   The Satanists seek to remove President Donald Trump from office “and all who abet him” through the power of witchcraft.  Participants say they will continue in an ongoing effort to hex the President.  Lana Del Rey (stage name), started her career in a church choir and attended Catholic elementary school.  Lana’s real name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant.  She was born in New York City on June 21, 1985.


Saturday, Feb. 25 (Day 37):

Trump:  “I won’t attend White House correspondents’ dinner”

President Donald Trump announced:  “I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year (April 29) at the Washington Hilton.

Trump has chided some mainstream media outlets for “fake news” and being “dishonest.”  Trump said, “As you saw throughout the entire (election) campaign, and even now, the fake news doesn’t tell the truth.”

The New Yorker, which hosts a kickoff party before the dinner and both Bloomberg L.P. and Vanity Fair which host a high-profile after-party event have cancelled their festivities.  Several news organizations such as CNN and MSNBC are deliberating whether they will show up at the annual dinner.


Sunday, Feb. 26 (Day 38):

President Trump target for leftist Hollywood celebrities during the Oscars

President Donald Trump was mentioned negatively 15 times during the Oscars ceremony.  In an interview with  Breitbart News in the Oval Office, President Trump said the Academy Awards failure (best picture was wrongly announced as La La Land not Moonlight “was due in large part to Hollywood’s obsessive focus on politics and attacking him.  “It was a little sad.  It took away from the glamour of the Oscars.  It didn’t feel like a very glamorous evening.  To end that way was sad.”

Linda Tripp:  “I was made into a ‘villain” to protect the Clintons

Linda Tripp

Linda Tripp, who worked Hillary Clinton’s second floor West Wing office, during President Bill Clinton’s administration said during a radio interview on Sunday that she was made “into a villain” instead of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Initially, Tripp worked as support staff to Bill Clinton’s Oval Office and later worked for the White House Counsel’s office as executive assistant to White House Counsel Bernie Nussbaum, who defended the Clintons for their alleged misdeeds.

Tripp documented evidence of Monica Lewinsky’s phone calls about her relationship with Bill Clinton and submitted the evidence to independent counsel Kenneth Starr, that led to public disclosure of the affair.

“As soon as the (Lewinsky) story broke, Hillary Clinton is documented as saying, ‘Get me anything and everything on Linda Tripp.’   They couldn’t discredit me professionally because they had promoted me many times over the time that I was in the White House.  So, they had to make me into a villain,” said Tripp.              


Monday, Feb. 27 (Day 39):

President Trump calls New York Times “so evil and so bad”                                                                                                              

President Donald Trump told Breitbart News in an Oval Office interview that the New York Times “writes lies.”  Trump said, “If you read the New York Times, the intent is so evil and so bad.”  Trump made a distinction between “fake” media and the media s a whole.  He said that his comments about the “opposition party” and the “enemy of the American people” were specifically about the “fake media.”   

The president singled out the New York Times when it posted an article on the front page prior to the election which contained allegations from several women against him that was written by Michael Barbaro and Megan Twohey.   The women quoted actually challenged the article prompting even anti-Trump CNN to question the authenticity of the Times’ reporting.

“I want you all to know that we are fighting the fake news.  It’s fake, phony.  A few days ago I called the fake news the enemy of the people.  And they are.  They are the enemy of the people.  Because they have no sources, they just make ‘em up when there are none.’    I’m against the people that make up stories and make up sources.  They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name. Let their name be put out.” 


Tuesday, Feb. 28 (Day 40):

Hugh Hewitt:  California Republicans:  “Two Parties”

Radio host Hugh Hewitt speaking at the California Republican Convention this past weekend described “two parties” within the California Republicans:  one controlled by the old guard GOP establishment and the other, a newer, highly- energetic movement of anti-establishment outsiders and conservatives.

Tea Party California Caucus chairman Randall Jordan said these words to the Chronicle, “Our party in this state is not truly conservative.  Some of them are, in my opinion, part of the swamp that (Trump) is trying to drain.”

President Trump outlines direction of administration in Capitol Hill speech

President Trump called for the repeal of Obama Care (“with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better health care”), overhauling the tax code, and advancing a one trillion dollar infrastructure plan on his Tuesday Capitol Hill speech to a joint session of Congress.

“Free nations are the best vehicle to express the will of the people.  My job is not to represent the world but to represent the United States of America,”  said President Trump.  In regards to school choice, Trump said, “Families should be able to choose private, public, charter, magnet, religious or homeschool that is right for them.”

Trump Speech Video:

President Trump also outlines “principles” to guide negotiations, including a call for Americans with pre-existing convergence to keep access to care, for states to have “flexibility” with Medicaid, and for Americans to be able to buy insurances across state lines.

President Trump said his team is developing a “historic tax reform that will reduce the tax rate on our companies so they can compete and thrive anywhere and with anyone” with a “big, big cut” including “massive tax relief for the middle class.”

Trump Speech Transcript:

Twitter reported that a record three million tweets were sent about Trump’s speech.  This was the most tweeted speech by a President to Congress.  The previous mark was 2.6 million.  The top tweeted moment was the call to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act followed by the President’s salute to Carryn Owens, the widow of Navy SEA: William “Ryan” Owens, who was killed last month in Yemen.

President Trump praised the efforts of William “Ryan” Owens who was killed in a military raid in Yemen, the first serviceman to die during the president’s administration as his wife, Carryn Owens listened from the balcony.

“I just spoke to our great General (James) Mattis, who reconfirmed that ‘Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated a large amount of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemy,” said Trump.  “Ryan died as he lived:  a warrior, and a hero—battling against terrorism and securing our nation.”

President Trump Tribute to wife of slain Navy SEAL:

The tribute was followed by a standing ovation from the entire Congress, as Owens applauded Trump’s speech during the most emotionally charged moment of the evening.  The ovation was the longest of the night and lasted two minutes.

“Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity.  For as the Bible teachers us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom—we will never forget him,” said President Trump.

Progressives attack widow of Navy SEAL following Trump’s tribute

Celebrities such as Bill Maher and filmmaker Michael Moore attacked Carryn Owens after Trump’s tribute with Maher saying he “wished (Owens) hadn’t allowed herself to be use as his prop like that” while Moore said it was “a sort of (profanity) you to the people who are criticizing Trump.”

A Hillary Clinton campaign volunteer, Dan Grilo, who worked for the Liberty Advisor Group, was fired for tweeting “Sorry, Owens’ wife, you’re not helping yourself or your husband’s memory by standing there and clapping like an idiot.  Trump just used you.”

The Liberty Advisor Group released a statement that said:  A “Liberty employee sent out an offensive and inappropriate tweet regarding the Gold Star family that was rightly honored before Congress and the Nation.  The personal views of this individual do not represent Liberty and we vigorously disavow them.  His comments were inconsistent with the Company’s values and the unyielding respect it has for the members of our Nation’s Armed Forces and the individual who issued the tweet is no longer affiliated with Liberty.”


Wednesday, March 1 (Day 41):

Paul Ryan:  Trump Speech to Congress was “A Home Run”

“That was a home run,” said Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, as he sat with Vice President Mike Pence behind President Donald Trump who delivered his message to a Joint Congress at Capitol Hill on Tuesday evening.

“We now have a government unified around a simple but important principle:  Empowering the people—not Washington is the way to build a better future for our country, said Ryan.

“I thought that was a bold, positive speech,” said Texas Senator Ted Cruz.  The sentiment was repeated by top GOP lawmakers.

This is “one of the best speeches we have heard in our lifetime from a President,” said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice.

CNN’s Van Jones, a Democratic commentator suggested less than an hour after President Trump honored the widow of a slain Navy SEAL, that the Commander in Chief had begun to look the part.  “He became President of the United States in that moment, period” ‪@VanJones68 on ‪@POTUS honoring Navy Seal widow

7:44 PM – 28 Feb 2017  “That was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American history.”

Van Jones

CNN Commentator Van Jones

A CNN poll showed 80 percent of Americans who watched President Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress had a “positive reaction” to the speech.  Some 77 percent of Twitter users said it was the “one of the best speeches” made by a president.

The positive response was being reflected in the markets.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed the 21,000 milestone at the opening bell Wednesday morning in what was the fastest 1,000 point advance in the blue-chip index’s history.

“Thank you,” tweeted President Trump to the positive response Wednesday morning.


Thursday, March 2 (Day 42):

GOP wants to eliminate Department of Justice slush fund for leftist groups

Fox News has reported that the GOP is seeking to eliminate the Department of Justice slush fund that is bankrolling leftist groups.

The Obama administration funneled billions of dollars to activist organizations through a Department of Justice slush fund according to congressional investigators of the House Judiciary Committee.   “It’s clear, partisan politics played a role in the illicit actions that  were made,” said Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas.  “The DOJ is the last place this should have occurred.”

“Advocates for big government and progressive power are using the Justice Department to extort money from corporations,” Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton told Fox News.  “It’s a shakedown.  It’s corrupt, pure and simple.”

The money can be collected because when big banks are sued by the government for discrimination or mortgage abuse, they can settle the cases by donating to third-party non-victims.  The settlements do not specify how these third party groups could use the windfall.  So far, investigators have accounted for $3 billon paid to “non-victim entities.”  Critics say banks are incentivized to donate the funds to non-profits rather than give it to consumers.

Senate confirms Interior, Housing and Energy Cabinet nominees

The Senate confirmed Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary Wednesday, Ben Carson as Housing Secretary and Rick Perry as Energy Secretary on Thursday.

Ryan Zinke, appointed as the 52nd Interior Secretary served s the U.S. Representative for Montana’s at-large congressional district from 2015 until 2017 as was member of the 2nd district of the Montana Senate from 2009 to 2011.  He is a retired US Navy SEAL having served from 1986 until 2008 and is the first SEAL to hold a Cabinet position.  He is 55.

Ben Carson, was previously a candidate for President of the United States in the Republican primaries in 2016 and is now the 17th Secretary of Housing.   He was the subject of a television drama film in 2009 and was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland from 1984 until his retirement in 2013.   He performed the only successful separation of conjoined twins joined at the back of the head and was the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in the country at age 33.  He has received more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees, dozens of national merit citations and written over 100 neurosurgical publications.  In 2008, Carson was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.  Carson was born in Detroit, Michigan.  His autobiography is “Gifted Hands:  The Ben Carson Story.”  Carson served as national chairman of My Faith Votes, a group that encourages Christians to exercise their civic duty to vote.  He is 65.

Rick Perry, is the 14th Secretary of Energy, who previously served as  the 47th Governor of Texas (from 2000 to 2015), the longest-serving governor in Texas history.  He served as a two-term Agricultural Commissioner in Texas, and as the first Republican Lieutenant Governor in Texas since Reconstruction.  He wrote “On My Honor” in 2008.  He is 66.

Democrats, Media and Progressive go after Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions 

The Democrats and media are making a big push to catch Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a perjury trap over Russia. The allegations are that Sessions met twice with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The George Soros—financed progressive activist group organized a protest (about 100 participated) outside the U.S. Department of Justice building calling for the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  It was reported earlier this week that two Soros-financed groups distributed an actual script with anti-Trump talking points for citizens to use in town halls and three Soros-financed groups brought the lawsuit last month that temporarily blocked Trump’s original executive order.

The only Democrat senator to vote to confirm Attorney General Jeff Sessions says that calls by Democrats for Sessions to resign are premature.  “From my end, until I see the facts, anything and everything is premature,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.).

Sessions has announced that he will recuse himself from current or future probes into any alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.


Friday, March 3 (Day 43):

Law Center defends Attorney General Jeff Sessions

“It’s time to mount a robust defense of Attorney General Jeff Sessions,” states Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice.   “There is a ruthless, coordinated attempt by those on the Left—in Congress, in the mainstream media, and in the bureaucracy—to undermine and undercut President Trump.  First it’s a leak.  Then a deceptive smear.  And finally an all-out assault intended to hinder and even remove from office, senior Trump Administration officials.   The latest attack is no exception.

“Make no mistake.  This is a calculated hit job against Attorney General Jeff Sessions designed to subvert President Trump’s agenda and preserve Obama’s legacy,” said Sekulow.

See ACLJ link to earlier Jay Sekulow story on shadow government:

(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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