To Whom does Robert Mueller Answer?

Outgoing Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is fulfilling his promise to stop (or slow down) Senate confirmations of Trump nominated judges IF the Senate does not pass a bill Flake has introduced to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from being fired IF President Trump so chooses. Following the objection to Flake’s motion for unanimous consent to consider the bill, Flake joined Senate Democrats in voting against the confirmation of Thomas Farr to serve on the federal bench for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Flake’s move forced Vice President Pence (as President of the Senate) to break the 50-50 tie for Farr’s confirmation as federal judge.

Flake’s action ignited a firestorm surrounding Robert Mueller: who does the Special Counsel work for?  Who has the authority to hold a Special Counsel — ANY Special Counsel — accountable for his/her job performance and adherence to the rules in the law that established that position? Let’s look how all this pertains to Mueller’s current position.

The History of Special Counsels

A Special Counsel is different from Independent Counsels who investigated high-profile matters in the past.

In the Watergate investigation, the Justice Department appointed Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox who was eventually dismissed by President Nixon in the Saturday Night Massacre. In the aftermath, President Nixon appointed Leon Jaworski to replace Cox with the protection that Jaworski could only be fired with the consent of a majority of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

◊In 1978, as part of the Ethics in Government Act, the Attorney General was authorized to seek a special independent prosecutor to investigate executive branch officials, and assigned a three-judge panel from the US Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia the authority to appoint and monitor the independent counsel’s activities. From 1978 to 1982, three special prosecutors were assigned under the Ethics in Government law.

◊The law was authorized for a period of five years and expired in 1983. Congress modified the law in 1983 to address concerns as to the broad coverage of the law. Despite opposition from the Reagan Administration, the law was reauthorized for five more years. Seven independent counsel investigations occurred during the Reagan Administration, including the massive Iran-Contra investigation conducted by Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh.

◊In 1988, after the law was reauthorized again, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the independent counsel law. Justice Scalia was the sole negative vote arguing that the law was unconstitutional.

◊In 1992, the independent counsel law expired. President Clinton reauthorized the law in 1994. By mid-1998 — and to Clinton’s dismay — seven separate investigations of the Clinton Administration were underway, including the infamous investigation of President Clinton by Kenneth Starr. The law expired again in 1999.

◊In its place, the Justice Department crafted Special Counsel procedures and regulations. The Justice Department appointed Special Counsel Fitzgerald during the Bush Administration to investigate the Valerie Plame affair that resulted in the conviction of Scooter Libby.

Special Counsel Mueller

Under the Deputy Attorney General’s Order, Special Counsel Mueller is:

  • Authorized to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters. The reference to 28 C.F.R. Section 600.4(a) authorizes Special Counsel Mueller to investigate and prosecute “federal crimes committed in the course of, and with intent to interfere with, the Special Counsel’s investigation, such as perjury, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, and intimidation of witnesses.”
  • Required to comply with the rules, regulations, procedures, practices, and policies of the Department of Justice, but he/she shall not be subject to the day-to-day supervision of any official of the Department. 28 C.F.R. Section 600.7(a) and (b). The Attorney General, then Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein when Attorney General Session was recused, and now Acting Attorney General Michael Whitaker, “may conclude that [a Special Counsel] action is so inappropriate or unwarranted under established Department practices that it should not be pursued.”  If the Acting Attorney General conducts such a review, he shall give the Special Counsel’s view great weight, and shall notify Congress if he reaches such a determination. 28 C.F.R. Section 600.7(b).
  • Answer to the Acting Attorney General, who retains authority to remove the Special Counsel for “misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies.” 28 C.F.R. Section 600.7 (d).
  • Required to comply with the fact that under the Special Counsel regulations, the Attorney General has the theoretical authority to restrict the Special Counsel’s activities, and in the end, can even dismiss the Special Counsel.  Given the surrounding controversy and need for independence, it would be a rare situation for the president to order the Attorney General to terminate the Special Counsel, in the absence of extraordinary circumstances.  However, as history has shown, such unforeseen events can occur.

The very appointment by President Trump of Michael Whitaker to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been under fire from Democrats since it occurred. Their reasoning is based on the Appointments Clause in the Constitution.

The Appointments Clause is part of Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, which empowers the President of the United States to nominate and, with the advice and consent (confirmation) of the United States Senate, appoint public officials. However, it often happens that cabinet members leave and their replacement’s confirmation delay can leave cabinet positions vacant for an extended period of time.

Many Democrats emphatically hold to the belief that President Trump violated Article II of the Constitution by appointing Whitaker to fill the seat of Jeff Sessions as AG without the consent of the Senate. For the reasons stated in the previous paragraph, in 1998, Congress resolved this problem by passing The Federal Vacancies Reform Act, which states the president can appoint a temporary, high-ranking official until a permanent official is vetted by the Senate and put in place. Trump appointed Whitaker under this act, as Whitaker was Sessions’ chief of staff. However, Democrats state flatly the job should have fallen to Sessions’ number 2  — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. But the circumstances surrounding Rosenstein’s ascent to the Attorney General spot along with his several alleged conflicts of interest in the Mueller probe prompted the President to appoint Whitaker instead.

What Happened in the Senate?

In a discussion on the floor about Senator Flake’s motion for unanimous consent, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) stood in opposition and gave an amazing explanation of the danger such action would initiate in the United States. Lee cited the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s minority opinion in Morrison v. Olson, the Supreme Court case that upheld the process of appointing an independent counsel under a bill passed forty years ago. (That law’s authority has expired)

“As Justice Scalia explains, we cannot convert an office like this one, an office like the previously existing office of independent counsel, without creating a de facto fourth branch of government fundamentally undermining the principles of the separation of powers that is so core to our liberty,” Lee said.

A concise and specific question to ask in light of Lee’s statement is this: Flake and others want a law passed to prevent President Trump from firing Robert Mueller. Doing so, according to Lee, would literally create a fourth branch of government, making members of that fourth branch (in this case Robert Mueller as Special Counsel) immune to accountability for any actions — regardless of how egregious they might be. In the current structure, Mueller is a de facto member of the Department of Justice and works for the Attorney General. Democrat’s beef is that with Michael Whitaker as “Acting AG,” the President could require Whitaker to terminate Mueller for any reason. Trump opponents want to prevent that situation from even being possibility.

But if such a bill passed and was signed into law, who would the Special Counsel answer to? The answer is simple: No One In Government! In fact, doing so would require amending the U.S. Constitution.

Mitigating Factors

There are applicable considerations that in large are being ignored by those screaming for Mueller’s protection from termination by the President:

  • President Trump has for 18 months stated over and over he has NO intent to fire Mueller, that he wants the Mueller probe to be completed, be thorough, and be finalized;
  • The President literally screams at reporters when he is questioned about Mueller’s “pending” firing that he will NOT fire Mueller because there was no Trump Campaign collusion with Russia;
  • The White House has provided the dozens of witnesses requested by the Mueller team to testify along with several million requested documents, and President Trump submitted answers in writing to Mueller’s questions of him: compliance with Mueller in every way;
  • Frankly, there is absolutely NO legal basis for a law that could guarantee such protection to Mueller’s position WITHOUT A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. And that is NOT going to happen.

What do Americans think about the Mueller probe?

While 58% of Americans believe Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Donald Trump and Russia is harming the country, 35% say it should continue “indefinitely,” a new Harvard-Harris poll finds:

  • Helping the country: 42%
  • Hurting the country: 58%
  • He should stop immediately: 31%
  • Another month: 9%
  • 2 to 3 months: 12%
  • 3 to 6 months: 6%
  • 6 months to a year: 7%
  • Indefinitely: 35%

Only 37% believe Mueller has uncovered any “actual evidence” of collusion with Russia:

  • Found: 37%
  • Not found: 40%
  • Don’t know: 23%

More than half of Americans say anti-Trump bias “played a role in launching” the probe:

  • Bias played a role: 54%
  • Bias did not play a role: 46%

Two-thirds of Americans think the public should see the evidence the FBI and Justice Department have “to clear the air about any potential wrongdoings in starting the investigation:”

  • It’s important to publicly release the evidence used by the FBI and the Justice Department to clear the air about any possible wrongdoing in starting the Trump-Russia investigation: 67%
  • The administration should not publicly release the evidence to avoid interfering with sources and methods of interviewing: 33%

And, nearly two-thirds of Americans want a special counsel to look into the way the investigation was initiated and how it has been handled:

  • Favor: 62%
  • Oppose: 38%

But, two-thirds of Americans say Special Counsel Mueller should not be fired:

  • Fired: 32%
  • Not fired: 68%

Summary

Prediction: Robert Mueller continues the probe to its completion. Mueller’s staff attorneys — especially Andrew Weismann — push harder and harder, continuing to make offers to witnesses of “deals that cannot be refused” to confirm negative allegations made against members of the Trump team and the President himself. Several Mueller targets have refused to comply with these Mueller terms and have actually initiated legal action against Mueller for taking these steps, in some cases charging Mueller with criminality in doing so.

The bottom line in the Mueller probe is simple: Mueller is obviously diligently trying to uncover wrongdoing by members of the Trump Campaign and by the President himself. It is obvious that so far Mueller has come up empty. Every indictment in the probe so far alleges NO wrongdoing tied to the Campaign or the President. That lack of discovered wrongdoing seems to be pushing Mueller to find things and people he can use to “get” the President.

It is apparent that Mueller desperately wants to attack with substance President Trump. But It is apparent that Mueller has been able to find nothing of substance to use against Mr. Trump.

Is Mueller so desperate in his quest to “get” Trump that he is doing exactly what Mueller’s target, Jerome Cosi, alleges the Special Counsel is doing: offering witnesses a plea to plead guilty to lying? All they are doing is refusing to lie to confirm claims against the Trump team. And Cosi is ready to present evidence of that to a court. And hopefully, that practice being exposed will jolt Mueller into abandoning those attempts to thwart the spirit of the Law.

Most think the Special Counsel should take whatever legal actions are necessary to get the truth, but SHOULD NOT manufacture any evidence or extort witnesses into making specific testimony.

I doubt it will be much longer until all the good and bad of the Robert Mueller probe will be revealed to all. Not until that happens will Americans’ suspicions about President Trump, the Trump Campaign, and Robert Mueller be resolved.

Oh, this too: if Mueller or any of his prosecutors’ are found to have acted illegally in any way, they should each be prosecuted for THEIR wrongdoing.

And, Mueller will NOT be fired!

 

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DOJ Earthquake

Jeff Sessions is out at the Department of Justice. And Democrats are incensed. How could Donald Trump even think about asking for the Sessions resignation? Doesn’t POTUS know that Congress controls the Department of Justice, who runs it, and who is allowed to do certain things in the DOJ? Isn’t he afraid of what Congress can and will do — especially now that Democrats will control the House and therefore wield unfettered power over the White House — to punish the President for kicking Sessions to the curb? Certainly firing Sessions is to impact the Mueller Investigation, maybe even to fire Mueller to end the Russian collusion investigation. However, Trump doesn’t care what Democrats think!

Democrats think American voters have forgotten the frustration of this President when Jeff Sessions — immediately after his confirmation as Atttorney General — announced his recusal from all 2016 election investigative matters, which include Trump Campaign alleged collusion with Russians to impact the election. Do they not remember that the recusal included any revisiting of the Hillary Clinton FBI investigation?

Have they forgotten the dozens of times in press conferences and conversations on the record President Trump’s desire for Sessions to leave the DOJ so that he could appoint a replacement without any conflicts that could perform every one of the AG duties?

Oh, by the way, in a White House nationally televised press conference today, President Trump when asked what his intentions are about Robert Mueller, he demonstratively declared he has no intention to fire Mueller, he wants the Mueller investigation to conclude but will not stop it, and that he has no concerns regarding the investigation because there’s no wrongdoing to be uncovered.

Then what is the basis for the Democrat outcry about the firing of Jeff Sessions? Congressional members should be ecstatic at the firing. Sessions resisted Congressional requests for documents over and over again — even after they were subpoenaed. Both Democrats and Republicans have complained again and again about the resistance of the Sessions DOJ in compliance with Congressional oversight.

Why the hoopla?

SImple: IT’S ALL ABOUT DONALD TRUMP! Bottom line is that Democrats — including their “2nd arm,” the Media — hate Trump simply because he does NOT comply with their mandate or their agenda. None understand his commitment to the American people to whom he promised to “Drain the Swamp.” The Swamp includes all of them!

The Process of DOJ “Trump Hate”

We first saw that hate immediately following the firing of James Comey and the appointment of Robert Mueller. But it evidenced its existence in a great way after the termination of Deputy A.G. Sally Yates. She was an Obama holdover who from the announcement of the election results joined the leftist plot to foil his administration.

Here’s an Op-Ed she penned July 28, 2017, explaining her angst for all things Trump: (edited for length)

“The spectacle of President Trump’s efforts to humiliate the attorney general into resigning has transfixed the country. But while we are busy staring at the wreckage of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ relationship with the man he supported for the presidency, there is something more insidious happening.

The president is attempting to dismantle the rule of law, destroy the time-honored independence of the Justice Department, and undermine the career men and women who are devoted to seeking justice day in and day out, regardless of which political party is in power.

If we are not careful, when we wake up from the Trump presidency, our justice system may be broken beyond recognition.

Over the past few days, many people from both parties have rightly expressed their dismay at how President Trump has publicly lambasted the attorney general, noting the president’s lack of loyalty to a man who has been consistently loyal to him.

Former Deputy AG Sally Yates

And while this is indeed true, it misses the larger and more dangerous consequences of the president’s actions.

President Trump claims that it is very “unfair” that Mr. Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation, a recusal indisputably necessary given Mr. Sessions’ role in the campaign that is now under investigation. At its core, the president’s complaint is that he doesn’t have a political ally at the Justice Department to protect him from the Russia investigation. And he is apparently trying to bully Mr. Sessions into resigning so that he can put someone in place who will.

President Trump’s actions appear aimed at destroying the fundamental independence of the Justice Department. All the while, he’s ripping the blindfold off Lady Justice and attempting to turn the department into a sword to seek vengeance against his perceived enemies and a shield to protect himself and his allies.

The Justice Department is not just another federal agency. It is charged with fulfilling our country’s promise of equal and impartial justice for all. As an agency with the authority to deprive citizens of their liberty, its investigations and prosecutions must be conducted free from any political interference or influence, and decisions must be made based solely on the facts and the law.

And the outcome of that analysis does not vary based on who occupies the White House. While some in the public may disagree with particular decisions, the Justice Department prosecutors and agents must have the independence to call it like they see it.

The strict separation between the Justice Department and the White House applies to even the most mundane of criminal investigations, and nowhere does it matter more than when the investigation reaches into the White House itself. In short, no one at the White House should have anything to do with any decisions about whom or what to investigate or prosecute. Period.”

Sally Q. Yates was a deputy attorney general in the Obama administration.
Ms. Yates’ writing eerily echoes some claims from fired FBI Director James Comey. It is personally difficult for me to reconcile the grossly erroneous claims made by Yates just as those from Comey. Their basis comes from one place common in Deep State matters: Elitism. Yates, Comey, and Democrat Party leaders falsely maintain the Department of Justice and its investigative arm — the FBI — are legally to act as an independent arm of the Federal Government. Unless the Constitution has been amended without my knowledge, these folks are absolutely incorrect. The Department of Justice/FBI are part of the Executive Branch, headed by the President of the United States.
That means that Donald Trump has total authority over the hiring and firing of every member of the DOJ: they all work “at the pleasure of the President.” The ruse that by firing James Comey and now Jeff Sessions is somehow obstruction of justice is not only untrue, It is laughable. The elitist purpose can only be to trick Americans into thinking that lie and creating further animus in the Executive Branch — specifically the Trump White House. How could firing Comey (who leaked classified information to the press) and Jeff Sessions (who numerous times has ignored legal subpoenas for Congressional appearances and multiple classified document production) be obstruction? They each brought to their firings a trail of actions that violated the responsibilities of their jobs.
But the silliest charge in all this is the instant cries from the Left for the Interim Attorney General to recuse himself from having anything to do regarding Robert Mueller, the Mueller Investigation, or anything to do with “other” investigations of the President. What basis is there for their demands? “Conflict of Interest.” What’s Whitaker’s conflict? In 2017, Whitaker as a guest commentator on CNN in a discussion about the possible firing of Robert Mueller, stated that one way Trump could terminate Mueller (other than his firing) was to fire Sessions, then have his replacement cut Mueller’s funding to operate the investigation, therefore ending it. That’s the conflict of interest they all are screaming about. They all demand that Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein be allowed to continue as the person at DOJ who Mueller answers to.
Think about that: Whitaker in that interview purportedly showed conflict of interest in that statement on CNN. They demand Rosenstein stays on the case. ROSENSTEIN IS RIDDLED WITH CONFLICTS OF INTEREST REGARDING ROBERT MUELLER!
  • Rosenstein worked previously directly for Mueller;
  • Rosenstein’s wife worked with Mueller;
  • Rosenstein (with corroboration) discussed going to a meeting with the President wearing a wire, and even discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the President from office.

Do you think Rosenstein has a conflict of interest? Do you think that conflict should prompt Rosenstein to recuse himself? Many think he should (because of all of the above) even resign his post as Deputy Attorney General.

Summary

I have a unique suggestion: President Trump (as the defacto head of the DOJ) should relinquish the control of to whom at DOJ Mueller answers TO THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. Congress is Constitutionally charged to oversee the DOJ anyway. It makes sense for them to temporarily assume that responsibility, and make sure everyone part of the Mueller probe complies with all laws and are accountable for compliance with subpoenas for production of documents and committee appearances.

61% of Americans polled are ready for the Mueller probe to end. About the same number now believe there was no collusion with Russia on the part of the Trump Campaign. They also believe every day the Mueller investigation is allowed to stretch its mandate, doing so is strictly for political purposes. The primary purpose: GET RID OF DONALD TRUMP!

Most Americans — even those who don’t personally like President Trump — feel he should be allowed to do the job for which he was elected.

I agree.

“Trump Wins…Trump Wins!”

Seldom do we post stories from those other than our writers. However, my college Journalism advisor, Ron White, shared an extremely stirring and timely perspective written by Gerald F. Seib for the Wall Street Journal. We are sharing it with our extensive group of partners today. Enjoy!

Battle for the GOP’s Soul? Trump Has Won

Conservatives who disdained Trump and considered many of his views heretical are increasingly drifting toward him

In an indication that conservatives are adapting to Trump policies, 74% say Republicans are better than are Democrats at handling trade, and 70% say the same about immigration.

Regardless of the outcome of the midterm election, this much already has become clear: The battle for the soul of the Republican party is over, and President Trump has won.

Now, as the second anniversary of his election approaches, both of those opposition fronts have crumbled. For Republicans, for better or for worse, it’s Mr. Trump’s more-populist party now.

At the grass roots, Republicans have united behind Mr. Trump with surprising solidarity. In this campaign season, establishment GOP candidates have accepted his help and endorsement and, in many cases, mimicked his style and themes.

The furious Democratic opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has galvanized even many Republicans dubious about Mr. Trump. They see him as a flawed but preferable alternative to a Democratic Party they dislike and fear, and appear to regard him as a useful shield against it.

Perhaps most surprising, conservatives who disdained Mr. Trump and considered his views on trade, immigration and national security to be heretical are increasingly drifting toward him. In one leading indicator, two conservative writers critical of Mr. Trump—Max Boot and Jennifer Rubin—have in recent days been attacked by other conservatives for their views.

“I do think Trump right now is winning,” says Peter Wehner, a conservative leader and former political aide in the George W. Bush White House who is a critic of the president. “He is consolidating. People are acclimating themselves to him.… The Kavanaugh hearing made it visceral.”

Frank Luntz, a Republican pollster who conducts frequent focus groups with voters around the country, says he also has been observing conservatives coalescing behind Mr. Trump—and bending to his policies.

“He’s redefined what conservatism means,” says Mr. Luntz. “I’m shocked at how many now support his trade policies. They support tariffs. On immigration, they were never for a wall. But now they are for a physical separation.”

Signs of this Trump dominance and conservative acquiescence are woven throughout a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. Among Republican voters overall, Mr. Trump has an 87% job approval rating. Among voters who describe themselves as conservatives, his job approval rating is virtually identical at 85%.

Eight in 10 conservatives have positive feelings toward the president; by contrast, only 42% have positive views of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, largely responsible for placing dozens of new conservative judges on the federal bench.

In an indication that conservatives are adapting to Trump policies, 74% say Republicans are better than are Democrats at handling trade, and 70% say the same about immigration.

The question is how Mr. Trump, who as a candidate was openly critical of party leaders and conservative activists, has managed to establish this grip.

It isn’t necessarily because Republicans like his demeanor. In fact, many still are offended by that style. A third of Republicans say they don’t like Mr. Trump personally but approve of most of his policies.

Part of the embrace of Mr. Trump undoubtedly comes because the economy is humming along so well; Republicans are inclined to give him credit for that, and they want to be part of the trend.

Mr. Luntz says the Kavanaugh fight in particular made Republicans who had been put off by the president’s anger and insulting style begin to embrace those characteristics. “They have bought into Trump’s claim that nothing else works,” he says.

Among conservatives, Mr. Wehner says, the move back toward Mr. Trump has come at least in part because the price of fighting him has been high. “There were people willing early on to take him on and they got smashed and hammered at the base of the party and they shut up,” he says.

The party’s embrace of Mr. Trump is risky. The president isn’t just disliked but disliked intensely by a wide swath of Americans, who may be repelled by a party so closely linked to him. Mr. Trump also is pushing the GOP away from some positions that have defined Republicanism for decades, particularly on trade and internationalism. That will sow doubts among some past party members, including some in the business community, and compel a re-examination of what it means to be a Republican.

It’s also possible, of course, that this embrace is temporary, and will evaporate if the economy goes south and the party’s fortunes suffer.

Still, Mr. Wehner notes that Mr. Trump is changing the identity of the party in ways that could have lasting effects: “What happens is, Trump is changing the core base of the party, and that will eventually filter up to officeholders.”

Tamp it Down, Mr. President!

We heard it during his campaign. We hear it everyday on pretty much every talk show, every newscast, from every commentator: “President Trump is crass, he’s arrogant, he’s haughty, he’s self-absorbed, and he needs to stop using Twitter and attacking news media!”

With the arrest of the apparent bomb-maker of those bombs sent to 13 Democrat current and former politicians and to actor Robert DeNiro, the “speech police” immediately turned up the volume on their attacks of “Trump-Speech.” Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) actually demanded that the President accept personal blame for the bombs, stating the bombs being mailed was a direct result of the President’s rhetoric.

The default thinking by many in America is that the President denigrates himself and his supporters with his constant attacks against those who oppose him. On “Fox and Friends” Saturday show, Ed Henry and Pete Hegseth actually got into an argument on air about it: Ed declared the President should “act more Presidential,” taking the tone and volume of his attacks against his opponents down a notch. Pete, on the other hand, maintained “He does it different, and that’s why voters elected him. He’s NOT traditional and he takes no personal attack without responding in kind.”

I, for one, have written numerous times and included in our podcasts that I would like for him to soften his rhetoric. I’ve stated that I do not like his messaging, but on the most part I like his messages.

Thankfully no one was killed, maimed, or injured from the mail bombs. In the aftermath of this terrorist scare, I think it’s fair for all to rethink our conversational methods and messaging regarding ALL things political. Let’s think this through together:

Messaging

  • It is easy for most people to speak directly from their emotions — positive or negative. The converse is true as well: It is hard for people to NOT react verbally directly from their emotions. Regarding political matters, the emotions seem to ratchet up almost naturally, often beyond levels tolerable to others;
  • Politics don’t create differences in people — politics exposes differences in people;
  • The political environment in the U.S. has morphed dramatically during the last decade. So has messaging methodology in the U.S. and around the world. Social Media has given everyone an easy outlet in which to share thoughts — often without restraint. Years ago on a college sports bulletin board, I labeled those that anonymously posted (no real names were required to post) who wrote nothing but non-stop attacks against that college’s sports teams as “drive-by shooters.” My doing so created quite a stir. How dare I label someone who was simply expressing their opinions? Think about this: having the ability to say anything with no restraint, no measure of truth or accuracy, and with no accountability opens Pandora’s box to unimaginable possibilities to fuel chaos. Anyone can say anything — and usually do.

What about Trump?

What about him? Everyone knows he’s from Queens, which is a pretty rough borough to live in. Folks there are known to be a little cruder than Manhattan-ers who call th Upper East Side home. It’s a very blue collar part of the Big Apple.

Trump grew up in that environment, but was a little different. His father was a fairly successful real estate developer. As real estate developers do, Trump’s father made some bad business decisions along with some pretty good ones. Trump learned his profession while watching the good and bad of the NYC real estate market by watching home runs but also the strikeouts of his father. In New York, real estate development is more prone to failure than to hitting the “big” one.

Professionally, Trump learned early how to maneuver through complicated business circles in NYC and used his upbringing as a major contributor to the way he operated in commercial real estate. That upbringing brought him abrasiveness, sometimes caustic rhetoric, and an intense commitment to entrepreneurship in one of the toughest industries in American in the toughest commercial real estate market in the U.S.

Trump has only been in politics for about 3 years. It should have come as no surprise to anyone that he brought all of that Queens “business” education with him.

Many in America  simply do not understand Mr. Trump. They dismiss all that “Queens” stuff, demanding that Trump act “presidential.” The problem is, acting presidential is what most previous presidents did — especially the last 4 of them. Doing so, Donald knew that while making many Americans feel warm and fuzzy, the only way Americans would elect him was if he continuously acted himself during the run up to the election. That meant the rough edges, crassness, boldness and lack of tact that had been his “partners” during his very successful business career would have to sit next to him flying in his personal Boeing 757 between campaign events. They’d have to be on stage with him and speak through him to his fellow Americans.

Donald Trump recognized that those Bi-Coastal, Potomac political elitists would in NO way support him. But he knew one more thing: the middle-class, fly-over Americans who had not had a president that supported them, understood their lives and their businesses, and had never pushed for things middle American voters had been crying for for years would understand him. His hope was as he spoke to them at these unconventional campaign rallies, they would see his heart, relate to his rough exterior, understand his Queens way of speaking, and would listen to what he promised he would do if elected.

They related to him…they believed his promises…they voted for him…and he won.

Why?

Why when elected did Trump NOT  move away from all the things that the media, political professionals, Hollywood darlings, and Globalists wanted to see replaced by the “traditional” personality of pretty much every other past president? After all, there’s plenty of historical evidence that shows how it works. It’s simple:

Trump knew that if he DID walk away from all those characteristics Americans saw in him, his speech delivery, his resistance to “traditional” politics and politicians and their elitism, those middle class Americans who live in fly-over country would abandon him. He desperately believed in the America of his youth, and he believed Americans deserved much more from their government than what they were receiving. He knew he must stick to who he really was. And he’s done so. That’s a big reason why his approval ratings among the public are higher than those of Obama at either of HIS two midterm election marks.

His Results

I’m certain he could change his messaging, could cancel his Twitter account, could go lighter on the press and the Hollywood elites, on mainstream politicians, and Democrats. He certainly could tamp it down. So why doesn’t he?

That answer is really simple and REALLY important. More important than the opinions of the political elitists in D.C., New York, Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles are the opinions of 60+ million Americans who voted for him in 2016 because of one thing and one thing only: Donald Trump says publicly the exact things that the large majority of those voters wish they were saying. They feel exactly the same ways his tweets, interviews, and rally speeches portray his feelings! And one more thing: THEY TRUST HIM!

SUMMARY

Here’s the most important understanding of how Donald Trump is governing: his fundamental operating foundation is trust — trust from those who he works with, and his trust of all those he works with and works for. In this case, the trust he must have is that of American voters.

How can any politician gain that trust of his supporters? By fulfilling his promises — every one of them.

Trump made quite a few promises that many felt were outlandish while campaigning. Some of them indeed were outlandish, in my opinion. But in the opinions of fly-over Americans, their desperation at the hand of the 3 previous two-term presidents, and Trump’s matter-of-fact messaging struck a tone that they had never heard before. Every presidential candidate makes many promises. Few deliver after their inauguration. Voters were hopeful Trump would be different. And he has confirmed their hopes and has earned their trust by doing those exact things he promised to do.

Folks, his messaging methodology is pre-meditated and elaborately planned! Understand this: at 5:00 AM every day, newspaper writers, editors, television producers and political reporters all are awakened by their alarm clocks. They must get going, turn on the television or radio, and open their Twitter accounts. Why? THE PRESIDENT WITH HIS FIRST TWEETS SETS THE NEWS-TONE FOR EACH DAY…HE DIRECTS THAT DAY’S STORYLINE FROM HIS TWITTER ACCOUNT!

The most dangerous and deadly thing President Trump could do is change his messaging, the way he speaks to people (especially those in his base), and edits in any way the way he speaks about and to the numerous political opponents he has. 

He has in just two short years compiled MORE support amount his base and has expanded his base wider than Obama or Bush 43 were able to do. How so? HE PROVIDES RESULTS!

Prediction

November 6, 2018, is approaching. What is going to happen? Will the Republicans succeed in holding the House and Senate? Will Democrats take control of the House or maybe the Senate, too? Will Republicans add more House seats than they lose?

We’re not prone to make election predictions. But today we do: Republicans will either maintain their majority in the House or increase it, and they will expand their majority in the Senate.

I know, that’s bold. But TruthNewsNetwork is taking a page from Donald Trump’s operating manual and bucking the traditional: “the president’s party always loses House seats in his first mid-term election” — and predicting Americans who have watched all the good things that this President has accomplished in just two years will give him the things he’s asked for to enable him to complete his promises to them: a greater Senate majority and maintain House control for Republicans.

Sure, this could be a miscalculation. Sure, Dems could win control in one or both of the houses of Congress. But D.C. is a different place with different rules now. There’s a new sheriff in town. And he’s broken tradition, tried some different things, and they have worked and are working — FOR AMERICAN VOTERS.

That’s what will win: not the empty promises and untruths from the previous president.

Americans are not stupid. Americans know what empty promises sound like, especially when compared to fulfilled promises.

Keep America Great!

Question: Are you Better Off Today Than Two Years Ago?

As we approach the 2018 Mid-Term elections, the answer to that question is the only ones that should matter to Americans as they go to the polls to determine who will represent us in Congress the next two years. Regardless of what political pundits think and say, Donald Trump is NOT on the November 6th ballot. But what IS on the ballot are determinations of the success or failures of those in Congress during the first two years of the Trump Administration to work with the President to accomplish his legislative agenda. The policies contained in that agenda were those given as promises that would be fulfilled if voters sent him to D.C. Voters took him at his word. Did members of Congress? That’s the question voters must answer before they vote to either replace or return current members of Congress to their jobs.

I’m not here today to promote any candidates: Democrat or Republican. What I AM here today is to promote progress — progress toward fixing each of the broke systems in American government. Our government is TOO big, TOO political, TOO oppressive, and TOO costly. Our government reaches far too deeply into the everyday lives of Americans. George Orwell’s book told a story about “Big Brother” than many laughed about, “That will never happen in the U.S.!” Orwell hit the nail on the head.

Government bureaucracy is stifling the life from America.

I will say this: Candidate Donald Trump made significant promises while campaigning. Almost every Democrat — including the 44th President of the U.S. — scoffed and ridiculed Trump for made promises. Obama famously on one nighttime comedy show laughed at Trump insinuating Trump would NEVER be President. It was the spirit of that ridicule shared by almost the entire group of liberals in America that turned-on the light in fly-over country. Blue collar working Americans realized something: for the first time in the last few decades, there was someone who had a history of really getting a lot of good things done who wants to go to Washington and “fix it!” Those Americans created the Trump Presidency with their votes.

It’s been almost two years since the Trump election. Leftists line up to deride the Trump Administration policies. They scoff at almost all of those and promise to repeal them all, replace them with MORE big government, MORE taxes, MORE “Big Brother” control, and to “take care” of us all. They KNOW they can do a better job creating policies, running the economy, “buying” friendly countries around the World and downshifting back to Obama’s promise he partially kept: “Fundamental Change in America.”

Most Americans from that “fly-over” region of the country feel pretty good about what Trump has accomplished. They know that there would be MUCH more success to discuss if Congress had supported the President in his quest to fulfill his promises to Americans. Those Americans will choose who they want controlling D.C. in a few days.

When you head to the polling booth, why don’t you go armed with some facts? Why don’t you get the answer to the title question of this story before you pull that lever? Why don’t you get the answer to THIS question first: “What has the Trump Administration accomplished in just shy of two years?”

Let me help you with that answer: Listed here are 289 Trump achievements for America since January of 2017. You’ll probably be shocked at how long this list is. The article is long — longer than normal. But it’s full of FACTS. Feel free to download this story, copy and paste. Share it with everyone you know.

One of our taglines here is “Always without the Spin, just Facts in Evidence at TNN: the TruthNewsNetwork.”

Enjoy!

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Economic Growth

  • 4.2 percent growth in the second quarter of 2018.
  • For the first time in more than a decade, growth is projected to exceed 3 percent over the calendar year.

Jobs

  • 4 million new jobs have been created since the election, and more than 3.5 million since Trump took office.
  • More Americans are employed now than ever before in our history.
  • Jobless claims at lowest level in nearly five decades.
  • The economy has achieved the longest positive job-growth streak on record.
  • Job openings are at an all-time high and outnumber job seekers for the first time on record.
  • Unemployment claims at 50 year low
  • African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American unemployment rates have all recently reached record lows.
    • African-American unemployment hit a record low of 5.9 percent in May 2018.
    • Hispanic unemployment at 4.5 percent.
    • Asian-American unemployment at a record low of 2 percent.
  • Women’s unemployment recently at the lowest rate in nearly 65 years.
    • Female unemployment dropped to 3.6 percent in May 2018, the lowest since October 1953.
  • Youth unemployment recently reached its lowest level in more than 50 years.
    • July 2018’s youth unemployment rate of 9.2 percent was the lowest since July 1966.
  • Veterans’ unemployment recently hit its lowest level in nearly two decades.
    • July 2018’s veterans’ unemployment rate of 3.0 percent matched the lowest rate since May 2001.
  • Unemployment rate for Americans without a high school diploma recently reached a record low.
  • The rate for disabled Americans recently hit a record low.
  • Blue-collar jobs recently grew at the fastest rate in more than three decades.
  • A poll found that 85 percent of blue-collar workers believe their lives are headed “in the right direction.”
    • 68 percent reported receiving a pay increase in the past year.
  • Last year, job satisfaction among American workers hit its highest level since 2005.
  • Nearly two-thirds of Americans rate now as a good time to find a quality job.
    • Optimism about the availability of good jobs has grown by 25 percent.
  • Added more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since the election.
    • Manufacturing employment is growing at its fastest pace in more than two decades.
  • 100,000 new jobs supporting the production & transport of oil & natural gas.

American Income

  • Median household income rose to $61,372 in 2017, a post-recession high.
  • Wages up in August at their fastest rate since June 2009.
  • Paychecks rose by 3.3 percent between 2016 and 2017, the most in a decade.
  • Council of Economic Advisers found that real wage compensation has grown by 1.4 percent over the past year.
  • Some 3.9 million Americans off food stamps since the election.
  • The median income for Hispanic-Americans rose by 3.7 percent and surpassed $50,000 for the first time ever in history.
    • Home-ownership among Hispanics is at the highest rate in nearly a decade.
  • Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached their lowest levels ever recorded.

American Optimism

  • Small business optimism has hit historic highs.
    • NFIB’s small business optimism index broke a 35-year-old record in August.
    • SurveyMonkey/CNBC’s small business confidence survey for Q3 of 2018 matched its all-time high.
  • Manufacturers are more confident than ever.
    • 95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future, the highest ever.
  • Consumer confidence is at an 18-year high.
  • 12 percent of Americans rate the economy as the most significant problem facing our country, the lowest level on record.
  • Confidence in the economy is near a two-decade high, with 51 percent rating the economy as good or excellent.

American Business

  • Investment is flooding back into the United States due to the tax cuts.
    • Over $450 billion dollars has already poured back into the U.S., including more than $300 billion in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Retail sales have surged. Commerce Department figures from August show that retail sales increased 0.5 percent in July 2018, an increase of 6.4 percent from July 2017.
  • ISM’s index of manufacturing scored its highest reading in 14 years.
  • Worker productivity is the highest it has been in more than three years.
  • Steel and aluminum producers are re-opening.
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ have all notched record highs.
    • Dow hit record highs 70 times in 2017 alone, the most ever recorded in one year.

Deregulation

  • Achieved massive deregulation at a rapid pace, completing 22 deregulatory actions to every one regulatory action during his first year in office.
  • Signed legislation to roll back costly and harmful provisions of Dodd-Frank, providing relief to credit unions, and community and regional banks.
  • Federal agencies achieved more than $8 billion in lifetime net regulatory cost savings.
  • Rolled back Obama’s burdensome Waters of the U.S. rule.
  • Used the Congressional Review Act to repeal regulations more times than in history.

Tax Cuts

  • Biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history by signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs act into law
    • Provided more than $5.5 trillion in gross tax cuts, nearly 60 percent of which will go to families.
    • Increased exemption for the death tax to help save Family Farms & Small Business.
    • Nearly doubled the standard deduction for individuals and families.
    • Enabled vast majority of American families will be able to file their taxes on a single page by claiming the standard deduction.
    • Doubled the child tax credit to help lessen the financial burden of raising a family.
    • Lowered America’s corporate tax rate from the highest in the developed world to allow American businesses to compete and win.
    • Small businesses can now deduct 20 percent of their business income.
    • Cut dozens of special interest tax breaks by closing loopholes for the wealthy.
  • 9 in 10 American workers are expected to see an increase in their paychecks thanks to the tax cuts, according to the Treasury Department.
  • More than 6 million American workers have received wage increases, bonuses, and increased benefits thanks to tax cuts.
  • Over 100 utility companies have lowered electric, gas, or water rates thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
  • Ernst & Young found 89 percent of companies planned to increase worker compensation thanks to the Trump tax cuts.
  • Established opportunity zones to spur investment in left behind communities.

Worker Development

  • Established a National Council for the American Worker to develop a national strategy for training and retraining America’s workers for high-demand industries.
  • Employers have signed Trump’s “Pledge to America’s Workers,” committing to train or retrain more than 4.2 million workers and students.
  • Signed the first Perkins CTE reauthorization since 2006, authorizing more than $1 billion for states each year to fund vocational and career education programs.
  • Executive order expanding apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers.

Domestic Infrastructure

  • Proposed infrastructure plan would utilize $200 billion in Federal funds to spur at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment across the country.
  • Executive order expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects.
  • Federal agencies have signed the One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) streamlining the federal permitting process for infrastructure projects.
  • Rural prosperity task force and signed an executive order to help expand broadband access in rural areas.

Health Care

  • Signed an executive order to help minimize the financial burden felt by American households Signed legislation to improve the National Suicide Hotline.
  • Signed the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever into law, which will advance childhood cancer research and improve treatments.
  • The signed Right-to-Try legislation, expanded health care options for terminally ill patients.
  • Enacted changes to the Medicare 340B program, saving seniors an estimated $320 million on drugs in 2018 alone.
  • FDA set a new record for generic drug approvals in 2017, saving consumers nearly $9 billion.
  • Released a blueprint to drive down drug prices for American patients, leading multiple major drug companies to announce they will freeze or reverse price increases.
  • Expanded short-term, limited-duration health plans.
  • Let more employers form Association Health Plans, enabling more small businesses to join together and affordably provide health insurance to their employees.
  • Cut Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate penalty.
  • Signed legislation repealing Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, also known as the “death panels.”
  • USDA invested more than $1 billion in rural health care in 2017, improving access to health care for 2.5 million people in rural communities across 41 states
  • Proposed Title X rule to help ensure taxpayers do not fund the abortion industry in violation of the law.
  • Reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy to keep foreign aid from supporting the global abortion industry.
  • HHS formed a new division over protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom.
  • Overturned Obama administration’s midnight regulation prohibiting states from defunding certain abortion facilities.
  • Signed executive order to help ensure that religious organizations are not forced to choose between violating their religious beliefs by complying with Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate or shutting their doors.

Combating Opioids

  • Chaired meeting the 73rd General Session of the United Nations discussing the worldwide drug problem with international leaders.
  • Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand, introducing new measures to keep dangerous drugs out of our communities.
  • $6 billion in new funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
  • DEA conducted a surge in April 2018 that arrested 28 medical professions and revoked 147 registrations for prescribing too many opioids.
  • Brought the “Prescribed to Death” memorial to President’s Park near the White House, helping raise awareness about the human toll of the opioid crisis.
  • Helped reduce high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent in 2017.
  • Opioid Summit on the administration-wide efforts to combat the opioid crisis.
  • Launched a national public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction.
  • Created a Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis which recommended a number of pathways to tackle the opioid crisis.
  • Led two National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days in 2017 and 2018, collecting a record number of expired and unneeded prescription drugs each time.
  • $485 million targeted grants in FY 2017 to help areas hit hardest by the opioid crisis.
  • Signed INTERDICT Act, strengthening efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids before they reach our communities.
  • DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.
  • Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales.
  • Declared the opioid crisis a Nationwide Public Health Emergency in October 2017.

Law and Order

  • More U.S. Circuit Court judges confirmed in the first year in office than ever.
  • Confirmed more than two dozen U. S. Circuit Court judges.
  • Followed through on the promise to nominate judges to the Supreme Court who will adhere to the Constitution
    • Nominated and confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
  • Signed an executive order directing the Attorney General to develop a strategy to more effectively prosecute people who commit crimes against law enforcement officers.
  • Launched an evaluation of grant programs to make sure they prioritize the protection and safety of law enforcement officers.
  • Established a task force to reduce crime and restore public safety in communities across Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels.
  • Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels.
  • Violent crime decreased in 2017 according to FBI statistics.
  • $137 million in grants through the COPS Hiring Program to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacities, and support crime prevention efforts.
  • Enhanced and updated the Project Safe Neighborhoods to help reduce violent crime.
  • Signed legislation making it easier to target websites that enable sex trafficking and strengthened penalties for people who promote or facilitate prostitution.
  • Created an interagency task force working around the clock to prosecute traffickers, protect victims, and prevent human trafficking.
  • Conducted Operation Cross Country XI to combat human trafficking, rescuing 84 children and arresting 120 human traffickers.
  • Encouraged federal prosecutors to use the death penalty when possible in the fight against the trafficking of deadly drugs.
  • New rule effectively banning bump stock sales in the United States.

Border Security and Immigration

  • Secured $1.6 billion for border wall construction in the March 2018 omnibus bill.
  • Construction of a 14-mile section of border wall began near San Diego.
  • Worked to protect American communities from the threat posed by the vile MS-13 gang.
    • ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations division arrested 796 MS-13 members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the prior year.
    • Justice worked with partners in Central America to secure criminal charges against more than 4,000 MS-13 members.
    • Border Patrol agents arrested 228 illegal aliens affiliated with MS-13 in FY 2017.
  • Fighting to stop the scourge of illegal drugs at our border.
    • ICE HSI seized more than 980,000 pounds of narcotics in FY 2017, including 2,370 pounds of fentanyl and 6,967 pounds of heroin.
    • ICE HSI dedicated nearly 630,000 investigative hours towards halting the illegal import of fentanyl.
    • ICE HSI made 11,691 narcotics-related arrests in FY 2017.
    • Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand introduced new measures to keep dangerous drugs out the United States.
    • Signed the INTERDICT Act into law, enhancing efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids.
    • DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.
    • DOJ launched their Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales.
  • Released an immigration framework that includes the resources required to secure our borders and close legal loopholes, and repeatedly called on Congress to fix our broken immigration laws.
  • Authorized the deployment of the National Guard to help secure the border.
  • Enhanced vetting of individuals entering the U.S. from countries that don’t meet security standards, helping to ensure individuals who pose a threat to our country are identified before they enter.
    • These procedures were upheld in a June 2018 Supreme Court hearing.
  • ICE removed over 226,000 illegal aliens from the United States in 2017.
    • ICE rescued or identified over 500 human trafficking victims and over 900 child exploitation victims in 2017 alone.
  • In 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested more than 127,000 aliens with criminal convictions or charges, responsible for
    • Over 76,000 with dangerous drug offenses.
    • More than 48,000 with assault offenses.
    • More than 11,000 with weapons offenses.
    • More than 5,000 with sexual assault offenses.
    • More than 2,000 with kidnapping offenses.
    • Over 1,800 with homicide offenses.
  • Created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office in order to support the victims and families affected by illegal alien crime.
  • More than doubled the number of counties participating in the 287(g) program, which allows jails to detain criminal aliens until they are transferred to ICE custody.

Trade

  • Negotiating and renegotiating better trade deals, achieving free, fair, and reciprocal trade for the United States.
    • Agreed to work with the European Union towards zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies.
    • Deal with the European Union to increase U.S. energy exports to Europe.
    • Litigated multiple WTO disputes targeting unfair trade practices and upholding our right to enact fair trade laws.
    • Finalized a revised trade agreement with South Korea, which includes provisions to increase American automobile exports.
    • Negotiated a historic U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement to replace NAFTA.
    • Agreement to begin trade negotiations for a U.S.-Japan trade agreement.
    • Secured $250 billion in new trade and investment deals in China and $12 billion in Vietnam.
    • Established a Trade and Investment Working Group with the United Kingdom, laying the groundwork for post-Brexit trade.
  • Enacted steel and aluminum tariffs to protect our vital steel and aluminum producers and strengthen our national security.
  • Conducted 82 anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations in 2017 alone.
  • Confronting China’s unfair trade practices after years of Washington looking the other way.
    • 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods imported from China and later imposed an additional 10% tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods.
    • Conducted an investigation into Chinese forced technology transfers, unfair licensing practices, and intellectual property theft.
    • Imposed safeguard tariffs to protect domestic washing machines and solar products manufacturers hurt by China’s trade policies
  • Withdrew from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
  • Secured access to new markets for America’s farmers.
    • The recent deal with Mexico included new improvements enabling food and agriculture to trade more fairly.
    • The recent agreement with the E.U. will reduce barriers and increase trade of American soybeans to Europe.
    • Won a WTO dispute regarding Indonesia’s unfair restriction of U.S. agricultural exports.
    • Defended American Tuna fisherman and packagers before the WTO
    • Opened up Argentina to American pork exports for the first time in a quarter-century
    • American beef exports have returned to China for the first time in more than a decade
  • OK’d up to $12 billion in aid for farmers affected by unfair trade retaliation.

Energy

  • Presidential Memorandum to clear roadblocks to construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
  • Presidential Memorandum declaring that the Dakota Access Pipeline serves the national interest and initiating the process to complete construction.
  • Opened up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to energy exploration.
  • Coal exports up over 60 percent in 2017.
  • Rolled back the “stream protection rule” to prevent it from harming America’s coal industry.
  • Canceled Obama’s anti-coal Clean Power Plan and proposed the Affordable Clean Energy Rule as a replacement.
  • Withdrew from the job-killing Paris climate agreement, which would have cost the U.S. nearly $3 trillion and led to 6.5 million fewer industrial sector jobs by 2040.
  • U.S. oil production has achieved its highest level in American history
  • The United States is now the largest crude oil producer in the world.
  • The U.S. has become a net natural gas exporter for the first time in six decades.
  • Action to expedite the identification and extraction of critical minerals that are vital to the nation’s security and economic prosperity.
  • Took action to reform National Ambient Air Quality Standards, benefitting American manufacturers.
  • Rescinded Obama’s hydraulic fracturing rule, which was expected to cost the industry $32 million per year.
  • Proposed an expansion of offshore drilling as part of an all-of-the-above energy strategy
    • Held a lease sale for offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2018.
  • Got EU to increase its imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States.
  • Issued permits for the New Burgos Pipeline that will cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

Foreign Policy

  • Moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
  • Withdrew from Iran deal and immediately began the process of re-imposing sanctions that had been lifted or waived.
    • Treasury has issued sanctions targeting Iranian activities and entities, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force
    • Since enacting sanctions, Iran’s crude exports have fallen off, the value of Iran’s currency has plummeted, and international companies have pulled out of the country.
    • All nuclear-related sanctions will be back in full force by early November 2018.
  • Historic summit with North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, bringing beginnings of peace and denuclearization to the Korean Peninsula.
    • The two leaders have exchanged letters and high-level officials from both sides have met resulting in tremendous progress.
    • North Korea has halted nuclear and missile tests.
    • Negotiated the return of the remains of missing-in-action soldiers from the Korean War.
  • Imposed strong sanctions on Venezuelan dictator Nicholas Maduro and his inner circle.
  • An executive order preventing those in the U.S. from carrying out certain transactions with the Venezuelan regime, including prohibiting the purchase of the regime’s debt.
  • Responded to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.
    • Rolled out sanctions targeting individuals and entities tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program.
    • Directed strikes in April 2017 against a Syrian airfield used in a chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.
    • Joined allies in launching airstrikes in April 2018 against targets associated with Syria’s chemical weapons use.
  • New Cuba policy that enhanced compliance with U.S. law and held the Cuban regime accountable for political oppression and human rights abuses.
    • Treasury and State are working to channel economic activity away from the Cuban regime, particularly the military.
  • Changed the rules of engagement, empowering commanders to take the fight to ISIS.
    • ISIS has lost virtually all of its territory, more than half of which has been lost under Trump.
    • ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital city, Raqqah, was liberated in October 2017.
    • All Iraqi territory had been liberated from ISIS.
  • More than a dozen American hostages have been freed from captivity all over the world.
  • Action to combat Russia’s malign activities, including their efforts to undermine the sanctity of United States elections.
    • Expelled dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle, WA.
    • Banned the use of Kaspersky Labs software on government computers, due to the company’s ties to Russian intelligence.
    • Imposed sanctions against five Russian entities and three individuals for enabling Russia’s military and intelligence units to increase Russia’s offensive cyber capabilities.
    • Sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, and 12 companies they own or control, who profit from Russia’s destabilizing activities.
    • Sanctioned 100 targets in response to Russia’s occupation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine.
    • Enhanced support for Ukraine’s Armed Forces to help Ukraine better defend itself.
  • Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
  • Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup.

Defense

  • Executive order keeping the detention facilities at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay open.
  • $700 billion in military funding for FY 2018 and $716 billion for FY 2019.
  • Largest military pay raise in nearly a decade.
  • Ordered a Nuclear Posture Review to ensure America’s nuclear forces are up to date and serve as a credible deterrent.
  • Released America’s first fully articulated cyber strategy in 15 years.
  • A new strategy on national biodefense, which better prepares the nation to defend against biological threats.
  • The administration has announced that it will use whatever means necessary to protect American citizens and servicemen from unjust prosecution by the International Criminal Court.
  • Released an America first National Security Strategy.
  • Put in motion the launch of a Space Force as a new branch of the military and relaunched the National Space Council.
  • Encouraged the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to increase defense spending to their agreed-upon levels.
    • In 2017 alone, there was an increase of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending amongst NATO allies.
    • Every member state has increased defense spending.
    • Eight NATO allies will reach the 2 percent benchmark by the end of 2018 and 15 allies are on trade to do so by 2024.
    • NATO allies spent over $42 billion dollars more on defense since 2016.
  • Executive order to help military spouses find employment as their families deploy domestically and abroad.

Veterans Affairs

  • Signed the VA Accountability Act and expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.
  • Delivered more appeals decisions – 81,000 – to veterans in a single year than ever before.
  • Strengthened protections for individuals who come forward and identify programs occurring within the VA.
  • Signed legislation that provided $86.5 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the largest dollar amount in history for the VA.
  • VA MISSION Act, enacting sweeping reform to the VA system that:
    • Consolidated and strengthened VA community care programs.
    • Funding for the Veterans Choice program.
    • Expanded eligibility for the Family Caregivers Program.
    • Gave veterans more access to walk-in care.
    • Strengthened the VA’s ability to recruit and retain quality healthcare professionals.
    • Enabled the VA to modernize its assets and infrastructure.
  • Signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act in 2017, which authorized $2.1 billion in additional funds for the Veterans Choice Program.
  • Worked to shift veterans’ electronic medical records to the same system used by the Department of Defense, a decades-old priority.
  • Issued an executive order requiring the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to submit a joint plan to provide veterans access to access to mental health treatment as they transition to civilian life.
  • Increased transparency and accountability at the VA by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with access to wait-time and quality of care data.
  • Signed legislation to modernize the claims and appeal process at the VA.
  • Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, providing enhanced educational benefits to veterans, service members, and their family members.
    • Lifted a 15-year limit on veterans’ access to their educational benefits.
  • Created a White House VA Hotline to help veterans and principally staffed it with veterans and direct family members of veterans.
  • VA employees are being held accountable for poor performance, with more than 4,000 VA employees removed, demoted, and suspended so far.
  • Signed the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act, increasing the number of VA employees that can assist justice-involved veterans.

Summary

(Feel free to download the PDF file of this list. Find the link below)

So I’ll let Yul Brynner finish today’s story:

http://truthnewsnet.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Trump’s-1st-Two-Years.pdf

 

Violence Runs Rampant

The Left is either there or going INSANE!

I knew some anti-Trumpsters in the G.O.P., members of the Democrat Party and Socialists further left than Dems, have turned into mind-bots bent on the destruction of President Trump and all he stands for. But what is playing out almost daily was unimaginable a couple of years ago. We are actually seeing violence — severe violence (if there is such a thing as “non-severe” violence!) — playing out on a national stage from Leftists not directly at Mr. Trump, but at those who work with and for him, visibly support his agenda, or are simply NOT Democrats. Sure, he won the election and many don’t like that. But is that a sufficient reason for people to morph into Apocalyptic zombies who attack anyone who supports this President?

Want a few examples?

Las Vegas, Nevada

A longtime College of Southern Nevada sociology professor is facing felony gun charges in connection with an on-campus shooting on the second day of classes. Mark J. Bird, 69, was charged last month with discharging a gun within a prohibited structure, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and possessing a dangerous weapon on school property, court records show. He was found bleeding from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his arm about 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 28 outside a bathroom in the Charleston campus K building. Inside the bathroom, campus police found a $100 bill taped to a mirror along with a note that said, “For the janitor,” according to Bird’s arrest report. On the floor of the restroom were a black-and-white, .22-caliber pistol and one spent shell casing. The sociology professor was hired Aug. 26, 1993, and was an emeritus faculty member at the time of the shooting, college spokesman Richard Lake said. Bird was not scheduled to teach any courses during the fall 2018 semester.

Northern California

A Castro Valley, California man shouting profanities about President Trump attacked a Republican congressional candidate who was working an election booth at a town festival, threatening him and trying to stab him with a switchblade, authorities and the candidate said Tuesday.
Farzad Vincent Fazeli, 35, was jailed after the alleged Sunday attack on Rudy Peters at the Castro Valley Fall Festival. Alameda County prosecutors charged Fazeli on Tuesday with a felony count of making criminal threats and misdemeanor counts of exhibiting a deadly weapon and possessing a switchblade.

Berkley

(Los Angeles TIMES) There can be no justification for the violence perpetrated by a group of leftist protesters who attacked supporters of President Trump and others during an otherwise peaceful “rally against hate” in Berkeley.

Whether they are described as “black bloc” or anarchists — the nomenclature isn’t important — the masked, black-clad protesters are criminals, not the vanguard of a righteous resistance to fascism. They also are traitors to the thousands of peaceful demonstrators who gathered in Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Park to counter a “No to Marxism in America” rally — a non-event that drew a relatively small contingent of right-wingers after its organizer, fearing violence, had urged supporters to stay home.

The punches black bloc protesters are throwing are injuring their own side.

This is thuggery, not activism. And it has become too familiar a phenomenon in Berkeley, belying its reputation as a citadel of free speech. In February, for example, 150 black-clad agitators caused $100,000 worth of damage when they smashed through the city protesting a planned UC Berkeley speech by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. The speech was canceled.

All Across America

Every day brings new examples of the supposedly open-minded, inclusive, tolerant, peace-loving Left threatening or attacking Trump administration officials or Trump supporters. Hatred and intolerance have been the standard operating procedure on the extreme Left. But thanks to enablers among Democrats and the press, it’s quickly becoming dangerously “mainstream.”

Here are some of the ways in just the past few days that the left has expressed its tolerance for those it disagrees with:

  • Martin Astrof went to the campaign headquarters of Rep. Lee Zeldin and then threatened to kill Zeldin and Trump supporters generally, according to news accounts of the incident. As he left, he nearly ran over a campaign staffer with his car.
  • An angry Trump critic allegedly punched a homeowner in Boynton Beach, Fla., for having a Trump flag in his front yard, and then dragged the homeowner 30 feet while driving away.
  • A bookstore owner in Richmond, Va., called the cops after a woman started harassing former Trump advisor Steven Bannon, who was browsing in the store. Former Clinton aide Philippe Reines later tweeted out the bookstore owner’s contact information, in a thinly veiled attempt to encourage attacks on the store. Reines defended the tweet, saying, “I’m providing a service.”
  • A group of “protesters” following Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell out of a restaurant in Kentucky shouted “vote you out” and “we know where you live, bitch.”
  • Brandon Straka — a gay former liberal who posted a video complaining that “the Left devolved into intolerant, inflexible, illogical, hateful, misguided, ill-informed, un-American, hypocritical, menacing, callous, ignorant, narrow-minded, and at times blatantly fascistic behavior and rhetoric” and sparked the #walkaway Twitter trend — says a local camera store refused to serve him. Thereby proving his point. “I’m shaking right now,” Straka tweeted Thursday. “I just went into a camera store to buy a camera and a light and mic, etc., and they recognized me from TV. I was refused service because they said it was for ‘alt-right’ purposes.”
  • Alan Dershowitz, once the darling of the liberal left until he started to question the merits of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, says that a woman at a party on Martha’s Vineyard was heard saying, “if Dershowitz were here tonight, I’d stab him through the heart.”
  • Horror novelist and reliable Trump-hater Steven King sent a tweet over July 4 encouraging progressives to “go find a Trump-supporting friend — the one you haven’t spoken to since November of 2016 — and give him or her a hug. Trumpies, find a ‘liberal snowflake’ friend and do the same. Just for today, let’s all be Americans.” The response was an outpouring of outrage at King, with one woman tweeting that it was “The scariest thing you’ve ever written.”
    A Fast-Growing List

Breitbart News recently started compiling what it characterizes as “acts of media-approved violence and harassment against Trump supporters.” The list is now up to 258 — and climbing fast. So far this month, Breitbart counts more than two dozen incidents of threats, intimidation, and violence against Trump officials and supporters, or mainstream journalists excusing such actions. That’s likely just scratching the surface since no doubt many cases of abuse go unreported.

Not Just Physical Violence

Is Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins being bribed to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh? That’s what she and others are saying.

A Crowdpac crowdfunding campaign to encourage Collins to vote against Kavanaugh has the senator and others sounding the alarm. The conservative-leaning news site Newsmax reported on Monday that a prominent Republican elections lawyer is calling for an investigation into what it described as a more than $1 million “threat” hanging over Collins’s head, depending on her vote on Kavanaugh. In a statement to Newsmax, Collins said she believed there was an attempt to “bribe” her vote and said she wouldn’t be the target of “quid pro quo fundraising.”

Summary

Where did this all begin? When did it all begin?

Beginning with the Obama campaign ahead of the 2008 election, the division between conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats, began to ramp up. Obama represented drastic and dramatic changes for American voters to contemplate: and not just racially. He brought to the campaign radical new ideas that heretofore had never been a big part of any presidential campaign. There were socialist candidates and even Communist candidates on past ballots. But all past non-traditional political representatives drew sparse support among voters.

Obama represented something new and different for a new and different generation. For generations, Americans had experienced the same structured, starchy, tired political process in which pretty much old, pontificating politicians campaigned every two years with promises of the moon. When elected, all voters received were moonbeams and a bigger tax bill: Oh, and a smaller paycheck.

Obama was different. He had a fresh new way to package some historically old political principles that had been summarily rejected in the past. But he didn’t call his ideas Socialism or Communism. And his young, refreshing, and vibrant way of delivery made him an instant rockstar. He was amazingly effective selling a bottle of your grandmother’s rose water that had been repackaged and labeled “Excellante Parfume.”

The packaging was good enough to draw enough from the “past” generation to join those politically disenfranchised from the “new” generation to elect and then re-elect him.

After the 2012 election, Obama realized something: “You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig.” He re-packaged his politics, but he didn’t quite get the results he thought he should. But he was successful at turning the heads of a young generation of Americans who knew very little else politically other than his politics. He had sowed the seed of breaking away, of demanding change and going after it. He was the first president since Reagan to give Americans a new direction and then leading the country in that direction.

Unfortunately for Hillary Clinton, she could not maintain the cloud of optimism he created above Millennials — the sun burnt it away to reveal the truth. There were no jobs, no big salaries. College was expensive, and so was living on your own. Employers expected employees to work before “earning” paid vacations. Cell phones and cars and house rent or house payments cost a lot. The “Obama-phone” and “Cash for Clunkers” and Billion Dollar government handouts to Solyndra and those shovel-ready jobs were never really there or never worked. People became angry because the gravy-train was either gone or it never existed.

Enter Donald Trump.

There were enough of those who remembered the old “reap and sow” principle upon which America was founded: “You get out of life equal to what you put in,” there are NO free rides, everyone has to work to eat, to not just listen to his campaign speeches, but to believe he could and would do what he promised if elected.

Many didn’t like that: after all, it was an unpopular truth he talked about.  And when they went to get answers, those Mainstream news outlets that they had turned to gave them reinforcement for their anger at things not being what was promised. Things like this:

NY POST

President Donald Trump’s relentless attacks on the media as the “enemy of the people” are close to sparking violence that could lead to journalists being attacked around the world, the outgoing United Nations human rights commissioner said, according to a report Monday.
“We began to see a campaign against the media … that could have potentially, and still can, set in motion a chain of events which could quite easily lead to harm being inflicted on journalists just going about their work and potentially some self-censorship,” Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said, the Guardian reported.
“And in that context, it’s getting very close to incitement to violence,” he said.

CNN

Three people who were pushed and shoved while protesting at a 2016 Donald Trump campaign rally cannot sue the President for inciting the crowd, a federal appeals court has ruled. The three-judge panel ruled unanimously Tuesday in favor of the President, saying that Trump saying “Get ’em out of here” during the rally in Louisville, Kentucky, was not a valid claim of “incitement to riot,” which is a misdemeanor under Kentucky law.

Kashiya Nwanguma, Molly Shah and Henry Brousseau attended a rally for Trump on March 1, 2016, to “peacefully protest” the then-candidate. Nwanguma was carrying a sign with Trump’s head on a pig’s body, according to multiple news reports.

After Trump said “Get ’em out of here,” several members of the audience — including Matthew Heimbach, a representative of the white nationalist Traditionalist Workers Party, and Alvin Bamberger — began to attack the protesters, according to a judge’s ruling last year.

The three protesters accused Heimbach and Bamberger of assault and battery and pressed charges of incitement to riot, negligence, gross negligence and recklessness against the Trump campaign. The negligence claims arising from the plaintiffs’ allegations that Trump knew his supporters would attack protesters. In particular, the complaint says that Trump’s directive to eject Nwanguma, a black woman, was reckless, given the presence of a white nationalist group in the audience.

Where are We?

The Left defends such actions as justified because of Trump’s policies or his actions. The truth is, this is how extremists on the left always respond to politicians and policies they disagree with. They threaten, intimidate and try to shut them down. If you don’t think so, try attending a speech by a conservative speaker at any liberal college in the U.S. Yes, we know, there are haters on the Right. And Trump can be crude and abusive. But that’s the point. Even a whiff of hatred or intolerance on the Right always — and correctly — receives widespread condemnation, including by Republicans. The same is not true on the Left — not even close.

Instead, Democrats and their handmaidens in the press are busy normalizing violent, abusive, intolerant behavior … when not encouraging more of it. They seem to have forgotten that we live in a representative democracy, where we settle debates over public policies — peacefully — at the voting booth.

We have a chance to settle that dispute again in November. The Media will not accept anything else but a bloodbath at the expense of Republicans. But it seems that even that will not stop the anger and violence. That doesn’t all come from angry young Americans. Sure, much of it does come from those youngsters. But they’re joined by many 1960’s radicals that bear the mark of the last move of Anarchy in the U.S.: marches, bombings, riots, campus shootings, increases in violent crime.

There are only two ways to change the tide: vote and pray.

The prayer needs to start now — WAY before election day.

In fact, I surely hope it has already started.

 

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Anyone Else Think Trump Really Knows What’s Going On?

The TruthNewsNetwork previously posted a detailed article in which we looked at “possibilities” for what might be REALLY going on regarding the relationship between the President and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (The Mueller “Blockbuster” posted 8/22/2018) We received mixed responses and thoughts on our thoughts. But we are not the only ones who think President Trump is smarter than many think, and especially more clever than Mainstream Media pundits who seem to be driven by one thing and one thing only: to drive Donald Trump out of the White House. What’s oddest about that is the blatant unethical journalistic actions by the MSM who totally ignore any and all achievements by the Trump Administration in the last 18 months. They refuse to cover any “real news,” instead opting for “media fodder” that in most cases is nothing but gossip.

Here’s a perspective from one writer — a blogger that goes by “@drawandstrike” — given in a slightly different way. Please remember that we are always open to the perspective of others. However, we do NOT guarantee that their opinions are accurate and are just that: opinions.

Always remember our mantra at truthnewsnet.org: “Just because you believe something is true doesn’t mean it’s true. And just because you believe something is wrong doesn’t mean it’s wrong.”

Enjoy!

@drawandstrike

Sessions didn’t do anything today he hasn’t done for a year and a half after Trump calling him out and complaining about him on Twitter. “I’m going to do the best job I can, I won’t let politics interfere in how the DOJ fulfills it’s duty to the country, etc. etc.”

Let’s go over how this supposedly real rift between the President of the United States, and the most important appointment he made in his entire administration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, got started.

We were asked to believe Trump The Clueless had no idea Sessions would have to recuse himself from overseeing/directing DOJ investigations related to the 2016 election in which Sessions was a MEMBER of one of the campaigns in the election. Let’s see a show of hands: Who really thinks Trump was DUMB enough to not know Sessions couldn’t be in charge of or oversee the Hillary Email investigation or any of the other investigations arising from the 2016 election in which he was involved? Didn’t Trump see the conflict? We’re also expected to believe that before he recused himself, Sessions read some statute and suddenly realized “HOLY COW….I’M GOING TO HAVE TO RECUSE MYSELF!” and this happened immediately after he was sworn in. Sessions was so surprised to realize this, he recused himself immediately before giving Trump a heads up he was going to do it. Again: let’s see a show of hands: who thinks this is how it REALLY happened? After Trump won the election, & announced he was going to nominate Sessions to be his AG, what did the MEDIA spend weeks doing?

“Sessions is going to be Trump’s ATTACK DOG at the DOJ. Trump’s going to send him after Hillary & Obama.”

And the media spent weeks asking this question: “How can Sessions have control of investigations into the 2016 election when HE HIMSELF was a member of one of the campaigns? This can’t be allowed! Conflict of interest! The fix is in!”

Well, they were worried over nothing. On the surface, they saw Clueless Trump raging at Sessions over his sudden recusal, catching Trump completely by surprise. They all pointed their fingers at Trump and laughed loudly. “HA HA HA YOU MORON!”

While all THAT was underway, nobody noticed THIS GUY and what he was announcing. For weeks all the DOJ news was fixated on the feud between Trump and his now-recused AG. Trump was counting on Sessions and Sessions let him down!

Everything you know about the ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ plot, the insurance policy, it’s ALL from Horowitz’s digging. He found it first and then he passed it off to Congress. Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Andrew McCabe, Bruce & Nellie Ohr. While he was digging, NOBODY WAS WATCHING HIM. What was everybody watching from January 2017 to October 2017, when Horowitz & his team of DOJ investigators suddenly broke the surface & began passing to Congress what they found?

They were watching these two guys ‘feuding’.

“I’M SO UNHAPPY WITH HIM.”
“I’m doing my job.”

Who found out where the Steele dossier really came from and who paid for it?

Horowtiz.

Who found the Strzok/Page text messages & all the evidence therein about insurance policies and CI’s cent to entrap the Trump team?

Horowitz.

Who revealed Bruce Ohr, a guy having no official role in the FBI’s Trump/Russia investigation was inserting himself in the middle of it, backchanneling meetings with Christopher Steele/Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS to pass on info after Steele was fired?

Horowitz.

Yet for 10 months the big news out of the DOJ is “OH LOOK TRUMP IS STILL MAD AT SESSIONS. Will these two ever get along?”

While all the evidence of the Crossfire Hurricane plot was being collected.

Everybody focused on what they were SUPPOSED to focus on. A very public catfight on social media.

Nobody was looking where Trump and Sessions didn’t want them to look. A very quiet investigation that didn’t leak anything.

The *genesis* of the Trump/Sessions feud never made any sense. Yet people bought the cover story, which is exactly what they were supposed to do.

You don’t just fool your enemies with this kind of disinformation operations. You have to fool most of your FRIENDS too.

Now let’s look at a couple more points where the cover story is that Trump is clueless/helpless/outsmarted.

Seen the recent coverage of Trump *suddenly*, after a year & a half, deciding to yank a bunch of security clearances?

What’s the cover story there? After 18 months in office, Trump suddenly slaps his forehead and goes “Wait a minute: Brennan, Comey, Clapper…all these people are leaking and trying to hurt me! I better yank their security clearances! Wow, I shoulda done this long ago!”
Trump could have yanked these clearances at any time in the last 18 months. But we’re asked to believe he waited 18 months because he’s timid, shy, not sure of himself, or something.

Here’s another cover story we’re supposed to buy: Trump can declassify anything he wants to. FISA Warrants, you name it. He just talked about it doing it AGAIN in his Fox News interview this morning.

Why hasn’t he done it yet?

“He’s scared.” Or “He’s not allowed to.”

Trump’s all for declassifying the entire evidence of the Crossfire Hurricane plot but darn it, something, it’s not clear what, just keeps staying his hand. It’s sad, really.

How about this? Just consider it. He’s waiting for something.

There is NOBODY in the gov’t that could stop him from declassifying the Carter Page FISA warrant. So if Trump hasn’t done it yet, he’s got good and valid reasons and he isn’t going to tell me or any other yahoo on Twitter what they are until HE’S ready.

Let’s go onto another point. There’s a popular narrative that Trump came into office blind, having no idea whatsoever his campaign was being spied on & the target of a plot led by top fed. officials.

I never bought it, but hey, some people still do.

According to this narrative, after Trump came into office flying blind, he slowly became aware of the abuses and spying. This narrative says Trump only slowly began to take action to counter the plot.

This is how they explain way Trump supposedly blowing the two most crucial appointments he made when it comes to exposing/stopping the Crossfire Hurricane plot.

See, Trump didn’t know. So he appointed Sessions and Rosenstein. He blew it.

Well, I’ve seen plenty of evidence Trump DID know. Trump DID know his campaign was being spied, he DID know about much of the Crossfire Hurricane plot.

I’ll give you just one example. Suddenly moving his transition team to Bedminster NJ from Trump Tower.

After winning the election, Trump formed a transition team to get ready to assume office, reach out to people he wanted to appoint, etc.

It was based in Trump Tower.

On Nov 17, Trump suddenly makes an announcement he’s moving it. He moved his transition team from his Manhattan offices to his golf club in New Jersey. That looks pretty chaotic, like bad planning, doesn’t it? Win the election on Nov. 8, form a transition team, settle it down in Trump Tower, got all the logistics of that worked out and…not even 10 days later you’re suddenly shifting the whole team to another state.

Hmmmm. I wonder if….anything happened on Nov. 17, say, earlier in the day that might have suddenly prompted Trump to say “Wow, I’d better move my entire transition team, which just got formed & settled in here, to some other place!”

Well, golly lookee here. Turns out NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers, completely unannounced, dropped in to visit Trump at Trump Tower on Nov. 17.

Look how the media covered this:

“Rogers Begs Trump For His Job”

Obama Is Considering Removing N.S.A. Leader
Top officials have urged the president to remove Adm. Michael S. Rogers, citing concern over his efforts to combat the Islamic State and guard secrets.
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/us/politics/obama-remove-NSA-leader-Michael-rogers.html

Yes, that’s how the media covered this. Mike Rogers, hat in hand, rushed to Trump Tower to beg…BEG…Trump not to fire him.

Here’s the real story:

Occam’s Razor – Did NSA Admiral Mike Rogers Warn Trump On November 17th, 2016?
So you know what the LATEST date possible is for Trump knowing his campaign is being spied on, all their phone calls, text messages, emails collected? It’s November 17th, 2016. So you can take that narrative that Trump came into office flying blind and not knowing fed. Intel agencies had been weaponized to target him and dismiss it. He knew. He came into office knowing.
IF Trump came into office knowing the DOJ/FBI/CIA/State Dept and other intelligence agencies had been used to spy on him during the campaign & were now going to be used to sabotage him in office, then the appointments he makes to the DOJ, CIA & other agencies are critical.
But you are now being asked to believe a narrative in which Trump, being aware of all this, blew the two most crucial appointments he had to make: Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General.

Everything we’ve discovered about the ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ plot beginning in October of 2017, Trump knows too. In fact, he knew all of this LONG before we did. Is the narrative Trump is slowly discovering all this right along with the rest of us? Do you buy that? Trump doesn’t know any of this stuff until Tom Fitton at Judicial Watch or a Congressional Oversight Committee manages to pry it from Sessions & Rosenstein’s grasping fingers?

Oh, and Horowitz. From Horowitz’s hands too.

I don’t think Trump is undergoing a slow journey of discovery here, waiting with baited breath for that next Judicial Watch lawsuit or Congressional hearing. He’s already seen all the classified stuff. He knows exactly where this is going to end up.

Trump came into office knowing the SOB’s were plotting to take him out. He already knew. And he left Comey sitting RIGHT THERE thinking he was safe until May. Ponder that. One of these men thinks the other doesn’t know.

You think Trump letting Comey sit there as FBI Director for 4 more months knowing the entire time Comey was plotting against him is amazing? They left McCabe, Strzok and many of the other plotters in place for far longer than that. The cases against these people had to be built over time, the evidence carefully collected, no loopholes. These plotters are the people who investigate OTHER people. They know every trick in the book. To nail them you can’t leave any way to escape, make any mistakes.

What people are frustrated about is the PAYBACK. They want to see the plotters nailed to the wall. It’s starting to dawn on most people that the plotters had their fangs pulled long ago. Trump’s in no danger from these people.

Well nobody is more invested in paying these plotters back than Trump is. If he’s waiting to declassify stuff, if he’s taking the #SlowWalker approach and you don’t like that, you don’t understand his reasons, I can’t help that. It is what it is.

A lot of people are looking at this wrong. “HURRY UP OR THEY’RE ALL GOING TO ESCAPE! NOW! DO IT NOW!” You don’t understand. There IS no escape. That’s *why* Trump and Sessions are taking their time to do it right. There IS no urge to rush. Trump the showman will time this for maximum effect.

Look again at this President essentially giving Comey the kiss of death. “I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart.”

You think Trump isn’t enjoying watching the roaches scramble around trying to avoid the light when he knows exactly how this will go down and they can’t stop it?

This President was trading “Fat Little Rocket Man” jabs with Kim & the media was hysterically screaming at him for it the entire time Mike Pompeo was making visits to NK in total secrecy setting up that summit we had this year. Trump is FINE with a cover story like that.

The COVER STORY was that our insane, unstable President is trying to provoke the leader of NK into a war while Pompeo – taking NOBODY FROM THE STATE DEPT WITH HIM – traveled to NK in utter secrecy over a period of months. And nothing leaked & the cover story worked.

All of a sudden, presto chango! Trump and Kim are friendly and making real progress and the summit happens. The clueless media still hasn’t figured out while Trump & Kim were publicly trading barbs, stuff was happening behind the scenes.
You’ve all had PLENTY of time to learn how Trump operates. He puts out cover stories feeding chaos narratives to keep his enemies looking at the wrong things while he gets stuff done. It keeps them out of his way, distracted & wasting resources. The reason media people meltdown is because they HAVE to take everything at face value. Trump counts on them doing that to keep them running around lost, covering the wrong things. “OMG, HE TWEETED AT KIM JONG UN AGAIN!”

Trump also uses his Twitter to show people who ‘get’ what he’s doing where to look. He’s tweeted numerous times in the past 2 weeks about Bruce & Nellie Ohr. He’s trying to tell you something.

Of course, the media leaps to defend Ohr, some ‘nobody’ from the DOJ that Trump is picking on because Trump’s a mean guy.

So what people are melting down about is how long it’s taking and the cover story that Trump and Sessions are in a feud. That’s great. Time will solve most of this. The election is still over 2 months away. Mueller & Co. took their best shot. It fizzled.

Trump’s going to pull HIS trigger when it’ll inflict the maximum damage on the most people who are in his way. He knows the time. You don’t.

He’s a vindictive SOB but he’s *our* vindictive SOB.

I’m not worried & you shouldn’t be either.

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Really, Really Bad Foreign Policy

Whether it’s the trade dispute with China, his pushing North Korea to get rid of its nukes or his demand that NATO members ante up defense spending to bear more of the NATO burden, Mainstream Media march in step shouting from the rooftops how much danger the Trump foreign policy brings to the U.S. needlessly and how hated we are around the world — even by our allies.

In case “They” — the Media — haven’t noticed, we’re NOT at war and there’s not one pending, our NATO buddies have all promised to pay more of their obligation and some have already paid more, and many leaders of foreign countries have begun to publicly declare their respect for President Trump and in several cases have even complimented him on the American foreign policies he has made.

So how bad or how good is the Trump Foreign Policy? Let’s take a look:

We don’t have to look far. Numerous signs are popping up that the impact of Trump’s policies is far from the disastrous scenario the media predict. By wielding America’s power instead of apologizing for it, and by keeping his focus on jobs and national security, Trump is making progress in fixing the ruinous status quo he inherited.

America First, it turns out, is more than a slogan. It is a road map to reshaping America’s relationship with friend and foe alike.

China

Let’s start with China. Despite press accusations that Trump risks a global recession with tariffs on Chinese imports, reports are there is growing criticism among the Chinese over how President Xi Jinping is handling Trump. One professor published an essay citing “rising anxiety” and “a degree of panic” about Xi’s attitude toward the President and his traditional totalitarian ways he is using to handle the situation.

According to the New York Times and CNBC, China’s leaders should seriously consider Trump’s push for a balanced trading system. Why the sudden change in trade and trade tariffs with the U.S.? China’s leadership is second-guessing their aggressive stance on trade with the U.S., thinking Xi may be over-estimating the clout China has in trade with us.

I’ve heard for years now that “China in just a few years will surpass the U.S. as boasting the largest economy on Earth.” That has not happened. And it doesn’t appear likely — at least according to current economic trends in both countries.

Turkey

Turkey’s self-proclaimed leader of the Muslim world — Recep Tayyip Erdoğan — decided he would go toe-to-toe with President by seizing American pastor Andrew Brunson and refusing to release him. Trump’s response?  Sanctions on two Turkish cabinet members and doubled tariffs on steel and aluminum, which sent panic through currency markets. The Turkish lira lost 13 percent of its value against the dollar in one day and inflation stands at a ­estimated 85 percent.

How did Erdagon respond? He urged Turks to exchange gold and other valuables for the lira in hopes of stopping the rout. And the Turkish lira continues to plummet in value. As of a few minutes before the writing of this story, the Lira was trading 6 Liras to 1 US Dollar. That compares to 1 to 1 in 1991. Holders of Turkey’s debt are putting great pressure on Erdagon by demanding payment on that debt while interest rates skyrocket.

Iran

Time magazine’s scare claim that the withdrawal would bring instant worldwide upheaval and U.S. destruction (in the President’s words) “Fake News.” Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear accord and the imposition of sanctions aimed at the government and certain industries are adding to the economic pressure on the mullahs. Demonstrations and strikes have focused on inflation, water shortages, and unbelievable corruption. Social media shows everything these days. Some protesters criticize Iran’s involvement in Syria and its support of Hamas in Gaza while ignoring Iranian citizens and the horrible economic conditions at home.

Even before the sanctions, the Iranian rial lost 80 percent of its value against the US dollar and Forbes places Iran’s inflation rate above 200 percent.

Remember when President Obama lifted the Iranian sanctions? When Trump re-levied those sanctions, he said these are just the first step and that a bigger round starts in November. “Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States,” he wrote. “I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!” The President made clear that he wants to talk to Iran’s leaders about a new nuclear deal. The deep and crippling sanctions along with the political upheaval with demonstrations and even some violence are putting severe pressure on the mullahs to come to the table.

And U.S. sanctions on Iran have had results from OTHER countries. Some European companies that rushed to do business in Iran after the nuclear deal was signed are pulling out because they fear being blacklisted by the US Treasury.

The Atlantic magazine said this when comparing Trump’s treatment of Iran to that of North Korea: “Saber rattling followed by summitry.”

U.S. Media went crazy when the President made his harsh demands on fellow NATO members regarding their lack of financial commitment to their stated obligations to be a NATO member. The media made the same charges against President Reagan when he took similar actions in calling out NATO members.

Let’s face facts: only a handful of the other 28 members meet the agreed goal of spending 2 percent of their GDP on defense. Several European NATO leaders publicly took Trump to task for his demands. But he did not stop. Eventually, most have re-committed to get to their fair share.

As Mainstream reporters do, they ignored the fact that his criticism is bearing fruit. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg credited Trump for pushing a “clear message” that members need to speed up defense hikes. He said Trump’s effort led to higher spending this year.

“Abroad” at Large

One unidentified European Union ambassador told a London newspaper that Trump is “easier to negotiate with” than British Prime Minister Theresa May because Trump is focused on what he wants. You may remember that the British Prime Minister is under serious fire for her handling of Brexit and that the agreed to plan may fall apart. That official said “If this had been a rational discussion like we have with Trump on cars,” a deal might be finished.

Things are actually getting better between the U.S. and Mexico. The new Mexican president even said he hopes he can make things better in dealing with President Trump and that he expects agreements will be worked out on NAFTA and border security.

Things got even rosier between the people of Israel, Jewish people from all around the Globe, and the U.S. when President Trump announced (and then followed through on) the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Nobody may say this but me, but in doing so, President Trump sent a message to Arabs who — in large part because of the dishonesty of the previous administration — realized this President really will do what he says he is going to do. As an example, many previous U.S. presidents announced the need to move the embassy to Jerusalem and even committed to doing so. Trump is the only one that acted.

There are many countries whose leaders are watching the U.S. mid-terms elections closely, knowing that if the balance of power in the Congress shifts to Democrats, it will certainly affect the foreign policy of the Trump Administration. I’ll simply say this in addressing that issue: in the past that was probably true. But America has never had a president quite like Donald Trump. Even if Dems take back the House, I doubt President Trump will quietly fade away into the sunset regarding his governing. I feel strongly he will continue to implement his policies on every front — especially foreign policy — that he has already successfully implemented and that is working for the U.S. in demonstrative fashion.

Summary

So the Media are going to operate just like they operate today. Can you imagine how on every Monday morning, (and every other morning of the week) newspaper and magazine editors, directors of television morning talk shows, and even political leaders of both parties make certain their iPhones are charged and ready at 6:00 AM Eastern time? Why that time of day? President Trump usually distributes his first tweet of the day at that time. And always many more follow shortly after!

What’s so important about that?

PRESIDENT TRUMP SETS EVERY MORNING FROM HIS TWITTER ACCOUNT WHAT THE NEWS HEADLINES AND HOT STORIES OF THE DAY WILL BE! It is uncanny, unprecedented, and unbelievable that this business tycoon and tv series star sets the news tone for the nation and the world each day!

What would Morning Joe and Chris Cuomo and FOX and Friends have to talk about if it wasn’t the Trump “news of the day” topic? Don’t think that his few early morning tweets are not enough fodder for them to fill 3 hours of airtime. There’s usually plenty of ammo from his tweets. But in the unlikely event that he doesn’t feed the news narrative with enough early AM, there’s always plenty leftover from the day before to stoke the fires of liberalism, fake news, and REAL news every day.

And President Trump is just getting started! Mainstream Media and even many Republicans thought with the Russia investigation, horrible and negative oppressive non-stop news pounding, and the continual onslaught by Democrats against his proposed legislation and presidential appointments he would tire and simply throw in the towel. Surely no billionaire needs the constant stress and hatred that he is facing 24/7.

But the real estate tycoon from Queens has educated the MSM and the GOP Establishment crowd: he ain’t giving up! And their constant allegations, lies and misrepresentations serve to only further galvanize his commitment to stay in the White House working for the People to “Make America Great Again.”

You may not like his messaging; you may not like his language; you may not like his tweets, and you may even hate his policies. But what REAL Americans cannot do with any honesty is say he is not being successful on far more fronts than almost all Americans thought he could even do.

The most refreshing and exciting thing about his work processes at the White House is he is just getting started!

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President “Hitler” Attacks Free Speech and the 1st Amendment

President Trump has finally gone and done it: the “Unforgivable Sin.” No, he didn’t shoot his wife any of his children. He didn’t curse God. And he didn’t accuse New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady of being a sissy. What did he do? He terminated the security clearance of former CIA Director John O. Brennan: and that’s NOT “Fake News!”

The response in the Mainstream Media to his taking such unthinkable action has been brutal, albeit based on the most ludicrous of allegations. According to pretty much everyone in America on the Left, Donald Trump has attacked the First Amendment: the guarantee of Free Speech!

How could a sitting U.S. President be so unscrupulous in thumbing his nose at the U.S. Constitution? How corrupt really is this president?

Imagine the shock and surprise of this journalist when I heard what happened. Getting that news flash on my iPhone made me sink to my knees in shock and horror. I’ve supported “Donald” and then “President” Trump since before the first debate. I was certain he would guide our floundering nation back to the path of “Truth, Justice, Equality, and Fairness” for all that President Obama established to save the nation from the depths of depravity. And here he goes throwing all my dreams of American might and goodness away for something so trivial, so insignificant, and so shocking by terminating the national security clearance of the former Director of the CIA! I cannot believe he did it.

How bad is it? Really, really bad. Let’s look at what those who are in the “know” had to say about President Trump’s actions:

Don Lemon of CNN

“What the President did today is straight out of a dictator’s playbook. Revoking the security clearance of former CIA Chief John Brennan is nothing but a blatant attempt to silence a critic, to take away his right to free speech, to purge him.

The New York Times

“To all those supposed constitutional conservatives out there, consider this your call to arms: The First Amendment is under direct attack and this time from a much more powerful foe than misguided college freshmen. By whom I mean: the ostensible leader of the free world. Again and again, President Trump has used the weight of his office and the broader federal government to inflict financial damage upon critics, whistleblowers, journalists and peaceful protesters for exercising their rights to free speech.”

John O. Brennan Himself

“This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent.”

Arc Digital’s Nicolas Grossman

“Brennan, now a private citizen, is an outspoken critic of the president. More than any other former national security or intelligence leader, he’s attacked Trump’s patriotism and character, using the president’s favorite mediums: television and Twitter. Ex-officials retain clearance so that, if current officials ask them for help, they can access classified information. But they’re not active intelligence consumers, receiving daily briefs or directing assets. Trump is the first president to cut a former CIA Director out of that network.

It provoked quite a reaction. Retired Admiral William McRaven, a former leader of Joint Special Operations Command, defended Brennan in the Washington Post, warning Trump: ‘If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken.’

13 retired intelligence leaders — including CIA Directors and Deputy Directors who served under Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Reagan — offered a similar criticism: ‘The president’s action,’ they wrote in an open letter, ‘has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances — and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech.’

President Trump has been tagged as “a dictator, a Nazi, a Stalinist, a Communist, and ‘another Hitler.” And to ALL those who make that charge, listen closely to what you are about to hear. This has all happened while you slept:

Associated Press

On May 13, 2013, the Associated Press announced telephone records for 20 of their reporters during a two-month period in 2012 had been subpoenaed by the Justice Department. AP reported the Justice Department would not say why it sought the records, but news sources noted the US Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia was conducting a criminal investigation into May 7, 2012, Associated Press story about a CIA operation which prevented the Yemeni terrorist Fahd al-Quso’s plot to detonate an explosive device on a commercial flight. The DOJ did not direct subpoenas to the Associated Press; instead, the subpoenas were issued to their telephone providers, including Verizon Wireless.

James Rosen

On May 17, 2013, the Washington Post reported the Justice Department had monitored reporter Rosen’s activities by tracking his visits to the State Department, through phone traces, the timing of calls and his personal emails in a probe regarding possible news leaks of classified information in 2009 about North Korea. In obtaining the warrants, they labeled Rosen a “possible co-conspirator” with Stephen Kim.

In a written statement, the Justice Department said it had followed “all applicable laws, regulations, and longstanding Department of Justice policies intended to safeguard the First Amendment interests of the press in reporting the news and the public in receiving it.”

Some analysts have described the Justice Department’s actions as “aggressive investigative methods” that have a chilling effect on news organizations’ ability to play a watchdog role. Fox News contributor Judge Andrew Napolitano commented: “This is the first time that the federal government has moved to this level of taking ordinary, reasonable, traditional, lawful reporter skills and claiming they constitute criminal behavior.”

Days prior on May 15, 2013, Attorney General Holder had testified under oath in front of the House Judiciary Committee that he had recused himself from the leak investigations to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest. Holder said his Deputy Attorney General, James M. Cole, was in charge of the AP investigation and would have ordered the subpoenas. When questioning turned to the possibility of journalists being charged under the Espionage Act for reporting classified material, Holder stated: “With regard to the potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material, that is not something that I’ve ever been involved in, heard of or would think would be a wise policy.”

On May 23, 2013, NBC confirmed with the Justice Department that Holder had personally signed off on the Rosen case. The Justice Department defended their decision and spoke about a balance between protecting national secrets and the 1st Amendment, stating: “After extensive deliberations, and after following all applicable laws, regulations, and policies, the Department sought an appropriately tailored search warrant under the Privacy Protection Act.” The revelation brought into question whether Holder was being intentionally misleading during his previous testimony when he denied knowing of or being part of possible prosecutions of journalists. House Committee members sent an open letter to Holder, saying: “It is imperative that the committee, the Congress, and the American people be provided a full and accurate account of your involvement.”

Perception is Reality

Members of Congress and media figures have questioned the motivations behind the Justice Department’s actions, and if they were even warranted: “For five days, reporters at the Associated Press had been sitting on a big scoop about a foiled Al-Qaeda plot at the request of CIA officials. Then, in a hastily scheduled Monday morning meeting, the journalists were asked by agency officials to hold off on publishing the story for just one more day. The CIA officials, who had initially cited national security concerns in an attempt to delay publication, no longer had those worries, according to individuals familiar with the exchange. Instead, the Obama administration was planning to announce the successful counterterrorism operation that Tuesday. AP balked and proceeded to publish that Monday afternoon.”

On June 19, 2013, while giving a speech at the National Press Club, President and CEO of the Associated Press Gary Pruitt said: “Some longtime trusted sources have become nervous and anxious about talking with us — even on stories unrelated to national security. In some cases, government employees we once checked in with regularly will no longer speak to us by phone. Others are reluctant to meet in person… And I can tell you, that this chilling effect on newsgathering is not just limited to AP. Journalists from other news organizations have personally told me, that it has intimidated both official and nonofficial sources from speaking to them as well.”

Trump or Hitler?

Let’s be honest: comparing President Trump to Hitler or calling him a Nazi is as ridiculous as ANTIFA — that is nothing more than a far-left fascist terrorist club that really should be labeled “domestic terrorists — showing up with weapons at free speech rallies saying they are there to fight Fascism! Is Trump a Nazi? Does he imitate Hitler? Is the President working to abolish the First Amendment?

Let’s dig deeper: is the termination of John Brennan’s security clearance in any way an attack on free speech? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Brennan can (and does) say anything he wants with impunity. Nothing the President has said or done as infringed upon that or any other Constitutional right of John Brennan — or anyone else for that matter.

There are those that say his calling some Mainstream News individuals and organizations “Fake News” are attacks on free speech. First, let’s clarify what the President says: he does NOT call members of the press OR news “Fake News.” He specifically very clearly calls those who are purveyors of lies and misrepresentations that THEY call news “Fake News.” What other name is more appropriate for those members of the media who broadcast and write false stories, often from “anonymous sources” with no proof or evidence of verification of those being factual, than “Fake News?” That’s what it is. Is that something Hitler did?

Let’s look at Hitler’s treatment of the Press.

Hitler’s Press Treatment in WW II

When Adolf Hitler took power in 1933, the Nazis controlled less than three percent of Germany’s 4,700 papers. The elimination of the German multi-party political system not only brought about the demise of hundreds of newspapers produced by outlawed political parties; it also allowed the state to seize the printing plants and equipment of the Communist and Social Democratic Parties, which were often turned over directly to the Nazi Party. In the following months, the Nazis established control or exerted influence over every independent press organization.

During the first weeks of 1933, the Nazi regime deployed radio, press, and newsreels to stoke fears of a pending “Communist uprising,” then channeled popular anxieties into political measures that eradicated civil liberties and democracy. SA (storm troopers) and members of the Nazi elite paramilitary formation, the SS, took to the streets to brutalize or arrest political opponents and incarcerate them in hastily established detention centers and concentration camps. Nazi thugs broke into opposing political party offices, destroying printing presses and newspapers.

Sometimes using holding companies to disguise new ownership, executives of the Nazi Party-owned publishing house established a huge empire that drove out competition and purchased newspapers at below-market prices. Some independent newspapers, particularly conservative newspapers and non-political illustrated weeklies, bowed to Hitler’s regime through self-censorship or initiative in dealing with approved topics.

Summary

John Brennan has continuously attacked this President making all sorts of salacious allegations and veiled threats against him. He has accused Mr. Trump of treason: a crime if verified that carries a death sentence! He accuses the President of all manner of things and attacks him personally and also members of the President’s family. NOTHING THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID OR DONE HAS IN ANY WAY INFRINGED UPON BRENNAN’S 1ST AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

Further, Brennan nor any person who has a security clearance holds that clearance under the 1st Amendment or any law. BY LAW, they hold that privilege at the discretion of the Top Dawg of the Justice Department, which is part of the Executive Branch of the Government. The “Top Dawg” is Donald Trump! He has the legal authority at any moment to terminate any security clearance of any person.

In closing, I ask this one question: HAVE I EVER TOLD YOU I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THIS MEDIA? Why don’t they simply TELL THE TRUTH?!?!

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“Omarosa”

I avoided this topic for obvious reasons. I have never liked soap operas. They seem mushy, unrealistic, and cheesy, to be frank. This is nothing more than another soap opera. But this one plays out on a national stage called the White House. The star of this soap opera is a former reality show star fired several times by another former reality show star who happens to now be President.

I know very little about Omarosa Manigault-Newman — no relation to this writer. The little I DO know about her is nothing more than the spin from the press about her and her idiosyncrasies. I was not an “Apprentice” fan, but even with that I knew a little about her — the media always loves controversy and made her controversial during that show’s run.

Moving from an NBC hit television show to the White House was quite a move for Donald Trump AND Omarosa. The tension between the two on television transitioned to the White House. Everyone thought Mr. Trump and Omarosa kissed and made up. Why else would she get a PR position in his administration? Apparently, if amends were made between the pair, they did not last long.

As one can imagine, the Media has gone bonkers with non-stop factual coverage and, of course, non-stop demonizing of President Trump for not only firing Omarosa but calling her a “dog” in the subsequent back-and-forth initiated by Marigault-Newman. Watch just a fraction of the “Omarosa — noise” and obsession in the Media:

The “Real” Story

There was a “real” firing that should have dominated the news cycle on Tuesday. And it wasn’t the firing of Omarosa by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. It was the firing of FBI agent Peter Strozk. But another FBI firing would not have played well in the anti-Trump 24/7 Mainstream News Media reporting, even if Strozk’s termination is of national security and American justice importance. Omarosa’s termination gave the Media sharks another chance to take shots at the President. And they did.

I will not waste your time discussing Strozk. By now, everyone knows he was the pivotal investigation head of the FBI’s Hillary Clinton private server debacle but was also a key part of Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump Campaign for alleged Russian election collusion. It was with Mueller’s discovery of Strozk’s extreme bias against Trump evidenced by his obsessive string of texts with his girlfriend Lisa Page Mueller pulled the plug on Strozk’s job with his investigative team.

Strozk will probably be remembered most for his bombastic public testimony before Congress in which he brazenly defended his vitriolic political rants with his lover through those texts in which veiled threats were shared against “Candidate” Trump and then “President” Trump after the election. It is more than fair to say both Strozk and Lisa Page were/are adamantly opposed to Donald Trump being President.

Strozk is certainly in the spotlight of the DOJ regarding security clearances, threats against the President, and discussions of conspiracy with others regarding actual plans to stop Trump from winning the election and then “taking him out” after he won.

The “Other” Story

John Brennan. “Oh what a web we weave.”

John Brennan

The former CIA Director who has made himself probably the most ardent opponent of this President lost his security clearance for very obvious reasons: He perjured himself in Congressional testimony twice (with charges for those pending), one of which was regarding CIA hacking Senate computer systems while the Senate was investigating the CIA for wrongdoing. In sworn testimony, Brennan denied such hacking actually happened.

Additionally, that selacious “Steele Dossier” was actually put on public record by Brennan himself. He is the guilty party that brought the Dossier quietly to former Senator Harry Reid who took it to James Comey’s FBI. This happened while Brennan was still CIA Director.

Just yesterday, Brennan in the wake of his crying fowl for the President’s termination of Brennan’s security clearance maintained he knows factually that Trump colluded with Russia.

Think that fact through:

  1.  If while CIA Director Brennan discovered evidence of this happening, he was bound by requirements of his job to bring that evidence to prosecuting authorities — the Department of Justice that would have gladly used that evidence to prosecute Candidate Trump (Loretta Lynch was Attorney General at the time);
  2. If he found evidence of collusion after he left the CIA, he violated security laws by NOT taking it to authorities.

Brennan is not a good person and certainly not an honest person. It’s sad that a person with such drastic character flaws ran the largest foreign intelligence agency on Earth for so long. How could President Obama appoint such a person to that role?

Summary

There are a bunch of bad people in this world. How is it that so many seem to have raised their heads and been exposed of late? How is that so many come from the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI? Think about how many there are:

James Comey

Lisa Page

Peter Strozk

John Brennan

James Clapper

Bruce Ohr

Nellie Ohr

Rod Rosenstein

Loretta Lynch

Eric Holder

Susan Rice

And there are plenty more.

It is shocking to know that there are approximately 2 million people in America that have government security clearances! How could that happen? How in the world could that many people have security clearances?

Let’s be honest: there is only one possible justifiable reason for any “former” federal employee or contractor to have such a clearance: if whoever follows them in their post or office needs to consult with them to draw from their knowledge and/or perspective on specific government topics, they would be required to have a security clearance to do so. And getting that clearance takes an inordinate amount of time.

But that simply does not justify so many people having legal access to significant documents and information after leaving their federal positions. I feel strongly that EVERY federal person who has a security clearance of any kind should have that clearance terminated simultaneously with their job departure. In this politically charged foreign and domestic environment, there are far too many opportunities for confidential and top secret information to pass to people who will use it against the United States. The U.S. has had enough of Snowden and Assange passing such information around to our enemies.

But the thing that galls me the most is that guys like Brennan, Comey, and Clapper use their security clearances in the private sector for profit. Yes, such authorizations gives them a leg up in the news world because of their “special” access to inside information that regular folks cannot legally access.

The problem is that all these people listed above are just the type who (for a buck or two) have and will continue doing so unless their clearances are terminated.

My safety is worth that. Is yours?