The Paris Climate Accord Pull Out

President Trump did what he said he would do, and kept a campaign promise. Was it the right thing to do?

https://youtu.be/G3wE7MO1uSw
President Trump Makes Announcement of Decision to pull out on Paris Climate Accord – June 1, 2017
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“Mass Trump Hysteria” that President Trump did what he said he’d do, pull out on a very unfair deal for Americans, called The Paris Climate Accord. This is just another campaign promise that he is fulfilling and no one should be even the least bit surprised that it has happened.

‘The Left’ thinks the sky is falling.

Trump Derangement Syndrome, (TDS) is becoming an epidemic among liberals, and democrats. If you haven’t noticed they are all being SO DRAMATIC! Seriously, take some xanax, please! Or maybe just stop with the fear mongering “Alphabet News Networks”. (ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC) They like to get you all worked up by leaving out a lot of convenient facts, because it doesn’t fit the negative story line that big mean President Trump is some how ruining the world, yet again today. However, every single day we seem to get through each and every one of these alleged disasters perfectly fine. They only do this for ratings and their fan base eats it up.

No one is dying because we backed out of this deal. No one is going to die or suffer because we backed out of this deal. PERIOD.

I’m sorry I guess the daily freak outs are starting to really get to me.
(Stay with me here.)

I totally sympathize with you “lefties” out there. I believe in preserving our environment just as much as the next ‘tree hugger’. I love my garden, clean water and breathing clean crisp air. I love going for walks and enjoying nature. Before I started doing my own research instead of listening to the fear mongering media, I would probably be in some sort of hysteria too and hiding under my bed with my bottle of xanax.

I’ve learned over the past 5 or so months to just ‘Trust in Trump’.

He’s been right about almost everything else, even if the fear mongering condescending media won’t acknowledge when he is right.
(Trump is Always Right-A List)
No seriously, he may have quoted some statistics wrong, but I’m sure someone else did that research, so I give him a pass on numbers. He’s right about the big stuff and he is privy to much more information than you or I.

That might be a little hard for some of you out there to take, the fact that President Trump knows more than you do. Sting a little? Well it’s about time many of you come to terms with it and also come to terms with the fact that he’s president.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXahHvuV9eU

Can Trump help the climate without being in the Paris Accord?
Published on Jun 1, 2017

‘The Skeptical Environmentalist’ author Bjorn Lomborg, ‘The Next Revolution’ host Steve Hilton and Washington Free Beacon staff writer Elizabeth Harrington on President Trump pulling out of the Paris climate agreement.

“The Agreement doesn’t do enough to help climate change.”

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President Trump shows over and over again that he’s a reasonable man. Even though he has backed out of this TERRIBLE DEAL, he said in the rose garden when he made the announcement, that he wants to negotiate a NEW BETTER DEAL. One that doesn’t involve the loss of American jobs and taxpayers fitting the bill when other countries like China and India, aren’t willing to take on their fair share of the carbon emissions reduction burden.

He’s not just denying climate change all together.

But if they can’t make a new deal, he’s not losing sleep over it, because America is already doing plenty in the private sector to reduce our carbon footprint and do our part to preserve our environment.

This is exactly what I wanted President Trump to do. This is exactly what we all knew he would do. This is exactly what the American workers voted for him to do.

All Conservatives and Republicans should finally be in agreement on something.

This Paris Climate Accord does not reduce emissions enough to justify the insane amount of money it would cost us. Any benefit we see from implementing the restrictions can not be measured effectively enough to justify the expense either.

This agreement is useless. There are no penalties for not upholding it. This deal was never ratified, and countries are already falling behind on it. The goals set up in the agreement are not attainable, especially if countries are already not taking it seriously enough. If we must have a deal, then let’s make a new one.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcIG5Bf3__g
Tucker: Trump gets US out of bad deal and left melts down
Published on Jun 1, 2017

President Trump is keeping a promise, undoing 8 years of bad Obama policy and putting American interests first by withdrawing US from Paris Climate Accord – and of course, the left has a meltdown

What is in the Paris climate agreement?

What are the key elements?

  • To keep global temperatures “well below” 2.0C (3.6F) above pre-industrial times and “endeavour to limit” them even more, to 1.5C
  • To limit the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by human activity to the same levels that trees, soil and oceans can absorb naturally, beginning at some point between 2050 and 2100
  • To review each country’s contribution to cutting emissions every five years so they scale up to the challenge
  • For rich countries to help poorer nations by providing “climate finance” to adapt to climate change and switch to renewable energy.

What about money?

Developing countries say they need financial and technological help to leapfrog fossil fuels and move straight to renewables.

Currently they have been promised US $100b per year by 2020 – not as much as many countries would like.

The agreement requires rich nations to maintain a $100b per year funding pledge beyond 2020, and to use that figure as a “floor” for further support agreed by 2025.

The deal says wealthy countries should continue to provide financial support for poor nations to cope with climate change and encourages other countries to join in on a voluntary basis.

Prof John Shepherd of the National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton, says the agreement includes some welcome aspirations but few people realise how difficult it will be to achieve the goals.

“Since the only mechanism remains voluntary national caps on emissions, without even any guidance on how stringent those caps would need to be, it is hard to be optimistic that these goals are likely to be achieved.”

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Whether you “buy” the idea of climate change or not, (and there are plenty reasons to question it as well as plenty of reasons to believe in it,) this agreement seems more like a symbolic “cool kids of the world club”, or “one world order,” than any kind of agreement that is going to make substantial results to save the environment.

The pressure to just blindly follow and shell out money without knowing where it’s going is ludicrous. By being a part of this agreement without question is just being a blind sheep, not a leader of the world.

A leader negotiates deals that are fair for the people he/she is representing.

Take a look at the numbers. This agreement says the US should pay $100 billion per year until 2025, then thereafter, continuing with $100 billion per year as “the floor”, or hopefully pay more, to reduce the overall world carbon footprint and stop a 2 degree increase in global warming by 2100. Then if we divided 2 degrees by the approximately 200 countries in the agreement, that’s only .01 degrees per country. Taking into consideration our size and that we account for approximately 12-15% of the world’s carbon footprint, that decrease of .01 degrees multiplied by 15, (for the percentage we are responsible for,) equals .15 degrees, or just round up to .2 degrees. That’s a whole lot of money that we have no idea where it’s going or have any account, just for a .2 degrees decrease over the next century. Especially considering we had an 18% reduction in our carbon footprint between 2000-2015 without the agreement. We are already leading the cause in the war against climate change.

That’s right, our private businesses already are doing their part to combat climate change, because they do care for the environment and they don’t need to be in any “cool kids of the world agreement” to do what’s right, what’s cost effective for them and what’s logical. This way it’s not costing us $100 billion a year for a federal/international mandate. Welcome to conservatism! Less government control is better, ALWAYS.

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On “Special Report” tonight, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt praised the president for his “courageous” decision. -On interview with Fox June 1, 2017. (Pre 1994 levels.)

He added that the U.S. has been a leader on climate change and CO2 reduction – and will continue to do so – so we have nothing to be apologetic about.

“The president did a courageous thing today. He truly put America’s interests first,” Pruitt said. “The president took care of American citizens today.”

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The Paris Climate Accord also demands that America not build any more coal plants immediately, while India won’t need to stop until they receive 2.5 trillion dollars in foreign aid. China wouldn’t have to stop until 2030. (All while OUR “carbon footprint” is back to pre 1994 levels.)

President Trump did the right thing. This was a job killer and would have forced the USA to stifle, while other countries around the globe pummeled us economically.

As “the Alphabet News Networks” and loudest voices on the left have their hissy fit about how unprecedented this is, might I remind them that President Bush did something similar in 2001 and we all lived just fine.

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In 1997, the Clinton administration helped broker the Kyoto Protocol, a similar climate deal that required the nations involved to commit to binding CO2 reduction targets. The U.S. actually signed the treaty, though the Senate refused to ratify it, chiefly because big-polluting developing nations like China and India were given a pass.

Nevertheless, it was hailed as a major step towards combating climate change.

When George W. Bush became president in 2001, he shocked the world by announcing that he was unilaterally withdrawing the United States from the Kyoto Protocol (sound familiar?). He received fierce criticism abroad for failure to lead on climate change.

Per a New York Times article from June 12, 2001:

“Mr. Bush’s outright rejection of the treaty two months ago led to an uproar in Europe…Mr. Bush remained firm in rejecting the 1997 Kyoto accord, noting that it set no standards for major emitters of greenhouse gases, like China and India, while creating mandates for the United States that could prove economically crippling.”

Bush acknowledged global warming as a problem, but preferred for the free market to fight climate change as opposed to relying on artificial government commitments.

He was a few years ahead of his time, but he wasn’t wrong – technological developments in natural gas fracking at the end of the last decade and in this one have, according to one study, reduced carbon emissions in the United States by more than twice as much as what the rest of the world managed to do under the Kyoto Protocol:

David Victor, an energy expert at UC-San Diego, estimates that the shift from coal to natural gas has reduced U.S. emissions by 400 to 500 megatons CO2 per year. To put that number in perspective, it is about twice the total effect of the Kyoto Protocol on carbon emissions in the rest of the world, including the European Union.

The Paris Accord is different than Kyoto, chiefly because it includes developing nations like China and India (though these nations’ reduction “targets” are pretty underwhelming if not negligible). It’s also non-binding, meaning the commitments are voluntary and unenforceable.

Even under the stringent regulatory regime proposed by the Obama administration, the U.S. was unlikely to meet its commitments anyway. Withdrawing from the treaty really doesn’t change much in terms of actual U.S. policy – it’s certainly not akin to “murdering the planet.”

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So like I always tell you, don’t let the fear mongering media make you think this is something way bigger than it is, and get you all upset, because we are polluting the planet at record speeds and we are all going to die.

None of that is happening.

They love to manipulate you like that. I wouldn’t doubt if there has been a spike in people seeing a psychiatrist since the November 2016 election, not because of anything President Trump has done wrong to the country, but because of the anxiety and negativity the “Alphabet News Networks” and Senate Democrats generate in people that don’t have time to do the research to know what is actually happening.

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Administrator Scott Pruitt Speech On Paris Accord, As Prepared

June 1, 2017 – Thank you, Mr. President.

Your decision today to exit the Paris Accord reflects your unflinching commitment to put America First. And by exiting, you are fulfilling yet one more campaign promise to the American people.

Please know that I am thankful for your fortitude – courage – and steadfastness as you serve and lead our country.

America finally has a leader who answers only to the people – not the special interests who have had their way for much too long. In everything you do, you are fighting for the forgotten men and women of America. You are the champion for hardworking citizens all across this land who just want a government that puts their needs first.

You have promised to put America First in all aspects of your Administration. And you have done that in any number of ways – from trade – to national security – to protecting our border – to right-sizing government here in Washington, D.C.

And today, you have put America First with regard to international agreements and the environment. This is a historic restoration of American Economic Independence – one that will benefit the working class, the working poor, and working people of all stripes. With this action, you have declared that people are the rulers of this country once again.

It should be noted that we as a nation do it better than anyone in the world in striking the balance between growing jobs and our economy – while also being a good steward of our environment. We owe no apologies to other nations for our environmental stewardship.

After all – before the Paris Accord was ever signed – America had reduced its CO2 footprint to levels of the early 1990s. In fact – between the years 2000 and 2014, the United States reduced its carbon emissions by more than 18 percent and this was accomplished largely by American innovation and technology from the private sector rather than government mandate.

For that reason – you have corrected a view that was paramount in Paris – that somehow the United States should penalize its economy – be apologetic – lead with our chin – while the rest of the world does little. Other nations talk a good game – We lead with action – not words.

Our efforts should be on exporting our technology and innovation to nations who seek to reduce their CO2 footprint – to learn from us. That should be our focus versus agreeing to unachievable targets that harm our economy and the American people.

Mr. President – it takes courage and commitment to say no to the plaudits of men while doing what’s right by the American people.

You have that courage –

And the American people can take comfort because you have their back.

Sen. Cruz Issues Statement Following President Trump’s Announcement Regarding the Paris Climate Agreement

“I commend President Trump for putting American jobs first. This is great news for the Texas economy and for hardworking Americans all across our country. This is great news for family budgets, which under the Obama Paris plan would have seen significant increases in costs for utilities and nearly everything powered by fossil fuels, which accounts for 82 percent of all the energy generated in the United States. The Paris agreement would have destroyed $3 trillion in American GDP and killed 6.5 million industrial sector jobs by 2040, while even EPA’s own models conclude that it will have a negligible impact on global temperatures. And, it gave Russia and China and India a free pass, while hammering American jobs. I look forward continuing to work closely with the administration throughout the withdrawal process, and my number-one priority will continue to be fighting for Texans to advance policies that create jobs, grow the economy, and protect family budgets.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvMwadKfAIU
Why pulling out of the Paris agreement will help the U.S.
Published on Jun 1, 2017
Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow Chris Horner on why the U.S. will benefit from leaving the Paris Accord.

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Meanwhile, do your part to help the environment, recycle, conserve water, carpool, use public transportation when available, buy environmentally friendly products, etc. We don’t need to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to do our part to preserve the earth. Encourage your family and friends to do their part as well.

It can all start with you.

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Climate Change Indicators: U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks

Related Links:

A link to the PDF summary of the Paris Climate Accord
http://www.climatefocus.com/sites/default/files/20151228%20COP%2021%20briefing%20FIN.pdf

Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990–2015
https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-02/documents/2017_complete_report.pdf

Through Obama’s Clean Power Plan, it would devastate the U.S. economy.
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448157/paris-agreement-climate-change-united-states-senate-energy-cost-economy-gdp

https://youtu.be/Ktnf_61x3Pc
China surpasses EU in per capita carbon emissions
Published on Oct 22, 2014
China for the first time has surpassed the European Union in per capita carbon emissions, according to a new report.

THE 12 QUESTIONS
Every Climate Activist Hears and What to Say PDF

What is the Paris climate agreement? 9 things you should know
https://www.google.com/amp/www.ajc.com/news/world/what-the-paris-climate-agreement-things-you-should-know/zG6aSruOocgyOvTd4VnPTM/amp.html

Trump’s argument for withdrawing from Paris agreement contains multi-trillion dollar math error
In a cost-benefit analysis, you’re supposed to analyze the costs and the benefits.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/thinkprogress.org/amp/p/c617bc9ff0de

U.S. Business Leaders Want to Stay in the Paris Climate Accord
https://hbr.org/2017/05/u-s-business-leaders-want-to-stay-in-the-paris-climate-accord

A Reader’s Guide to the Paris Agreement
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/420345/
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Trump’s First 100 Days

After wading waste high thru all the crap articles and fake news, this is a very accurate list of the Trump Administration Accomplishments in the First 100 Days

I put my waist high crap waders on to give to you President Trump’s First 100 Days. 

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It surely hasn’t been uneventful. 

If you listen to the mainstream media (MSM) you will hear something like this:
Donald Trump’s presidency is the ‘most failed first 100 days ever’, says US historian
MARCH 22, 2017

I’m not even going to quote this article, because it’s fake news, click bait and this is why; President Trump’s 100th day in office was Saturday April 29, 2017. This article was written on MARCH 22, 2017, which was day 62. How do you judge the first 100 days of an administration with another month to go? So yeah, it’s Fake News! There were countless articles like this to wade through. A bunch of crap.

I think the above article blames the Trump Administration’s alleged failure on the Russian investigation, which still has no substance after almost a year. (If you don’t believe that, you can see my previous blog on that subject. It was just updated May 2, 2017, with the most recent revelations, and still no evidence that President Trump was or is in collusion with Russia.)

Hopefully, once The House Intelligence Committee starts bringing witnesses in this week for closed testimonies, it will shed more light on that whole debacle and we can eventually just lay that conspiracy theory to rest. (Maybe then, Rachel Maddow will finally start reporting some REAL news,… one can only hope.)

But really, can we at least give this sitting president a full 100 days before we start grading? Or doesn’t it matter, because the grade is the same no matter what he has done?

Trump’s First 100 Days of the Presidency was doomed to get a negative grade by the MSM (mainstream media), regardless. They all just ignore anything good that he’s done or spin and twist the good things into negative speculations, even blatant lies that result in fake news and fear mongering the American public. I hear this a lot, that “Trump will start WWIII” even though these tensions were here far before Trump even started his campaign.

President Trump is being criticized for not having any of his major permanent legislation passed that he promised over the campaign, like Health reform, and Tax reform. Which is being resisted by democrats and even some republicans. Not only that, these are complicated legislation that historically have taken a lot longer than 100 days to pass by other administrations.

He’s being criticized for not being able to implement his Travel Pause Executive Order, because it was blocked by the 9th Circuit Court, as well as his Sanctuary Cities Executive Order. The blocks are unconstitutional and the executive orders are clearly well in the power of the President of the United States to hold, but that’s a blog for another day. (Actually I have blogged about the Travel Pause, twice.)

I find this so ironic that President Trump is being criticized for not being able to exercise his power as the leader of the country, because he’s been compared to Hitler, so many times that it’s completely ridiculous.

So what is it? Is he the most horrible evil dictator to ever take a breath and set foot on the earth? Or is he a weak inferior man who can’t even enforce a simple law that has been on the books for decades?

Neither.

He’s just a man. A man who is trying to serve his country the best way he can. Which it’s now taking a lot longer to do the things he’s been planning, that he has promised and needs to do. It’s a lot harder than he thought it would be, because of the unprecedented push back that he’s getting from the obstructionist lefties and even some of the bull headed Republicans.

President Trump is also being labeled a flip-flopper, because he’s able to assess a situation, listen to all of the sides/opinions, weigh the pros and cons, then do the necessary steps to work things out in our country’s favor.

For example, we now have probably the best relationship with China that we’ve had in decades, maybe even ever, because our leader took the time to talk things out with their leader and join forces against a common enemy. If you followed Trump on the campaign trail this was a big surprise. Now we are using China as an ally in a very sticky situation against North Korea, because it’s in both our countries best interest. We are also making better trade deals with them. Our products will have a better shot at being sold in China, without being double taxed, because our President is negotiating better deals.

This video makes me giggle. President Trump says China, over and over again.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDrfE9I8_hs&list=PLQHhDIQQaCp4HXwLH6i7SQlvM_WvZvcxN
Published on Aug 28, 2015

Donald Trump says the word China over and over.
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President Trump has changed his mind on many other things, however now he has so much more information than he did when on the campaign trail. He has national security clearance that provides a completely different perspective for him. As well as countless advisors and people he trusts to mull over current situations, outcomes and possible solutions. If he’s able to take the new information, make an informed decision to change his mind on an issue, then I trust his judgement. He knows much more than you or I know about any national security situation, and if he’s changing his mind about certain issues, he must have good reasons.

Democrats and liberals should be ecstatic about this. HE’S ABLE TO CHANGE HIS MIND! That means he’s a REASONABLE HUMAN BEING!

Oh, but then that would mean admitting to being wrong about him.

We can’t have any of that, now can we?

If you only have the time to watch your local nightly alphabet news, or read the news on social media, you probably have a very negative and frustrated view of the Trump Administration’s first 100 days. You probably think money has been spent willy-nilly, no actual work has been done, important regulations have been repealed and no one in the country even likes President Trump. That’s exactly what the radical progressives want you to think.

The progressive leftists, or I call them regressives, want President Trump to fail. They do not care about the fact that if the Trump Administration fails that means the rest of us go down with the ship. Their only objective is to prove that they were right about him all along. They do not care that by being right, that would mean you and I, the American people would be the ones to really lose and suffer.

President Trump has been doing everything that he can to get his agenda done, and fulfilling the promises that he made on the campaign trail; with little help from congress, and no help from the mainstream media or Liberal District Court Judges. There has been so many distractions that have completely sucked all the life and attention away from anything positive that has been happening. Much of this was by design from ‘the resistance’. I guess, we can blame a little, on Twitter rants, but a rant is usually provoked. If you are constantly under fire, you may deserve a pass for some of your negative reactions. Just saying.

(But I’m not really a big fan of the Twitter rants either.)

According to Fox News, the official tally as, Friday April 28, 2017 at day 99, President Trump made 55 promises of actions he would take in his first 100 days: 18 are completed, 11 in progress, and 26 have so far failed. However, I wouldn’t completely count the allegedly failed ones out. He’s had so much resistance from Senate/House Democrats and even some Senate/House Republicans. That resistance is to purposely sabotage him in the eyes of the American people.

Some of these promises that have allegedly failed may have just been reconsidered and renegotiated. This should thrill Democrats! This means President Trump flipped his stance to their side. But have you heard how any of the Democrats are thrilled?….. Me either.

I see a President that is TRYING to keep all of his promises, even if they aren’t happening as fast as he’d hoped and that speaks volumes to me. Even if I don’t always agree with his agenda.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upYev0M-uUI&feature=youtu.be

Judge Jeanine Opening Statement
April 30, 2017
100 Days Of Trump – Grading Pres Trump Democrat Weigh In

WHAT HAS PRESIDENT TRUMP ACCOMPLISHED SO FAR?

Here is the “short list” for quick reference:

 

  • Illegal border crossings are down more than they have been in 17 years

 

The Promises Trump Would Like to Have Already Kept, But Will Soon Enough

These are the main promises that WILL be kept, but are in progress or in line for the next 100 days:

  • Tax Reform– one of the largest tax cuts for businesses and individuals, including the middle class in American history (legislation this complex is not usually historically passed in only 100 Days)
  • Health Care Reform– (also not usually historically passed in only first 100 days)

 

FLASHBACK: Democrats gave Bill Clinton a STANDING OVATION to the idea of building a wall, & deporting illegals (Video)

Dems Cheer Bill Clinton for Proposing ‘Crackdown’ on ‘Illegal Aliens’

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezaw-g6TIQI
Hillary Clinton demands United States build a wall at the Mexican border

More In Depth List of Trump Administration Accomplishments:

(With reference links. Some things you may not agree with, however there are many good things, that should have bipartisan support. There has been many campaign promises kept. You need to hear this point of view, because you’ve been fed way too much negativity since November 9, 2016.)

  • Supreme Court Nomination: Justice Neil Gorsuch confirmed, an Originalist and perfect replacement for the late great Justice Antonin Scalia – This assures that our constitution is upheld without distortion of radical liberal progressivism. (The last time there was a Supreme Court Justice confirmed within a President’s first 100 days was over 130 years ago) Campaign Promise √

Justice Gorsuch had unanimous bipartisan support when he was approved by the senate to the Court of Appeals just a decade ago. All of the resisting you saw from democrats just proves my point that they only want to see President Trump fail. The only reason I can think of as to why, is that they want to be right about him. There are still many senate democrats currently serving that were part of that unanimous vote, including Chuck Schumer. (Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden were also part of that vote in favor of Judge Gorsuch)

 

 

  • Illegal border crossings are down more than they have been in 17 years Campaign Promise √
  • Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements – Increased border security to reduce human-trafficking and drug smuggling Campaign Promise √
  • 25: Iranian entities sanctioned, Sanctions on Iran’s missile program, and sanctions on Syria
  • 4: Speeches outlining his national security plans.
  • 1: Meeting convened with cybersecurity experts to discuss the threats to our nation.
  • Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the “Waters of the United States” Rule – to ensure that the Nation’s navigable waters are kept free from pollution, while at the same time promoting economic growth, minimizing regulatory uncertainty, and showing due regard for the roles of the Congress and the States under the Constitution. Campaign Promise √
  • Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda – to lower regulatory burdens on the American people by implementing and enforcing regulatory reform Campaign Promise √
  • Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking
    • strengthen enforcement of Federal law in order to thwart transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations, including criminal gangs, cartels, racketeering organizations, and other groups engaged in illicit activities that present a threat to public safety and national security
    • the illegal smuggling and trafficking of humans, drugs or other substances, wildlife, and weapons;
    • corruption, cybercrime, fraud, financial crimes, and intellectual-property theft; or
    • the illegal concealment or transfer of proceeds derived from such illicit activities. Campaign Promise √
  • Restore Public Safety and Protect Law Enforcement – Cracked down on law and order supporting law enforcement – Created a task force to reduce crime
    • Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers
      • enforce all Federal laws in order to enhance the protection and safety of Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers, and thereby all Americans;
      • develop strategies, in a process led by the Department of Justice (Department) and within the boundaries of the Constitution and existing Federal laws, to further enhance the protection and safety of Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers; and
      • pursue appropriate legislation, consistent with the Constitution’s regime of limited and enumerated Federal powers, that will define new Federal crimes, and increase penalties for existing Federal crimes, in order to prevent violence against Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers. Campaign Promise √
  • Executive Order on a Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety – in order to reduce crime and restore public safety to communities across the Nation Campaign Promise √

“President Trump put veterans at the top of his priority list in his first 100 days, and we’re confident he will continue to do everything in his power to take care of them,” said CVA Executive Director Mark Lucas. “This new executive order should be a wake-up call to Congress that the VA is continuing to fail because of employee negligence and misconduct.”

  • Signed 28 Bills into Law including: (More than any other president in the first 100 days since Truman, and saving over $60 Billion)
    • H.R. 255, H.R. 321 and H.J.Res. 40 – H.R. 255, which encourages the National Science Foundation to recruit and support women to expand their focus into the commercial world in its entrepreneurial programs; Campaign Promise √
    • H.R. 321, which requires the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to encourage women and girls to:  (1) study science, technology, engineering and mathematics; (2) pursue careers in aerospace; and (3) further the Nation’s space exploration efforts; and Campaign Promise √
    • H.J.Res. 40, which nullifies the Social Security Administration’s rule implementing the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Improvement Amendments Act of 2007.
    • H.R. 609, which designates the Department of Veterans Affairs health care center in Center Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, as the Abie Abraham VA Clinic. Campaign Promise √
    • Signs S. 442 into Law – S. 442, which (1) authorizes appropriations for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for FY 2017; (2) provides for improvements to the International Space Station program; (3) authorizes medical monitoring and treatment for former astronauts; (4) authorizes a space technology program; and (5) authorizes third-party indemnification for certain hazardous commercial space services. President Donald J. Trump signs NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017
    • H.J.Res. 37, which nullifies the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National
    • Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Federal Acquisition Regulation:  Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces;
    • H.J.Res. 44, which nullifies the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management’s final rule relating to resource management planning;
    • H.J.Res. 57, which nullifies the Department of Education’s rule relating to State accountability requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act; and
    • H.J.Res. 58, which nullifies the Department of Education’s rule relating to assessing the quality of teacher preparation programs.
    • S. 305, the “Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017,” which encourages the display of the U.S. flag on March 29, National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
    • H.J.Res. 42, which nullifies the Department of Labor’s Federal-State Unemployment Compensation Program; Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 Provision on Establishing Appropriate Occupations for Drug Testing of Unemployment Compensation Applicants;
    • H.R. 1362, which designates the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Pago Pago, American Samoa, the Faleomavaega Eni Fa’aua’a Hunkin VA Clinic; Campaign Promise √
    • S.J.Res. 1, which approves the location of a memorial to commemorate and honor the members of the Armed Forces who served on active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm or Operation Desert Shield.
    • H.J.Res. 83, which nullifies the Department of Labor’s rule titled Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness; and
    • H.R. 1228, which provides for the appointment of members of the Board of Directors of the Office of Compliance to replace members whose terms expire during March and May of 2017; and
    • H.J.Res. 43, which nullifies the Department of Health and Human Services rule prohibiting recipients of Title X grants for the provision of family planning services from excluding a subgrantee from participating for reasons other than its ability to provide Title X services.
    • H.J.Res. 67, which nullifies the Department of Labor’s rule on Savings Arrangements Established by Qualified State Political Subdivisions for Non-Governmental Employees.
    • H.R. 353, the “Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017,” which reauthorizes and modifies the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s:  (1) weather research and forecasting programs; and (2) tsunami detection, forecast, warning, research and mitigation programs.
    • S. 544, which eliminates the termination date of the Veterans Choice Program; to modify reimbursement and cost-recovery procedures for care provided under the Program; and to authorize the sharing of certain veterans’ medical records with medical service providers outside the Department of Veterans Affairs. Campaign Promise √
    • S.J.Res. 30, which reappoints Steve Case as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution;
    • S.J.Res. 35, which appoints Michael Govan as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution; and
    • S.J.Res. 36, which appoints Roger W. Ferguson as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.

See more recent legislation here.

  • 32 Executive Orders, (more than any other president in his first 100 days since Franklin Roosevelt,) to help set his agenda and keep his campaign promises to the American voter by reorganizing/downsizing the federal executive branch, targeting drug cartels and the MAJORITY of them UNDOING DICTATING executive orders signed by the last administration. Specific executive orders include:
    • Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal – (VERY FIRST DAY) {Although he couldn’t get health care reform done on his first day, he set his agenda, saved us some money and showed us that this is one of his biggest priorities.} “It is the policy of my Administration to seek the prompt repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), as amended (the ‘Act’).  In the meantime, pending such repeal, it is imperative for the executive branch to ensure that the law is being efficiently implemented, take all actions consistent with law to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Act, and prepare to afford the States more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market.”
      Campaign Promise √
    • Budgetary Impact Analysis for Executive Order Entitled “Revocation of Federal Contracting Executive Orders” -The benefits of this executive order include the removal of duplicative and unnecessary procedures for Federal contract procurement and a return to due process protections for Federal contractors, resulting in reduced costs for taxpayers. Implementing this executive order would have a de minimis impact on mandatory and discretionary obligations and outlays, as well as on revenues to the Federal Government, in the 5-fiscal year period beginning in fiscal year 2017. The agencies anticipated to be impacted by this executive order include all executive branch departments and agencies. Campaign Promise √
    • Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals For High Priority Infrastructure Projects – EXPEDITING ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS AND APPROVALS FOR HIGH PRIORITY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS (Day 4, emphasizing that infrastructure is a high priority to this Administration) Campaign Promise √
    • The White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities – advance opportunities in higher education
    • ENFORCING THE REGULATORY REFORM AGENDA – to lower regulatory burdens on the American people by implementing and enforcing regulatory reform Campaign Promise √
    • Identifying and Reducing Tax Regulatory Burdens – The Federal tax system should be simple, fair, efficient, and pro-growth.  The purposes of tax regulations should be to bring clarity to the already complex Internal Revenue Code (title 26, United States Code) and to provide useful guidance to taxpayers.  Contrary to these purposes, numerous tax regulations issued over the last several years have effectively increased tax burdens, impeded economic growth, and saddled American businesses with onerous fines, complicated forms, and frustration.  Immediate action is necessary to reduce the burden existing tax regulations impose on American taxpayers and thereby to provide tax relief and useful, simplified tax guidance.  (showing that tax reform is a high priority) Campaign Promise √
    • Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis – ESTABLISHING THE PRESIDENT’S COMMISSION ON COMBATING DRUG ADDICTION AND THE OPIOID CRISIS the policy of the executive branch to combat the scourge of drug abuse, addiction, and overdose (drug addiction), including opioid abuse, addiction, and overdose (opioid crisis).  This public health crisis was responsible for more than 50,000 deaths in 2015 alone, most of which involved an opioid, and has caused families and communities across America to endure significant pain, suffering, and financial harm.
      • There is established the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis (Commission), with members appointed by the president. Campaign Promise √
  • Draining the Swamp
    • ETHICS COMMITMENTS BY EXECUTIVE BRANCH APPOINTEES – Ethics Pledge.  Every appointee in every executive agency appointed on or after January 20, 2017, shall sign, and upon signing shall be contractually committed to Campaign Promise √
    • Repealed the Federal Government’s abuse of the Antiquities Act 1906 to grab land and power at the expense of the American People. He’s given power back to the states to regulate their own land.
    • Executive order to Review Offshore Oil and Gas exploration Locations. Campaign Promise √
    • Created and Implemented  the Office of American Innovation (OAI) – The OAI will make recommendations to the President on policies and plans that improve Government operations and services, improve the quality of life for Americans now and in the future, and spur job creation.  These recommendations will be developed in collaboration with career staff along with private-sector and other external thought leaders. Campaign Promise √
    • Creating an Efficient, Effective and Accountable Federal Government – ACTION TO REFORM THE GOVERNMENT: Following President Donald J. Trump’s lead, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is taking action to reorganize the Federal agencies and reduce wasteful or duplicative functions. Campaign Promise √
      • Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch -to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the executive branch
        • Proposed Plan to Improve the Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Accountability of Federal Agencies, Including, as Appropriate, to Eliminate or Reorganize Unnecessary or Redundant Federal Agencies.
        • The Director shall publish a notice in the Federal Register inviting the public to suggest improvements in the organization and functioning of the executive branch Campaign Promise √
  • 5 Year Lobbying ban – an appointee executive must wait 5 years after their term is served to become a lobbyist  Campaign Promise √
  • Restored power to the states on several issues which proves that he and his Administration are not a dictatorship Campaign Promise √
    • Enforcing Statutory Prohibitions on Federal Control of Education – to restore the proper division of power under the Constitution between the Federal Government and the States and to further the goals of, and to ensure strict compliance with, statutes that prohibit Federal interference with State and local control over education
      • to protect and preserve State and local control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, and personnel of educational institutions, schools, and school systems, consistent with applicable law, including ESEA, as amended by ESSA, and ESEA’s restrictions related to the Common Core State Standards developed under the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Campaign Promise √
  • Jobs, Economic Growth & Trade
    • Signed Legislation to untangle business crippling regulations WITHOUT endangering our clean air and water. Despite what the MSM might be spinning and twisting to make you believe otherwise. The elimination of wasteful regulations that only cost the taxpayers extra money and stunt the growth of small, medium and large businesses.
      Campaign Promise √
    • President Trump Announces Manufacturing Jobs Initiative – meetings with some of the world’s most successful and creative business leaders to share their experiences and gain their insights. President Trump plans to continually seek information and perspectives from a diverse range of business leaders, including those listed below and others, on how best to promote job growth and get Americans back to work again. Campaign Promise √
    • Established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Campaign Promise √
    • Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America Campaign Promise √
    • Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities
    • Launch an investigation as to why our aluminum industry is at a all time low and what affects this has on our national security when we much import so much of it to build equipment, machines, etc. for our military. This is one of his campaign promises to bring back our American Aluminum industry along with our American Steel. Campaign Promise √
    • Spoke with and/or met with approximately 40 different foreign leaders to renegotiate our trade deals so that America has a more fair market.
      Campaign Promise √

      • Had in-person meetings with 15 foreign leaders
        • United Kingdom: British Prime Minister Theresa May, held joint press conference
        • Jordan: King Abdullah II (twice)
        • Japan: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, held joint press conference
        • Canada: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, held joint press conference
        • Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, held joint press conference
        • Peru: President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
        • Saudi Arabia: Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud
        • Ireland: Prime Minister Edna Kenny
        • Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel, held joint press conference
        • Iraq: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
        • Denmark: Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen
        • Egypt: President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
        • China: President Xi Jingping
        • Italy: Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, held joint press conference
        • Argentina: President Mauricio Macri
    • Strengthened US relations with China
    • Strengthened  US relations with Israel
    • 20 percent tariffs on Canadian imports of softwood lumber, which should encourage Americans to buy American lumber and stimulate the trade. The hope is this will create more lumber jobs within the US – https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/04/28/press-briefing-secretary-commerce-wilbur-ross-executive-order-trade Campaign Promise √
    • Under pressure from Trump, Canada may finally do the right thing for the Canadian consumer and the Canadian economy by removing the dairy lobby’s hold in Canada’s corridors of power, and forcing Canada’s politicians to put on their big-boy pants. Many are now noting the irony that Trump’s desire to make America great gives long-suffering Canadians hope for an end to the dairy quotas.
    • Held only 1 solo press conference, but held 8 with foreign leaders – Trump only gave one solo press conference in the first 100 days. The rest were joint press conferences with foreign leaders. (To me this says he not only wants America first, but he also wants the rest of the world to see us as welcoming and open to mutually prospering relationships with other countries around the world.)
    • Withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement – Campaign promise √
    • Establishing Enhanced Collection and Enforcement of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties and Violations of Trade and Customs Laws –  to impose appropriate bonding requirements, based on risk assessments, on entries of articles subject to antidumping and countervailing duties, when necessary to protect the revenue of the United States. Campaign Promise √
    • Regarding the Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits – in America’s economic and national security interests to promote commerce by strengthening our relationships with our trading partners, vigorously enforcing our Nation’s trade laws, improving the overall conditions for competition and trade, and ensuring the strength of our manufacturing and defense industrial bases. Campaign Promise √
    • Stock Market has reached record highs.
    • Creating JobsUnemployment rate down  Campaign Promise √
    • Consumer Optimism is higher than 96%  Campaign Promise √
    • American energy:
      • Keystone, Dakota pipelines – Among his first moves as president, Trump signed a presidential memorandum that cleared the way for two major oil pipeline projects that had been blocked by the Obama administration to move forward. Trump promised American steel would be used in the construction — a claim the White House had to walk back in late March, explaining it would apply to future construction. (Which as I understand was because we had already bought the steel.) This created immediate construction jobs and also will be able to finish a pipeline that was already over half built.
        Campaign Promise √
      • Presidential Executive Order Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy
      • Signed an order that would end protracted environmental reviews, a promise he made on the campaign trail.  This eliminated emission rules, (not even implemented yet,) that would force the closing of hundreds of coal-fired power plants meant to be replaced by wind and solar power. But they are caught up in court battles that could run for months or years. Campaign Promise √
      • Putting Coal Country Back to Work Campaign Promise √
      • Energy Independence Policy Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth – Campaign Promise √
        • to promote clean and safe development of our Nation’s vast energy resources, while at the same time avoiding regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain economic growth, and prevent job creation.  Moreover, the prudent development of these natural resources is essential to ensuring the Nation’s geopolitical security.
        • to ensure that the Nation’s electricity is affordable, reliable, safe, secure, and clean, and that it can be produced from coal, natural gas, nuclear material, flowing water, and other domestic sources, including renewable sources.
        • executive departments and agencies (agencies) immediately review existing regulations that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources and appropriately suspend, revise, or rescind those that unduly burden the development of domestic energy resources beyond the degree necessary to protect the public interest or otherwise comply with the law.
        • Immediate Review of All Agency Actions that Potentially Burden the Safe, Efficient Development of Domestic Energy Resources. Campaign Promise √
    • The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for theU.S. increased 0.4 percent in March to 126.7 (2010 = 100), following a 0.5 percent increase in February, and a 0.6 percent increase in January. Campaign Promise √
    • The Conference Board Employment Trends Index™ (ETI) Increased in March Solid Job Growth Expected in the Coming Months
      The Conference Board Employment Trends Index™ (ETI) increased in March, after a sharp increase in February. The index now stands at 131.43, up from 131.09 (a downward revision) in February. The change represents a 4.3 percent gain in the ETI compared to a year ago.
  • Visited 12 states for events -for 13 events outside of Washington, D.C., since he took the oath of office– not including weekend trips to Mar-a-Lago
    • Pennsylvania: Jan. 26 & April 29—Trump went to the GOP retreat in Philadelphia
    • Delaware: Feb. 1—Trump visited Dover Air Force Base for the arrival of the remains of a U.S Navy SEAL killed in combat.
    • Florida: Feb. 6—Trump went to U.S. Central Command in Tampa and gave a speech.
    • South Carolina: Feb. 17 –Trump went to North Charleston for the introduction of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.
    • Florida: Feb. 18—Trump went to Melbourne for his first rally since he became president.
    • Maryland: Feb. 24—Trump attended CPAC outside Washington.
    • Virginia: March 2—Trump gave a speech aboard the Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier.
    • Florida: March 3—Trump discussed education at St. Andrews Catholic School in Pine Hills.
    • Michigan: March 15—Trump gave a speech at the American Center for Mobility in Detroit.
    • Tennessee: March 15—Trump held a rally in Hermitage on the 250th birthday of Andrew Jackson.
    • Kentucky: March 20—Trump had a rally in Louisville to promote the first GOP plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
    • Wisconsin: April 18—Trump signed the “Buy American, Hire American” executive order in Kenosha.
    • Georgia: April 28—Trump spoke at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Atlanta.
  • Foreign Policy – The World now knows that America is BACK and WE ARE NOT MESSING AROUND ANYMORE

Promises in Progress:

  • Working on one of the largest tax cuts for business and individuals including the middle class in American history. I really hope it turns out to be as good as it’s been expected to be. Campaign Promise in Progress
  • Still working on Repeal and Replace of ObamaCare and not backing down Trying very hard to keep his Campaign Promise,  Campaign Promise in Progress

Trump has had a great record of accomplishments

April 25, 2017 Kelley-Anne Conway on Hannity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hlJa-JxwYU

Trump’s first 100 days: A packed agenda, with mixed results
April 25, 2017

“President Trump’s first 100 days in office had all the hallmarks of a chief executive’s approach: Busy, brash and bold.”

Officially from The White House Website:

President Trump’s 100 Days of Historic Accomplishments

April 25, 2017

GETTING GOVERNMENT OUT OF THE WAY: President Donald J. Trump has done more to stop the Government from interfering in the lives of Americans in his first 100 days than any other President in history.

President Trump has signed 13 Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions in his first 100 days, more than any other President. These resolutions nullified unnecessary regulations and block agencies from reissuing them.

Since CRA resolutions were introduced under President Clinton, they’ve been used only once, under President George W. Bush.

The Wall Street Journal editorial: “So far the Trump Administration is a welcome improvement, rolling back more regulations than any President in history.”

TAKING EXECUTIVE ACTION: In office, President Trump has accomplished more in his first 100 days than any other President since Franklin Roosevelt.

President Trump will have signed 30 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President Obama signed 19 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President George W. Bush signed 11 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President Clinton signed 13 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President George H.W. Bush signed 11 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President Reagan signed 18 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President Carter signed 16 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President Nixon signed 15 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President Johnson signed 26 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President Kennedy signed 23 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President Eisenhower signed 20 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President Truman signed 25 executive orders during his first 100 days.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed 9 executive orders during his first 100 days.

A SLEW OF LEGISLATION SIGNED: Despite historic Democrat obstructionism, President Trump has worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any President since Truman.

President Trump has worked with Congress to enact 28 laws during the first 100 days of his Administration.

President Obama enacted 11 laws during his first 100 days.

President George W. Bush enacted 7 laws during his first 100 days.

President Clinton enacted 24 laws during his first 100 days.

President George H.W. Bush enacted 18 laws during his first 100 days.

President Reagan enacted 9 laws during his first 100 days.

President Carter enacted 22 laws during his first 100 days.

President Nixon enacted 9 laws during his first 100 days.

President Johnson enacted 10 laws during his first 100 days.

President Kennedy enacted 26 laws during his first 100 days.

President Eisenhower enacted 22 laws during his first 100 days.

President Truman enacted 55 bills laws during his first 100 days.

Officially From The White House Website:

President Trump’s 100 Days of Accountability

“Our moral duty to the taxpayer requires us to make our Government leaner and more accountable.”

– President Donald J. Trump

A GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: For too long the Washington swamp worked to serve itself, but President Donald J. Trump is reforming the Government to serve the American people.

President Trump implemented tough ethical standards to ensure his Administration works for the American people and not itself.

President Trump introduced tough new lobbying standards for political appointees, including a five-year ban on lobbying and a lifetime ban on lobbying for foreign countries.

President Trump donated his first quarter salary to the National Park Service, following through on his promise to the American people.

President Trump is keeping his promise to the American people to reform the Government to better address their needs. President Trump:

Implemented a temporary Federal hiring freeze to prevent taxpayer dollars from financing unnecessary bureaucracy.

Directed his Administration to create a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch.

Required executive branch agencies to eliminate two regulations for every one they issue.

Created the Office of American Innovation to streamline and improve Government for future generations.

President Trump’s budget blueprint takes a sober look at how to responsibly spend taxpayer dollars and seeks to streamline government.

President Trump proposed the largest cut to non-defense spending since the Reagan Administration.

President Trump fulfilled his promise to the American people by nominating and, after Senate confirmation, appointing Neil Gorsuch as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF ALL AMERICANS: President Trump has taken action to help marginalized communities past administrations have neglected.

After years of scandal and failing healthcare, President Trump has taken action to expand access to care for America’s veterans.

For the first time, accurate and up-to-date wait times and quality-of-care information is easily available online.

Under President Trump, authorized appointments for veterans outside of VA facilities have increased by 42 percent.

The President signed an extension of the Veterans Choice Program, giving eligible veterans the option of seeking care from private physicians.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has expanded emergent mental health care access to an estimated 500,000 former service members with Other than Honorable (OTH) discharges.

President Trump created a commission and focused grants to tackle the opioid epidemic that has increasingly plagued our country.

President Trump took action to prioritize Historically Black Colleges and Universities, after these critical institutions were marginalized in the previous administration.

Under President Trump’s leadership, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has gone on a national listening tour, promoting accountability at HUD field offices to the citizens they serve.

Under President Trump and Secretary DeVos’s leadership, the Administration has rolled back harmful regulations to ensure America’s schools are helping students.

A FOREIGN POLICY THAT PROMOTED ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: President Trump’s America First foreign policy restores the voice of the American people in world affairs.

President Trump is holding the U.N. accountable by calling out false and defamatory anti-Israel bias and forcing it to confront threats to the world’s security. At the U.N., the United States is:

Removing a blatantly biased report against Israel.

Condemning Russia’s support for the Assad regime and continued failure to live up to its commitment to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Challenging Iran’s launch of ballistic missiles.

President Trump is supporting our allies across the world, while making sure everyone is accountable to international obligations. The United States is:

Working with NATO members to boost their defense spending to meet their commitments.

Supported Montenegro joining the NATO alliance.

President Trump re-negotiated the F-35 fighter jet agreement, saving more than $700 million in taxpayer money while improving America’s national security.

A PROMISE TO HOLD THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE: President Trump promised that he would drain the Washington swamp and restore accountability to Government.

President Trump: “Our moral duty to the taxpayer requires us to make our Government leaner and more accountable.”

President Trump: “There is duplication and redundancy everywhere. Billions and billions of dollars are being wasted on activities that are not delivering results for hardworking American taxpayers.”

‘Optimism’ and ‘Fake News’: Ohio Town Hall Grades Trump’s First 100 Days

April 25, 2017 [Video]

Martha MacCallum moderated a town hall event at Stolle Machinery, a manufacturing plant in North Canton, Ohio on “The First 100 Days.”

Many of the attendees said they felt that Trump is thus far keeping his promise to look out for the working people of America and improve the economy.

An executive at the plant, Michael Raderchak, said Trump brought optimism to an area of the country that has seen a lot in the way of economic downturn. He praised Trump for moving manufacturing back to America and Ohio specifically. “For the past eight years, we didn’t see that,” he said.

Tamie Lindamood, an employee at Stolle, echoed Raderchak, saying she also is optimistic that Trump will help the economy in the area. Lindamood said she was laid off three times during the Obama administration and witnessed friends lose their homes. “It’s stifling to be from Ohio and see [Trump] come in with so much optimism,” she said.

Stolle employee Steve Schutt said he too was encouraged with the Trump administration’s actions on trade and the economy.

Another attendee said Trump well understands the “working man” and is realizing how to prioritize his national security issues with domestic policies:

Former Gov. Ted Strickland (D-Ohio) said Trump “talks better than he acts,” but added that he is pleased with some of what the president has accomplished.

A student at the University of Akron told MacCallum that he too is concerned with President Trump. Christian Howse said Trump’s foreign policy and acts of war show too many parallels to President Bush engaging America in the early days of the War on Terror.

Later, another man instead blamed the media for the negative talk about Trump, saying he did not trust the approval polls and that many press outlets are engaging in “fake news.”

See video clips from the show here

Related Links and More Relevant Information:

Trump’s first 100 days: Supporters see a plan taking shape
April 24, 2017

Trump’s first 100 days: Our next Supreme Court pick will be the kicker
April 25, 2017

Laura Ingraham slams Republicans for not supporting Trump April 25, 2017
video

Trump prepares executive order spree in dash to 100-day mark
April 24. 2017

Trump’s first 100 days: A packed agenda, with mixed results
April 25, 2017

President Trump: What the new White House has done so far
April 20, 2017

Addressing Misconceptions About The Dakota Access Pipeline
DAPL Facts You Should Know

The Dakota Access pipeline is not built on Native American reservations.
99.98% of the pipeline is installed on privately owned property in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. The Dakota Access Pipeline does not enter the Standing Rock Sioux reservation at any point.

The Dakota Access pipeline is safe.

The area of the Dakota Access pipeline in question has held eight other pipelines for over 30 years.
Eight other pipelines currently run below Lake Oahe. In fact, existing pipelines have safely transported natural gas beneath Lake Oahe for more than 30 years.

The builders of the Dakota Access pipeline adhered to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations

Most of the protesters at the Dakota Access Pipeline are not Standing Rock Sioux.
The vast majority of the opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline – and the most vocal – comes not from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, but from several radical, well-funded groups that are opposed to all use of fossil fuel and who ignore the safety of the pipeline in order to further their membership and fundraising efforts.

55 tribes held over 389 meetings while the DAPL route was planned.

No Native American artifacts were disturbed during construction.

The source of water for the Standing Rock Sioux is not near the Dakota Access Pipeline
At no point does the Dakota Access Pipeline pass through the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, nor does it impact the Tribe’s water supply. The water inlet for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will be 70 miles away by early 2017, when the tribe’s water intake moves to South Dakota.

President Trump Takes Action to Expedite Priority Energy and Infrastructure Projects

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: McClatchy On Historical Precedent For President’s National Security Executive Order

ICYMI: CNBC: “CEO Confidence At Near-Record High. Why? Trump’s War On Regulation”

President Trump: Cutting Red Tape for American Businesses

Betsy Devos Says Common Core is No Longer An Issue April 25, 2017

ICYMI: President Trump Seeks to Outdo Obama in Backing Black Colleges

President Trump Cuts Through More Red Tape

President Trump’s First 40 Days of Action: Achieving Results for the American People

President Trump Delivers on Jobs for the American People

President Trump is Delivering on Immigration Enforcement for the American People

President Trump Inherited Many Challenges

President Trump is Working to Rebuild our Nation’s Infrastructure

President Trump is Confronting our Nation’s Broken Healthcare System

President Donald J. Trump is Restoring Public Safety for All Americans

President Trump is Rebuilding America’s National Security

Editorials Praise President Trump’s Joint Address

ICYMI: Alan Tonelson in the New York Times: ‘What Trump Gets Right On Trade’

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s National Economic Council Listening Session

President Trump’s First 50 Days of Action: Achieving Results for the American People

President Donald J. Trump: Protecting Taxpayer Money

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with Obamacare Victims

President Donald J. Trump: Buy American and Hire American for the United States Automobile Industry

President Trump Delivers on Jobs for the American People

President Trump Takes Action to Get Washington Out of the Way

President Trump Restores Confidence in the American Economy

AP on President Trump keeping his promises to overturn President Obama’s destructive policies

Message to the Congress Regarding the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Decline in Southwest Border Apprehensions

President Trump: Creating an Efficient, Effective and Accountable Federal Government

Senior Administration Officials Praise President Donald J. Trump’s Buy American, Hire American Executive Order

President Donald J. Trump to Host Video=conference Call with Record-Breaking NASA Astronaut Aboard the International Space Station

President Donald J. Trump: Standing up to Unfair Steel Trade Practices

Trump promises ‘great rebuilding of the Armed Forces’ while signing executive order at the Pentagon

First 100 Days

Fox News First 100 Days of President Trump in Office

67% of Americans say the Democratic Party is out of Touch

Alveda King Gives Trump an ‘A’ on Race Relations in His First 100 Days

Trump’s 100 Days on World Stage: Rallying Some and Repelling Others

Keeping Up With Trump

New F-35 Contract Shows Exactly How Much Trump Saved Taxpayers

Trump: I Got Lockheed Martin To Cut The F-35 Program By $600 Million [VIDEO]

Study Reveals How Much Trump Has Saved Taxpayers In Just 3 Months, And It’s MIND-BLOWING

Understanding the US-China Trade Relationship

Trump ‘was all set to terminate’ NAFTA: An inside look at what changed his mind
April 28, 2017

As news of the president’s plan to kill the trade deal spread, teams across the continent raced to make him change his mind — in Ottawa, Mexico City and in the White House itself.

Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump both say a phone call they had Wednesday helped convince the U.S. president to renegotiate rather than scrap NAFTA. The prime minister says he told Trump killing the deal would cause “pain” for families.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Why doesn’t 4.9% unemployment feel great?
February 6, 2016

Trump mulls switch to new (and higher) U.S. unemployment rate
Jan 31, 2017

Trump was right after all about the Obama administration wiretaps
March 24, 2017

Trump: ‘We’re Bringing Back the Draft’? – FALSE ACCORDING TO SNOPES

No Evidence of Collusion Between Trump & Russia

UPDATE: May 2, 2017
Congressman Pete King (R-NY) Interview – gives us an update (May 2, 2017 )
Still no evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia
Please excuse the crappy quality.

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I can’t stand it anymore. MSM has gone completely nuts and if you aren’t watching the news 24/7 and entire un-edited testimonies, entire un-edited press conferences or entire un-edited interviews, you may not have gotten the memo yet. Brace yourself, because if you watch CNN this is going to come as a huge surprise to you….

THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION BETWEEN THE TRUMP TEAM AND RUSSIA.

Not only is there no evidence of collusion, but this investigation has been happening since at least July of 2016, and nothing has been found. If you don’t believe me, then you are welcome to watch the collection of videos that I have included for your viewing pleasure.

(To my knowledge as of May 2, 2017 there is still no evidence that the Trump Team colluded with Russia.)

From the desk of Chris Wallace, Devin Nunes confirms NO COLLUSION BETWEEN “TRUMP WORLD” AND RUSSIANS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8iicUyOeik

Nunes: No Evidence Of Trump-Russia Collusion, Clear Effort To Undermine President Through Leaks

Published on Mar 19, 2017

Nunes: No Evidence Of Trump-Russia Collusion, Clear Effort To Undermine President Through Leaks (March 19, 2017)

Fmr. DNI James Clapper: NO EVIDENCE OF TRUMP-RUSSIA COLLUSION TO MY KNOWLEDGE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycZj5-5KJwA

Published on Mar 5, 2017

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says that, to his knowledge, there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians. This clip is from Clapper’s interview with Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press on March 5, 2017.

Spicer: no collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od49pA1dffg

Published on Mar 20, 2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that FBI Director James Comey’s appearance on Capitol Hill backed up assertions that there was no collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia. (March 20)

No Evidence of Trump/Russia collusion but there IS evidence of Obama wiretapping

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o-eTy7zB8s

Published on Mar 6, 2017

BREAKING NEWS ! CNN admit NO collusion with Russia !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byrw55Jiq-M

Published on Mar 18, 2017

Mark Stein Joins Tucker To Let Every leftist Know… No Evidence Of Trump Russia Collusion

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OvH_Wq3i-U

Published on Mar 21, 2017

Mark Stein Joins Tucker To Let Every leftist Know… No Evidence Of Trump Russia Collusion… 3 / 20 / 2017

BREAKING – HOUSE DROPS BOMBSHELL ON LIBERAL’S – ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE OF TRUMP RUSSIA COLLUSION

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE1pAmO0ODE

Published on Mar 18, 2017

BREAKING – HOUSE DROPS BOMBSHELL ON LIBERAL’S – ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE OF TRUMP RUSSIA COLLUSION

Rep. Peter King: I’ve Seen No Evidence Of Collusion From Trump Campaign | MSNBC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsv9JV7vFjk

Published on Mar 20, 2017

During an interview with Kasie Hunt, Rep. Peter King said he’s seen no evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia – and that “circumstantial evidence” is not enough.

There is no evidence of collusion with Russia The real issue is the unbelievable

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zqsYnwmbKg

Published on Mar 20, 2017

“There is no evidence of collusion with Russia. The real issue is the unbelievable amount of classified information that has been illegally leaked, putting our national security at risk – must get to the bottom of it!” President Donald J Trump

Roger Stone: ‘I’ve had no contacts or collusion’ with Russia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryd8XmiDfHA

Published on Mar 26, 2017

26th March 2017 – Political strategist Roger Stone, longtime friend and adviser to President Trump, doubled down on his defense against allegations that he or others in the Trump campaign may have colluded with Russia in its interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

FULL James Comey, Mike Rogers Testify on Wiretapping Russian election interference.

March 20 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixOguUCVp8k

Streamed live on Mar 20, 2017

FBI Director James Comey speech. WATCH LIVE: House Hearing On Russian Attempts To Interfere. March 20 2017.

FBI Director James Comey expected to testify about Donald Trump’s wiretap claims and Russia’s election hacking. House Intel Cmte hearing on Russian election interference. House intelligence committee opens hearing on Russian interference. James Comey Testifies Before Congress on Donald Trump: Watch. FBI Director James Comey expected to testify about Donald Trump’s wiretap claims and Russia’s election hacking. FBI director James Comey expected to reject Donald Trump’s wiretapping claims at Congress hearing. FBI Director James Comey speech at 2017. Trump’s wiretapping accusation comes to a head at Comey hearing. Trump declares “Fake news” before FBI Director James Comey’s. James Comey Testifies On President Trump Wiretapping Claims & Russian . House hearing on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election. Trump declares “Fake news” before FBI Director James Comey’s. Comey confirms FBI investigating Russia, Trump ties. Watch Comey testimony at House Russia hearing. M. Rogers. James Comey, Mike Rogers testify before House Intelligence.Live video: James Comey to testify before House Intelligence. Gowdy. Comey: Have no info that supports Trump’s wiretapping tweets. ‘NO COLLUSION’

White House stands its ground after Russia probe confirmed by Comey. James Comey Russia Hearing: Live Stream Online. Comey: ‘No Information’ To Back Trump’s Claim Obama Wiretapped Him. FBI Director James Comey Testifies to Congress: Here’s What You Need To know. Highlights From the House Hearing on Russian Interference in the US Election. FBI Director Comey confirms probe of possible coordination between Kremlin and Trump campaign. The 4 bombshells of James Comey. It’s Official: The FBI Is Investigating Trump’s Links to Russia. Trump trolled on Twitter as Comey debunks Obama wiretap claim. James Comey, Trump and the Russians: Our view. James Comey’s testimony: Live updates. James Comey, who alerted Congress about possible Clinton emails. FBI director James Comey says there is no evidence to support.

And now you have your lying Swamp Rat Schiff, Lies on National Television.DRAIN THE SWAMP!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vj-1jB8EibY

Published on Mar 22, 2017

The top House Intelligence Committee Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) dropped a bombshell on Donald Trump by saying there’s more than circumstantial evidence against Trump for Russia collusion.

And yes he lied, because everywhere else I’m hearing no collusion with Russia. The new evidence that Devin Nunes found, he stated had nothing to do with Russia. At the time Mr. Schiff did the above interview he had not seen any new evidence to suggest a new conclusion. This was just grandstanding, and a blatant lie to further the Russian collusion narrative.

He has backpedeled since.

BREAKING!! Top Dem On House Intel Committee Just Made A Major Admission! It’s All Unraveling Folks!!!

https://redstatewatcher.com/article.asp?id=71415

Rep. Adam Schiff: Too early to say Trump campaign colluded with RussiaApril 2, 2017

Democrat Adam Schiff Admits No Evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion April 2, 2017

Rep. Adam Schiff says it’s premature to conclude that members of the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to interfere in the general election.

Asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper whether he can “say definitively that there was collusion” between members of the campaign and Moscow to meddle in the presidential race, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said it’s too early to tell.

“We can say, conclusively, this is something that needs to be thoroughly investigated,” Mr. Schiff said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “But it’s way premature to be reaching conclusions.”

“We are still at the very early stage of the investigation,” he said. “The only thing I can say is that it would be irresponsible for us not to get to the bottom of this.”

The California Democrat previously said he had seen “more than circumstantial evidence” to suggest members of the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia to interfere in the presidential race.

“I can tell you that the case is more than that,” Mr. Schiff said last month on “State of the Union.” “And I can’t go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now.”

At that time, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, California Republican, said he wasn’t aware of the evidence cited by Mr. Schiff.

Devin Nunes on Surveillance and Russia

Personal Story

Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee joins ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ to discuss surveillance claims surrounding President Trump – Evidence that had NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA

(But had everything to do with surveillance of the Trump Team. There is also no reason for Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the investigation because he’s done nothing wrong.)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/27/nunes-on-meeting-source-on-white-house-grounds-there-was-no-sneaking-around.html

The chairman of the House intelligence committee told Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday that “there was no sneaking around” when he met with the secret source behind his claim that President Trump’s associates were caught up in “incidental” surveillance.

“We go to the executive branch at least once or twice a week,” Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told host Bill O’Reilly. “This is not unusual, because there are intelligence products that we don’t have access to in the House of Representatives, although we do have the clearances to see them.

“So, we’ve known about this long before Trump actually sent his famous tweet out about the ‘wiretapping’ at Trump Tower,” Nunes went on. “We’ve known that there was additional unmasking of Americans’ names. We’ve had sources that have provided that information. And so, what I had to do was that I needed a place that I could actually go and find this information and review it.”

The chairman said he did not go to the West Wing or speak to Trump on the day he met his source, and re-emphasized that the information he reviewed “had nothing to do with Russia. That’s the key here.”

Nunes’ confirmation that he met with the source on the White House grounds prompted Democrats to call for him to recuse himself from the committee’s ongoing investigation into possible ties between Russian officials and members of Trump’s campaign.

Backed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Nunes struck a defiant tone, telling O’Reilly, “I’m sure the Democrats do want me to quit, because they know that I’m quite effective at getting to the bottom of things.”

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American Health Care Act

Is this plan a good replacement for the ACA or are all the negative comments from the democrats and Trump Haters warranted?

I’d say it’s not good in it’s current form, but has potential.

It sounds like it has the potential to get much better, and it’s probably better than nothing at all. One really good thing is that President Trump said they are very open to negotiations.

He said “It’s going to a big fat beautiful negotiation.”

Paul Ryan seems pretty excited about this bill and so does President Trump. You can find the PDF of the actual text from the new bill herehttps://housegop.leadpages.co/healthcare/

It’s been explained that this is a three step process for this plan to work. Many changes will happen to this bill as it makes its way through our democratic process. So why is everyone complaining so much? Because they can’t see past phase one, and they are not able to realize what it will be by phase three. There isn’t anything to see yet. Since everything is being negotiated there isn’t anything to see for phase 3. It’s still being drafted. So no wonder there are doubts about what to vote.

If the rest of the plan doesn’t make it through, or if it isn’t what it’s been promised, no one wants to own the mistake. There is way too much riding on this. With seats opening up in 2018 and President Trump’s approval ratings as low as they are, this plan needs to be sparkling perfect.

They really should just scrap the three step process malarkey and write a bill with exactly what they want it to look like in the end. Then let the negotiations begin. It just seems like a better plan to me. I’m not alone on that opinion either.

Costs are supposed to be affected more in phases 2-3, bringing premiums down, because of competition between companies and being able to buy out of state. I keep hearing a lot about costs going up from Democrats and Paul Ryan keeps saying they will be going down.

Democrats are super mad at the defunding of Planned Parenthood and they are very dramatic about the possibility of having less people with coverage. Although with that predicted number they are relying solely on phase one CBO estimates, (Congressional Budget Office). Paul Ryan says that everyone will be offered coverage and the CBO numbers don’t take into account that people now have a choice instead of being made to buy or pay a penalty.

As it sits right now, the bill would allow insurance companies to charge older sicker policyholders up to five times as much as younger healthier ones. It’s not completely clear to me, if that would be something that might change during their phase plan and/or if it’s up for negotiations.

The Medicaid reform section seems a little sketchy and quite confusing. As well as the tax credits based on age and income has left me scratching my head and my brain hurts a little. Haha

Why are they in such a hurry to pass this legislation on healthcare reform? Well here is proof from an article written in November of 2015. This is an emergency issue. They need to fix this before everyone who uses Obama Care has no health insurance.

Obamacare’s Exchanges Begin To Implode via Forbes November 30, 2015

Need proof that Obamacare is imploding? Look to its exchanges.
The largest U.S. insurer, UnitedHealth Group, just announced that it may withdraw from then exchanges in 2017. The insurer currently offers plans in 34 states and covers more than 500,000 people through the online marketplaces. But it’s expecting $700 million in losses on its exchange business this year.
….Premiums and deductibles for policies sold through the exchanges have soared. The young and healthy — who must buy insurance for the law’s finances to work — are spurning coverage altogether.
…the plans available in the exchanges are simply unaffordable.
…or it makes more financial sense to pay the modest tax penalty for going without insurance.
Two years ago, President Obama brushed off criticism of his then-fledgling healthcare law by claiming “the same folks trying to scare people now are the same folks who have been trying to sink the Affordable Care Act from the beginning.”
The law is still fledgling today. And its critics haven’t sunk it. Obamacare has sown the seeds of its own demise.

FNN: Paul Ryan’s FULL PowerPoint Presentation on American Health Care Act (Obamacare Replacement)
Speaker, Paul Ryan Explains The American Health Care Act
Here are the steps that have already happened with the new American Health Care Act and you can keep track of future actions here:
Statement on Introduction of the American Health Care Act
http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/statement-introduction-american-health-care-act

One Step Closer: Two House Committees Approve the American Health Care Act
09 Mar 17 Press Release

http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/one-step-closer-two-house-committees-approve-american-health-care-act

Speaker Ryan Statement on American Health Care Act CBO Score
13 Mar 17 Press Release

http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/speaker-ryan-statement-american-health-care-act-cbo-score

Paul Ryan has explained this bill will go through a 3 prong process as it moves through legislation. This is due to the amount of votes they need to get the bill to pass. There are certain things you can not do without a 60+ vote. Republicans have only 52 Senate votes, which is not enough to end a Democrat filibuster. At least four of the Republican votes would not be reliable for a clean repeal bill. Apparently a perfect bill is simply not possible

Reconciliation – Repeal and Replace

  • Repeal as much of Obamacare as possible

Administration Action – Appointees, (Tom Price,) will kill as much Obamacare regulation as possible through administrative rulemaking

Additional Legislation

  • Needs 60+ vote
  • The remainder of Obamacare will be repealed and replaced through a traditional bill. This bill would ideally enact other reforms that cannot be part of the budget reconciliation such as allowing health insurance to be sold across state lines. The third phase will be the most difficult since that bill would be subject to a Democrat filibuster.
This whole process is expected to take about 3 weeks.(Sources Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) House Majority Leader & TheResurgent.com)

Republican Health Plan Is Worth a Closer Look via TheResurgent.com March 11, 2017

The first two sections deal with “Patient Access to Public Health Programs” and “Medicaid Program Enhancement.” These sections dealt with reforms to Medicaid. Some of the items included, listed in order with their section number were:

  • Banning Medicaid money for abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood (103)
  • Repealing the Medicaid expansion effective January 1, 2020 (112) – The Medicaid expansion was the largest expansion of coverage under Obamacare.
  • Limits the eligibility for Medicaid (114)
  • Creates incentives for states to qualify Medicare recipients more often and penalizes those that carry ineligible people on the rolls (116)
  • The next section, “Per Capita Allotment for Medical Assistance,” also deals with Medicaid reform.
  • Caps Medicaid spending on a per person basis (1903A)
  • Subpart D is entitled “Patient Relief and Health Market Stability.”
  • Repeals Obamacare’s cost-sharing subsidy with insurance companies (131)
  • Creates a Patient and State Stability Fund that empowers states to create risk pools for high risk individuals, promote preventive care, reduce costs and reduce out-of-pocket costs for insureds (2202)
  • This section also describes the Continuous Health Coverage Incentive for people who drop their health insurance and sign up again. This is a 30 percent penalty for people who do not have 63 days of continuous coverage in the previous 12 months. This is not a popular provision, but Obamacare’s clause guaranteeing insurability for previous conditions is something most Americans want to keep. If this provision is to be kept, some sort of mechanism is necessary to prevent people from waiting until they get sick to buy insurance. (133, 2711)
  • Amends Obamacare to increase insurance policy options (134)

There are many individual sections of the bill that repeal Obamacare taxes as well. One section of the bill is titled “Repeal and Replace of Health-Related Tax Policy.”

  • Repeals the tanning tax
  • Repeals the tax on prescription medications
  • Repeals the Health Insurance Tax
  • Repeals the Net Investment Income Tax
  • Prohibits tax credits for abortion coverage (02-04)
  • Repeals individual mandate (05)
  • Repeals tax on employee insurance premiums and benefits (07)
  • Repeals tax on over-the-counter medications (08)
  • Repeals tax increase on Health Savings Accounts (09)
  • Repeal of limits on Flexible Savings Account contributions (10)
  • Repeal of medical device tax (11)
  • Repeals the increase in the threshold of the medical income tax deduction. The threshold would return to 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income from the current 10 percent. (12)
  • Repeal of the Medicare tax increase (14)

Section 15 deals with the refundable tax credits for insurance premiums. Section 7529 allows advance payment of the credit. This is a problematic section.

  • Increases the HSA contribution limit to equal the amount of the policy’s deductible and out-of-pocket limits (16)
  • Permits catch-up contributions to HSAs (17)
  • Treats medical expenses within 60 days of the establishment of an HSA as occurring on the first day the account was opened. This would allow HSA funds to be used for a condition that occurred shortly before opening the account. (18)

Senator Cruz Found an Overlooked 1974 Rule That Could Be a Real Game-changer for Repealing Obamacare via Independent Journal Review March 11, 2017

House Republicans left several reforms popular with conservatives out of their health care bill because the parliamentarian is likely to rule them outside the scope of special rules in the upper chamber that prevent a Democratic filibuster.
These special rules hinge on what is known as “reconciliation,” a process which allows legislation that affects the budget but has a limited scope to be passed with only a simple Senate majority, leaving such bills immune to filibuster.
Traditionally, it has fallen to the parliamentarian — who advises the Senate “on the interpretation of its rules and procedures” — to determine what should and should not be considered a reconciliation bill.
According to Cruz, however, a provision in the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 would allow Republicans to both drastically increase the scope of their new health care reform bill and still let it fall under reconciliation by essentially bypassing the parliamentarian and leaving that decision up to Vice President Pence.
“Under the Budget Act of 1974, which is what governs reconciliation, it is the presiding officer, the vice president of the United States, who rules on what’s permissible on reconciliation and what is not.
Cruz said this process would allow Republicans to include a number of provisions that would make the health care reform bill much more attractive to conservatives.

The American Health Care Act Is Critical First Step Toward Protecting Patients
via HHS.gov March 7, 2017
With Congress considering reconciliation legislation, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continues its work on the next two steps: taking administrative actions that will create a healthier insurance market and alleviate the burden the current healthcare law imposed on Americans, and supporting work on legislation that will include reforms not permitted under reconciliation, such as purchase of insurance across state lines.
Ongoing Administrative Actions
To relieve the burden of the current healthcare law, HHS has begun key administrative actions, including:

  • Stabilize insurance markets and increase coverage choices beginning 2018;
  • Loosening restrictions so patients have access to lower premium options; and Improving choices for patients and putting downward pressure on prices
  • Future administrative actions help provide more options, give states flexibility for spending their Medicaid dollars, and ensure a stable transition to any law Congress passes.
Further Congressional Action
In addition to the reconciliation bill, HHS supports legislation to take action on other priorities President Trump has laid out for healthcare, including:

  • Increasing competition and choice by promoting the sale of insurance across state lines;
  • Removing even more of the current healthcare law’s regulations on insurance;
  • Reducing out-of-control drug costs; and
  • New legal reforms to cut costs for patients and doctors.

Some states only have one insurer to choose from and by next year there will be none. People will be without healthcare at all. Over 50%-116% increase on Obamacare premiums. Only sick people are buying because healthy ones go without and are not paying into the pool. No money to cover costs.

Lower costs – More choices – Patients in control – Universal access to care 
Eliminate taxes – Stop spending – Eliminate mandates

“Two House committees have now approved the American Health Care Act. Next the bill goes to the Budget Committee as part of an open, transparent process.
“We promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, and now we are one step closer to giving families relief from this collapsing law. That means we are one step closer to going from a government-centered system to a patient-centered system, where you have lower costs, more choices, and greater control over your care.
“And—this is so important—we are one step closer to returning power from Washington back to states, to doctors, and to patients. Let’s come together. Let’s get it done.

The President did say it’s a work in progress, and like everything else there is always room for improvement. They are very open to revisions and new ideas to make it better. This is just a really confusing and vast issue to tackle with so many things that need to be factored in and possibilities that need to be taken into account.

Paul Ryan’s complete policy agenda
…we must move to a better system that embraces competition and choice and actually lowers costs for patients and taxpayers.Introduced this week, the American Health Care Act keeps our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. I hope you will read the bill online at readthebill.gop.
Our goal is to give every American access to quality, affordable health care. For families, that means lower costs, more choices and greater control.

  • Bill repeals Obamacare – we eliminate Obamacare’s taxes, mandates and spending.
  • Plan ensures a stable transition, continuous coverage with protections for patients w/ pre-existing conditions and kids to stay on their parents’ plan until 26 years of age.
  • Give states more funding and flexibility to support high-risk pools and reinsurance programs, plan takes care of those in need without driving up costs for everyone else.
  • Strengthen Medicaid so that the STATES have the tools they need to take care of their poor and most vulnerable populations at a lower cost.
  • Double the amount you can contribute to health savings accounts to pay for out-of-pocket expenses..
  • An advanceable, refundable tax credit to those who don’t get insurance from work or a government program. Instead of mandates forcing you to buy what the government wants, you will have real choices.
  • Get rid of costly insurance mandates and regulations, to further help choices.

In the weeks ahead, the House will consider this plan through an open and transparent process, including legislation to allow people to purchase health care across state lines.

Will the American Health Care Act Pass? 
via Fox Business March 8, 2017

The American Health Care Act put forth by House Republicans has left the party divided over whether the piece of legislation is an actual repeal of the Affordable Care Act or simply just what Senator Rand Paul called, “Obamacare Lite.”
In a nutshell the American Health Care Act allows adolescents 26 and under to stay on their parent’s plan, preserves the expansion of Medicaid through 2020, eliminates nearly all taxes and subsidies from Obamacare, and gets rid of the mandate that requires individuals to have health insurance or be forced to pay a penalty
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) emphasized the importance of “getting rid of all the mandated regulation and mandated coverages that are in Obamacare” in order to promote “market principles like health savings accounts, easy formation of association of health plans, [and] interstate shopping for insurance.”
“All I know is we had our House Dream Caucus meeting last night and there was strong opposition in that meeting. I don’t think there are the votes there for it now.”
However, he is optimistic about the democratic process and is hopeful of working together to create a product that will ultimately lower the cost of health care.
“Let’s have debates, let’s have amendments, let’s have discussions, let’s hash this out like we’re supposed to in front of the American people with full amendments so we can get to a much better product that I hope in the end will actually bring down the cost of insurance,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)

Republicans have released their long-awaited plan to repeal Obamacare
via – AMP Business Insider March 6, 2017
Introducing block tax credits for individuals to access health insurance: Instead of the ACA’s tax credits, which adjusted the amount distributed based on income and the beneficiary’s residence, the AHCA would give lump tax credits to Americans. The credits would be based on age, and an individual making over $75,000 or a household making over $150,000 a year would see a decrease in the credit depending on how much he or she made over that limit. Here’s the breakdown of how much each age group would get:

  • Under 30: $2,000 a year
  • Age 30 to 39: $2,500 a year
  • Age 40 to 49: $3,000 a year
  • Age 50 to 59: $3,500 a year
  • Age 60 and above: $4,000 a year

Providing grants to establish high-risk pools and encourage enrollment: Much as with the leaked draft, the AHCA would include a fund for states to institute numerous programs to stabilize the insurance market, most notably “the provision of financial assistance, high-risk individuals who do not have access to health insurance coverage offered through an employer.” This would allow states to establish high-risk pools for people with preexisting conditions, a plan often floated by Republicans. The plan would give states $15 billion in both 2018 and 2019 and $10 billion every year after that through 2026.

Changing the limit that insurers can charge older customers compared with younger customers: Under the ACA, insurers can charge older customers (generally sicker and more expensive to cover) no more than three times what they charge their youngest customers (generally healthier). The Republican bill would shift that to five times the amount.

Effectively defunding Planned Parenthood: The bill prohibits “direct spending” of federal dollars on any “prohibited entity” including those that provide abortions for anything other than the life of the mother, incest, or rape..

Republican health plan clears first hurdles, fate uncertain via Reuters March 9, 2017

The Republican plan backed by President Donald Trump to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system cleared its first hurdles in Congress on Thursday, but its chances for passage looked uncertain and top Republicans scrambled to bring disgruntled conservatives aboard.

The Energy and Commerce Committee voted 31-23 along party lines, with Democrats unified against it, to back the plan after marathon proceedings lasting 27 straight hours. Hours earlier, the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee similarly voted 23-16 before dawn to approve it after working 17 straight hours.
“Despite what you hear in the press, healthcare is coming along great. We are talking to many groups and it will end in a beautiful picture!” President Trump said on Twitter..

How would the American Health Care Act affect cost and access?
PBS Hour News Video https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XVjh5Y27XpE

Conservatives to reveal their own healthcare plan in face of GOP’s ‘Obamacare Lite’
via The Blaze March 7, 2017

According to The Hill, Rand Paul is not letting “Obamacare Lite” happen without a fight, and he has allies. The libertarian leaning senator is teaming up with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to release their own bill to repeal Obamacare on Wednesday, and it’s highly similar to the one that Republicans voted for unanimously in 2015.
….he believes that if there is one thing that will unite Republicans, it’s the repeal of Obamacare.

Congressional Budget Office Report on The American Health Care Act
https://www.cbo.gov/publication/52486
CBO Report reflects only the first part of the new health plan. (Phase One.) Congressional Budget Office, (CBO), estimates 24 million decrease in number of uninsured by 2026, and 14 million uninsured by 2018. The report also estimates that the plan will cut the federal budget deficit by 337 billion over 10 years.

CBO scoring says there would be a premium increase for singles of 15%-20% in 2018-2019, but by 2020 would decrease. However, the plan grandfather’s in everyone who is newly covered by Medicaid. CBO numbers assume no one will want their coverage unless it’s a total freebie. Estimates leave out the paragraph section 2202 that provides multi-billion dollar funds that go to each state to identify the sickest people in the individual market and reimburse the insurers for the cost of their care. So that means that the other healthy people will not have to pay increased premiums to make up for the loss and cover the sickest like it does under ObamaCare. This also might be the solution to bring down the costs for the elderly, but that is still unclear and confusing.

The CBO was wrong about their predictions last time of ObamaCare, by 50% and they ignored the problem of the healthier having to fit the bill for the sick and now they are ignoring the solution for that which is written in this bill (SECTION 2202).
via Your World w/ Neil Cavuto – Betsy McCoy Author of “Beating ObamaCare”

‘‘SEC. 2202. USE OF FUNDS. ‘‘A State may use the funds allocated to the State under this title for any of the following purposes:
‘‘(1) Helping, through the provision of financial assistance, high-risk individuals who do not have access to health insurance coverage offered through an employer enroll in health insurance coverage in the individual market in the State, as such market is defined by the State (whether through the establishment of a new mechanism or maintenance of an existing mechanism for such purpose).
‘‘(2) Providing incentives to appropriate entities to enter into arrangements with the State to help stabilize premiums for health insurance coverage in the individual market, as such markets are defined by the State.
‘‘(3) Reducing the cost for providing health insurance coverage in the individual market and small group market, as such markets are defined by the State, to individuals who have, or are projected to have, a high rate of utilization of health services (as measured by cost).
‘‘(4) Promoting participation in the individual market and small group market in the State and increasing health insurance options available through such market.
‘‘(5) Promoting access to preventive services; dental care services (whether preventive or medically necessary); vision care services (whether preventive or medically necessary); prevention, treatment, or recovery support services for individuals with mental or substance use disorders; or any combination of such services.
‘‘(6) Providing payments, directly or indirectly, to health care providers for the provision of such health care services as are specified by the Administrator.
‘‘(7) Providing assistance to reduce out-of-pocket costs, such as copayments, coinsurance, premiums, and deductibles, of individuals enrolled in health insurance coverage in the State.

Newt Gingrich said the CBO should be abolished because they are wrong and corrupt. They were completely wrong about their predictions of ObamaCare, and they completely left out analysis of many sections of this new healthcare bill.
via First 100 Days – Day 53

If you’re not going to force people to buy, then less will buy, which is what Paul Ryan suggests could be the reason for the number estimates of less insured under the new plan.

These numbers only reflect phase one, which is the first bill. There is more, (at least one more,) that are planned to stabilize the market. This is just one piece of the puzzle. However, as I said before they really should just get all the good stuff in one bill and then start the negotiation process. That way everyone knows what’s going on right from the start and it seems like it would just be easier.

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Remove health-care subsidies for Members of Congress and their families
https://www.change.org/p/remove-health-care-subsidies-for-members-of-congress-and-their-families?source_location=topic_page

Related Links:

American Health Care Act Summary PDF
House Republicans Deliver on President Trump’s Health Care Promise
https://waysandmeans.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/03.06.17-AmericanHealthCareAct_Summary.pdf

http://paulryan.house.gov/healthcare/ This is where the bill was born. You can see the original text here. As you can see there has been access to this legislation all along and no one was hiding it from anyone.

Health Care Reform – A Plan Forward
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6H3aEob_mo&feature=share
Paul Ryan Introduces The Patients’ Choice Act

How the ObamaCare brawl affects you
Mar. 13, 2017 – 9:25 – ‘The O’Reilly Factor’: Bill O’Reilly’s Talking Points 3/13; Plus reaction from Sen. Lindsey Graham
http://video.foxnews.com/v/5358215659001/?playlist_id=933116612001#sp=show-clipsHRC Calls on Congress to Reject the American Health Care Act
via HRC.org March 8,2017
http://www.hrc.org/blog/hrc-urges-congress-to-reject-the-american-health-care-act

These are the promises that need to be delivered.
The American Health Care Act: Fact Sheet
http://www.speaker.gov/general/american-health-care-act-fact-sheet
Keeps our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare

7 Provisions To Watch In The GOP’s Proposed Health Care Law – via NPR News
March 7, 2017
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/07/519001659/7-things-to-watch-in-the-gops-american-health-care-act

The American Healthcare Act and the future of Planned Parenthood –
via MPR News March 8, 2017
http://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/08/american-healthcare-act-and-planned-parenthood

The American Health Care Act: What’s in it for you via CBS News March 8, 2017
https://www.google.com/amp/www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/obamacare-repeal-replace-house-republican-plan/

American Medical Association Opposes GOP Health Care Plan
via NBC NEWS MAR 8 2017
http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-care/american-medical-association-opposes-gop-health-care-plan-n730741

Travel Ban 2.0 

President Trump’s Travel “Ban” Executive Order, (I’d rather call it a “Pause,”) has been in limbo for over a month, because courts are trying to sort out the legalities of it all. There are some misconceptions, speculations, differences of opinion and conflicting laws that need prioritizing. I wrote another blog regarding it recently, and you can find it here.

(I can’t seem to blog at the “Speed of Trump.” This man is very ambitious, a work-aholic and there seems to be something new everyday. Sometimes bad and in my opinion, a lot of good.)

The new executive order replacing the earlier one that had the country in an uproar, was signed Monday March 6th, 2017 and is only targeting 6 countries this time. Iraq has been dropped from the list, however extra screening will be added to people leaving Iraq, to make sure nobody has ties to ISIS. Iraq has already agreed to work with the US on this matter so targeting them negatively, would be counterproductive. This order also doesn’t single out Syrian refugees for indefinite suspension, it seems to apply to all refugees and just for a 120 pause. It will not take effect until March 16th and everyone seems to be in the loop on this one with no surprises. (exec order text and memorandum text released 3-6-17)

Buried deep in the executive order is the revoking of the old one regarding this matter, because there is 48 lawsuits against it. They originally said they would fight those suits, but revoking the previous order renders those suits all moot, though it doesn’t make them go away. So now the DOJ will have to apply to all of those courts to have those cases thrown out. – via Fox New “Happening Now” Monday March 6, 2017
(It’s probably in the county’s best interest to do this, as President Trump has a very big agenda on his plate and fighting over the old executive order just takes time away from things he could be doing elsewhere.)

“Of the thousand active counter terrorism cases being lead by the FBI at this time inside the US, 300 are focused on individuals who entered the United States as refugees, and we are also told they come from countries on today’s 6 country list, and others who are outside that region”. via Fox New “Happening Now” Monday March 6, 2017

Legal permanent residence, those with visas and green cards prior to January 21st will be getting priority to stay in the US in this new executive order. It sounds like, it seems this one will be “bullet proof” legal, which can explain why it’s taken so long for it to be rewritten. It also explains for the delay in it being implemented, to give those legal permanent residents, visa holders and green card holders who need to make the necessary arrangements to do so. Info via Fox News “Happening Now” 3-6-17

In the legalities of it all, nobody seems to agree that this is not a muslim ban, even though there are many reasons to denounce that theory. One of which, NOT ALL muslims are affected, only ones that reside in the now six countries from the list. There are 40+ Muslim dominant countries around the world whom of which are not affected. Second there is no mention of a Muslim ban in the wording of the order. And lastly, EVERYONE without a valid visa or greencard before January 21, 2017 or who is not a permanent resident of the US in the countries that are forementioned are affected under the executive order, not just ones whom of which practice the Muslim religion.

The Argument of this Executive Order’s Legality
Many people feel that the reason this order is not legal is because of religious discrimination, it violates religious rights of refugees mentioned. However, shouldn’t the people already on our soil, and the ones that already have been accepted to enter our borders, have precedence over anyone overseas that has no claim to residence in the USA?

During former President Obama’s Administration, a bill was introduced that would give religious discrimination rights to possible migrants heading to the US. It’s called The Freedom of Religion Act of 2016, and it states that no immigrant can be denied admission to the USA based on their religion.

NEW BILL WOULD BAN RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION IN IMMIGRATION
http://www.newsweek.com/new-bill-would-ban-religious-discrimination-immigration-458722 – via News Week May 11, 2016

The Freedom of Religion Act of 2016 would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act with a new section titled “Prohibition on denying admission because of religion,” which stipulates that “notwithstanding any other provision of the immigration laws, an alien may not be denied admission to the United States because of the alien’s religion or lack of religious beliefs.’’

Concerns about national security are mixing with unchecked anti-Muslim bigotry and fomenting unjust fear and scrutiny of Muslim refugees and immigrants. Sadly, that fear has led some to call for a temporary ban on Muslims immigrating to the U.S., to propose dramatically limiting the number of refugees our nation accepts, and to pursue a host of policies designed to make life difficult for Muslims in America. To close our doors to Muslim immigrants and refugees in need would betray both the First Amendment and our nation’s great history as an open and welcoming land.
Um, no. NewsWeek, you have got it all wrong. Nobody wants to ban Muslims, we want to keep RADICALS out. No one is proposing any policies to oppress Muslims either, so please stop with the fear mongering.

House Passes Upgraded International Religious Freedom Law May 18, 2016
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/lauretta-brown/house-passes-significant-upgrades-international-religious-freedom-law
(CNSNews.com) – The House of Representatives unanimously passed the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act Monday afternoon, which upgrades the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 giving the administration and the State Department new resources to help combat the worldwide escalation in persecution of religious minorities.

Congress Passes Bill Aimed at Addressing Worldwide Religious Persecution
December 14, 2016
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/lauretta-brown/congress-passes-bill-aimed-addressing-worldwide-religious-persecution
(CNSNews.com) – The House Tuesday passed the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act, a bill designed to “advance religious freedom globally,” following approval by the Senate last week and is now headed to the president’s desk.

The bipartisan bill, authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), aims to “advance religious freedom globally through enhanced diplomacy, training, counterterrorism, and foreign assistance efforts, and through stronger and more flexible political responses to religious freedom violations and violent extremism worldwide.”

The legislation requires that the secretary of state “establish and maintain a list of foreign individuals to whom a consular post has denied a visa on the grounds of particularly severe violations of religious freedom” or “who are subject to financial sanctions or other measures for particularly severe violations of freedom religion.”

It also would amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA) requiring that the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) “make publicly available, to the extent practicable, online and in official publications, lists of persons it determines are imprisoned or detained, have disappeared, been placed under house arrest, been tortured, or subjected to forced renunciations of faith for their religious activity or religious freedom advocacy by the government of a foreign country that the Commission recommends for designation as a country of particular concern for religious freedom.”
It includes a requirement of international religious freedom training for all Foreign Service Officers and also requires that the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom report directly to the secretary of state.

The bill calls for an integration of “United States international religious freedom policies and strategies into the foreign policy efforts of the United States.”

My humble opinion is that everyone should have the freedom to worship or not, in any way they want, as long as it’s not hurting anyone else, and they are not forcing anyone, to do as they do. But we should not be giving rights to people in other countries, and prioritizing these rights above those of our own National Security.

Those that are in agreement with the executive order believe that National Security comes before anything else, so this law, The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, has precedence over any other, the law states: Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 states: Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.

(That would imply in regards to what the president deems is in the best interest of the United States of America’s National Security, that ANYTHING GOES. It’s his number one job to keep the U.S. safe. I completely agree.)

The original executive order regarding this “Travel Pause”, was implemented hastily and carelessly. There were many people inconvenienced, scared and negatively affected by it. The President should have included exemptions for those people that already had permissions to be here in the USA, such as visa holders and naturalized citizens etc. Most likely had he done that, a lot less protesting and anger would have accrued. We are told that they eventually clarified that those people were exempt and were handled, then released on a case by case basis.

Administration: Nearly 750 people subjected to travel ban after court order
http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/320949-reports-nearly-750-people-affected-by-travel-ban-in-hours-after-trumps-order -via The Hill 2-23-17
The federal government said Thursday that 746 people were “detained or processed” during the 27-hour period after a federal judge blocked enforcement of part of President Trump’s travel ban.

The Justice Department on Thursday turned over a list of the names to a group of civil rights attorneys representing plaintiffs suing the Trump administration over the policy.

The lawyers agreed not to make the names public, but a cover letter from the Justice Department obtained by The Hill says “the list includes legal permanent residents.”
The list of names turned over to lawyers also includes travelers with approved refugee applications, valid visa holders and travelers from the seven countries included in the ban who were authorized to enter the U.S….

It’s not clear how many people on the list eventually gained entry into the U.S…….
“Only 109 people out of 325,000 were detained and held for questioning. Big problems at airports were caused by Delta computer outage,” the president tweeted on Jan. 30……

The government said last week in a court filing that 44 people arriving from those seven countries were deemed inadmissible on Jan. 27 and 28, The Associated Press reported, and another 97 people were denied entry at land border ports or pre-clearance locations abroad.

The government said at the time that 24 of those people who arrived at U.S. airports and 14 stopped elsewhere were ultimately admitted.

(It was originally reported that only just over 100 people were detained by the executive order in question and the 750 were sent back to where they came from. I’m not sure what exactly the truth is on that considering I’ve seen conflicting reports from various news sources. If you can find proof of what is actually true, leave me a comment of the link, I would love to add the correct info. (Hopefully the new executive order has all these kinks ironed out now.)

The hasty implementation of the this travel executive order was said to be a “surprise to our enemies,” so not to give them time to pour into the country before it was implemented. That’s a good argument, however not a very good excuse for such a horrible cluster of a process. Considering, because of the questionable legalities, it’s done the opposite of what it was meant to do. As well as the fact that they have been taking their sweet time re-writing a new one. The new one is said to be air tight, however they don’t seem to be in a very big hurry now, since it has a delayed effective date of ten days from now. This is probably because the courts “suggested” that it violated rights of those people who are legal and who needed time to make arrangements before implementation.

Report: 1800 refugees from 7 banned nations have entered US since court lifted Trump’s “travel ban” 
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/02/26/report-1800-refugees-from-7-banned-nations-have-entered-us-since-court-lifted-trumps-travel-ban/ via The Blaze 2-26-17
Data from the State Department recently revealed that at least 1,800 refugees from the seven Muslim-majority countries targeted by President Donald Trump’s January executive order on immigration and the U.S. refugee resettlement program have entered the United States since the courts lifted the order’s major restrictions.

According to analysis from the Pew Research Center, of those 1,800 refugees, the majority came from Syria, Iraq and Somalia…..

During the first full week of Trump’s presidency (Jan. 21-27), 870 refugees from the restricted countries entered the U.S., accounting for 43% of all refugee admissions during this time. The following week, Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, refugee admissions from the seven restricted countries all but stopped after Trump’s executive order took effect (excluding two refugees from Somalia and Iraq). They then resumed shortly after the federal courts stepped in.

In all, including refugees from countries with no travel restrictions, 6,095 refugees entered the U.S. during Trump’s first month in office (Jan. 21 to Feb. 17), a period that includes the week before he issued the travel order. Among these refugees, a total of 2,778 were Muslims (46%) and 2,610 are Christians (43%).

In total, Pew found that 2,733 refugees — or 45 percent in total — that entered the U.S. during Trump’s first month in office came from one of Trump’s seven targeted Muslim-majority nations.

The Freedom of Religion Act of 2016, that was passed under former President Obama, seems very unConstitutional regarding the security of the American people. The argument that refugees from these FAILED STATE COUNTRIES are protected under our laws is one that has the potential to step on our own citizen’s civil liberties. If we honored rights to everyone around the world under our Constitution before our own people, we are heading down a very dangerous road. These countries do not have records for background checks, it’s not easy to determine who is friendly with America and who maybe is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. This is why we need to improve vetting for these countries and that is the whole purpose of this executive order to begin with. But who would know that after the circus that has been made out of it by the media and Sen. Democrats like Chuck Schumer. (Whom was completely on board with the whole idea just two years ago and there is video proof of him saying so. Nothing has changed since then except for the POTUS.)

Trump’s order is a balm for Christians, not a ban on Muslims
https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/01/30/opinions/trump-travel-ban-christians-swain-opinion/index.html via CNN January 30, 2017
In the following days, mass hysteria and an onslaught of misleading news reports have falsely depicted the President’s actions as an unconstitutional ban on Muslims entering the United States.

Those who object to the order have missed both the actual content of the executive order and the fact that the seven Muslim nations most affected — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen — were already identified when Congress passed the “Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015.” This act prevented nationals of these countries from traveling to the United States without visas. Muslims from other nations like Indonesia, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia are not subject to Trump’s 90-day restriction. Therefore, it is not a Muslim ban.

“In order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles. The United States cannot, and should not, admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law. In addition, the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including “honor” killings, other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own) or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.”

Some people argue that restricting refugees from Syria and other terrorist sponsoring nations is heartless because many of the persons admitted are women and children. However, there is a serious problem with this argument: there are more male than female refugees. As Megan McArdle of Bloomberg highlights, Europe’s immigration statistics have shown that only 27 percent of refugees were female in 2015. Additionally, jihadists groups have increasingly used women and children to carry out attacks. Women bombers have been successful because they can get closer to their targets, as they are considered less suspicious. Thus, it makes perfect sense for our government to strongly vet all Muslim immigrants, including the women and children.

President Trump has also been condemned for signaling he will give priority to persecuted religious minorities in the Middle East, which means admitting higher numbers of Christian and Yazidi refugees fleeing beheadings, drownings, and other forms of mass torture. Some critics have mistakenly argued that religion should not be a factor in refugee admissions. However, as attorney David French points out, “Religious considerations are by law part of refugee policy. And it is entirely reasonable to give preference… to members of minority religions.”

Elliott Abrams, a senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, argued that it was almost impossible for a Christian refugee to escape Syria. According to Abrams, although 10 percent of all Syrians are Christian, only one-half of 1 percent of the refugees admitted to the US by fall of 2016 were Christian.

THE U.S. BARS CHRISTIAN, NOT MUSLIM, REFUGEES FROM SYRIA
http://www.newsweek.com/us-bars-christian-not-muslim-refugees-syria-497494
Via NewsWeek 9/13/16.
The United States takes refugee referrals from the U.N. refugee camps in Jordan, and there are no Christians there.

Here’s the Fox excerpt:

Experts say another reason for the lack of Christians in the makeup of the refugees is the makeup of the camps. Christians in the main United Nations refugee camp in Jordan are subject to persecution, they say, and so flee the camps, meaning they are not included in the refugees referred to the U.S. by the U.N.

“The Christians don’t reside in those camps because it is too dangerous,” Shea said. “They are preyed upon by other residents from the Sunni community, and there is infiltration by ISIS and criminal gangs.”

“They are raped, abducted into slavery and they are abducted for ransom. It is extremely dangerous; there is not a single Christian in the Jordanian camps for Syrian refugees,” Shea said.

The solution would be to allow Christians, and other religious minorities, to apply directly for refugee status, not through the U.N. U.S. Senator Tom Cotton has introduced legislation doing just that.

Genocide of Christians by ISIL (ISIS)
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genocide_of_Christians_by_ISIL
The genocide of Christians by ISIL refers to the genocide[10][11][12] of Christian minorities, within its region of control in Iraq, Syria and Libya by the Islamic extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Persecution of Christian minorities climaxed following its takeover of parts of Northern Iraq in June 2014.[13]

According to US diplomat Alberto M. Fernandez, “While the majority of victims in the conflict raging in Syria and Iraq have been Muslims, Christians have borne a heavy burden given their small numbers.”[14]

On February 3, 2016, the European Union recognized the persecution of Christians by Islamic State in Syria as genocide.[15][16][17][18]The vote was unanimous. The United States followed suit on March 15, 2016, in declaring these atrocities as genocide.[19] The vote was unanimous.[20] On April 20, 2016, British Parliament voted unanimously to denounce the actions as genocide.[21] A similar motion however failed in Canada when it was opposed by the majority of PM Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party.[22]
Christians are being beheaded on sight, raped and tortured, because of their religion and because they won’t submit to Radical Islam. They should have precedence as well should Jews, gays, transgender, women, children, Yazidi and any other minority group/race/religion in the region, because these are the people most vulnerable. These are the people that are dealing with life or death if they don’t find safety.

Boston Judge Unblocks Trump Travel Ban, Asks “Where Does It Say Muslim Countries?”
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-03/boston-judge-unblocks-trump-travel-ban-asks-where-does-it-say-muslim-countries – via Zero Hedge 2-3-17
“The language in Section 5 of the EO is neutral with respect to religion,

“The provisions of Section 5, however, could be invoked to give preferred refugee status to a Muslim individual in a country that is predominately Christian. Nothing in Section 5 compels a finding that Christians are preferred to any other group.”

STATE VERSUS FEDERAL POWER TO REGULATE IMMIGRATION – Nov. 14, 2007
https://www.cga.ct.gov/2007/rpt/2007-R-0621.htm
Many, but not all, state laws addressing immigration are preempted by federal law. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the federal government has broad and exclusive power to regulate immigration, preempting state and local laws that also attempt to do so. In this context, state regulation of immigration means a state law or local ordinance that makes a determination of who should or should not be admitted into the country and the conditions under which a legal entrant may remain. State laws that tangentially affect immigration, such as employment licensing laws that can be revoked for violations of federal immigration laws, are expressly permissible.

Sorry, Governors: The Decision To Let In Refugees Isn’t Really Up To You
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/syrian-refugees-governors_us_564a4fbce4b08cda348a32c2 via Huffington Post 11-16-15
The Supreme Court has repeatedly reaffirmed that the Constitution vests the federal government — and not the states — with “power over immigration, naturalization and deportation.”…..

The key statute here is the Refugee Act of 1980, as noted by ThinkProgress’ Ian Millhiser. That 1980 law declared it to be “the historic policy of the United States to respond to the urgent needs of persons subject to persecution in their homelands.” It gave the president broad power to handle an “unforeseen emergency refugee situation,” such as one involving “grave humanitarian concerns.”…..

“The decision to let a particular person into the United States or exclude them is up to the federal government,” said César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, a visiting professor at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law who writes extensively on immigration law. “There’s no question about that.”

“The Government of the United States has broad, undoubted power over the subject of immigration and the status of aliens,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy……

Specifically, once a refugee is cleared for admission into the United States, federal law renders his or her presence lawful, and under the 14th Amendment, the individual is protected against a blanket policy that singles out people based on national origin.

Government wants appeal of travel ban put on hold
http://q13fox.com/2017/02/25/government-wants-appeal-of-travel-ban-put-on-hold/ – via FEBRUARY 25, 2017, BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
For more than a century – literally, since 1901 – the Supreme Court has been attempting to sort out when the Constitution applies outside the borders of the nation. In a series of rulings in the first two decades of the 20th Century, now known together as the Insular Cases, the court ruled that residents of U.S. territories beyond the mainland did not enjoy all of the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, but could expect to be protected by the most fundamental guarantees. The process of picking and choosing has continued since then, and the results have been mixed.

Islam was Banned from the USA in 1952 but You’re Not Supposed to Know It!
May 16, 2016
http://thestarsandstripes.info/islam-was-banned-from-the-usa-in-1952-but-youre-not-supposed-to-know-it
The Immigration and Nationality Act passed June 27, 1952 revised the laws relating to immigration, naturalization and nationality for the United States.

That Act, which became Public Law 414, established both the law and the intent of Congress regarding the immigration of aliens to the US and remains in effect today.

Among the many issues it covers, one in particular found in Chapter 2, Section 212, is the prohibition of entry into the US if the alien belongs to an organization seeking to overthrow the government of the United States by force, violence or by other unconstitutional means.”

https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-29/0-0-0-2006.html
IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT \ INA: ACT 212 – GENERAL CLASSES OF ALIENS INELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE VISAS AND INELIGIBLE FOR ADMISSION; WAIVERS OF INADMISSIBILLITY

(iii) any activity a purpose of which is the opposition to, or the control or

overthrow of, the Government of the United States by force, violence, or other

unlawful means, is inadmissible.

https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-29/0-0-0-5017.html#0-0-0-220

INA: ACT 219 – DESIGNATION OF FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION 1/

Sec. 219. (a) Designation.-

(1) In general.-The Secretary is authorized to designate an organization as a terrorist organization in accordance with this subsection if the Secretary finds that-

(A) the organization is a foreign organization;

(B) the organization engages in terrorist activity (as defined in section 212(a)(3)(B) 1a/ or terrorism (as defined in section 140(d)(2) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989 (22 U.S.C. 2656f(d)(2)), or retains the capability and intent to engage in terrorist activity or terrorism); and

(C) the terrorist activity 1a/ or terrorism of the organization threatens the security of United States nationals or the national security of the United States.
In my opinion, our citizens and the people already here in our country come first. You can’t help anyone, if you don’t help yourself first. By improving our vetting process and fixing our own procedures, it only makes us stronger and better able to help those who are coming here to make a better life and escape the horrors of religious persecution and in many cases death. However we can’t have that chaos following them and being brought here.
Some of the other concerns of the legalities and intentions of an executive order of this context from the Trump Administration include:
‘Presidential Candidate Trump’ mentioned implementation of a muslim ban during the presidential campaign. (Although I’m not completely clear about the context of it, BUT I DO KNOW that President Trump realizes the difference between a Radical Islamic Extremist and a peaceful Muslim.) I also KNOW that the reason for this executive order is for the safety of the American people not to ban Muslims. The Muslims that are affected by this order are coming from FAILED STATES, (Contries with no governments or government records of their citizens. This is why a more sound vetting process for these countries is needed.)

7 countries were not the countries that were involved in 9-11, although they were predetermined by the previous administration and are failed states with no governments. Therefore they do not keep records of citizens for background checks.

Concerns that the omitted countries may be related Concernsto business ties with the Trump brand, and that’s why they weren’t included Although just because they aren’t including them now, doesn’t mean they won’t be added in the future. The countries on the list are failed states with no governments or records of their people, so background checks are virtually impossible. Not to mention the information we have about these countries, is not necessarily all the intel that the president has on them. He is privy to much more information. . Although just because they aren’t including them now doesn’t mean they won’t be added in the future. The countries on the list are failed states with no governments or records of their people so background checks are virtually impossible.

Procedural due process claims, which guarantee that people receive advance notice and an opportunity to be heard before they are deprived of liberty or property. (Which is now fixed with this 10 day delay of the new executive order.). Which has been taken care of in the new executive order.

Chuck Schumer Agrees with the travel pause back in 2015. 

 

Please take note of his refugee “props”. It makes me very angry when people accuse others of things they have done themselves.

Immigration explained with gumballs. We can help more people by helping them where they are rather than uprooting them and bring them here.

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Trump administration urges appeals court to put travel ban case on hold

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/25/trump-administration-urges-appeals-court-put-travel-ban-case/ via The Telegraph (UK) 2-25-17

Your Friend Ivanka

 

ivanka
Photo by: Matt Furman Forbes

Ivanka Trump, a successful business woman, very classy with impeccable taste, and a big heart. What’s not to like? She’s been under scrutiny since her father first started his campaign for president and it’s just gotten worse since he won the election. Should she be punished by the media and the left because of their hate for her father? Or should they try to embrace her as an ally, because of the major influence she has on her dad? I think it’s the latter.

Ivanka has already been in her father’s ear about continuing former President Obama’s LGBT Rights Executive Order. (President Donald J. Trump Will Continue to Enforce Executive Order Protecting the Rights of the LGBTQ Community in the Workplace) She also helped organize a meeting this week, with the President, Prime Minister of Canada and some very power successful women to address some of the women’s right issues that have been a concern of the left recently, Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs.

Ms. Trump could have a very powerful impact on the direction of President Trump’s Administration. The President has already said that she always encourages him to ‘do the right thing.’ Her guidance, and caring heart may be just what us women need in the White House. I would suggest we try and “make nice” with her.

It’s a VERY popular theory, and many consider it fact, that President Donald J. Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump’s brand has been dropped by many retailers, because of a sales decrease. However, if you do a little digging that might not be the whole story.

As Online Boycott Grows Study Shows Millennial Women Stick With Ivanka Trump’s Brand  OCT 26, 2016 @ 08:00 AM -via Forbes

Each woman surveyed was asked: “In light of Ivanka Trump’s involvement with the Trump campaign for president, how likely would you be to consider buying her line of shoes or clothing?”
They responded as follows:
Extremely Likely 18%
Very Likely 33%
Somewhat Likely 32%
Not Very Likely 11%
Not At All Likely 6%
Meanwhile, a campaign calling for a boycott of all things Trump, including Ivanka’s apparel and shoe lines, has been gathering social media steam.

Inside Ivanka, Inc: $100M Apparel Sales, And A Bid To Move Some Manufacturing Back From China 7/21/2016 @ 12:24PM -via Forbes

The company doesn’t include a breakdown of revenues by brand in its financial filings, but its 2016 annual report notes a $29.4 million increase in sales of Ivanka Trump’s fashion line from the year before.

Most articles paint a dreary picture of a decline in sale at Nordstrom’s and several other companies. They are mostly copy paste articles that use almost the same exact language. I see that kind of thing a lot. Many news sources will pick up the same story and they will basically copy/paste it and then it ends up coming from 10 different places. (But no matter how many pick up the story and publish it, that doesn’t make it true. That is why finding the truth is so hard these days.)

There are reports of a significant gains in sales at stores such as Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. There is also information from the brand itself claiming to have a significant rise in overall sales.

Sales Of Ivanka Trump’s Clothing Line Declined In 2016 February 11, 2017 -via Opposing Views

Nordstrom saw $14.3 million in sales in the fiscal year that ended in January, down from $20.9 million the year before.

Nordstrom is not the only store in which sales of Ivanka Trump’s products are down, according to CNBC. An analysis of email receipts by Slice Intelligence reveals sales of Ivanka’s line are down in a number of online stores, most notably following the 2016 presidential election. Online sales of her products fell 26 percent in January 2017 from January 2016.

Ivanka’s line did see sales growth in a handful of retailers. Online sales from Macy’s grew 30 percent, while sales from Bloomingdales.com grew 9 percent in the fourth quarter. However, growth was still slower this fiscal year compared to the previous year.

Ivanka Trump’s brand takes another hit– via kdvr 2-12-2017

Rosemary Young, senior director of marketing at Ivanka Trump, told CNNMoney last week that the brand was growing and experienced “significant year-over-year revenue growth in 2016.

“We believe that the strength of a brand is measured not only by the profits it generates, but the integrity it maintains,” Young said.

Retailers like Bloomingdale’s, Amazon, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s and Zappos all still carry Ivanka Trump products.

Ivanka Trump has taken a leave of absence from her namesake company since her father won the presidency. She has no formal role in the administration but is expected to have a voice on issues such as women’s empowerment and child care.

Ivanka Trump’s Brand Says Nordstrom Hasn’t Dropped Them Things are getting messy. FEB 4, 2017 6:30PM EST  –via Teen Vogue

… Ivanka Trump brand is refuting the claims made by Nordstrom. On Friday, a spokesperson told Refinery29 that they were still in business together, but their merchandise has simply been moved to in-store only. “Nordstrom ordered both apparel and shoes for the spring, and followed through with the orders on the apparel,” the Ivanka Trump brand claims. “They canceled the shoe order, kept the apparel order and moved the apparel from online into stores. It’s there.”

Nordstrom is still admit about their reasoning for dropping the line saying it’s because a drop in sales, but according to this article:

… a source that claims to be near to the first daughter told Refinery29 that wasn’t the case with Nordstrom. “They couldn’t handle the political pressure, someone new came in, and there was a change in the attitude toward the brand,” they told the website.

Ivanka Trump Doesn’t Flinch As she leads her brand into its next stage, Ivanka reveals how she’s navigating the drama around her father’s presidential campaign. –via Fast Company


“I learned a long time ago that I can’t control the opinions of others or what they project on me. All I can do is live my life, and I’ve tried to do that,” she tells me a few minutes into our interview. It’s a classic Ivanka statement, as if to say, I’m perfectly clear about who I am; it’s not my fault what other people decide to think. It’s easy to understand why she feels that way, and why Ivanka—always poised, always on message—seems to work so hard to keep her image under control.

…Net sales of just the clothing arm of the company were up $11.8 million during the first 6 months of 2016 compared to the first 6 months of 2015 as it sold its products online and at department stores, according to public filings from one of Ivanka Trump’s major licensing and manufacturing partners. Forbes reported that Ivanka’s clothing line generated $100 million in revenue last year, and sales were up $29.4 million from the previous fiscal year. The private company will not confirm specific sales figures, but do say their sales went up 37% last year, and that the growth rate has held pretty steady this year. And the website’s traffic is up 50% over last year, thanks in large part to Ivanka’s heightened public profile.

Is Ivanka Trump’s brand losing its bling? –– via Fox 6 Now and http://www.nbc-2.com/story/34460378/is-ivanka-trumps-brand-losing-its-bling -NBC 2

The brand would tell you “no.” A spokesperson for the first daughter’s fashion label said Wednesday that the brand’s overall sales were up 21% in 2016 compared to the prior year.

… plenty of retailers that are still carrying the brand. A spokesperson said over 800 retailers — including Bloomingdale’s, Amazon, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s and Zappos — all carry Ivanka Trump products.

Even with all these reports of significant rises in income for the Ivanka Trump Company, Nordstrom’s continues to insist that they are discontinuing the brand because of a decrease in sales. However, there is an email from Nordstrom’s sent to their employees floating around, that was allegedly sent two days before their announcement of their decision to quit offering the Ivanka Trump Brand.

Leaked Email May Prove Nordstrom Lied About Dropping Ivanka Over ‘Poor Sales’ 2-7-2017 –via Elite Daily &  Vanity Fair

two days before Nordstrom dropped Ivanka’s line, the company’s three presidents sent an email to all company staff criticizing President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban, Daily Mail reports.

The email, obtained by the Seattle-based newspaper “The Stranger,” said,

We literally have thousands of employees who are first and second generation immigrants.

Every one of your unique qualities brings a richness that allows us to better reflect and serve the multicultural communities we’re a part of and ultimately makes us a better company.

We are a better place with you here, no doubt about it.

It’s important that we reiterate our values to all of you and make it clear that we support each of our employees. We will continue to value diversity, inclusion, respect, and you can count on that. (the full email can be read here)

Exclusive — Women Nationwide Cut Up Nordstrom’s Cards, Plan Boycotts After Political Decision to Drop Ivanka Trump Line–via Breitbart

But, in reality, the brand wasn’t performing badly. Nordstrom’s came under political fire from a series of hardcore anti-Trump activists, according to People Magazine.

There are both boycotts of Ivanka Trump’s Brand and Boycotts of the stores that have dropped it.

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#BoycottNordstrom Swings From Left To Right After Ivanka Trump Drop – via Investor’s Business Daily 2/03/2017

It was not too long ago that #BoycottNordstrom had a different audience, however, many of whom were concerned about the Trump family’s potential business conflicts of interest….

Grab Your Wallet has been vocal in trying to get shoppers to boycott stores that carry Trump-affiliated merchandise.

Ivanka Trump products are still available at Macy’s (M), Macy’s-owned Bloomingdale’s, Amazon (AMZN) and elsewhere.

Nordstrom shares rose 0.9% to 43.90 in the stock market today, (2-3-17) well off intraday highs of 46.09 as the stock tries to break a downtrend going back to early December.

Macy’s rose 6.5% Friday on continued buyout buzz, after advancing 5.2% on Thursday. Amazon slid 3.5% after reporting weaker-than-expected sales and revenue guidance late Thursday.

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So what is it? Is Ivanka Trump Brand sales up overall and only down at a handful of stores?

Or is someone on either side fudging the real story? It’s hard to tell. Because of my own personal experience with trusting the mainstream press; I can’t help but question the dozens of articles that are basically copied and pasted over and over from news source to news source that state a negative bias against the Trump name.

President Trump and his Councilor Kellyanne Conway have been under duress for sticking up for Ivanka and stating that she has been treated unfairly by the retailers that have dropped her brand and by the media. Critics are saying that they are using their political positions to further Ms. Ivanka’s success. (Which is unlawful.)

Here’s How Ivanka Trump Responded to Women Boycotting Her Clothing Line October 27, 2016 11:02 a.m – via NY Mag

“Well, the beauty of America is people can do what they like, but I prefer to talk to the millions, tens of millions of American women who are inspired by the brand and the message that I’ve created,” Ivanka said.

She went on to say that her “advocacy of women” started long before the presidential campaign began. “I never politicized that message,” Ivanka added. “People who are seeking to politicize it because they may disagree with the politics of my father, there’s nothing I can do to change that.”

There has been controversy in the past year over a few instances when Ivanka wore her own accessories and apparel on TV for her father’s interview with 60 minutes and Republicans National Convention.

Ivanka Trump’s Company Scrambles Over ’60 Minutes’ Bracelet Criticism -via NBC NOV 15 2016, 1:25 PM ET

A “fashion alert” was initially sent to journalists on Monday by Monica Marder, vice president of sales for Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry. It promoted Ivanka Trump as wearing “her favorite bangle from the Metropolis Collection” on the CBS News show. The bracelet costs $8,800 to $10,800. “Please share this with your clients…” the email said.

….The interview was not the first time Ivanka Trump used her father’s political spotlight to highlight her brand. In July, the former model marketed a blush pink sheath dress she wore at the Republican National Convention. The dress, which retailed at a more affordable $138, quickly sold out.

This past week both President Donald J. Trump, and Kelley Anne Conway, stuck up for Ms. Ivanka and were criticized for breaking the law. It’s illegal to use your political office to promote yourself or friends for profit. Which is a valid law and makes perfect sense. Many in the past have gotten away with doing this though.

The hypocrisy–

The same news sources that were telling me just weeks ago about girl power and striving to be successful women for equality are now very anti-Ivanka Trump. The same news sources that were just telling me that ‘us’ women have to stick together and stick up for each other, are now tearing down one of the most successful women in our country. Not because of something she did wrong, but because of who her dad is, and they don’t like him.

Now hypothetically, what if we were talking about Chelsea Clinton? Say, she has a successful fashion brand, while her father is president. The same father who was caught in many unfavorable acts against women. Not just talk and not just one but many. If the same thing was happening to her right now, how would the woman from “the left” be acting?

Ivanka Trump has focused on empowering women to be successful. She even markets her brand as a celebration of women.
http://ivankatrump.com/about/ via her website

It’s a celebration of women working at all aspects of their lives. Women who transition between their various roles in professional and personal capacities: building careers, raising children, nurturing relationships and pursuing passions.

For instance former President Barack Obama plugged Blackberry at the beginning of his presidency. Some may argue that it wasn’t for his personal gain, however do you know for positive sure that he hasn’t any ties, has never had any ties or friends with ties to that company? I don’t.

Reflections on the Greatest Free Product Endorsement Ever 11/08/2012 @ 9:28AM -via Forbes

January 7, 2009, days before his inauguration and in the face of having to give up his personal phone for security reasons as his predecessors had done, the President-elect said, “I’m still clinging to my BlackBerry. They’re going to pry it out of my hands.” This was a product that was of such great use to him, and represented his connection to the life he was leaving, that he would force his Executive Office of the President (EOP) to change protocol so that he could keep his cherished device. This is the sort of endorsement that companies dream about.

Samsung, selfies and the branding of Barack Obama April 3, 2014 -via Washington Post

During a concession speech in April 2008, Obama spoke in front of a crowd that included someone in an Abercrombie & Fitch shirt. The FITCH part of the shirt was very visible. The company’s spokesperson told the New York Post, “Thanks to the Obama campaign for the great product placement. We wish we had thought of it.”

First Ladies Have Often Made Use Of Their ‘Brands’ Friday, February 10, 2017 -via Valley News

Roosevelt showed up in print and television commercials endorsing bread products, margarine and even the burgeoning airline industry. The latter featured a portrait of Roosevelt seated on a plane, serenely knitting above this quote: “I never cease to marvel at the airplane.” Roosevelt was surprised at her ability to push products, historians recalled, but in the years since the selling power of first ladies has been well documented.

Their position is unsalaried and the work is unofficial, but presidents’ wives have used their platforms to promote worthy causes, promote their husbands — and, sometimes, promote themselves….

Jimmy Carter’s younger brother Billy, who gained celebrity for his boozy, good-ol’ boy likability. In the late 1970s, he endorsed a product called Billy Beer. The cans read: “Brewed expressly for and with the personal approval of one of America’s all-time Great Beer Drinkers — Billy Carter.”

Former First Lady Michelle Obama isn’t innocent of promoting friends either. Read on to her own quote about being happy to give designers a “boost.”

Like Conway, Michelle Obama boasted about ‘boosting’ sale of designers
By EMILY JASHINSKY (@EMILYJASHINSKY) •2/9/17 – via Washington Examiner

In an interview with Vogue, First Lady Michelle Obama explicitly acknowledged that one of the questions she considered when choosing fashion designers was, “Can I give them a boost?”

According to Vogue, Obama remarked, “There are definitely designers that I love, people I love to work with. And who they are as people matters. Are they good people? Do they treat their staff well? Do they treat my staff well? Are they young? Can I give them a boost?”

The implication here, of course, is that Michelle Obama deliberately exploited her position as first lady to “boost” the sales of private businesses.

There are more instances where these sorts of things have happened and I don’t remember anyone making such a mountain out of it. I’m not saying that it’s right to or it’s legal to use your political platform to make money or make money for family or friends. There is clearly a law saying that is illegal. All I’m saying is that it’s not anything new. Why is it a bigger deal when the Trump Administration has done this, rather than the people that have done it in the past? Shouldn’t we hold all persons to the same standards? If the laws aren’t enforced for everyone, only a select few, that is just unethical.

Women around the globe should be very happy that Ivanka Trump is in the White House, especially the women of America and those who aren’t fans of her father. She has a very good and strong influence on him. She’s ambitious, successful and she cares about women’s rights; everyone’s rights. With her in her father’s ear he will always advocate for women, because he will never want to let “his little girl” down.