The First 100 Days (Trump Briefs: March 3-11/Day 43-51) Week 7
By Michael Hernandez
Friday, March 3 (Day 43):
Trump: “Carriers are the centerpiece of American might”
President Trump talking to navy personnel on the Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier spoke: “Carriers are the centerpiece of American might. They project power and strength at sea.”
“We need to give sailors the tools, resources, and training,” said Trump. “Our Navy fleet is the smallest it has been since World War I. The Air Force is the smallest since 1947 with our planes averaging 30 years apiece. We have over 18,000 fewer active duty Marines. Our Army has been reduced by over 85,000 active soldiers since 2009.”
“Our investing in the military is investing in peace. To prevent war, we must be prepared for war. We have an amazing opportunity to strengthen the military, reboot our economy and bring back jobs.”
Washington Post compares Trump to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler
The Washington Post foreign affairs reporter Amanda Erickson compares President Trump to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler because of his creation of the “Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement” office announced Tuesday in his speech to a joint Congress.
“This strategy – one designed to single out a particular group of people,” writes Erickson, “was employed to great effect by Adolf Hitler and his allies. In the 1930s, the Nazis used a similar tactic to stir up anger and hatred toward Jews.”
Trump’s creation of VOICE was the President speaking out for victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants.
Radio show host Mark Levin to Congress: “Investigate Barack Obama’s ‘Silent Coup’ vs. Trump”
Radio show host Mark Levin called Obama’s effort “police state” tactics and suggested that Obama should be the “target of congressional investigations.”
Levin called the effort a “silent coup” by the Obama administration and demanded it be investigated. Levin was drawing on sources including the New York Times and the Washington Post and reported by Breitbart News:
- June, 2016 request by Obama administration with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to monitor communications involving Donald Trump and several advisors. Request denied.
- July, 2016 Wikileaks releases emails from Democratic National Committee to show effort to prevent Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) from winning presidential nomination.
- October, 2016: Obama administration submits a new FISA Court request to monitor a computer server in Trump Tower suspected to links to Russian banks. No evidence found but wiretaps continue for national security reasons. Andrew McCarthy of National Review says Obama administration is now monitoring opposing presidential campaign using high-tech surveillance of federal intelligence agencies.
- January, 2017: Buzzfeed releases and CNN reports a “dossier” that shows continuous contact between Russia and the Trump campaign and says that the Russians have compromising information about the President. None of the allegations can be proven and some are proven false.
- January, 2017: The Obama Administration expands National Security Administration sharing of intelligence to all 16 intelligence agencies (17 days before leaving office) before applying “privacy protections” making it easier for intelligence on private citizens to be circulated improperly or leaked.
- January, 2017: The New York Times reports on the eve of Inauguration Day that several agencies: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA), and the Treasury Department are monitoring several associates of the Trump campaign suspected of Russian ties while other news sources report of a “multiagency working group to coordinate investigations across the government” though it is unclear how they found out, since the investigation would have been secret and classified.
- February, 2017: Reports emerge that the FBI intercepts a conversation between private citizen Michael Flynn (later to be named National Security Advisor) and the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The investigation involves Sally Yates, an Obama appointee of the Justice Department, that would later be fired by President Trump for insubordination.
- February, 2017: The New York Times cites “four current and former American officials” have repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials. The White House and some congressional Republicans begin to raise questions about illegal intelligence leaks.
- March, 2017: The Washington Post reports on two contacts with Russia made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. President Donald Trump responds by demanding an investigation of contacts with Russia made by congressional Democrats that are not reported by mainstream media.
SUMMARY: The Obama administration sought and obtained authorization to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign; continued to monitor the Trump team when no evidence of wrongdoing was found; then relaxed the NSA rules to allow evidence to be widely shared within the government; ensuring the information, including conversations of private citizens, would be leaded to the media.
Saturday, March 4 (Day 44):
Spirit of America Ventura Rally attracts over 200 Trump supporters
President accuses Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower” tweeted President Trump. “Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”
“How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process,” he wrote. “This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad guy?! Is it legal for
a sitting President to be ‘wire tapped’ in a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!”
A former Heat Street editor Louise Mensch reported the day before the election, “sources with links to the counter-intelligence community” confirmed that a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) court had granted a FISA court warrant in October to monitor activities in Trump tower. They were previously denied a request in June, according to the report as well as a report in the Guardian.
The New York Times reported on Wednesday that the Obama team had classified the investigation at the lowest possible level, allowing the data gathered from the investigation to be shared and leaked widely within the administration.
In January, the New York Times reported that intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the Obama White House even though there was “no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing” between Russian officials and associates of Trump.
Obama: “Claim of Trump Tower wiretapped is false”
Former President Obama “denies” President Trump’s accusation that Trump Tower phones were “tapped in the weeks before the Presidential elections.
“Neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered any surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false,” said Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for the former president.
Sunday March 5 (Day 45):
Vendors lining up to build Trump’s border wall
The Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection is issuing a solicitation on electronic format for the design and building of several prototype wall structures bordering the United States and Mexico.
The procurement has two phases: the first requiring vendors to submit a concept paper of their prototypes by Friday, March 10th which will result in the evaluation of selection of vendors by March 20th.
The second phase will require vendors to submit proposals in response to the full RFP by March 24, 2017. Multiple awards are contemplated by mid-April. Some of the vendors who have expressed interest in building the border security wall include Raytheon, a defense contractor; Caddell, a construction company with a global portfolio. Leo A. Daly, an international architectural and engineering firm, is one of the more prominent design firms listed. The list includes 38 companies from Texas and 15 companies on the list are Hispanic owned.
Monday, March 6 (Day 46):
New Executive Order Protects U.S. from foreign terrorist entry
President Trump’s new executive order protecting the U.S. from foreign terrorist entry acknowledges that of the 1,000 ongoing terrorist investigations in the United States–300 are looking at individuals who entered America through Barack Obama’s refugee program.
Effectively, March 16th, it replaces the current Executive Order that has been halted by the courts and does the following;
- For the next 90 days, foreign nationals from six terrorist nations: Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen who do not have a valid visa on the effective day of the order and did not have an effective visa on Jan. 27, 2017 are not eligible to travel to the United States. (Note: Iraq is no longer on the list because of their cooperation with the State Department.)
- In the first 20 days, the Department of Homeland Security will perform a global country by country review of each nation on the list. Countries will then have 50 days to comply with requests made by the United States.
- The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) is temporarily suspended for the next 120 days.
- Upon resumption of USRAP the new refugee cap will be 50,000 refugees for the fiscal year 2017.
- The Department of Homeland Security will make information available to the pubic every 180 days.
Tuesday, March 7 (Day 47):
Wikileaks focuses on American intelligence hacking “spying” techniques
Wikileaks claims that the Central Intelligence Agency can use any telephone, computer, or television and turn it into a microphone that is spying on Americans.
The allegations were made in a document release called “Vault 7” which outlines hacking operations of the CIA Center for Cyber Intelligence at its headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
According to Wikileaks, the CIA has achieved “political and budgetary preeminence” over its rival the National Security Administration for spying operations.
Public Pension insolvency causes governor to propose gas tax and vehicle registration increases
Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed a 42 percent increase in gas tax and a 141 percent increase in vehicle registration fees to make up deficits in California’s public pension programs and also because the State’s $122.8 billion General Fund now has a $1.6 billion deficit (the first deficit since 2012). The actual gas increase is 17 cents per gallon with an increase in registration fees of $65 per vehicle.
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) public pensions are facing exploding costs. The state’s budget (2017-18) already includes a $524 million increase for public pension contributions. This is an increase over this year’s $5.3 billion cost. The next four years will see an increase of $524 million per year.
California already has the highest personal tax rate in the nation at 13.3 percent and the sixth highest corporate rate at 8.84 percent according to the Pacific Research Institute.
Wednesday, March 8 (Day 48):
Jay Sekulow: Obamacare Repeal bill “most significant victory for life in nation’s history
American Center for Law and Justice general counsel Jay Sekulow calls the Obamacare repeal bill—which is a reconciliation bill in Phase One—the “most significant victory for life in the nation’s history” because it defunds Planned Parenthood.
Pages 2-4 of the 123 page bill (unlike the 2,300 page Obamacare bill) outline the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Such a move would be politically impossible says Sekulow if it was not in a reconciliation bill because it would then required 60 U.S. Senate votes.
Former Utah Governor named by President Trump as Russian Ambassador
Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman has been named by President Trump as the new Ambassador to Russia. Huntsman, served as President Obama’s Ambassador to China previously.
Thursday, March 9 (Day 49):
HUD Secretary Ben Carson: “Our country is the patient”
“Right now, our country is the patient. And it’s not a Democrat or a Republican patient. It’s a patient, it’s an American patient,” said new Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, “And we have a duty to use the gifts that God has given all of us in order to heal that patient.”
In a statement released by HUD, Dr. Carson said, “Working directly with patients and their families for many years taught me that there is a deep relationship between health and housing,” Dr. Carson continued, “I learned that it’s difficult for a child to realize their dreams if he or she doesn’t have a proper place to live, and I’ve seen firsthand how poor housing conditions can rob a person of their potential.”
Ambassador to Israel Approved by U.S. Senate
David Friedman, an Orthodox Jew and the son of a rabbi, fluent in Hebrew, with a home in Jerusalem has been approved by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee as the new ambassador to Israel. Friedman, a lawyer, is an outspoken supporter of Israel and was highly critical of former President Barack Obama, who he called a “blatant anti-Semite” for his Iran deal that removed sanctions while continuing their nuclear program.
Friday, March 10 (Day 50):
U.S. Congressman: “Obama running shadow government from D.C.”
Pennsylvania Republican Mike Kelly says that former President Barack Obama is living in Washington for “only one purpose and one purpose only and that is to run a shadow government that is gonna totally upset the new agenda. It just doesn’t make sense.”
Obama’s nonprofit, Organizing for Action, is boasting more than 30,000 volunteers and 250 offices nationwide and receives orders directly from the former president.
Saturday, March 11 (Day 51):
SoCal Christian leader calls for an Esther Fast before Purim
The organizer behind Azusa Now (April 9, 2016) which attracted over 110,000 online registrants (the actual crowd count was diminished by heavy rain) to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a prayer and worship event to celebrate the 110th Anniversary of the Azusa Street Revival issued a call for an Esther Fast (March 8-11) before the start of Purim.
Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, who was planning to kill all the Jews. The setting takes place in the ancient Persian Empire and is retold in the Biblical Book of Esther.
Haman’s plan to kill all Jews was foiled by Mordecai and his cousin and adopted daughter, Esther, who had risen to become the Queen of Persia married to King Ahasuerus, that many presume to be Artaxerxes I of Persia.
YouTube Video of The Call Esther Fast: 59 seconds
(Editor’s Note: Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships.)
Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.