By: Brian Evans
In recent years, many American’s questioned if we would find a leader who could live up to the incredible leadership of President Ronald Reagan. Since Reagan’s Administration, many American’s had come to the conclusion that there was likely no hope. Many voted for President George H.W. Bush and his son George Bush. However, to the dismay of the American voters, both President’s moved to aligned themselves with the Political Elite Class on the Progressive-Socialist Left. As a result, Conservative’s became disheartened and discouraged. As a consequence, America ushered in a new age that began to resemble Socialist Europe rather than Capitalist America. President Obama drew out the American Progressive-Left in droves to the ballot box. Independents bought into the Mainstream Media and Political Elite’s propaganda, and as a result, they elected a man who would push America ever closer to a member of the emerging One-World Communist Government that has been rising throughout Europe and around the globe.
Then, in 2016 America elected Donald J. Trump, who has defied all odds. He has weathered attacks from the Progressive-Socialist Democrats, Political Elitists within both parties, One-World Proponent’s around the globe, Deep State officials throughout our government, the FBI, CIA, Hollywood Elites, Millionaires, Billionaires, NFL, CEO’s of most major companies, Corporate Leadership, and the list could go on and on. President Trump faced opposition from virtually every corner of America and around the globe. Yet, despite his opposition, he had strength from the very foundation of our country. He had support from the men and women who work day in and day out to pay their mortgage and bills. He had support from the miners who lost their jobs under the Obama Administration due to the Communist motivated Climate Change (Global Warming) lobby. He had the support of mothers and fathers who were concerned about the many ways that the Obama Administration and Progressive-Socialist left pushed for the Anti-Christian demoralization of our nation and world. He had the support of American’s who struggle to heat and cool their homes. He had the support of Americans who lost loved ones to illegal immigrants, and then watched as the political elitists defended the illegal criminal aliens. He had the support of Americans who were sick and tired of the political elitists who weakened our military defenses as they armed ISIS and endangered our National Security. He had the support of Americans who watched the Obama Administration trade our nuclear uranium resources to Russia while illegally enriching their own pockets. He had the support of Americans who were angered as they listened to President Obama apologize to the world for being American, despite all the good our country has done for the world. He had the support of Americans who were stripped of their access to healthcare and then told that they had to pay double, triple, or quadruple the cost in order to pay for those who don’t have or want insurance. He had the support of American’s who were sick of having their paychecks slashed because the political elite class believed that American’s are too stupid to know how to spend their money as well as government. He had the support of American’s who were tired of being looked down at because the political elite politicians believed that they were stupid, ignorant, backwoods, redneck, and deplorable. He had the support of American’s who were sick of the political elites and Progressive-Socialists who believe that big government is more important than states rights or even individual rights. He had the support of American’s who were tired of Christians being targeted, and having their religious liberties diminished or decimated. He had the support of American’s who were tired of Progressive-Socialists fighting for the rights of felons while pushing for the extermination of the millions of unborn children. The list of reasons President Trump won the election could go on and on. In fact, it is for these reasons, and the fact that he is willing to fight for the average American, that Donald J. Trump rose from the ashes of our politically war-torn nation to what is now one of the greatest President’s in the history of the United States of America.
However, despite the support he had during the 2016 election, there were a number of Conservative’s, Christians, and other’s who either questioned their support for Trump, or refused to vote for him at all. They questioned his brash talk, his way of ruthlessly attacking his opponents, and the way he said whatever came to mind. It made them struggle to support President Trump. Despite these qualities, President Trump has continued to have many conservatives who previously refused to support him, or vote for him, slowly beginning to warm to his leadership . Strict Conservatives shied away from him over his talk of tariffs, and other aspects of his agenda that didn’t line up with their agenda. However, President Trump has delighted Conservatives as he has proven to be one of the most conservative President’s in modern American history. Furthermore, President Trump has accomplished more in his first year of office than any other President, despite seemingly insurmountable odds coming at him from every direction. Despite Democrats remaining unanimous in voting against every agenda item that he has put forward, President Trump has won virtually every time. Despite Progressive-Socialist RINO Republican’s derailing his agenda at every turn, President Trump has found ways to move the agenda forward. President Trump is a survivor. He is one of the hardest workers I have ever seen. He may tweet out things that anger the left and irritate the right, but he speaks his mind in a way that connects with the American people. He speaks his mind in a way that demonstrates that he is honest, which is a breath of fresh air coming from Washington D.C. and the political class.
PRESIDENT TRUMP’S FIRST YEAR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
Meanwhile, with all the opposition coming from the political swamp, Trump has triumphed in innumerable ways. For example, President Trump has fought for women’s rights. He has pushed for the right to life, and against abortion. He also signed an order reinstating the Mexico City Policy, which de-funded the International Planned Parenthood Federation and other organizations that promoted foreign abortions. In addition, President Trump signed a Congressional Review bill into law annulling a recent Obama administration regulation that would have prohibited states from discriminating in awarding Title X family planning funds based on whether a local clinic also performed abortions. He cut off U.S. funding to the United Nations Population Fund, which has links to inhumane abortion programs such as China’s one-child policy (which became a two-child policy in 2015). As a result, Trump shifted more than $32 million to the U.S. Agency for International Development. Then, the Department of Health and Human Services has published a draft of a new strategic plan that states in its introduction that life begins at conception, and the Office of Management and Budget to issue a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) to strongly support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), which would generally make it unlawful for any person to perform, or attempt to perform, an abortion of an unborn child after 20 weeks post-fertilization. In April, President Trump appointed pro-life advocate Dr. Charmaine Yoest, the former President of Americans United for Life, as assistant secretary of public affairs for the Department of Health and Human Services, replacing a strong Planned Parenthood and abortion supporter. Later he added two pro-life advocates who had worked for the Family Research Council to other key positions, and Valerie Huber, an abstinence education advocate, was appointed in June as chief of staff to the assistant secretary for health at the HHS. In May, the administration broadened the scope of the Mexico City policy to restrict funding to any international health organization that performs or gives information about abortions expanding the amount of money affected from $600,000 to nearly $9 million. Then, in October Trump issued a “strong commitment to promoting the health, well-being, and inherent dignity of all children and adults with Down Syndrome.” He said there are too many people who see Down Syndrome as an excuse to ignore or discard human life. He went on to say that American’s and their government “must always be vigilant in defending and promoting the unique and special gifts of all citizens in need” and “should not tolerate any discrimination against them, as all people have inherent dignity.” In addition, President Trump worked with Congress to help craft a bill that was designed to kill a Obama regulation that blocked states from defunding abortion providers, and gave guidance to help block Obamacare money from supporting abortion. President Trump also launched the United States-Canada Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders with Prime Minister Trudeau. Also, Vice President Mike Pence became the first Vice President to speak at the annual pro-life March for Life, and President Trump attended and spoke the 2018 pro-life March for Life event. In all, President Trump and his Administration have done more to promote, advance, and reclaim the rights of all women and their unborn children in modern American history.
President Trump also worked diligently to fix America’s economy and fight against progressive-socialist and communist ideologues that sought to have the government steal power away from the private businesses and shift that power towards the federal government. Progressive Democrats utilized the so-called ‘global warming’ or ‘climate change’ movement to steal power from private industry and shift that power to the federal government. President Trump has proven to be a leader in calling the ‘global warming’ movement out and fighting to return that power back to ‘the people.’ In fact, President Trump has removed climate change from the list of global threats in his National Security Strategy; thus, doing a 180 from the Obama Administrations climate change push to call climate change an “urgent and growing threat to our national security.” Also, President Trump shut down the climate-change advisory panel under NOAA’s direction. The panel was set up to largely promote Obama’s climate policies, and fired anyone from the committee who voiced opposition to Obama’s policies or directives. In June, the President withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, which was a national redistribution of America’s wealth to countries around the world. Also, in April at the G-7 Conference, the administration refused to sign the G-7 joint statement because the other nations could not agree to include support for nuclear and fossil fuels without support for the Paris climate agreement. The G-7, consequently, did not issue a joint statement. Also, a study by NERA Consulting demonstrated that it would have likely cost the United States economy nearly $3 trillion and almost 10 million manufacturing and industrial jobs by 2040. President Trump has also reformed the EPA when his EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced new rules that would override the Obama Clean Power Plan, which did nothing for protecting the environment, but skyrocketed American’s energy and utility costs, forced a number of utilities to sell their utilities to overseas companies and ran coal miners out of work. Now, under Trump, the agency is moving to undo, delay, and block more than 30 environmental rules, and initiating the largest regulatory rollback in its 47 year history. As a result of President Trump’s initiatives, mining has increased 28.6%, and according to the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, it is the leading contributor of growth in North Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. Also, President Trump kept his promise to coal miners and rolled back Obama’s “Stream Protection Rule,” which was running the coal industry out of business by strapping it with an $81 million per year cost to operate. In addition to the coal industry, President Trump has been fighting for oil companies, oil jobs, and energy independence in America. In July, he signed an order boosting oil and gas development on federal lands. He also approved the Dakota Access Pipeline project and the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, and New Burgos Pipeline in Mexico. The Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines are expected to create more than 42,000 jobs and more than $2 billion in earnings. The Dakota Access Pipeline, which is transporting 500,000 barrels of oil a day. In addition, Trump opened up drilling in Alaska, on coastal areas, and throughout the United States. As a result, it is not only leading to American energy independence, but it has reinvigorated the North Dakota economy and has led to America exporting more energy than it imports each year. In addition to these pipelines, Trump reversed Obama’s ban on Arctic and Atlantic drilling and signed an executive order to extend offshore oil and gas drilling to reissue a leasing program to develop offshore resources. Trump also signed a bill in February that eliminated a Dodd-Frank rule requiring oil companies to publicly disclose the taxes and fees they pay to foreign governments, which would have cost the industry as much as $385 million annually. A move that will reduce the costs on American energy and will ultimately lower the prices on all American’s. In addition to these huge strides in American energy independence, President Trump has drastically cut regulations, opened plans to lease 77 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas drilling. He also traveled the world while promoting the sale and use of American energy, and has the EPA looking at likely ending Obama’s rules on methane emissions. All of these changes will greatly expand jobs, secure America’s energy independence, and eliminate the Arab’s control over American policy.
TRADE AND MANUFACTURING
Another sector of our economy that President Trump has affected will have long reaching implications is on trade. Over the past twenty years, America has made numerous deals that gave other countries the vast majority of the benefit of trade with America, and deals that cost American manufacturing plants and jobs. As a result, President Trump has vowed to renegotiate those trade deals, and to put America first. In doing so, under President Trump, the Commerce Department sided with Boeing, and slapped a 219% tariff on the import of Canadian-made Bombardier jets. President Trump said that the Canadian company was supported by Canadian and U.K. subsidies, resulting in an unfair market for American companies. President Trump has begun the process of renegotiating the U.S. and South Korean Free Trade Agreement, but it remains ongoing. In China, he signed an executive order to investigate the Chinese theft of U.S. intellectual property. The IP Commission Report estimates that the annual cost to the United States economy from IP theft could be as high as $600 billion, with China as the major contributor. He also initiated an investigation in April into whether or not Chinese and other foreign-made steel and aluminum threaten U.S. national security. China has 26 percent of the steel market in the U.S., and Chinese steel imports are up nearly 20 percent over the last year. For the first time since 2003, American beef imports have returned to China, opening up a $2.5 billion market to American ranchers and producers. Under President Trump’s Administration, more than $2 billion in fines have been assessed to China and Canada in August alone for using illegal trade practices. Trump also announced and has been working towards likely renegotiating NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), in order to better reflect the modern economic conditions, while benefiting all countries equally rather than placing American jobs and manufacturing at a major disadvantage. Trump has also signed an executive order, officially removing the United States from the international pact, which benefited other countries more than it did American workers and jobs. In addition, Trump struck a deal with Argentina in August that exported pork to the Argentine market. It was the first time since the early 1990’s, and opened up potentially $10 million in revenues to American pork producers. Mexico also agreed to Trump’s demands for them to curb their raw and refined sugar exports. Trump worked to bring companies like Toyota, Mazda, Broadcom Limited, and Foxconn and numerous other companies back to the United States and has been able to get them to open plants in America. In addition to Canada and China, Trump has made enforcement of U.S. trade laws, especially those that involve national security, a major priority, and he ended Obama’s deal with Cuba. Another promise made right from his campaign. Trump has convinced companies such as Ford, Chrysler and Carrier Air Conditioners to manufacture and build plants in the United States. At the White House, Corning announced it was investing $500 million in new U.S. production, creating 1,000 new jobs, while Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer, which makes the iPhone, announced in July it was investing $10 billion in Wisconsin to build a factory that will employ 3,000 workers directly and up to 22,000 workers indirectly. President Trump signed the “Buy American and Hire American” executive order in April, prioritizing American businesses and workers to the top of his list of accomplishments. His “Buy American” policy protects American industry from unfair competition by targeting the abusive use of waivers and exceptions to laws on the books. Trump’s “Hire American” effort calls for the reform of visa programs, ensuring that they no longer displace American workers, while fully enforcing laws governing the entry of foreign workers. As a result of President Trumps initiatives, there is increased optimism during the first six months of his Presidency, as the manufacturing index was the highest it had been since 1983 under President Reagan. The National Association of Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey showed the highest two-quarter average, of 91.4 percent, for manufacturing optimism in the survey’s 20-year history. The Institute for Supply Management reported its June barometer of manufacturing rose to 57.8, the fastest pace in three years.
ECONOMY (Markets, Small Business, and Consumer Optimism)
In August, the National Federation of Independent Business and its Small-Business Optimism Index hit 105.3, which is the highest since 2006 and up 11% from prior to Trump’s election victory. According to the Federal Reserve Report, household wealth hit a record $1.7 trillion during the second quarter, attributed to rising property values and gains in financial assets. The Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index said small business owners are the most optimistic since July 2007. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort measure reached a 16-year high, with current views of the economy also reaching the same 16-year high mark. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index rose in July to near a 16 year high, with consumers short-term outlook improving. Stock markets have reached under Trump the best first year for a President on record since FDR following the Great Depression. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has set 71 records , making it the best one-year performance for the blue-chip index. In yet another first, the Dow has gained more than 5,000 points since the start of 2017, while the broader S&P 500 and the tech-heavy NASDAQ Composite have also mounted record runs. The Dow’s multiple spikes in 2017 was the first time the market has had a run of that length twice under one presidency. All of which reflect investor optimism over the United States economy, tax cuts, and other agenda items that he has promised and been fulfilling. In addition to stocks and investments, American retirement portfolio’s are surpassing all expectations. Meanwhile, job growth has been growing at astronomical proportions, and although the Trump Administration can’t take all of the credit, and the fact that government itself doesn’t create jobs, President Trump has created an environment that has allowed businesses and employers to begin creating new jobs based on the long-term economic outlook. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 1.3 million new jobs were created during President Trump’s first 200 days, compared to Obama who saw a loss of more than 4.1 million jobs during the same time frame. Overall, the United States economy has added a total of 2.4 million private sector jobs since Trumps inauguration, with a labor-force participation rate that has increased to 62.9 percent by July. Also, in June, there were 6 million job openings in the U.S., one of the highest levels ever recorded, and an unemployment rate that has dropped from 4.8% to 4.1%.
The Trump Administration has aimed to dramatically reduce permitting time for projects from the previous 10 year average, to a mere two years, resulting in increased investment and job creation. In addition, he realized that over regulation has been killing businesses financially, pushing manufacturing overseas, and killing jobs. As a result, Trump signed an Executive Order demanding that two regulations be killed for every new one created. However, he beat that number ‘bigly’ (as he calls it) and cut 16 regulations for every one created. The result of his regulation slashing was a total saving of $8.1 billion. In addition, he signed 15 congressional regulatory cuts, and his withdraw from the Obama-era Paris Climate Accord, thus ending the threat of environmental regulations. He signed an Executive Order cutting the time for infrastructure permit approvals. He didn’t stop there either! He eliminated the Obama rule on streams that unfairly targeted the coal industry, which had helped lead to the near collapse of the coal industry. In April, in an effort to help farmers affected by NAFTA and the trade imbalance with Canada, Trump signed an executive order ordering the Department of Agriculture to find and eliminate unnecessary regulations. Meanwhile, to help the manufacturing sector, President Trump signed an executive order reducing regulations on manufacturers. For the benefit of businesses overall, and the economy, Trump set up task forces in every agency to remove “job killing regulations” and increase “economic opportunity.” The Trump administration is on track to finish the first phase of its regulatory reform program with $645 million in net annual regulatory savings, according to the American Action Forum. In comparison, during President Obama’s years in office, more than 22,700 regulations were imposed on Americans at a cost to American consumers, businesses and workers of more than $120 billion each year. President Trump’s Executive Orders slashing regulations and controlling regulatory costs is ultimately “one of the most significant developments in regulatory policy in decades,” and it is the first time in American history that the executive branch has established a regulatory budget in addition to their fiscal budget.
Trump signed an executive order in June making it easier for businesses to start and expand apprenticeship programs, and called for the prioritizing of women-owned businesses for some $500 million in SBA loans. He ordered a review of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial oversight law in February while urging Congress to remove the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s authority to supervise banks and financial companies, returning that power to other federal and state regulators
As a result of his actions, and the Trump tax cuts, the American economy has been on fire. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, during President Trumps first year in office, the U.S. personal income rose 0.4 percent in May, while a 0.3 increase was expected. The U.S. Census Bureau found housing sales recently have doubled compared to the same period under President Obama. The annualized housing sales rate for May 2017 was 610,000, compared to just 376,000 in 2009. New home prices hit a record high in May, according to the Commerce Department. In 2011, houses for sale were on the market an average 84 days. This year, it’s just 45 days. American homebuilder confidence rose to its strongest level in nearly 12 years, as strength in the jobs market and improving wages bolstered demand for homes. The inflation rate decreased to an eight-month low in June to 1.6 percent. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the second quarter of the year increased by 2.6 percent, more than doubling the first quarter performance. Passage of the tax reform bill provided $5.5 billion in cuts and repealed the Obamacare mandate. Due to the flourishing economy and the confidence that investors have in the President, the Dow Jones industrial average surged more than 31% during President Trump’s first year in office, which was the greatest surge since FDR.
The Trump Administration has also made huge strides governmental reforms. For example, according to a Fox News analysis of White House Personnel, Melania Trump, while embracing a more active and public schedule as first lady, is running one of the leanest East Wing operations in recent history. In fact, the report that found she has significantly reduced the number of aides on the first lady’s office payroll in comparison to her predecessor, Michelle Obama. During President Obama’s first year in office, 16 people were reportedly working for Michelle Obama, with a combined payroll of $1.24 million a year. This year, just four people were listed working for Melania Trump as of June, with a payroll totaling $486,700. President Trump also signed an executive order in August projected to save billions of dollars by streamlining and expediting the permitting process for infrastructure projects. The order establishes a two-year goal for the federal government to process all of the actions required by federal law for the environmental reviews and permits of major infrastructure projects. The President created the Office of American Innovation in July to streamline and improve the government for future generations. Trump signed an executive order in July implementing tough new lobbying standards for political appointees, including a five-year ban on lobbying and a lifetime ban on lobbying for foreign countries. Trump signed an executive order in January to expedite environmental reviews of infrastructure projects to jumpstart industry spending and investment. Trump also signed an executive order Jan. 23 placing a hiring freeze on federal employees in an attempt to shrink the size of a bloated bureaucratic monster. In February, the president continued to shrink government when he announced he did not plan on filling numerous government positions he considered unnecessary. Then in March, Trump signed an executive order to perform an audit on every executive branch agency to reduce spending and waste and improve services.
TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Meanwhile, President Trump has expanded government transparency. On Nov. 9 President Trump ordered the Federal Government to make public more than 13,000 additional documents from its files on President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. It was the fourth released since October, when the president allowed the immediate release of 2,800 records by the National Archives. Also, Trump issued an executive order in June to begin the process of rescinding the 2015 Waters of the United States rule, which has been used to expand federal control over private land. Under the Obama administration, the broadly crafted rule was applied to “navigable waters” such as man-made ditches and water that accumulated after heavy rain. President Trump has also nominated 73 federal judges and was able to get Neil Gorsuch seated in the Supreme Court. President Trump also ordered ethical standards including a lobbying ban, called for a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch ordered an overhaul to modernize the digital government, and called for a full audit of the Pentagon and its spending.
POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS
As the economy has strengthened and flourished under Trump’s leadership, the President instituted policies to help the poor and middle classes in America. In August, the Department of Health and Human Services rescinded an Obama-era directive that had allowed states to request a waiver to ignore work requirements for the poor in order to receive welfare. In addition, more than 1.1 million fewer Americans were on food stamps under President Trump, compared to the former Obama administration. Trump signed an executive order in June making it easier for businesses to start and expand apprenticeship programs. Trump worked with Congress to lower taxes by seven points for the middle class and lower business taxes to a 15 percent rate. As a result of the tax cuts, over 90% of American’s will see larger paychecks starting next month (February 2018), and businesses are able to offer more jobs with higher wages, and give bigger bonuses than any time in recent history. As Trump’s regulation cutting has taken hold, tax slashing has taken effect, and economic expansion and growth has taken root, U.S. consumer optimism unexpectedly surged to a 13-year high. The optimism is a result of Americans’ perceptions of the economy and the fact that their own finances have increased. All of these explosions in confidence were further re-inforced as American’s watched the President defy all odds in simultaneously strengthening the American economy, bolstering American businesses, empowering the American worker, and all while being lambasted by the Mainstream Media and handling two disastrous hurricanes in Texas and Florida.
Trump expanded deportation priorities, signing an executive order in January that includes people who “have committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense,” which could include anyone who entered the country illegally, leading to a significant increase in arrests. The DOJ resumed the criminal prosecution of first-time illegal border crossers after it had been stopped by the Obama administration.
Trump signed an executive order in April cutting funding for sanctuary cities, and despite encountering opposition from city officials, ICE agents have been enforcing U.S. immigration laws in those cities. The administration announced illegal border crossings had decreased by 40 percent in the first month of Trump’s presidency. By Trump’s 100th day in office, crossings had decreased by 73 percent, thanks to the president’s policies deterring people from attempting to enter the country. In March and April, the DOJ announced plans to speed up the deportation of imprisoned illegal aliens, instructing U.S. attorneys to employ stricter guidelines in the prosecution of immigration crimes while seeking to hire 125 immigration judges in the next two years. In May, the administration said the number of child illegal immigrants entering the nation monthly had fallen below 1,000 for the first time in several years.
Trump’s Department of Homeland Security canceled in June the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program created by the Obama administration in November 2014 that would have given amnesty to about 4 million illegal immigrants. ICE arrested an average of 13,085 people each month from February through June, whereas the average during the last three months of the Obama administration was 9,134 arrests per month. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in August denied requests from employers to import cheap foreign labor into the U.S. for high-skilled jobs if the employers could not explain why they wanted to pay a lower wage for such work.
In August, the government also said that of the 42,000 illegal immigrants in federal prisons, nearly all of them either had deportation orders or were being investigated for possible deportation. A report in August said that due to reforms and additional hirings of immigration judges, the number of deportation orders increased by nearly 28 percent compared to the same period of time in 2016. The DHS in August ended the Central American Minors Parole Program that had allowed certain minors from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to enter the U.S.
President Trump, in September, rescinded Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals order, which gave de facto amnesty to some 800,000 people who came to the country as children with their illegal-alien parents. Trump delayed implementing his order for six months to give Congress time to come up with a legislative solution. Amid strong Democratic opposition, the House Homeland Security Committee gave first approval to the broad scope of President Trump’s border wall Oct. 4, clearing a bill that would authorize $10 billion in new infrastructure spending, new waivers to speed up construction, and 10,000 more border agents and officers to patrol the U.S.-Mexico line. In October, the Trump administration submitted a 70-point proposal that calls for increased border security, interior enforcement of immigration laws and a merit-based immigration system. It includes funding and completing construction of a southern border wall, improving expedited removal of illegal aliens, protecting innocent people in “sanctuary cities,” ending extended-family chain migration and establishing a point-based system for green cards to protect U.S. workers and taxpayers. Then, in October, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that the Trump administration was withdrawing from the Global Compact on Migration, arguing the pact would “undermine the sovereign right of the United States to enforce our immigration laws and secure our borders.” Tillerson made the announcement just before the opening of a global conference on migration in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. In December, the Department of Homeland Security released figures showing Trump is delivering on his pledge to more strictly control immigration and deter would-be border-crossers. Border Patrol arrests dropped to a 45-year low in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, down 25 percent from a year earlier. ICE said the number of people apprehended away from the border jumped 25 percent this fiscal year. The increase is 37 percent after Trump’s inauguration compared to the same period the year before. Finally, in January 2018, President Trump tried to negotiate DACA and border security with a bipartisan commission, but a bipartisan ‘Gang of Six’ emerged, claiming to have reached a ‘DACA Amnesty Agreement’. The Gang of Six included three Fabian Anti-Trump Rino Republicans Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake, Corey Gardner, and Progressive Democrats Dick Durbin, Michael Bennet, and Robert Menendez. The three proposed a DACA agreement that intentionally sabotaged the talks. To make matters worse, Democrat Dick Durbin accused the President of using vulgar language when talking about third world countries and the Democrats and Mainstream Media began an assault against the President. The result was an end of negotiations and no deal for DACA or border security.
LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PROTECTING COMMUNITIES
In February, President Trump signed three executive orders to strengthen law enforcement. The first strengthens the law against international crime organizations. The second combats anti-law-enforcement crimes. The third seeks a strategy for reducing crime in general, including, in particular, illegal immigration, drug trafficking and violent crime. In April, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in an effort to give back local control to police departments, ordered the Department of Justice to review Obama’s agreements with local police departments. Sessions and the DOJ cracked down on illegal leaks of classified information from within the government, pursuing three times more investigations in the first six months of the Trump administration than had been open at the end of the Obama administration. The administration created a counterintelligence unit within the FBI for the investigations. In July, federal gun-crime prosecutions by the DOJ in the preceding three months increased 23 percent over the same period in 2016. In August, the DOJ launched an opioid fraud and abuse unit to fight opioid prescription abuses.
Meanwhile, Trump’s Justice Department announced grants of $98 million to fund 802 new police officers, and worked with Central American nations to arrest and charge 4,000 MS-13 members. Meanwhile, Trump’s Department of Homeland Security rounded up nearly 800 MS-13 members, an 83 percent one-year increase. The Trump Administration laid out new principles for reforming immigration and announced plan to end “chain migration,” which lets one legal immigrant to bring in dozens of family member. President Trump has made progress to build the border wall with Mexico, but has been battling Congressional members to try to obtain the funding to get the border wall built. Meanwhile, President Trump continued to push for and implement policies to protect our homeland by ending the Obama-era “catch and release” of illegal immigrants.
VETERANS & MILITARY
President Trump has done a great deal in his first year to help Veteran’s as well. He said repeatedly on the campaign trail how much he admires and loves our nations veterans who fight for our right to be free. As a result of his admiration for those who serve our nation, he signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization act. He signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act to allow senior officials in the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire failing employees and establish safeguards to protect whistleblowers. Trump signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 to authorize $2.1 billion in additional funds for the Veterans Choice Program. He signed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, to provide financial support for service members and their family members, including tuition, fees, books, housing and other additional costs. President Trump pushed for and was able to begin implementation and adoption of a medical records system successfully used by the Defense Department, officially ending a decades-old problematic rift in sharing information between the two agencies. During the first few month’s of his Administration, President Trump signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 to authorize $2.1 billion in additional funds enabling veterans who live more than 40 miles from the closest eligible VA medical facility, experience wait times of more than 30 days to schedule an appointment, or meet other special criteria to be treated outside the VA system. President Trump signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act in August, streamlining the lengthy process that veterans undergo when appealing disability benefits claims with the VA. More than 470,000 veterans are awaiting decisions regarding their appeals. The department reported it had fired more than 500 employees since January 2017 and suspended nearly 200 as part of the president’s efforts to restore integrity and accountability. In addition to these actions, he also created the VA hotline, had the VA launch an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with a way to access wait time and quality of care data, and announced three initiatives to expand access to healthcare for veterans using tele-health technology. In all, President Trump has already done more for Veterans in his first year in office than most Presidents do in one or even two terms. President Trump spends holidays visiting the sick and wounded, and visits with the troops serving overseas as well. He has proven to be a true leader, who shows not only leadership, but compassion to all who have served our country. And it is that compassion for men and women in uniform that brought him to challenge the blatant disrespect that the NFL has shown towards our Veterans and towards our heroes in the Police department who put their lives on the line to keep our families, friends, all American’s safe.
In addition to our Veterans at home, President Trump has strived to give our troops the much-needed support, equipment, and strategic abilities necessary to be successful to protect our country, protect our national interests, protect our allies, and win the war against Radical Islamic Jihadists. He also realized that our military had been reduced to the lowest troop levels seen since World War II. As a result, Trump immediately signed a memorandum to begin the expansion and rebuilding of the U.S. military. In February, the Administration reached a tentative deal with Lockheed Martin to purchase 90 F-35 jets at the lowest price in the program’s history. The first 90 planes were about $725 million below budget, with billions of dollars in additional savings expected. In April, President Trump gave Defense Secretary Mattis authority to set troop levels in Iraq and Syria for the fight against ISIS. And military commanders were granted authority to perform military actions without approval from Washington. A move that has increased the effectiveness and ability of our military leaders to take out enemy targets and created a more effective military. As a direct result, this newly autonomous U.S. military made large advances against ISIS. By June, the Trump Administration authorized the Defense Department to set troop levels in Afghanistan. The expanded authority given to the military could also be seen in U.S. operations in Somalia. President Trump elevated the Department of Defense’s Cyber Command to the status of Unified Combatant Command in August, demonstrating an increased focus on cyber security for our nation. The President also initiated an internal military investigation to find out if President Obama’s open gay and transgender policy helped or hurt military effectiveness, readiness, and the morale of the troops. After a seven month-long military investigation, they found that it severely hurt the morale, and potentially hurt the military effectiveness of the troops. As a result of the study, in August, Trump directed the military not to move forward with a controversial Obama-era mandate to allow, for the first time, transgender individuals to be recruited into the armed forces. Then, the Trump administration asked a federal court Dec. 7 for an emergency stay to delay a court order to begin opening the military to transgender recruits by Jan. 1. In the waning days of December, a federal court denied the Administration’s injunction, and took the power as Commander-in-Chief and ordered him to begin interjecting gays and transgendered into the military. A move that will likely have lasting implications on our military’s effectiveness and could create a constitutional crisis if it remains unchallenged. Under Trump’s leadership, the Department of Defense reprogrammed approximately $400 million for U.S. missile defense systems. Due to the Presidents quick actions within the first year of his Presidency, he has begun to restore our military to its former glory. He has made it more effective, more capable, and has given our men and women in uniform the equipment, the finances, and the moral support that the greatly needed.
PROTECTING THE HOMELAND AND THE ‘WAR ON TERROR’
Over the past eight years, former President Obama had stripped away the power of the military, reduced our military readiness, and took on the approach of appeasement over strength. As a result of his appeasement, and requiring approval from the White House to attack ISIS, North Korea was allowed to proliferate nuclear weapons, Russia expanded its military might throughout the Middle Ease with bases riddled throughout Syria, and western Europe. Also, the Obama Administration allowed ISIS to thrive and grow throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Now, under the new Administration, President Trump has directed the rebuilding of the military and ordered a new national strategy and nuclear posture review. He has worked to increase defense spending, empowered military leaders to “seize the initiative and win,” reducing the need for a White House sign off on every mission. As a result of his actions, and the independence and autonomy the President Trump gave the Defense Department, the U.S. dealt a heavy blow to ISIS in Afghanistan. In April, they dropped a GBU-43B bomb called the MOAB or the “Mother Of All bombs” on a complex of ISIS tunnels. At least 94 ISIS fighters were killed, including four commanders, and tunnels and weapon stockpiles were destroyed. The MOAB is the largest non-nuclear bomb in America’s arsenal. In July, the Trump administration ended a CIA program to arm “moderate” Syrian rebels. It was shown to have aided Islamic jihadists, including terrorists who carried out the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans. By July, after months of heavy fighting, Iraqi coalition forces finally pushed ISIS fighters out of Mosul. The U.S. is also supporting efforts to rid the Philippines of ISIS cells. In August, Trump presented in an address to the nation a new military strategy that put Pakistan on notice for supporting jihadists and warned Kabul it would no longer receive a “blank check,” moving the U.S. away from the Bush-era policy of “nation-building” and instead focusing on “killing terrorists.” During the Obama Administration, ISIS had nearly reached its stated goal of a caliphate. They boasted tens of thousands of fighters, and took control over massive territory. However, under Trump’s leadership of our military, ISIS has collapsed in both Iraq and Syria. Overall, ISIS has lost around 98% of its territory and is on the run, and Iraqi leaders were able to declare victory over ISIS, and ISIS has lost virtually all of its territory in Syria, including its declared Capital of Raqqa as well. In October, after the liberation of Raqqa in Syria, the president boasted that “more progress” had been made “against these evil terrorists in the past several months than in the past several years.”
Meanwhile, Trump signed an executive order in January banning people from seven countries regarded by the Obama administration as havens for terrorism from entering the U.S. for 90 days, and blocked all refugees for 120 days while the Administration assessed its security processes. After legal challenges, the administration issued a revised order in March, and in June the U.S. Supreme Court decided a version of the ban could go into effect until the court addresses its constitutionality in October
On June 19, DHS announced it had implemented a method of tracking whether or not visitors leave the United States. Twenty years ago, Congress ordered the installation of an entry-exit tracking system, but the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations never took action, allowing millions of people to remain on temporary visas. Approximately 416,500 people overstayed their visas in 2015 alone. In September, Trump signed an executive order to enhance vetting capabilities and processes for detecting attempted entry into the United States by terrorists or other public-security threats. Meanwhile, Progressive-Socialist’s launched a war against the President and targeted Trump’s travel ban by declaring it racist against Muslims. They used ‘Judge-Shopping’ to get the President’s travel ban stopped. They filed lawsuits in Progressive cities on both the East and West coasts. However, after lower court Progressive Judges blocked his anti-terror security measure, the Supreme Court dismissed their major challenge to President Trump’s travel ban on majority-Muslim countries and other nations who threatened America on Oct. 10 because it has been replaced by a new version, sending the controversy back to the starting block. The ruling was a victory for the Trump administration, which had asked the court to drop the case after Trump signed a proclamation Sept. 24 that replaced the temporary travel ban on six nations with a new, indefinite ban affecting eight countries. That action made the court challenge moot, the justices ruled. Since then, Progressive-Socialists have continued to challenge Trump’s security measures, but each time the President has appealed to the Supreme Court and won.
In addition, President Trump has worked to further protect the American homeland by elevating the United States Cyber Command into a major war fighting command unit. A move that is desperately needed as cyber-espionage and cyber-warfare has become a weapon of choice by foreign countries, especially China, North Korea, and Russia. President Trump has directed the revival of the National Space Council to develop space war strategies, and withdrawn from the U.N. Global Compact on Migration, which Trump saw as a threat to borders. Imposed a travel ban on nations that lack border and anti-terrorism security. In addition, under pressure from the President, NATO increased support for the war in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, Syria had gone unchecked as they committed genocide against their own civilians and as Russia established numerous bases across the country in order to establish regional control over the Middle East. President Trump drew a red line against Syria out of concerns that Syria was threatening to use chemical weapons on its own unarmed people. The Syrian leader Assad ignored his warning and launched a chemical weapons attack on the innocent men, women, and children in May. Despite previous red lines being a bluff by the former Administration, President Trump proved to be a man of his word. As warned, Trump ordered a missile strikes against a Syrian airbase that was used in a chemical weapons attack against innocent civilians. It was a move that was applauded by both Republicans and Democrats. President Trump’s attack against the Syrian airbase decimated 20% of Syria’s military aircraft and has left the Assad regime more cautious and likely not going to cross any more red lines in the near future, and consequently will prevent subsequent chemical attacks.
President Trump announced Oct. 13 he would not certify the Iran nuclear deal and vowed that the U.S. would pull out of the agreement unless changes are made. He also unveiled a new strategy, the culmination of nine months of deliberation with Congress and allies, on how to best protect American security from the rogue mullah-led regime. The plan includes denying the regime funding and any paths to a nuclear weapon and ballistic missiles. The Department of the Treasury sanctioned more than 25 entities and individuals involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program. The U.S. also sanctioned 16 entities and individuals that have supported Iran’s military and Revolutionary Guard Corps in the development of drones, fast attack boats and other military equipment. Trump issued a memorandum Nov. 16 determining that the U.S. has enough petroleum coming from countries other than Iran to permit “a significant reduction in the volume of petroleum and petroleum products” purchased from the mullah-led nation. Then in the last few weeks of December, the Iranian people began protesting the abuses and actions of the brutal Islamic Theocratic Dictatorship. It occurred once before during the Obama Presidency, but he refused to support the protesters and threw his support behind the radical Iranian regime. President Trump did quite the opposite, and within 24 hours of the protests, he warned the Iranian regime that the world would be watching. He warned them against human rights abuses, and warned them of dire consequences if they chose to ignore his warning.
In North Korea, the ruthless communist dictatorship under Kim Jung Un and formerly his father had gone unchecked for nearly 25 years. American President after American President tried negotiations with Pyongyang, in an effort to curb their nuclear program. However, despite their efforts, North Korea continued to push forward on their nuclear program. The United Nations served little good, as it refused to do what was necessary to enforce international laws, and proved itself to be merely impotent. In fact, in recent years the Obama Administration, and the United Nations allowed Kim Jung Un to develop its nuclear program, and its missile delivery program alike. However, when President Trump took office, he issued a warning that military action, including a preemptive nuclear attack, would be considered. After Trump’s warnings, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un backed off on his threat to attack the U.S. territory of Guam. In August, the U.S. initiated a resolution in the U.N. Security Council establishing sanctions that would cut North Korea’s export revenue by a third. Another resolution passed Sept. 11 with new sanctions. The U.S. implemented its own sanctions in August on 16 Chinese and Russian individuals and entities for conducting business with North Korea. Then, on Sept. 7, the U.S. fully deployed the THAAD missile defense system to South Korea despite objections from Pyongyang’s chief ally, China. In addition, Trump signed an executive order significantly expanding U.S. authority to target individuals, companies and financial institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea, most of which are Chinese. Meanwhile, China’s central bank has ordered banks in its massive banking system to immediately stop doing business with North Korea. In response to North Korea’s buildup of nuclear weapons and missiles, the communist nation was officially designated a state sponsor of terror by the Trump administration on Nov. 20. The Treasury Department followed up with sanctions on organizations and companies doing business with North Korea.
The administration countered Russian propaganda by launching two government-run media outlets in February broadcasting in Russian. In April, the Trump administration refused to issue waivers to any companies that wanted to do business with Russia, which was under economic sanctions, including Exxon Mobil, which had applied for a waiver. The administration in June implemented the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which blacklisted certain Russian citizens for human rights violations. In June, on the same day President Trump met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on 38 Russian individuals and entities involved in the conflict with Ukraine.
CUBA AND VENEZUELA
Trump in June delivered on his campaign promise to roll back the Obama administration’s agreement with Cuba, which Trump contends benefitted the Cuban regime at the expense of the Cuban people. President Trump has also placed increased sanctions against the Oppressive Porgressive-Socialist Venezuela regime, as they have starved their citizens and slaughtered innocent civilians who protest their oppressive regime.
CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS
Amendment I: Freedom of Religion, Speech, and the Press
Amendment I says:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
The Department of Agriculture issued a guidance Nov. 6 that ensures Christians who opposed same-sex marriage would not be discriminated against for their beliefs. Attorney General Sessions on Oct. 6 issued guidance to all administrative agencies and executive departments regarding religious liberty protections in federal law in keeping with Trump’s May 4 executive order. The guidance interprets existing protections for religious liberty in federal law, identifying 20 high-level principles that administrative agencies and executive departments can put to practical use to ensure the religious freedoms of Americans are lawfully protected. Attorney General Sessions also issued a second memorandum to the Department of Justice, directing implementation of the religious liberty guidance within the department. Among the principles are “the freedom of religion extends to persons and organizations,” “Americans do not give up their freedom of religion by participating in the marketplace, partaking of the public square, or interacting with government” and government “may not restrict acts or abstention because of the beliefs they display.” The Trump administration expanded religious and moral exemptions for mandated contraceptive coverage under Obamacare. Obama’s signature legislation required that nearly all insurance plans cover abortion-inducing drugs and contraception, forcing citizens to violate sincerely held religious or moral beliefs, pay steep fines, or forego offering or obtaining health insurance entirely. The interim final rules note that the United States “has a long history of providing conscience protections in the regulation of health care entities and individuals with objections based on religious beliefs and moral convictions.” The rule aligns with the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling protecting the Little Sisters of the Poor, which says the government cannot fine religious groups for following their faith. On the annual National Day of Prayer in May, Trump signed an executive order on religious liberty that included a loosening of IRS restrictions, known as the Johnson Amendment, against political activities by tax-exempt religious organizations. The order also attempted to make it easier for employers not to provide contraceptives if they had religious objections and gave Attorney General Jeff Sessions greater authority regarding religious liberty policy. Reversing Obama administration policy, Trump pledged in January that Christian refugees suffering persecution in Muslim countries would be given priority over other refugees seeking to enter the United States. In addition, while the previous three U.S. presidents promised during their election campaigns to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, President Trump on Dec. 6 became the first to follow through. In his official order, Trump ordered the U.S. Embassy to be moved to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded: “President Donald Trump, thank you for today’s historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Jewish people and the Jewish state will be forever grateful.” In addition, President Trump announced that The United States is quitting the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, announced “This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO.”
Amendment II: Right To Bear Arms
The Second Amendment says:
A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
President Trump signed a bill into law in February repealing an Obama-era Social Security Administration rule adding mental disability determinations to the background check registry. The Obama regulation potentially allowed the denial of Second Amendment rights to many competent, mentally healthy citizens. In August, the Justice Department terminated Operation Choke Point, an Obama program encouraging banks not to do business with “high risk” businesses, which was used to target gun dealers.
In an attempt to return power to the States, President Trump signed two executive orders Dec. 4 that gave back about 2 million acres of land to the state of Utah by modifying executive orders by President Obama. Arguing the Antiquities Act “requires that any reservation of land as part of a monument be confined to the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of the objects of historic or scientific interest to be protected,” Trump reduced the federal government’s control of the Bear’s Ear National Monument to just 201,876 acres, pointing out that the important objects of scientific or historic interest described in Obama’s proclamation are protected under existing laws and agency management designations. He also reduced the Grand Staircase National Monument in Utah from nearly 1.9 million acres to about 1 million.
ENDING GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED HEALTHCARE AND RETURNING IT TO THE FREE MARKET
The Senate tax-reform bill passed Dec. 1 eliminates Obamacare’s individual mandate, the linchpin of Obama’s government-controlled health-care system, which penalizes taxpayers for choosing not to buy health insurance. In what Attorney General Jeff Sessions described as the “largest health-care fraud takedown operation in American history,” the DOJ in July charged more than 400 people, including doctors and medical facilities, who it said were prescribing unnecessary opioids to addicts and fueling the current drug crisis. Trump signed an executive order Oct. 12 that directs three federal agencies to rewrite regulations to encourage the establishment of cheaper health plans that can be purchased across state lines and are not bound by certain Obamacare rules and regulations. The directive would allow small-business owners, trade groups and others to join together to purchase health insurance. The plans would not be required to include benefits such as prescription drugs. Trump also wants to expand the sale of stopgap policies that don’t cover pre-existing conditions, mental health services and other costly benefits.
President Trump was the first President to declare a Nationwide Public Health Emergency on opioids. His Council of Economic Advisors played a role in determining that overdoses are underreported by as much as 24 percent. The Department of Health and Human Services laid out a new five-point strategy to fight the crisis. The DOJ announced it was scheduling fentanyl substances as a drug class under the Controlled Substances Act. Additionally, the DOJ started a fraud crackdown, arresting more than 400. The administration added $500 million to fight the crisis. On National Drug Take Back Day, the Drug Enforcement Agency collected 456 tons of opioids.
Trump, in February, reversed Obama’s executive order requiring public schools to allow students to use bathrooms and locker rooms according to their preferred “gender identity.” Trump’s education secretary, Betsy DeVos, in June appointed Adam Kissel, a noted critic of the Obama administration’s implementation of Title IX – the much-abused 1972 federal law that bars discrimination in education “on the basis of sex” – and a strong supporter of free speech, as deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs. The staff of the Title IX enforcement office was reduced in the 2018 budget. In April, Trump signed an executive order requiring Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to review department regulations with the intent of returning power of education to the states and local governments. In May, the administration announced it will create a school choice plan and give states the option of implementing it, rather than making it a federal program.
RESTORING RESPECT FOR AMERICA AND AMERICANS
Trump won the release of Americans held abroad, often using his personal relationships with world leaders.
- Otto Warmbier: One of the most highly publicized cases was that of University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier – it was also one of the most tragic, as he died shortly after his return. While there was no physical evidence he was beaten by his captors, doctors in the U.S. noted that Warmbier had suffered “extensive loss of brain tissue,” suggesting he had lost blood supply to his brain for a period of time. The North Koreans claimed Warmbier had suffered from botulism and then slipped into a coma after taking a sleeping pill, but U.S. doctors said that their examination showed no evidence of botulism, the strong neurotoxin produced by a bacterium. He died shortly after his return to the U.S. at the age of 22.
- Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle: Coleman and her Canadian husband, Boyle, were kidnapped in October 2012 by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network while on a backpacking trip that took them into Afghanistan. Held by the terror group for five years, the couple had three children while in captivity before being rescued as their captors attempted to move them across the border to Pakistan. After getting the go-ahead from Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis, U.S. diplomats and military officials gave Pakistan an ultimatum: either they rescue the family or the U.S. would carry out the operation themselves, with our without Pakistan’s approval. Pakistani forces eventually stopped a car suspected of carrying the family and found Coleman, Boyle and the children stuffed in the trunk.
- Sabrina De Sousa: The former CIA agent was set to be extradited from Portugal to Italy over the kidnapping of a Muslim cleric before an “extraordinary” effort by the Trump administration back in March won her a last-minute reprieve. De Sousa was one of 26 people convicted in absentia for the 2003 abduction of radical Egyptian cleric Osama Mustapha Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar. He was then transported for interrogation to his native Egypt, where he says he was tortured. While the White House remained mum on its role in the affair, former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., a spokesman for De Sousa, said officials within the Trump White House worked to block her extradition. “I can confirm that this wouldn’t have happened without extraordinary help from the Trump administration,” Hoekstra told Fox News.
- Aya Hijazi: Shortly after President Trump met with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sissi in April, the country released Egyptian-American charity worker Aya Hijazi from prison after nearly three years of detention. Hijazi and her husband had established a foundation to aid street children, but were arrested along with six others in 2014.The White House again kept quiet about its role in Hijazi’s release – noting only that the case was on the agenda when Trump met with el-Sissi – but the president personally dispatched a U.S. government plane to Cairo to bring Hijazi and her husband back to the U.S. and personally met with her soon after she was acquitted in Egypt of charges of child abuse that were widely dismissed as bogus by human rights groups and U.S. officials.
- UCLA Basketball Players: Trump personally took credit for the release of three UCLA basketball players held in China for shoplifting after the president asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping to release them from custody. The three players – LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill – were accused of stealing designer sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou. UCLA was in China to play their season opener against Georgia Tech in Shanghai, which it won, 63-60. “To the three UCLA basketball players I say: You’re welcome, go out and give a big Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made your release possible and, HAVE A GREAT LIFE!” Trump tweeted after the players had returned to the U.S. “Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!” The successful release eventually gave way to a feud between Trump and one player’s father whom Trump accused of being “ungrateful.”
In addition to Trumps other first year accomplishments, President Trump proclaimed Nov. 7, the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, as the National Day for the Victims of Communism. Then, in May, Trump created a commission to investigate voter fraud chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and vice-chaired by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
In addition, President Trump made good on a campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Conducted a historic 12-day trip through Asia, winning new cooperative deals. On the trip, he attended three regional summits to promote American interests. He traveled to the Middle East and Europe to build new relationships with leaders. Traveled to Poland and on to German for the G-20 meeting where he pushed again for funding of women entrepreneurs.
U.S. Supreme Court: Keeping a major campaign promise, President Trump nominated to the highest court a strict constructionist and originalist in the mold of Antonin Scalia, Neil Gorsuch, who was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as an associate justice in April. In his first term, in June, Gorsuch voted in every case with the justice generally regarded as the most conservative, Clarence Thomas. The conservative Committee for Justice said in a report that Gorsuch’s early performance says a lot about both what he will be like as a Supreme Court justice “and what the president can be counted on to do as more high court vacancies occur. Conservatives hoping for a solid conservative majority on the court in the near future had good reason to cheer.”
Trump is filling up lower courts with lifetime appointees. In the estimation of Democratic official Ron Klain, a “massive transformation is underway in how our fundamental rights are defined by the federal judiciary.” Klain, lamenting Trump’s moves, said the president “is proving wildly successful in one respect: naming youthful conservative nominees to the federal bench in record-setting numbers.” On Sept. 28, Trump announced an eighth wave of judicial candidates, with nine more names.
Without question, President Trump has had phenomenal success during his first year in office by fulfilling his campaign promise to appoint principled conservatives to the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts. President Trump has made 68 nominations so far to the 167 current or upcoming vacancies on the federal bench, with dozens more nominees expected in early 2018. By the end of 2017, 19 of those nominees have been confirmed, with many more pending on the Senate floor for a final vote. Furthermore, many politicians on both side of the aisle believe that another Supreme Court vacancy is likely, even before the 2018 midterm elections. A revelation that if it comes true would tilt the balance of the court to be slightly conservative. A move that would be a big win against the lower courts who have become saturated with Progressive-Socialist Judicial Activists like the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
President Trump revived the National Space Council for the first time in 25 years to assist him in developing and implementing long-range strategic goals for the nation’s space policy. The space program will refocus on human exploration and discovery. Vice President Mike Pence, who chaired the National Space Council’s Oct. 5 meeting, said the administration aims to establish a renewed American presence on the moon and from that foundation become the first nation to bring mankind to Mars. The administration also will renew America’s commitment to creating the space technology needed to protect national security. And Pence pointed out the intelligence community reports that Russia and China are pursuing a full range of anti-satellite technology designed to threaten our U.S. military readiness, and effectiveness.
- Abortion: President Trump on Jan. 19 became the first sitting president to address the March for Life, speaking in person to hundreds of marchers at the White House and via live telecast to the tens of thousands of marchers on the National Mall.
- Jobs: U.S. filings for unemployment benefits plummeted to the lowest level in almost 45 years, the Labor Department reported Jan. 18. The figures suggest the unemployment rate of 4.1 percent, already the lowest since 2000, could be poised to decline further, Bloomberg said.
- Tax reform: Trump praised Apple’s announcement that it will repatriate overseas cash holdings and pour $350 billion into the U.S. economy over the next five years, saying his policies allowed the tech giant “to bring massive amounts of money back to the United States,” which is a “huge win for American workers and the USA!”
- Jobs: Americans’ optimism about finding a quality job averaged 56 percent in 2017, the highest annual average in 17 years of Gallup polling and a sharp increase from 42 percent in 2016. At the same time, the U.S. unemployment rate fell from an average 4.9 percent in 2016 to 4.4 percent in 2017, the lowest rate since 2000.
- Small businesses: Small-business confidence hit a record high in 2017, according to the National Federation of Independent Businesses. Its Small Business Optimism Index was an average of 104.8 in 2017, the highest in the history of the the survey. Juanita Duggan, the president and CEO of the NFIB, cited the optimism on policy changes from Washington under President Trump as the reason for the increase in confidence.
- Jobs: The unemployment rate for black Americans dropped to an all-time low in December, to 6.8 percent. The previously monthly low was 7.4 percent in 2000. The government has been tracking unemployment by race since 1972. The overall unemployment rate is just 4.1 percent.
- Stocks: The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded above 25,000 points for the first time Jan. 4, just five weeks after closing above 24,000 points for the first time.
In addition to President Trump’s accomplishments, President Trump has said he would be donating each quarter’s Presidential salary to various charities, and as promised he has followed through on that campaign pledge, and donated to various charitable organizations during his leadership. Some of those charities include organizations that fight opioid abuse, military cemeteries, and the Department of Education. Therefore, as Progressive-Socialists try to paint him as a man getting rich off of the Presidency, they should likely look no further that politicians like Barack Obama who entered the political spotlight with little, and left as one of the millionaire Political-Elitists. Not a President who entered the Presidency rich, surrendered his businesses to family, and is donating his entire Presidential salary to charities.
In his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Trump denounced socialism and communism,pointing to Venezuela as an example of what happens when socialism is successfully implemented. In that speech, he told the global body that “I put America first and you should do the same with your nations.”
With mainstream media and establishment politicians stacked against him from the moment he announced his run for the Presidency, Donald Trump has been entangled in an ongoing pitched battle to communicate his plans, his accomplishment, and his eventual successes to Americans. Through public rallies and twitter, he has managed to bypass the traditional information gatekeepers and has spoken directly to the people.
However, as Americans are subjected to a relentless drumbeat from the Progressive-Socialist Democrat Party, amplified by virtually the entire establishment press, twitter a handful of online media outlets, and rallies are the only pipeline for the truth to reach ‘We the People’. As the Mainstream Media proclaims President Trump deranged, racist, undisciplined, unfit for office, and unable to accomplish anything during his first year, the truth is getting out through his tweets that the Left-Wing hates so much, and through Alternative Independent Media Reporters. The very same reporters that Facebook, Google, Twitter, and the Mainstream Media are trying so hard to silence.
Meanwhile, while the President has upset the Democrat’s and their Progressive-Socialists base, the remarkable truth is that President Trump has accrued an incredible and remarkable list of accomplishments that astound not only the average American’s but even those who strongly support the President and keep themselves politically well-informed.
And while he has befuddled and disappointed some – with major promises such as Obamacare repeal and a border wall unfulfilled or put on the back-burner – the stunning reality is this: Donald Trump has amassed a long and remarkable list of actions and accomplishments that will surprise average Americans, even those who support the president and consider themselves well-informed politically.
Accomplishments that are even more astounding, considering the fact that they have been implemented amidst unrelenting negativity not only by the Democrats, Mainstream Media, Establishment Elitists in the Republican and Democrat Party, the “Deep State,” Fabian-Socialist Rino Republicans, but he has been attacked by George Soros, Globalists, Pro-One-World Government Countries, Communists, and the Radical Muslim world as well.
The ‘Resistance’ has tried to hide his achievements for women, national security, tax cuts, increased energy production, pro-military accomplishments, Judicial appointments, pro-life and Christian accomplishments, restoring respect to the United States, and much more. They have become more outraged as he has successfully undone Obama’s legacy items by shutting down open borders, ending the Cuba policy, and effectively killing Obamacare by ending the health insurance mandate.
Therefore, whether you love him or hate him, embrace his agenda or resist it, Americans and the rest of the nations of the world know that he speaks his mind. President Trump won’t give you the cherry picked, politically correct version of what he means. Instead, he will shoot from the hip, and say exactly what he is thinking. Political enemies hate him for it, while his political allies anguish the unfiltered politically incorrect approach. However, it is precisely why ‘We the People’ love him! He says what he means, and does what he says. Therefore, as America and the rest of the world watch our political system’s biggest anomaly rises to become one of our country’s greatest President’s in history, the politically correct Elitists scratch their head in disbelief. But one thing is for sure. President Trump has certainly proven to be a man of his word, which is something that our political system has been missing for a very long time.
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