Tag Archives: Trump regime

Hawaii files first lawsuit against Trump's new travel ban

Source: CNN

"Hawaii is not wasting any time challenging President Donald Trump's new travel ban. Attorneys for the state filed a new 40-page request just before midnight on Tuesday, asking a federal judge to issue a temporary restraining order blocking implementation of the new executive order. Trump signed a new executive order Monday banning foreign nationals from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for 90 days and banning all refugees for 120 days. … Hawaii is also joined in the lawsuit by an American who is the imam of the Muslim Association of Hawaii and says he has lived in state for over a decade with his wife and children, but now his Syrian mother-in-law cannot visit them because she does not currently hold a visa to enter the US." (03/08/17)


The wretched beginning of Donald Trump's presidency

Source: Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald

"Maybe Donald Trump is a different kind of politician. Maybe he will keep his promises. Unfortunately, since January 20, Trump has pursued a nasty collection of priorities. Any hope that the political newbie would be dazed and timid in his first 100 days went out the window after his clunky, legally-dubious executive order stopping immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries — all of which have been messed up by the US — turned airports across the US into chaotic scenes of protest, and brought about multiple lawsuits. But Trump didn't just declare his intention to deport and ban wide swaths of people. He also has a wall to build. There's still time to stop that, and Trump won't be bringing steel back to Pittsburgh, or any of the other time-traveling protectionist economic promises he made. Trump may well be able to stop the progress of criminal justice reform, however, and make our immigration system even more cruel." (02/16/17)


Trump names Alex Acosta as new Labor secretary nominee

Source: USA Today

"The day after his first choice withdrew, President Trump on Thursday nominated Alexander Acosta, the dean of the Florida International University law school, to become his new Labor secretary. 'I think he'll make a tremendous secretary of Labor,' Trump said at a White House news conference. Acosta, a Miami native who is Cuban-American, did not attend the East Room event. If confirmed, he would be the first Latino in Trump's cabinet." (02/16/17)


The honeymoon is over

Source: CounterPunch
by Mel Gurtov

"President Trump is often depicted as 'unconventional' and his actions 'unprecedented.' But his novelty exposes him and his administration to closer scrutiny than any previous presidency. Turns out the emperor has no clothes; his 'unconventional' behavior is often criminal, corrupt, duplicitous, unreliable, and incompetent. Across the spectrum of professions — from art museums and lawyers to actors, federal and local government employees, athletes, and NGOs — the outpouring of criticism is unprecedented. So is the number of negative votes cast by Democrats against every one of Trump's cabinet nominees. Trump has been denied a honeymoon." (02/15/17)


Trump offers national security adviser post to Vice Admiral Harward

Source: Reuters

"The Trump administration has offered the job of White House national security adviser, vacated by former U.S. intelligence official Michael Flynn, to Vice Admiral Robert Harward, said two U.S. officials familiar with the matter on Wednesday. It was not immediately clear if Harward, a former deputy commander of U.S. Central Command who has Navy SEAL combat experience, had accepted the offer, according to sources. A White House spokesperson had no immediate comment. Flynn resigned on Monday after revelations that he had discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States before President Donald Trump took office." (02/15/17)


The new battle for Afghanistan

Source: The American Conservative
by Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

"Despite questions about the ongoing war in Afghanistan, President Trump has so far chosen silence over substance. But perhaps it doesn't matter, as an illuminating exchange that took place before the Senate Armed Services Committee last week all but guaranteed what his policy will be. Trump's approach to Afghanistan will no doubt involve more American troops, more aggressive activity on the ground, and a less definite schedule for the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces. In other words, don't expect a big shakeup of the status quo." (02/14/17)


Flynn resigns as America's new Red Scare proves its staying power

Source: Roll Call

"Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's mercurial national security adviser, submitted his resignation late Monday amidst growing controversy over his communications with Russia's ambassador to the United States. Flynn wrote in his resignation letter that he provided 'incomplete information' about conversations with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Critics are questioning whether top Trump Administration officials were misled, lied to — or perhaps complicit. And beyond the disruption caused by the resignation of a senior official so early in a new administration, the circumstances surrounding Flynn's departure will almost certainly increase scrutiny of others in Trump's inner circle who allegedly have ties to Russia.


US Senate confirms Trump's picks for Treasury, VA

Source: Fox News

"The Senate confirmed former Goldman Sachs financier Steven Mnuchin as President Donald Trump's Treasury secretary Monday, despite objections by Democrats who charged that Mnuchin had made much of his fortune by foreclosing on struggling homeowners during the financial crisis. Mnuchin was confirmed 53-47, with West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin joining all 52 Republicans to vote in the affirmative. Moments later, physician David Shulkin was unanimously confirmed as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Mnuchin and Shulkin bring the total of confirmed members of Trump's Cabinet to eight, joining the secretaries of State, Defense, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, Transportation and Attorney General." (02/13/17)


What will Trump do about the central bank cartel?

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Thorsten Polleit

"If the Trump administration really wishes to live up to its campaign promise 'Make America great again,' there is no way of getting around addressing Fed policy. A first step in that direction is the idea to subject the US central bank to public scrutiny ('Audit the Fed'), bringing to public attention the scope of the Fed's interventions into the world's banking system." (02/13/17)


Mexico: Thousands take to the streets in protest of Trump’s border wall

Source: PanAm Post

"More than 20,000 people in Mexico City participated in marches this weekend in protest of Trump’s border wall. Using slogans such as 'No to the wall' and 'Stop the deportations,' the crowd gathered at the city’s Independence Angel to reject the Republican’s immigration policies." (02/13/17)