TRUMP ADVISER: NEW TRAVEL BAN HAS ‘SAME BASIC POLICY OUTCOME’
Senior White House Policy Adviser Stephen Miller told Fox News’ “First 100 Days” Tuesday that a revised version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban would “have the same basic policy outcome.”
Miller claimed that the new executive order would be “responsive” to federal court rulings which halted the original order and resolve “a lot of very technical issues that were brought up by the court.”
However, Miller also insisted that the court ruling staying the original order was “flawed” and “erroneous” and that Trump’s action was “clearly legal and constitutional.”
“Here’s the reality,” Miller said. “We’ve got a serious problem in our country of terrorism, radicalization and serious problems of people joining ISIS, joining terror groups, joining Al Qaeda and committing or attempting to commit acts of crime and terror against our nation.”
Miller indicated the revised order would apply to the same seven majority-Muslim countries — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya — as the previous order.
Miller spoke to host Martha MacCallum at the top of an hour-long immigration town hall in Jacksonville, Fla. hours after Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly directed agency heads to hire thousands more immigration officers, end so-called “catch-and-release” policies and begin work on the president’s promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.
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REVISED TRAVEL BAN TARGETS SAME COUNTRIES, EXEMPTS GREEN CARDS
President Trump’s revised travel ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order and exempts travelers who already have a visa to travel to the U.S., even if they haven’t used it yet.
A senior White House official said the order will target only those same seven Muslim-majority nations, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan and Libya. Trump was forced to come up with a second order after federal courts held up his original immigration and refugee ban. The official said the order could come sometime this week.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the order before it’s made public, said that green-card holders and dual citizens of the U.S. and any of those countries are exempt. The new draft also no longer directs authorities to single out — and reject — Syrian refugees when processing new visa applications.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the version being circulated was a draft and the final version should be released soon. The Wall Street Journal also reported that the current draft of the revised order focused on the seven countries but excluded those with green cards.
Trump’s original executive order triggered chaos at airports around the world, as travelers were detained when the order rapidly went into effect, U.S. permanent residents known as green-card holders among them. Attorneys provided legal assistance to those held and protesters descended on the airports as news of the order’s implementation spread. In its original form, the order temporarily suspended all travel to the U.S. for citizens of those seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days.
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Despite Trump's controversial start, his Staten Island supporters like what they see
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - While his critics protest, file lawsuits, boycott and vote against his nominees, President Donald Trump's supporters are elated; he's doing what he said he would.
Since taking office on Jan. 20, Trump has signed more than two dozen executive orders and presidential memoranda, the most controversial of which pertain to his long-promised wall along the Mexican border, as well as a temporary travel ban on people coming from seven Muslim-majority countries.Mary Reilly, a former chairwoman of the local Republican Party, voted for Trump and was an alternate delegate at the GOP convention in Cleveland last July.
She appreciates that Trump is keeping his campaign promises -- "It doesn't happen often, in either party," Reilly said.
Retired and with health issues, she attended the presidential inauguration, traveling around Washington, D.C., on a mobility scooter, with her husband, Robert, accompanying her.
The Richmond residents encountered lots of hostile protesters, including ones who were aggressive and blocked them from their destination.
But she made it to the ceremony, and since then, "I like what I have seen so far. I like that he got down to work immediately."
She appreciates his private-sector worth ethic.
"He made promises and he's trying to keep them and I really respect that," Reilly said.
Among the many presidential actions Trump has taken since Jan. 20, Reilly supports the immigrant and national security-related moves: the travel ban, wall with Mexico and threatening to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that won't cooperate with federal authorities to deport illegal immigrants.
"I think sanctuary cities are wrong," Reilly said. "I am not against immigration, but it has to be done legally."
As drug addiction and overdoses plague not only Staten Island, but the United States, Reilly wants to see the Mexican border closed to stop the flow of illegal drugs.
"That wall's going to pay for itself in the lives that it saves," she said. "I think that's a great thing."
As for the ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, Reilly points to the Obama administration as also having listed those countries as a threat.
"[Trump] didn't randomly target those countries, they're countries that we've had issues with," she said. "It was clearly said, 'Our country is having a hard time vetting people'."
She feels sympathy for the innocent people suffering, but agrees with Trump's "America first" mantra.
"I don't want to hurt people but I certainly don't want the wrong people getting into our country who are looking to hurt us," she said.
Ilya Galak, a Ukranian immigrant who lives in Annadale, is a Democrat who voted for Trump because of one thing: he wants more manufacturing jobs in the United States.
TRUMP SELECTS LT. GEN. MCMASTER AS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER
President Trump on Monday tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a warrior-scholar deemed an expert in counter insurgency, to be the director of the White House’s National Security Council.
The 54-year-old McMaster replaces retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as the president’s national security adviser. Flynn was forced to resign after lying about talking to Russia, before he officially took the NSA post, about recently imposed sanctions.
“He is a man of tremendous talent and experience,” Trump said in announcing McMaster’s appointment. “He’s highly respected in the military, and we’re lucky to have him.”
Trump also announced that Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg will remain as the NSC’s chief of staff.
“I’m proud to continue my service to the nation,” said McMaster, sitting next to Trump inside the president’s Florida resort home Mar-a-Lago.
Trump on Sunday interviewed several NSC candidates, in an attempt to solidify the intelligence team, days after calling for Flynn’s resignation.
McMaster is a Philadelphia native and West Point graduate who fought in the Persian Gulf War and served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“This is a great team,” Trump said. “The country is honored to have two people like this, and after having met so many people in the military, we’re lucky to have all of them.”
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Orange Revolution for Motherland of Oranges
As Rex Tillerson is confirmed the new US Secretary of State, and president Trump's foreign policy takes shape, it's time to share some thoughts and suggestions for it, that i find vital.
If there's one central point to Donald Trump's political persona, it's that he's a man of strong, brave and often non-systemic, sometimes even anti-systemic convictions and decisions. And while this may cause uncertainty, it also can be a boon for better future. After all, even though unlike our new president I have for most part been a believer and supporter of what is usually termed these days as 'globalization', 'world system' and so on, I also always maintained that it should only be respected insofar as it benefits the cause and interest of liberty, democracy and justice. In the words of late Russian democratic politician Valeria Novodvorsky, 'a bad regime should not have a good economy, i bad regime should not have a good army, a bad regime should not have a good culture' and so on. Add to it that bad regimes should not have access to free market and other elements of modern society, as they tend to abuse and take advantage of opportunities this society provides, rather than adhere to general rules of conduct, or be grateful to US and others who put this very 'world system' in place and provided these very opportunities, and you pretty much get my foreign policy worldview. Read Full Story Here
(July 31, 1912 – November 16, 2006)
was an American economist, statistician, and a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. He is best known among scholars for his theoretical and empirical re-search, especially consumption analysis, monetary history and theory, and for his demonstration of the complexity of stabilization policy He was an economic advisor to U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Over time, many governments practiced his restatement of a political philosophy that extolled the virtues of a free market economic system with little intervention by government. Born in Brooklyn, NY.
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