On November 15, 2022, former President Donald J. Trump announced he was running for the White House in 2024. He spoke to hundreds of cheering supporters who gathered in the ballroom of his Mar-a-Lago resort for the announcement.
The 45th President of the United States stated the following: “Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests and my fellow citizens, America’s comeback starts right now. In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States. I will ensure that Joe Biden does not receive four more years. Our country could not take that. And I say that not in laughter, I say that in tears. Our country could not take four more years. They can only take so much. Our enemies are speaking of us with scorn and laughter and derision … People are going absolutely wild and crazy. They are not happy. They are very, very angry. Now we have a president who falls asleep at global conferences, was held in contempt by the British Parliament over Afghanistan … and he is leading us to the brink of nuclear war, a concept unimaginable just two short years ago. The decline of America is being forced upon us by Biden and the radical-left lunatics running our government right into the ground. This decline is not a fate we must accept… Unlike Biden possibly getting us into World War III, which can seriously happen, I will keep America out of foolish and unnecessary foreign wars, just as I did for four straight years…The world was at peace, America was prospering, and our country was on track for an amazing future. Because I made big promises to the American people and unlike other presidents, I kept my promises…We’re going to be asking everyone who sells drugs, gets caught selling drugs, to receive the death penalty for their heinous acts… Economic security is national security.”
Donald Trump said he would finish the southern wall and work to deport illegal immigrant criminals. The former President stated that to end the “festering rot” in Washington, he will push a constitutional amendment imposing congressional term limits, along with a lifetime ban on lobbying by former lawmakers and cabinet members and new rules restricting congressional stock trades.
The 45th President addressed the criticism by the socialist mainstream media, the Never Trump Republicans and others who blamed him for the loss of the Senate and the small margin of victory of the House of Representatives. He said “Much criticism is being placed on the fact that the Republican Party should have done better and frankly, much of this blame is correct. I do want to point out that in the midterms, my endorsement success rate was 232 wins and only 22 losses. You don’t hear that from the media.”
Former President Trump is likely to have other Republicans running for the White House during the primaries. Some who have been mentioned are Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and perhaps others. This writer thinks that Donald Trump will be the Republican Party candidate for 2024 barring unforeseen circumstances.
Election fraud in the United States
Donald Trump has denounced repeatedly that the 2020 Presidential election was rigged even though he has been criticized by many for saying it. There is a lot of evidence that there were many irregularities in many states in 2020 and that, indeed, the election was stolen. Sadly, the same irregularities happened again in the midterm election of 2022.
There is no question in the mind of this writer that there was massive fraud in Arizona. Arizona Republican Governor candidate Kari Lake said she is still in this fight given all the chaos that happened with the vote tabulating machines in at least 70 locations in Maricopa County on Election Day. Lake stated the following: “What happened to Arizonans on Election Day is unforgivable. Tens of thousands of Maricopa County voters were disenfranchised. Rest assured I have assembled the best and brightest legal team, and we are exploring every avenue to correct the many wrongs that have been done this past week. I’m doing everything in my power to right these wrongs.”
Former President Donald J. Trump is the only Republican Party leader who has denounced election fraud in Maricopa County in Arizona. He has demanded new elections in Arizona. Republican Blake Masters lost to the Senate Democrat incumbent Mark Kelly. Trump said in a post on Truth Social that “possibly corrupt” officials had “lost control of the tainted Election in Arizona” after the race was called for Kelly. “This is a scam and voter fraud, no different than stuffing the ballot boxes. They stole the election from Blake Masters. Do Election over again!”
Sadly, no other Republican leader has denounced fraud in 2022. The Republican National Committee (RNC) and the Republican Party of Arizona issued a joint statement criticizing Maricopa County’s election administration for “deep flaws” and saying Arizona “deserves better.” The Republican Party, Blake Masters, and Kari Lake need to strongly denounce the massive fraud in Maricopa County, find the best lawyers in the nation, and request a do over by filing lawsuits in federal courts.
The excellent website Gateway Pundit published two articles written by Jim Hoft explaining the massive fraud in that state in 2022. Fraud also happened in 2020. The first article was “TRENDING: IMPOSSIBLE: Despite Only 17% Democrat Turnout on Election Day – Katie Hobbs and Democrats Are Winning Over 50% of Maricopa County Election Day Totals.” Jim Hoft explained that on election night at 8:00 pm the Uplift Data released its final hourly results on the Arizona and Maricopa County elections. The Uplift tracked the hourly reported results from precincts across Maricopa County. At 8:00 pm this was the results:
Republicans received 52.7% of the vote.
“Other” received 30.7% of the vote.
Democrats received 16.6% of the vote.
Republican senate candidate Blake Master and Republican governor candidate Kari Lake were defeated. Lake has not conceded. Maricopa County election officials want you to believe that Democrats had 16.6% of the vote on Election Day and this translated into over 50% of the vote as these votes were counted since Election Day. How is it possible when there was only 16.6% Democrat turnout that the corrupt Democrats are winning over 50% of the votes?
The second article was “The Fix is in; Arizona Ballots make Stop at Runbeck Printing Company to Scan Ballot Envelopes Before They Are Sent to County-With no Observers.” Jim Hoft explained that in this mid-term elections in Arizona, trucks go to Runbeck Printing Company to scan ballot envelopes before they are sent to the Maricopa County Election Center with no observers. This is the county in the nation that does this illegal method of handling ballots.
Hoft wrote the following: “Every mail-in ballot that is returned in the county is sent to Runbeck first. Runbeck is scanning the Maricopa ballots before they are sent to the Maricopa County Elections Center. Maricopa County is the only jurisdiction in the country that picks up completed ballots at USPS Processing Distribution Center but doesn’t bring them back to the election department or tabulation center. Maricopa County picks up mail-in ballots and takes them directly to its print vendor Runbeck Election Services, which is headquartered in Phoenix.”
“Every single completed mail-in ballot, whether mailed or dropped off at a polling place, goes to Runbeck. All mail-in ballots collected on election day, and the previous few days, are sitting at Runbeck headquarters. Maricopa has no idea how many ballots are in their possession because the ballots are at their print vendor.” This is a travesty. There is no chain of custody and no observers!
Arizona was not the only state to do election fraud. Among the many ways to steal elections is Ballot Harvesting which is allowed in 26 states. Voter lists in many Democratic-controlled states like California are not clean. Dead people and others who have moved are not deleted. Democratic Party operators collect fake ballots and are permitted to turn in unlimited numbers. The Heritage Foundation has said that Ballot Harvesting has become the Democrats’ preferred method to steal elections and calls it the “tool for vote thieves.”
In many states illegal immigrants are allowed to vote and are given drivers’ licenses. Big Tech uses censorship to block Republicans and conservatives. The socialist mainstream media repeat all the lies from the Biden regime about the MAGA Republicans who are evil and want to destroy democracy.
The Democrats accused Republicans of wanting to destroy the Social Security and Medicare again and again. Even the socialists newspaper The Washington Post gave Biden an indefinite Pinocchio for these shameful lies.
As former President Trump has said with many others, including this writer, election integrity will not return until paper ballots are used and same day voting. Even Democrats have denounced the use electronic voting machines since all of them can be rigged.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Special Counsel to Explore Criminal Charges Against Trump
On November 18, 2022, the very corrupt Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Jack Smith, a veteran Justice Department prosecutor, as a Special Counsel to explore criminal charges against former President Donald J. Trump. Garland at a strange press conference from the Justice Department headquarters said Jack Smith will investigate Trump’s role in the January 6, 2021, attack of the Capitol and efforts to undo the 2020 election and whether Trump illegally took classified documents from the White House.
Special Counsel Smith stated: “I intend to conduct the assigned investigations, and any prosecutions that may result from them, independently and in the best traditions of the Department of Justice. The pace of the investigations will not pause or flag under my watch. I will exercise independent judgment and will move the investigations forward expeditiously and thoroughly to whatever outcome the facts and the law dictate.” When the Special Counsel Smith finish his investigation, he will report to Garland, who will decide whether to bring charges.
President Trump was unfairly impeached for his role on January 6 and found not guilty by the Senate, so this is double jeopardy. Regarding taking documents by Trump that he declassified, other presidents have done the same and not investigated.
Clearly, this is political persecution as the DOJ and the FBI have been weaponized by the Biden regime against the former president and conservatives. The corrupt Garland ordered the FBI to treat parents who complained about the public schools teaching communism to their children as “domestic terrorists”. The House of Representatives will be controlled by Republicans in January 2023 and the new Chair of the Judiciary Committee Jim Jordan said he will investigate the corruption of DOJ and the FBI. Several FBI whistleblowers have already contacted him and other Republican Senators regarding corruption by the top officials of the FBI.
Former President Donald Trump called Garlands’ new move “a disgrace” and vowed not to “partake” in another special counsel probe aimed at him. “I have been proven innocent for six years on everything — from fake impeachments to Special Counsel Robert Mueller who found no collusion, and now I have to do it more?” Trump said on Fox News “It is not acceptable. It is so unfair. It is so political.”
Now that the great 45th President has announced that he is running for the White House in 2024 let us look at his life and the many accomplishments when he served as President.
Who is Donald Trump and Why He Must Win the White House in November 2024?
According to the website Biography, Donald J. Trump was born on June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York. He was raised Presbyterian by his mother, and he identifies as a mainline Protestant. Trump’s father, Frederick Trump, was a builder and real estate developer who specialized in constructing and operating middle-income apartments in Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn. Trump’s mother, Mary MacLeod, immigrated from Tong, Scotland, in 1929 at the age of 17. She and Fred Trump married in 1936. The couple settled in Jamaica, Queens. As the family’s wealth increased, Mary became a New York socialite and philanthropist.
At age 13, Trump’s parents sent him to the New York Military Academy. He did well at the academy, both socially and academically, rising to become a star athlete and student leader by the time he graduated in 1964. Trump entered Fordham University in 1964. He transferred to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania two years later and graduated in 1968 with a degree in economics. During his years at college, Trump worked at his father’s real estate business during the summer.
Trump is currently married to a former Slovenian model Melania Knauss Trump. They were married in January 2005. Melania Trump gave birth to Trump’s youngest child, Barron William Trump, in 2006.
In 1977, Donald Trump married his first wife the late Ivanka Trump, a New York fashion model who had been an alternate on the 1972 Czech Olympic Ski Team. The couple had three children together: Donald Trump Jr. born in 1977; Ivanka Trump born in 1981; and Eric born in 1984. They divorced in 1992. The following year Trump married his second wife, Marla Maples, an actress and had a daughter, Tiffany Trump in 1993. Trump had a divorce from Maples in 1999. Trump’s sons — Donald Jr. and Eric— work as executive vice presidents for The Trump Organization. They took over the family business while their father serves as president. Trump’s daughter Ivanka was also an executive vice president of The Trump Organization. She left the business and her own fashion label to join her father’s administration and became an unpaid assistant to the president. Her husband, Jared Kushner, worked also a senior adviser to President Trump.
Trump’s Real Estate and Businesses
Trump followed his father into a career in real estate development, bringing his grander ambitions to the family business. Trump’s business ventures include The Trump Organization, Trump Tower, casinos in Atlantic City and television franchises like The Apprentice and Miss Universe. Trump has business deals with the Javits Center and the Grand Hyatt New York, as well as other real estate ventures in New York City, Florida, and Los Angeles. Trump has several golf courses, including Trump National Doral and Mar-a-Lago in Florida, as earning about half of his income. Other financial ventures include aircraft, merchandise, and royalties from his two books, The Art of the Deal and Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again.
The books Art of the Deal and Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again by Donald J. Trump became best sellers
Amazon described the book as follows: “President Donald J. Trump lays out his professional and personal worldview in this classic work—a firsthand account of the rise of America’s foremost deal-maker. Here is Trump in action—how he runs his organization and how he runs his life—as he meets the people he needs to meet, chats with family and friends, clashes with enemies, and challenges conventional thinking. But even a maverick play by rules, and Trump has formulated time-tested guidelines for success. He isolates the common elements in his greatest accomplishments; he shatters myths; he names names, spells out the zeros, and fully reveals the deal-maker’s art. And throughout, Trump talks—really talks—about how he does it. Trump’s The Art of the Deal is an unguarded look at the mind of a brilliant entrepreneur—the ultimate read for anyone interested in the man behind the spotlight.
The book received excellent reviews by major newspapers as seen below:
“Trump makes one believe for a moment in the American dream again.”—The New York Times. “Donald Trump is a deal maker. He is a deal maker the way lions are carnivores and water is wet.”—Chicago Tribune. “Fascinating . . . wholly absorbing . . . conveys Trump’s larger-than-life demeanor so vibrantly that the reader’s attention is instantly and fully claimed.”—Boston Herald. “A chatty, generous, chutzpah-filled autobiography.”—New York Post. The book made the New York Times best-seller list.
Amazon described the book that was published in 2015 as follows: “Look at the state of the world right now. It’s a terrible mess, and that’s putting it mildly. There has never been a more dangerous time. The politicians and special interests in Washington, DC, are directly responsible for the mess we are in. So why should we continue listening to them? It’s time to bring America back to its rightful owners—the American people. I’m not going to play the same game politicians have been playing for decades—all talk, no action, while special interests and lobbyists dictate our laws. I am shaking up the establishment on both sides of the political aisle because I can’t be bought. I want to bring America back, to make it great and prosperous again, and to be sure we are respected by our allies and feared by our adversaries.
It’s time for action. Americans are fed up with politics as usual. And they should be! In this book, I outline my vision to make America great again, including: how to fix our failing economy; how to reform health care so it is more efficient, cost-effective, and doesn’t alienate both doctors and patients; how to rebuild our military and start winning wars—instead of watching our enemies take over—while keeping our promises to our great veterans; how to ensure that our education system offers the resources that allow our students to compete internationally, so tomorrow’s job-seekers have the tools they need to succeed; and how to immediately bring jobs back to America by closing our doors to illegal immigrants, and pressuring businesses to produce their goods at home. This book is my blueprint for how to Make America Great Again. It’s not hard. We just need someone with the courage to say what needs to be said.”
President Trump’s description of his Make America Great book above is exactly what he has done in his first four years in office despite the immense push back by Democrats, the globalists of the New World Order, and the Deep State/Shadow Government. No president in history has been attacked so much with an ongoing coup from the very beginning. President Trump has kept all his promises despite the fake Russia collusion investigation, the unfair impeachment, the attack by China with the Wuhan virus, and the riots led by BLM and Antifa.
According to Forbes magazine Donald Trump’s net worth is $3.2 billion as of September 2022.
2016 Presidential Campaign
Donald Trump became the official Republican nominee for president in the 2016 presidential election against Democrat Hillary Clinton. Most of the polls and media projections predicting his defeat were wrong. Trump won most electoral college votes in a stunning victory on November 8, 2016. Despite losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by almost 2.9 million votes, Trump’s electoral win — 306 electoral college votes to Clinton’s 232 — and became 45th president of the United States. After one of the most contentious presidential races in U.S. history, Trump’s rise to the office of president was considered a resounding rejection of establishment politics by millions including blue-collar and working-class Americans. In his victory speech, Trump said: “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans.” About his supporters, he said: “As I’ve said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign, but rather an incredible and great movement made up of millions of hard-working men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and for their families.”
On July 21, 2016, Trump accepted the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. In his speech, he outlined the issues he would tackle as president, including violence in America, the economy, immigration, unfair trade deals, terrorism, and the appointment of Supreme Court justices and federal judges who followed the Constitution and did not legislate from the bench.
On immigration, he said: “We are going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence, and to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities.” He also promised supporters that he would renegotiate trade deals, reduce taxes and government regulations, repeal the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare), defend Second Amendment gun rights, and “rebuild our depleted military,” asking the countries the U.S. is protecting “to pay their fair share.” The National Republican Party announced in June 2020, that the 2020 election platform will remain the same as in 2016.
In his inaugural speech, Trump sent a populist message that he would put the American people above politics. He stated: “What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20, 2017 will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
First 100 Days
The first 100 days of Trump’s presidency lasted from January 20, 2017, until April 29, 2017. In the first days of his presidency, Trump issued several back-to-back executive orders to make good on some of his campaign promises, as well as several orders aimed at rolling back policies and regulations that were put into place during the corrupt Obama administration.
Several of Trump’s key policies that got rolling during Trump’s first 100 days in office include his Supreme Court nomination; steps toward building a wall on the Mexico border; a travel ban for several predominantly Muslim countries; the first moves to dismantle the Affordable Care Act; and the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. In addition, Trump signed orders to implement a federal hiring freeze, withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and reinstate the Mexico City policy that bans federal funding of nongovernmental organizations abroad that promote or perform abortions.
He signed an order to scale back financial regulation under the Dodd-Frank Act, created by the Obama administration and passed by Congress after the financial crisis of 2008. And he called for a lifetime foreign-lobbying ban for members of his administration and a five-year ban for all other lobbyists.
On March 16, 2017, the president released his proposed budget. The budget outlined his plans for increased spending for the military, veterans affairs and national security, including building a wall on the border with Mexico. The Obama administration cut the budget of the Pentagon by several billions a year severely weakening the national security and making America a superpower in complete retreat. At the same time our enemy nations China, Russia, and Iran increased their military spending. Joe Biden and Democrats want to do the same.
It also made drastic cuts to many government agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department, as well as the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Community Development Block Grant program which supports Meals on Wheels.
Trump’s Supreme Court and federal judges appointments
Trump appointed three Supreme Court Justices: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett. President Donald Trump’s appointing many federal judges who are following the Constitution and not legislating from the bench are one of the greatest achievements of the Trump administration!
Withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement and Making America self-sufficient in oil and gas
On June 1, 2017, President Trump withdrew from the globalist 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Soon after taking office, Trump approved Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines to transfer oil extracted in Canada and North Dakota. Oil and gas production increased making America self-sufficient in energy. Sadly, the Biden regime war against energy has destroyed America’s energy independence.
On March 28, 2017, the president, surrounded by American coal miners, signed the “Energy Independence” executive order, calling for the Environmental Protection Agency to roll back Obama’s Clean Power Plan, curb climate and carbon emissions regulations and to rescind a moratorium on coal mining on U.S. federal lands. The Biden regime wants to shut down all coal mines.
One of Trump’s first executive orders in office was calling on federal agencies to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay” aspects of the Affordable Care Act to minimize financial burden on states, insurers, and individuals. On October 12, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order in a move that could dismantle the ACA without Congress’s approval, expanding health insurance products — mostly fewer comprehensive plans through associations of small employers and more short-term medical coverage.
He also announced that he would get rid of health insurance subsidies. Known as cost-sharing reduction payments, which lower the cost of deductibles for low-income Americans, they were expected to cost $9 billion in 2018 and $100 billion over the next decade.
As president, Trump has said that he is “strongly pro-life” and wants to ban all abortions except in cases of rape, incest or when a woman’s life is in danger. He has supported bans on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and has cited his appointments of conservative Supreme Court judges Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett as helping to make abortion laws in some states more restrictive. In January 2020, after his administration threatened to cut federal funds to California over a mandate that the state’s health insurance plans cover abortion, Trump became the first sitting president to address the annual March for Life rally in Washington, D.C. Many Democrats are not only supporting abortion but also infanticide!
On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that established the constitutional right to abortion in America in 1973. Now the individual states have the power to set their own abortion laws.
Among other measures, the Senate bill called for the slashing of the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20%, doubling personal deductions and ending the Obamacare mandate. After the bill’s passage, Trump tweeted: “Biggest Tax Bill and Tax Cuts in history just passed in the Senate. Now, these great Republicans will be going for final passage.”
The President added, “Thank you to House and Senate Republicans for your hard work and commitment!” On December 20, 2019, the final tax bill formally passed both chambers of Congress.
President Trump has vowed to defend the Second Amendment and gun ownership since taking office. He spoke at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in 2019, and he promised to veto a measure passed in February 2019 by House Democrats to strengthen background checks. However, Trump has also at times said he would be willing to consider a range of measures to restrict gun access. His administration also banned bump stocks in October 2017 after a mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival left 58 people dead. President Trump ordered the Justice Department to issue regulations banning bump stocks and suggested he was willing to consider a range of measures, from strengthening background checks to raising the minimum age for buying rifles. He also backed an NRA-fueled proposal for arming teachers, which drew backlash from many in the profession.
The Southern Border Wall
On January 20, 2021, when President Donald Trump ended his term in office 452 miles of the Wall had been completed. It has enormously decreased the illegal entering to America. Sadly, on that same day President Joe Biden issued an executive order stopping the expansion of the Wall. As of November 2022, more than five million illegal immigrants from many nations have entered the nation and tens of thousands were not arrested. This is a great danger to the national security.
Trump issued an executive order to build a wall at the United States’ border with Mexico. In his first televised interview as president, Trump said the initial construction of the wall would be funded by U.S. taxpayer dollars, but that Mexico would reimburse the U.S. “100 percent” in a plan to be negotiated and might include a suggested import tax on Mexican goods.
In December 2018, shortly before a newly elected Democratic majority was set to take control of the House, Trump announced he would not sign a bill to fund the government unless Congress allocated $5.7 billion toward building his long-promised border wall. With Democrats refusing to give in to his demand, a partial government shutdown ensued for a record 35 days, until all sides agreed to another attempt at striking a compromise.
On February 14, 2019, one day before the deadline, Congress passed a $333 billion spending package that allocated $1.375 billion for 55 miles of steel-post fencing. After indicating that he would sign the bill, the President made good on his threat to declare a national emergency the following day, enabling him to funnel $3.6 billion slated for military construction projects toward building the wall. In late July 2019, the Supreme Court overturned an appellate decision and ruled that the Trump administration could begin using Pentagon money for construction during the ongoing litigation over the issue.
Border Separation Policy
As part of attempts to seal the U.S. border with Mexico, the Trump administration in 2018 began following through on a “zero-tolerance” policy to prosecute anybody found to have crossed the border illegally. As children were legally not allowed to be detained with their parents, this meant that they were to be held separately as family cases wound through immigration courts.
A furor ensued President Trump on June 20, 2019, he signed an executive order that directed the Department of Homeland Security to keep families together. “I didn’t like the sight, or the feeling of families being separated,” he said, adding that it remained important to have “zero tolerance for people that enter our country illegally” and for Congress to find a permanent solution to the problem.
On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order calling for “extreme vetting” to “keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America.” The president’s executive order was put into effect immediately, and refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries traveling to the U.S. were detained at U.S. airports.
The order called for a ban on immigrants from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen for at least 90 days, suspended the entry of refugees for 120 days and barred Syrian refugees indefinitely. In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Trump also said he would give priority to Christian refugees trying to enter the United States. After facing multiple legal hurdles, President Trump signed a revised executive order on March 6, 2017, calling for a 90-day ban on travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries including Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. Iraq, which was included in the original executive order, was removed from the list.
Travelers from the six listed countries, who hold green cards or have valid visas as of the signing of the order, will not be affected. Religious minorities would not get special preference, as was outlined in the original order, and an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees was reduced to 120 days.
On March 15, just hours before the revised ban were going to be put into effect, Derrick Watson, a federal judge in Hawaii, issued a temporary nationwide restraining order in a ruling that stated the executive order did not prove that a ban would protect the country from terrorism and that it was “issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion, in spite of its stated, religiously neutral purpose.” At a rally in Nashville, Trump responded to the ruling, saying: “This is, in the opinion of many, an unprecedented judicial overreach.”
Judge Theodore D. Chuang of Maryland also blocked the ban the following day, and in subsequent months, the ban was impeded in decisions handed down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia, and the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals once again. However, on June 26, 2017, Trump won a partial victory when the Supreme Court announced it was allowing the controversial ban to go into effect for foreign nationals who lacked a “bona fide relationship with any person or entity in the United States.” The court agreed to hear oral arguments for the case in October, but with the 90-to-120-day timeline in place for the administration to conduct its reviews, it was believed the case would be rendered moot by that point.
On September 24, 2017, Trump issued a new presidential proclamation, which permanently bans travel to the United States for most citizens from seven countries. Most were on the original list, including Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, while the new order included Chad, North Korea, and some citizens of Venezuela (certain government officials and their families). The tweak did little to pacify critics, who argued that the order was still heavily biased toward Islam.
On December 4, 2017, the Supreme Court allowed the third version of the Trump administration’s travel ban to go into effect despite the ongoing legal challenges. The court’s orders urged appeals courts to determine as quickly as possible whether the ban was lawful.
On June 26, 2018, the Supreme Court upheld the president’s travel ban by a 5-4 vote. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts said that Trump had the executive authority to make national security judgments in the realm of immigration, regardless of his previous statements about Islam.
Public Charge Rule
In August 2019, the Trump administration unveiled a new regulation designed to weed out immigrants who would potentially require government assistance. Known as the “public charge” rule, for people who are dependent on Medicaid, food stamps and other benefits, the policy tightened requirements for legal immigrants seeking to become permanent residents by focusing on factors like education, assets, resources, and financial status.
Trump and North Korea
In early August 2017, intelligence experts confirmed that North Korea successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that fits inside its missiles, putting it one step closer to becoming a nuclear power. Around the same time, the North Korean state news agency said they were examining the operational plan to strike areas around the U.S. territory of Guam with medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic missiles. U.S. experts estimated North Korea’s nuclear warheads at 60 and that the country could soon have an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States. Trump responded that North Korea would be met with “fire and fury” if the threats continued, and that the U.S. military was “locked and loaded.”
On August 28, 2017, North Korea launched a missile over Japan. The following day, Trump said “all options were on the table.” At the United Nations General Assembly on September 19, Trump pejoratively called Kim Jong-un “Rocketman” and said he would “totally destroy” North Korea if it threatened the United States or its allies, hours after the group voted to enact additional sanctions against the country.
On October 20, CIA Director Mike Pompeo warned that North Korea was in the final step of being able to strike mainland America with nuclear warheads and the U.S. should react accordingly. Some foreign policy experts were concerned that war between the U.S. and North Korea was increasingly possible.
Summits with Kim Jong-un
Following the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, during which North Korea made a show of unity with the host country, its officials also relayed interest in opening communications with Washington. President Trump leaped at the opportunity, announcing that he was willing to sit down with Kim.
On June 12, 2018, Trump and Kim met at the secluded Capella resort in Singapore, marking the first such encounter between a sitting U.S. president and North Korean leader. The two held private talks with their interpreters, before expanding the meeting to include such top staffers as Pompeo (now U.S. secretary of state), National Security Adviser John Bolton and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
Afterward, in a televised ceremony, the leaders signed a joint statement in which Trump committed to provide security guarantees to North Korea and Kim reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Although their talks marked an early step in a diplomatic process that some predicted could take years to complete, the president said he believed de-nuclearization on the peninsula would begin very quickly.
On February 27, 2019, the two men met for a second summit, at the Metropole hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, to discuss the next steps in de-nuclearization. However, negotiations abruptly ended the second day, after North Korea reportedly asked for sanctions to be lifted in exchange for dismantling its main nuclear facility but not all elements of its weapons program. “Sometimes you have to walk,” the president said, before adding that things concluded on good terms.
On June 30, 2019, Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to set foot in North Korea when he met with Kim for informal discussions at the Demilitarized Zone between the two countries on the Korean peninsula. Trump later said that he and Kim had agreed to designate negotiators to resume de-nuclearization talks in the coming weeks.
Trump and Russia
Throughout the 2016 presidential election, Trump vehemently denied allegations he had a relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and was tied to the hacking of the DNC emails. In January 2017, a U.S. intelligence report concluded that Putin had ordered a campaign to influence the U.S. election. In March 2018, the Trump administration formally acknowledged the charges by issuing sanctions on 19 Russians for interference in the 2016 presidential election and alleged cyber-attacks. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin delivered the announcement.
The Trump administration in February 2019 announced the suspension of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, due to the Eastern power’s repeated violations of the agreement. The announcement gave Russia 180 days to comply with terms before U.S. withdrawal from the treaty would be completed.
On April 6, 2017, Trump ordered a military strike, to which he had tweeted opposition to when Obama was in office, on a Syrian government airfield. The strike was in response to a chemical attack by Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad on Syrian civilians that had led to the horrific deaths of dozens of men, women, and children. Navy destroyers fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at Shayrat airfield, from where the attack was launched. It was the first direct military action by the United States against Syrian military forces during the country’s ongoing civil war.
One year later, evidence surfaced of another chemical attack on Syrians, with dozens reported dead in the rebel-held city of Douma. Although Syria and its ally, Russia, referred to the situation as a hoax perpetrated by terrorists, President Trump wasn’t having it: “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming,” he tweeted, adding, “You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”
The U.S. subsequently joined forces with Britain and France for coordinated strikes on Syria early in the morning of April 14, 2018. Larger than the previous year’s operation, this one hit two chemical weapons facilities and a scientific research center.
Death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
On October 26–27, 2019, the United States conducted a military operation that resulted in the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi the leader and self-proclaimed Caliph of the Islamic State.
The operation took place outside of Barisha in Idlib province of Syria. Baghdadi killed himself along with two children when he detonated a suicide belt while running inside a tunnel followed by a dog. According to President Trump, the bloody al-Baghdadiwas chased to the end of an underground tunnel, “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way,” before detonating a suicide vest. This was a major victory for President Trump who also took back 100% of the Islamic State territory in Iraq and Syria. As explained in Chapter 15, Obama sent weapons to the Islamic State.
On March 1, 2018, after the conclusion of a Commerce Department investigation, President Trump announced that he was imposing tariffs of 25% on steel imports and 10% on aluminum. He ultimately granted temporary exemptions as he sought to renegotiate deals. His actions resulted in new agreements with South Korea and multiple South American countries to restrain their metal exports.
Talks with China, the European Union and the border countries stalled. In late May 2018, the administration announced that it was moving forward with all tariffs. Back home, the president attempted to head off the political fallout of a potentially costly trade war with the announcement that the administration would provide up to $12 billion in emergency relief funds for U.S. farmers. The following summer, the administration revealed details for a new, $16 billion aid package for struggling farmers.
In April 2018, the Trump administration announced it was adding a 25% tariff on more than 1,000 Chinese products to penalize the country for its trade practices. He granted temporary exemptions to negotiate a deal. In late May, he moved forward with a tax on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods that went into effect in July. The trade war with China escalated in May 2019, when the president gave the go-ahead to raise tariffs to 25% on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. The increase came as the two countries were attempting to hammer out terms for a new trade deal.
The following month, after Trump used the threat of tariffs to obtain expanded border-security measures from Mexico, the president turned his attention back to China with the suggestion that another $300 billion in Chinese goods would be taxed should trade talks continue to stall. He announced a 5% hike in late August and threatened another 5% increase by October, before agreeing to delay the latter as he continued to push for an all-encompassing trade deal.
In October, the president gushed about the very substantial phase one deal reached with China, saying a final agreement on matters related to intellectual property, financial services and agriculture would take three to five weeks to put in place. Signed in mid-January 2020, the deal included commitments from China to purchase an additional $200 billion of U.S. products over the next two years and to refrain from currency manipulation and intellectual property theft.
There is no president who has fought against China’s abuse practices against America as President Trump. It was for that reason that China unleashed the Wuhan virus against America, its European and other allies to destroy their economies and killed tens of thousands. China must be held accountable for this crime against humanity. China wants Trump to lose in November 2020 to have a pro-China Joe Biden who can be bought with money.
In June 2019, Trump announced that the U.S. would be selling more than $2 billion in tanks and military equipment to Taiwan, one of its largest sales in recent years. The move added tension to China’s relationship with the U.S. The U.S. is the largest supplier of arms to Taiwan, which could help stave off an eventual invasion of Taiwan by the Chinese military.
The U.S. does not officially recognize Taiwan, a de facto independent island that the communist Chinese government plans to bring back under its control, with force if necessary. However, U.S. officials see Taiwan as an important counterweight to China in the region and have expressed concern about China’s actions toward Taiwan. In 2018, to the ire of Chinese officials, the Pentagon began ordering naval ships to sail through the Taiwan Strait as a show of military power. China has plans to invade Taiwan and annexed it by force. This action could mean war with America that has a defense treaty with the prosperous democratic Taiwan.
Israel and the Recognition of Jerusalem
On December 6, 2017, Trump announced that the U.S. was formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and would move the American embassy there from its current location in Tel Aviv. All previous presidents had promised to do it but failed to act. Fulfilling one of his campaign pledges, President Trump referred to the move as “a long overdue step to advance the peace process,” noting it “would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result.” He also stressed that the move would not interfere with any proposals for a two-state solution.
On December 21, the U.N. General Assembly voted 128 to 9 to demand that the U.S. rescind its formal recognition of Jerusalem. Britain, France, Germany, and Japan all voted for the resolution, though others, like Australia and Canada, abstained from the symbolic vote.
Continuing with a recalibrated approach to relations with its Middle Eastern ally, the Trump administration announced in November 2019 that it no longer considered Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be illegal under international law. A few weeks later, the president sought to bolster support among American Jews by signing an executive order aimed at cracking down on anti-Semitism at college campuses. The order effectively allowed the government to recognize Judaism as both a race or nationality and religion, empowering the Education Department to withhold funding from college or educational programs accused of discriminatory actions against Jews.
In January 2020, Trump revealed his “deal of the century” proposal for a two-state solution. His plan envisioned Jerusalem remaining the capital of Israel, with Palestinians getting their own capital in the eastern part of the city, and the authority for Israel to move forward with annexing its West Bank settlements. The proposal was quickly rejected by Palestinians, with Abbas dismissing it as the “slap of the century.”
In May 2018, over the objections of European allies, President Trump announced that he was withdrawing the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal enacted by his predecessor and imposing sanctions on the Middle Eastern country. The announcement initially drew a tepid response from Iran, but President Hassan Rouhani had stronger words on the issue while addressing diplomats in July, noting that war with Iran is the mother of all wars and warning his American counterpart to not play with the lion’s tail, because you will regret it eternally.
President Trump in a tweet addressed to Rouhani stated: “Never, ever threaten the United States again or you will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before. We are no longer a country that will stand for your demented words of violence & death. Be cautious!”
Tensions mounted again by April 2019, when the Trump administration announced it would no longer grant economic exemptions to the five countries — China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey — which had been permitted to buy oil from Iran. Several oil tankers were subsequently attacked near the Strait of Hormuz, with the U.S. holding Iran responsible for the brazen actions. In June 2019, the Iranian military shot down an American drone over contested airspace. Trump said he was minutes away from ordering a strike in retaliation, before electing to impose new sanctions instead.
In late December 2019, after an American civilian contractor was killed in a rocket attack on an Iraqi base, the U.S. carried out military strikes against an Iranian-backed militia deemed responsible for the attack. After protesters responded by breaching the outer wall of the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, the animosity escalated with the death of General Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s top security and intelligence commander, in a drone strike authorized by President Trump. This represents another victory by the Trump administration killing a terrorist responsible for the deaths of many Americans.
Cuba and Travel Restrictions
To pressure Cuba’s communist government to reform and end its support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Trump tightened travel restrictions to Cuba in April 2019. In June 2019, Trump announced that the State Department would no longer allow private or public ships and aircraft to visit Cuba. The U.S. will also no longer allow people-to-people educational travel, which previously proved to be a popular travel exemption.
President Obama recognized the bloody Cuban regime and granted many concessions without a “Quid Pro Quo” or nothing in returned. President Trump was the first president to implement the Helm-Burton law that allows Cuban Americans and other Americans to sue foreign corporations that have illegally used confiscated properties. The Biden regime now wants to establish friendly relations with the mass-murdering Cuban regime.
Communism is a totalitarian system completely at odds with individual liberty, freedom of opportunity, and free market capitalism. It seeks to destroy the social and moral fabric of society and by its very nature is intolerant and hateful. Communism brings misery, hunger, death, oppression, and greater inequality. Communism undermines responsibility and encourages dependence. Once imposed, communism is almost impossible to undo.
Schools and universities should be doing more to teach students America’s great heritage of liberty and to be proud to be an American. Many years ago, this author taught a high school government and economics course that included a textbook called Democracy and Communism Theory and Action in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida.
Sadly, the teaching about socialism and communism was discarded in Florida for many years. Thus, many young people lack basic knowledge regarding the terrible command and control communist economy. America needs to teach about the superiority of the free-market capitalist economy over the command-and-control communist economy. And then hire teachers and college professors who are not communists. Florida’s great Governor Ron DeSantis has now passed a law and the evils of communism will be taught again. Other states need to follow Florida.
Donald J. Trump has always been at war with radical socialists and communists in America who want to take God and our freedom and liberty away. These radicals want to destroy the Constitution and free market economy. They want to divide and oppress Americans. They want to take our precious sovereignty and place America under a one-world government under the corrupt United Nations but controlled by globalists of the New World Order. These globalists are now working with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to implement a Reset of Capitalism and establish a totalitarian communist economy in the world where all humanity would be enslaved. The Biden regime is working with these diabolical rich elite. Republicans must win the White House in 2024 to stop them. If a Democratic presidential candidate wins the White House in 2024, the greatest nation in the planet will cease to be what it is today.
If patriots love the United States, they need to fight hard to preserve the greatest and most generous country on the face of the planet, the United States of America, with its religious liberty, Judaeo-Christian values, and Constitutional Republic. Patriots need to say this will not happen on their watch. And this is a war that patriotic Americans shall win with the help of Almighty God!