Donald Trump

‘Captain of its own fate’: Trump honors fallen on Memorial Day

President Trump honored the nation’s fallen heroes on Memorial Day as embodying the country’s fighting spirit and declared that Americans are the “captains of their own fate” who will rise to the occasion again to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic. “As one nation, we mourn alongside every single family who has lost loved ones, including the families of our great veterans. Together, we will vanquish the virus and America will rise from this crisis to new and even greater heights,” Mr. Trump said in a speech at Fort McHenry in Baltimore. He delivered the speech as the country approached a grim milestone of nearly 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that has swept the globe since its discovery in Wuhan, China, in December. More than 345,000 deaths worldwide are attributed to COVID-19. “As our brave warriors have shown us from the nation’s earliest days, America is the captain of its own fate,” the president said. “No obstacle, no challenge and no threat is a match for the sheer determination of the American people.” The dramatic shutdowns of daily human activities and imposition of social distancing rules, which have left the economy in ruins, colored Memorial Day events. Ceremonies honoring the fallen looked very different this year. Arlington National Cemetery, where Mr. Trump participated in a wreath-laying ceremony before traveling to Baltimore, was closed to the public under stay-at-home orders. At Fort McHenry, the roughly 200 people attending the event were spaced several feet apart and most wore masks. Flags flew at half-staff at the White House and across the country to honor those who have died from COVID-19. Democrats have been critical of Mr. Trump’s handling of the crisis and his push to reopen state economies. Almost 39 million Americans have lost their jobs in the past nine weeks from government-mandated business closures. The president and Congress have spent nearly $3 trillion on relief measures.

Trump announces that houses of worship are ‘essential,’ calls on governors to open them up

President Trump on Friday announced that new Centers for Disease Control guidance will classify houses of worship as “essential,” as he called on governors to allow them to open “right now” after being closed during the coronavirus lockdowns. Trump announced the policy for churches, synagogues and mosques, during a short briefing at the White House. “The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now–for this weekend,” Trump said. “If they don’t do it, I will override the governors.” “In America, we need more prayer not less,” Trump added. It’s unclear under what authority Trump has to override governors. But Trump took issue with certain businesses being open, while churches are not. Attorney General William Barr already warned last month that coronavirus restrictions by state and local government should be applied evenly and not single out religious organizations. “Some governors have deemed the liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential,” Trump said. “But have left out churches and other houses of worship. It’s not right. So I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released interim guidelines Friday for communities of faith that acknowledge “millions of Americans embrace worship as an essential part of life” but also warn that “gatherings present a risk for increasing the spread of COVID-19.” The guidelines encourage the use of cloth face coverings during services, limiting the size of gatherings, social distancing during services and suspending or decreasing choirs and singing in church since “singing may contribute to transmission of COVID-19, possibly through emission of aerosols,” the CDC says. Last week the CDC released new guidelines that schools, businesses and other organizations can use as states reopen from coronavirus shutdowns. The document, however, excluded guidance for churches and faith-based groups because the White House raised concerns about the recommended restrictions, the Associated Press reported. Cities across the country have been taking their cues from their governors on when and how to reopen. New York Gov. Cuomo’s executive order still remains in effect in hard-hit New York City, officials said Friday. “Houses of worship never closed in New York City, but have been under reasonable capacity requirements that prohibit large gatherings,” said Olivia Lapeyrolerie, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s deputy press secretary. “We will continue to work closely with faith leaders to ensure people can safely worship during these stressful times, but will not take any steps that could jeopardize New Yorkers’ health.” The White House’s Friday announcement comes after Trump has been hearing an earful from faith leaders who are unable to hold services due to coronavirus restrictions at a time when their parishioners are grappling with the crisis. Families may be grieving the loss of loved ones from the virus or struggling with job losses but unable to seek respite in their places of worship. On Thursday, Trump had a conference call with 1,600 pastors and faith leaders from around the country, including Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. He reassured them he wants to get churches reopened. The evangelical Christian community was instrumental in supporting Trump during his 2016 White House bid and he’s maintained strong ties with Christian leaders throughout his presidency. Trump telegraphed the decision a day earlier when he announced he spoke to the CDC on finding ways to reopen houses of worship during the pandemic. “We’ve got to get our churches open,” Trump said Thursday. Churches across the country had to close down due to stay-home orders necessary to stop the spread of the contagious virus. Faith leaders set up online services and families tuned in Sunday mornings from their computers at home. Earlier in the pandemic, Trump expressed optimism that churches would be opened by Easter Sunday, April 12. But April turned out to be an extremely deadly month for the pandemic, and parishioners had to celebrate Easter from home. Some faith leaders have argued that social distancing rules have violated First Amendment religious freedoms. Others have defied state and local rules and tried to reopen. “The discrimination that has been occurring against churches and houses of worship has been shocking,” said Kelly Shackelford, president of the First Liberty Institute, a legal organization dedicated to defending religious freedom. “We applaud the President’s strong stance today demanding that these attacks must stop and that churches and houses of worship be freed to safely open. Americans are going to malls and restaurants. They need to be able to go to their houses of worship.”

Agreed..  If you can go to your grocery store, Walmart, Target and heck…your “essential” pot store (here in Colorado, mamajuana dispensaries have been classified as “essential,” if you can believe that) and so on…then there is ZERO reason why you shouldn’t be able to go to your church.  You can socially distance yourself, much like the White House press corps does every day…and you can require those to wear face masks and so on..   But, to tell pastors and preachers they can’t open their church or they’ll face fines or imprisonment, is the very definition of fascism.  We have a 1st Amendment to protect such freedoms.  Major kudos to President Trump for taking this strong position.  To see a video of the President making this announcement earlier today, click on the text above.  Outstanding!!       🙂

Joe Biden Falsely Accuses Trump of Ignoring Antisemitism

Former Vice President Joe Biden renewed his accusation that President Donald Trump is ignoring antisemitism — even though the president condemned it at length, once again, just a few weeks ago. Biden, speaking to an online fundraising event, claimed that the president was “not saying a word” about antisemitism, according to the pool report (via Sahil Kapur of NBC News). Not only has Trump repeatedly condemned antisemitism, but he did so extensively just a few weeks ago, in issuing a proclamation declaring May to be Jewish Heritage Month. The president said: Throughout history, the Jewish people have demonstrated an unbreakable spirit, overcoming suffering, cruel oppression, violence, and bigotry. Tragically, Jewish men, women, and children continue to face anti-Semitic discrimination, persecution, and violence today, and Jewish institutions and places of worship remain targets of vandalism and destruction. Our country has wept too many times in the aftermaths of horrific attacks, including last April when a murderer opened fire in a synagogue in Poway, California, taking innocent life and shattering families in a cowardly display of evil. Such unconscionable acts are an abomination to all decent and compassionate people. Hatred is intolerable and has no place in our hearts or in our society. We must therefore vigorously confront anti-Semitic discrimination and violence against members of the Jewish community. That is why I signed an Executive Order last December, bolstering my Administration’s efforts to combat the rise of anti-Semitism in the United States and build a culture of respect, humanity, and equality. This month, we reaffirm our commitment to never compromise our steadfast support for the Jewish community, our rejection of anti-Semitic bigotry, and our disdain for malicious attacks of hatred. Jewish Americans strengthen, sustain, and inspire our country through dedication to family, respect for cherished traditions, and commitment to the values of justice and equality that unite Americans of every faith and background. We give thanks for the profound contributions that Jewish Americans continue to make to our society, and way of life. Biden appears to have been referring to recent protests in Michigan against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) and her strict stay-at-home orders. A few people used the swastika symbol — to accuse Whitmer of being a fascist, not to express solidarity with fascism or antisemitism. While offensive to many, the symbol appears at both left- and right-wing protests in that context, as Breitbart News recently noted. The swastika appeared in pro-union protests against Gov. Scott Walker (R) at the Wisconsin state capitol in 2011, for example — a cause that was broadly embraced by the Democratic Party. The symbol was used to foment outrage against Walker — albeit at the cost of shocking observers. Tuesday’s fundraiser was hardly the first time that Biden has made false accusations that Trump is sympathetic toward antisemitism. He launched his campaign last April with the false claim that Trump called neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, “very fine people” in August 2017. In fact, Trump said that the neo-Nazis should be “condemned totally.”

Joe is a disingenuous, self-serving, “useful idiot” simply sticking to the liberal narrative that Republicans are racists and anti-Semites.  As it relates to President Trump, clearly the narrative is factually inaccurate, and his efforts with the Jewish community and with Israel show his commitment to, and support of, the Jewish people.  He relocated the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.  He has a VERY strong personal relationship with Israeli PM Bibi Netanyahu.  His son-in-law, Jared, is Jewish.  And, on and on..  But, the facts be damned.  Joe and his campaign figure if they keep saying that Trump is an anti-Semite  over and over, enough people on the fence will believe it and vote for Biden in November.  That’s why the left likes to play the race card, even when they know it’s bs.  It’s really that simple and cynical.

Gutfeld on Trump’s drug use

After President Trump told the world he was taking a prescribed drug – hydroxychloroquine – to potentially protect him from COVID-19, the media flipped. Chris Cuomo said on CNN: “I don’t know that it will help with his health, but it certainly helps to cover up his weaknesses.” Don Lemon said on CNN: “This is really deadly serious. It is quite dangerous, really quite dangerous.” Joy Behar said on “The View”: “He says he’s been on this thing for two-and-a-half weeks or something. But when you read the side effects – psychosis, paranoia, hair loss – I think he’s been on it for three-and-a-half years. Apparently, all those dopes know better than the White House doctor, who prescribed the drug. They’re acting like Trump is ingesting peyote in a yurt But here’s the big story: Trump is taking a drug – and he shared the info with you. The media and politicians – they’d never do that. Ever. That’s why they were shocked. Trump shares. They hide. And how dare Trump ask his White House doctor about a tried and true medication that’s currently being used off-label by other docs? How dare he make an informed decision as a patient, after assessing the science, medical opinion and risk ratio? If you believe Trump’s wrong, show us your cost-benefit calculations or shut up. Of course, the media won’t. Because they’re smarter than you – and Trump is a symbol of you, a bumpkin who should stay home indefinitely. It’s only the morally superior media who get to work – and also know all that secret info about hot stocks, real estate and meds. They get the courtside tickets and the best tables. Then give you the lectures. The media always have the inside scoop – they’re mad Trump shared it with you. It’s funny: The media condemn using a prescribed drug during a pandemic. But they’re fine with way weirder stuff. You know: you’d think an industry where people inject poison into their faces would sit this one out. And they’d never let you, Joe Schmo, tell them they can’t smooth their wrinkles with a toxin. And they’d fight you to the death over their balding drugs, diet pills, Adderall and performance enhancers. They can have it all. Inject your forehead with goat pee if you must. America will save lives. While you save face.

Agreed!!  How ironic it is that the left, which is always telling us (with respect to the abortion issue), that it’s “our body, our decision,”  is having some issue with Trump taking this.  And, let’s not forget that it’s they who are the first ones (again, referring to the same abortion issue) who hold their hand up in defiance and tell us that it’s between “the patient and their doctor.”  Well…that’s EXACTLY what this was all about; a decision made between Trump and his White House doctor, who prescribed the    So, when did this suddenly become an issue with self-righteous, hypocritical tools like Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon over at CNN?  Because TRUMP took it.  And, whatever he does is must be wrong.  How on earth is an FDA APPROVED DRUG, that has been around for over 60 YEARS, and for which the VA prescribes over 42,000 dosages PER DAY alone, is somehow a political issue?  It’s not.  It’s just an issue to idiots like Chris, Don, Joy Behar and other liberal hacks who have Trump Derangement Syndrome.  That’s all this is.  Thanks to Greg Gutfeld.  That was adapted from his Gregologue” on “The Five” on May 19, 2020.  Excellent!!       🙂

Trump announces $16 billion in direct payments for farmers hurt by pandemic ’caused by China’

President Trump on Tuesday announced $16 billion in direct payments for farmers and ranchers to compensate them for lost business from the coronavirus outbreak that he said was “caused by China.” During an event at the White House, Mr. Trump also directed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to pursue cutting off trade deals with countries that ship beef cattle to the U.S. He said the U.S. beef industry is “very self-sufficient.” The direct payments, funded by the $2.2 trillion CARES Act that was approved in March and a commodity credit law, follows farm bailouts totaling $28 billion in 2018 and 2019. Those earlier payments compensated growers and ranchers for losses from tariffs imposed by China during the administration’s trade war with Beijing. “Now we’re standing strong with our farmers and ranchers once again,” Mr. Trump said during an announcement at the White House. Growers lost much of their customer base when restaurants were ordered to close during the outbreak. Much of the money will be used to purchase food to supply food banks around the country. The president said of the pandemic, “It should have never happened. You know that, I know that. The people that caused the problem, they know that, too.” “These payments will compensate farmers for losses related to the global pandemic caused by China,” Mr. Trump said. “We’ll be providing billions of dollars for corn, cotton, soybean and specialty-crop farmers, cattle ranchers, just about every category I can think of.” Robert Mills Jr., owner of Briar View Farms Inc. in southern Virginia, said the money is not a bailout. “We always expect the unexpected, and we didn’t expect this [pandemic],” he said. “It’s not a rescue program. It’s going to help these farm families be able to make good, wise financial decisions. This country relies on what these farmers and ranchers do every day.”

It sure does!  What was also left out of this article from today’s announcements at the White House was Ivanka Trump’s comments about efforts to package up food into “20-25 pound boxes” that would otherwise be going to waste, and is now going to food banks to give to those in need.  As has already been mentioned (see previous article above), it is an effort that the First Daughter has been speerheading, and something she deserves credit for.

Opinion: Trump’s modesty and ending political persecutions

Again and again, it is President Trump’s quiet, patient modesty that shines through. Especially compared to the suffocating loud-mouthed arrogance of his predecessor. It was Mr. Trump’s own Department of Justice that determined that its own agents and lawyers had abused their power in persecuting retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and moved to drop all charges against him. After all, the foundation of the investigation into Flynn had turned out to be a fantastical conspiracy concocted by political enemies, DOJ had used highly duplicitous means to entrap Flynn, and the frontline agents who interviewed Flynn did not believe he had intentionally lied. And of course, the only reason Flynn pleaded guilty is that two years and $5 million into this whole Kafka-esque nightmare, the retired Three Star agreed to plead guilty in exchange for assurances that the same power-drunk liars who destroyed him would not do the same to his son. Any devoted father would have done the same thing. When the news broke that Flynn had been exonerated, Mr. Trump learned about it like the rest of us. Certainly, there had been rumors and court filings beforehand that had sparked widespread commentary about Flynn’s case. And President Trump being President Trump, he had commented volubly on the topic. “I think he’s a fine man,” Mr. Trump said many, many times. “I think it’s terrible what they did to him.” Seeking to bait Mr. Trump into negative stories they were plotting, reporters asked the president whether he would bring Flynn back into the White House. “It’s something that nobody’s asked me. You’re asking me for the first time,” he said. “I would certainly consider it. Yeah, I would.” No top secret meetings. No huddling in the Oval Office behind closed doors to plot a miscarriage of justice. No confabs with the most powerful operatives in his government to conspire against his political enemies. Just wide-open, off-the-cuff musings from a perilously-open mind. That is President Trump, leader of the free world. Now, compare that to his predecessor, who weaponized the Justice Department like nothing we have seen in the better part of a half century. President Barack Obama’s first Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. famously described his role in the Department of Justice as Mr. Obama’s “wingman.” Meaning, of course, that Mr. Holder used his position as America’s top law enforcement officer to shoot down and destroy Mr. Obama’s enemies. Say, for instance, a retired three star general that Mr. Obama fired as the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency over his criticisms of Mr. Obama’s prosecution of the war on terror. Now, certainly, Mr. Obama had every right to fire Flynn. That is any president’s prerogative. But it was a wild abuse of power for Mr. Obama’s Department of Justice to hatch an elaborate conspiracy to entrap Flynn after he later became a political enemy. Compare Mr. Trump’s hands-off approach to Flynn’s case to the intimately-involved approach of his predecessor. In the weeks leading up to Mr. Trump’s inauguration, Mr. Obama stunned members of his own administration with his intimate knowledge of the Flynn case during a secret meeting with his top intelligence henchmen in the Oval Office. Even in jubilant victory after the Flynn case got dropped, Mr. Trump kept the focus precisely where it belonged. Instead of just brooding over the treatment of one man, Mr. Trump was more concerned about the larger issue of unjust abuse of power at the highest levels of the Department of Justice. “What happened to General Michael Flynn, a war hero, should never be allowed to happen to a citizen of the United States,” Mr. Trump said in a triumphant Twitter message. A few minutes later, Mr. Trump added in all capital letters: “Dirty cop James Comey got caught!” Obviously, such boisterous gloating over the ruination of fired and disgraced former FBI Director James Comey is not exactly quiet or modest. But, wisely, the president keeps the political squabbling in the political realm where it belongs. Mr. Trump does not allow his political fever to infect the judicial process as his predecessor did. Mr. Trump’s extreme modesty allows his Attorney General William P. Barr to act with the same judicial modesty and reverence for the rule of law. At a press conference Monday, Mr. Barr lamented the “increasing attempts to use the criminal justice system as a political weapon.” He vowed the practice would end under Mr. Trump, telling reporters that his department is not presently seeking criminal charges against either Mr. Obama or his vice president, Joe Biden. “The legal tactic has been to gin up allegations of criminality by one’s political opponents based on the flimsiest of legal theories,” Mr. Barr fretted. “This is not a good development.”

Indeed..  This op-ed by Charles Hurt caught our eye because not too many articles are written about Trump’s “modesty.”  Definitely a paradigm shift.  But, Charlie sure does make several good points.  Remember when Obama used to openly, and proudly say he used to be a “community organizer?”  Not sure how that was a good resume enhancer for for being President of the United States.  Anyway..  With that in mind..  Obama is from Chicago, and was the general counsel (i.e. senior attorney) for ACORN; a corrupt “community” voter outreach organization that got kids to go out and get people registered to vote for Democrats in their communities.  These would be high-school kids who were paid for each voter’s signature they could get.  In many instances they would get someone in an inner city to register multiple times.  To these kids, it was a competition.  At any rate, as you might imagine, ACORN ending up being indicted by the FBI in several states for voter fraud; something Democrats tell us all the time is nonexistent.  So, coming full circle, Obama was a Chicago thug in he White House who routinely abused his position as President, and this latest revelation about what was done to retired LTG Michael Flynn is just the latest example.  To his credit, President Trump has let the process run its course and allowed our very capable and competent AG William Barr to do his job without interference.  Thanks for that piece, Charlie!     You can reach Charlie Hurt at churt@washingtontimes.com or @charleshurt on Twitter

Trump says China ‘could have stopped’ coronavirus: ‘It got out of control’

President Trump said Sunday that he doesn’t want to speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping, as tensions ramp up between the two nations during the pandemic. “Look, I’m not happy with anything to do with that particular subject right now,” he said during an interview with Fox’s Maria Bartiromo. Despite his frustrations, Mr. Trump said he still has a good relationship with the Chinese president and doesn’t plan to renegotiate the massive $250 billion trade deal they secured back in January. However, the Trump administration continues to hit China hard as the world struggles to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The virus was first discovered in Wuhan, China late last year before it spread around the globe. There are now more than 4.5 million infections and more than 300,000 coronavirus-related deaths worldwide. The president accused China of allowing its people to travel and spread the infection while locking down its own borders. Though he wouldn’t say that the Chinese specifically intended for it get out. “It all came from China and they could have stopped it,” he said. “I don’t know if they made the decision, but it got out of control. I think more than likely it got out of control.” White House trade advisor Peter Navarro went even further on Sunday, directly saying he blamed the Chinese government for taking down the U.S. economy. “The Chinese, behind the shield of the World Health Organization for two months, hid the virus from the world, and then sent hundreds of thousands of Chinese on aircraft to Milan, New York and around the world to seed that,” he said. On Friday, Mr. Trump moved to block shipments of superconductors to the Chinese giant Huawei Technologies from global chipmakers. Members of his administration have suggested the country owes compensation to the rest of the world for the outbreak.