January 20, 2017: Trump Shows Off New National Salute
Day One That He Vowed
(The long haul back home)
Trump’s first 100 days in office and 20 of his possible actions along with his cabinet and these possible Department Heads and much, much more follows below. and on real and perceived hot spots for conflicts of interests this neat piece of reporting from Politico with several examples ... so, imagine our president in this scenario? Wow...
His first day in office – he pledged is this:
Possibly roll back regulations, impose tariffs, or making some none-too-discreet phone calls from the Oval Office to who-knows-where, candidate Trump vowed to “bring back the vanishing jobs of miners, bakers, and assembly-line workers, beginning on Day 1 of my administration.” He then added: “It’s going to happen fast. This is so easy.” (Vowed to a crowd in Charleston, WVA).
#1 tremendous potential “conflicts of interests” between Trump, Inc. CEO and Trump in his duties as President for USA, Inc.:
Introduction and Background: Trump, Inc. is worldwide and renowned, but he is subject to huge and massive conflicts of interests between his job and his business interests. Simply having everything in a blind trust is not an answer … with his 3 kids running that trust – see CRS report to Congress below.
… In essence a blind trust means he has zero involvement and that would mean family members running the show and counting the money as it were in his name.
Solutions: (1) Create a bona fide “blind trust” independent from him and his family, or, (2) divest all of his holdings before taking office, since he would after Jan 20, 2017 be president and therefore obligated to appoint people in high positions and courts that could rule on conflicts that could arise…
Related to above:
Trump’s immediate family members, i.e., wife or children cannot take over in what he describes as a “blind trust.” Federal law and rules do not allow that. Cite the following extract from a CRS report to Congress:
“A blind trust,” as discussed in this report, is a device employed by a federal official to hold, administer and manage the private financial assets, investments, and ownerships of the official, and his or her spouse and dependent children, as a method of conflict of interest avoidance. In establishing a qualified blind trust upon the approval of the appropriate supervisory ethics entity, the official transfers, without restriction, control and management of private assets to an independent trustee who may not communicate information about the identity of the holdings in the trust to the official. The trust is considered “blind” because eventually, through the sale of transferred assets and the purchase of new ones, the public officer will be shielded from knowledge of the identity of the specific assets in the trust. Without such knowledge, conflict of interest issues would be avoided because no particular asset in the trust could act as an influence upon the official duties that the officer performs for the Government.”
Full reference of about Blind Trust for Government Officials from here (CRS Report for Congress).
From NPR (PBS) – a very key example.
America’s system of political checks and balances may vanish in the first 100 days of a Donald Trump presidency and Republican-run Congress. Facing no restraints other than protests they can ignore, Republicans driven by far right-wing ideologies, partisan score-settling and fealty to corporate America may seek to erase all traces of the Obama years and reset the political and judicial stage for years to come. It’s not just Trump’s draconian campaign pledges that stand to be initiated or imposed; it’s (1) House Tea Party types who have been obstructing and investigating the Obama administration for years, (2) Senate Republicans who put their party’s interests before the nation by blocking jobs bills, infrastructure bills and Supreme Court nominees, now feel vindicated.
Listed are the 16 worst-case scenarios that could mark Trump’s first 100 days.
USSC nominees: Trump unveiled a list of 11 potential Supreme Court picks in May and has added several names since. Asked by CBS interviewer Lesley Stahl about his criteria for selecting judicial appointees, Trump confirmed he'd pick “pro-life” judges who would also be “very pro-Second Amendment.”
As for Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision barring states from preventing women from having an abortion, Trump said that women seeking the procedure might have to “go to another state” if the decision were overturned.
Immigration Reform: Trump has said he would quickly cancel a program Mr. Obama put in place by executive action that gave protection from deportation and work permits to about 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children (DREAMERS) part of the EO on the DACA ruling, sort of a ruling (4-4).
(CNN) (June 23, 2016) – In a crushing blow to the White House, the Supreme Court announced Thursday it was evenly divided in a case concerning President Barack Obama's controversial executive actions on immigration. (And this is why we need 9 justices and not 8 – but Trump still wants it 5-4 and this GOP will not process Judge Garland – shitty politics that impact people and their lives).
The one-sentence ruling, issued without comment or dissent, means that the programs will remain blocked from going into effect, and the issue will return to the lower court. It is exceedingly unlikely the programs will go into effect for the remainder of the Obama presidency.
Mr. Obama, speaking at the White House, lamented the ruling. “For more than two decades now our immigration system, everybody acknowledges, has been broken. And the fact that the Supreme Court wasn't able to issue a decision today doesn't just set the system back even further, it takes us further from the country that we aspire to be.”
The ruling will impact the more than 4 million undocumented immigrants seeking to be able to come out of the shadows and apply for these programs to stay in the United States. Immediately after Obama announced them in late 2014, Texas and 25 other states challenged the plans and they were blocked nationwide by a federal district court the next year.
IMPACT: Millions would lose their jobs and college scholarships that allowed many to attend college and start careers. They would be vulnerable to deportation.
From the LA TIMES: Nearly a third of the 742,000 so-called Dreamers — those given protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — live in California and are potentially at risk of losing legal status.
TRUMP IMMIGRATION PLANS LEAD TO UNCERTAINTY FOR 'DREAMERS'
Using the same executive authority that Obama used to create the DACA and other initiatives (DREAMERS), Trump also can quickly fulfill his promises to severely restrict the number of refugees admitted each year and to effectively bar visitors from countries with large Muslim populations.
Trump said he quickly would cancel all those Obama programs. So, “police state” here we come why? All that would take massive law enforcement operations to be required to ramp it up with widespread raids in communities and workplaces.
Mr. Trump is also likely to expand detention centers along the border for illegal line crossers, ending the Obama administration’s practice of releasing many families who have come fleeing violence in Central America so they can seek asylum in immigration courts.
Mr. Trump has said he will punish so-called sanctuary cities, which have curbed their cooperation with the immigration authorities, by withholding federal funding.
Update: Many today again say they will not enforce his harsh immigration steps... a huge movement is afoot in that regard, bet on it. Police Chief in LA said “That is not our job and I won’t make it our job.”
RESISTANCE IS ON THE MOVE IT SEEMS???
Now what about that Wall and Mexico fitting the bill?
Trump also has promised to start construction right away on a wall across the Southwest border that was the signature proposal and rallying cry of his campaign.
But, that will take money from Congress, Trump now says. Um… first broken promise and pledge. Mexico will pay for it – yeah, sure they will. Second broken pledge.
How many more Trump oops are forthcoming? I’d have to say a ton…!!!
I don’t know what will or will not happen in Trump’s first 100 days – no one knows for sure, but we all have our guesses and imaginations – and none are pretty based on what we know about this man.
My summary for all Trump voters: You have been had … it’s that simple.
Stay tuned, and thanks for stopping by.