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It begins…Republicans begin to stop carrying Trump on their backs…

Republicans members of Congress have questioned about following their parties President’s in policies repeatedly recently in their town hall meeting back home….

While in Washington the Grand Ole party types have made sure that they sound in step with Trump….

But back home on their own they have been quietly telling people that they MAY go their own way in questioning Trump’s views and ways…

I Knew it would begin…

2018 Midterm election’s are less than 2 years way….

When a voter here asked whether Sen. Charles E. Grassley supports a probe of President Trump’s tax returns, the Republican gave a qualified “yes.” In Virginia, asked about Russian interference in the presidential election, Rep. David Brat said an investigator should “follow the rule of law wherever it leads.” And in Arkansas, Sen. Tom Cotton told 1,400 people sardined into a high school auditorium that the Affordable Care Act “has helped Arkansans.”

This week’s congressional town halls have repeatedly found Republicans hedging their support for the new president’s agenda — and in many cases contradicting their past statements. Hostile questions put them on record criticizing some of the fights Trump has picked or pledging to protect policies such as the more popular elements of Obamacare. And voters got it all on tape, promising to keep hounding their lawmakers if they falter.

“There’s more of a consensus among Republicans now that you’ve got to be more cautious with what you’re going to do,” Grassley said after an event here, referring to efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. “That didn’t mean much to me in November and December. But it means a lot now.”

No Republican could say that the raucous town halls surprised them. Since December, a growing number of liberal organizations and activists have shared strategies for getting public answers from members of Congress. More than a thousand local groups have been founded to organize around the Indivisible Guide, an organizational how-to manual drafted by former Democratic staffers. And thousands of Trump detractors — whether inspired by organized social-media efforts or there of their own volition — have shown up at town halls in their districts….


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Bannon Admits Trump’s Cabinet Nominees Were Selected To Destroy Their Agencies…

It won’t work that way for most….


At CPAC this week Stephen Bannon, the Chief Advisor and intellectual heft behind the Twittering infant that sits in the Oval Office, provided a little glimpse of the future he has planned for all of us.

In the clearest explanation for why nearly all of Trump’s cabinet choices are known mostly for despising and attacking the very Federal agencies they’ve been designated to lead, Bannon explained—in very clear language–that they weren’t appointed to lead these agencies, but to destroy them:

Atop Trump’s agenda, Bannon said, was the “deconstruction of the administrative state” — meaning a system of taxes, regulations and trade pacts that the president and his advisers believe stymie economic growth and infringe upon one’s sovereignty.

“If you look at these Cabinet nominees, they were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction,” Bannon said. He posited that Trump’s announcement withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership was “one of the most pivotal moments in modern American history.”

The crippling or wholesale elimination of Federal agencies that ensure we receive such things as clean air, clean water, fair labor laws, fair housing standards, anti-discrimination laws, financial protections, food and drug safety, national education standards and the like, has been a goal of far-right “thinkers” for decades. Their rationale, propagated by corporate and industry-funded think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation, has always been that that the existence of these “unelected” agencies represents a mortal threat to American “sovereignty and self-government.”  This is exactly the line Bannon was peddling at CPAC today. It is delusional, right-wing garbage.

The reality is that these extensions of the Executive Branch—the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Education, for example– exist to serve the interests of all the American people, performing the painstaking and complex  task of regulating the very things that make all Americans’ lives worth living. They perform this function because history has clearly shown that neither the Congress nor the states are remotely up to the task of doing it. They have neither the time, the expertise, the manpower, or the ability to handle such mammoth responsibilities in a country of 330 million people….


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Trump speaks before Conservative Group…Keeps up attacks against the Nation’s Free Press…

Donald Trumnp like most President’s does NOT like the Media printing things HE doesn’t want to hear or be known…

The other guys that held the job understood that way things operate  in America is you do your job….

The Media/Press will do their’s….

It ain’t pretty…

But THAT IS how it works….

Donald Trump KEEPS ranting against the media and a mjority of Americans stand behind the media vs him….

He’s gonna keep knocking the media because a majority of HIS supporters on HIS side….

Oh, and his approval numbers keep dropping on the whole the more he keeps this up….

Trump did this stage act before Conservatives at the CPAC get tougher ….

He wasn’t their cup of tea before…

He’s their Master of the Universe now. as President…

The opening portion of the president’s free-range, campaign-style speech centered on a declaration of war on the news media — a new foil to replace vanquished political opponents like Hillary Clinton.

“They are very smart, they are very cunning, they are very dishonest,” Mr. Trump said to the delight of the crowd packed into the main ballroom at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center just south of Washington. “It doesn’t represent the people; it never will represent the people.”

He also opened up the latest in a succession of surprise rhetorical attacks on longstanding American allies, extemporizing about a friend named Jim who told him to avoid the “City of Lights” because “Paris is no longer Paris.”


Mr. Trump, who once posed as his own public relations man to plant news stories in New York tabloids — and spoke frequently with reporters off the record during the campaign — called for an end to the use of “sources,” meaning anonymous sources.

“A few days ago, I called the fake news the enemy of the people because they have no sources — they just make it up,” he said. He added that his “enemy of the people” label applied only to “dishonest” reporters and editors.

Mr. Trump, who suggested revisiting First Amendment protections for the news media during the campaign, refined that attack on Friday, urging his supporters to use their free-speech rights to counter hostile press accounts from outlets like CNN, which he called the “Clinton News Network.”

“They always bring up the First Amendment,” Mr. Trump said of journalists. “Nobody loves it better than me.”

After spending 10 minutes listing the shortcomings of the news media, Mr. Trump said criticism “doesn’t bother me.”

Clearly reveling in the adulation of a room that had once been hard to win, the president alternated between a theme of dark days — once again singling out violence on the streets of Chicago — and light comedy. Speaking of a meeting with business leaders this week that included food producers, he quipped, “I like Campbell’s Soup.”

He also joked about his less-well-received first appearance at this annual conservative conclave…..


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Obamacare gets MORE popular everyday…

Republicans see their past Obama/Clinton meal ticket come apart right IN FRONT OF THEM.

“The best thing to happen to Obamacare might have been Donald Trump. A new Kaiser tracking poll has the approval rating for the Affordable Care Act up to 48% – the highest it’s been in some 60 such polls. Lawmakers, of course, are hearing about that newfound popularity firsthand at raucous town halls that are developing into mirror-image opposites of the famous Tea Party events that hurt the bill’s popularity back in 2009 and 2010.”

“With President Trump’s address to Congress coming on the eve of the month slated for repeal/replace, it may be that Republicans have lost critical momentum around what they all once agreed would be their top priority. Former House Speaker John Boehner’s statements on the difficulty the GOP will have in undoing Obamacare is a clue to the anxiety Republicans are feeling right now about their promise of repeal.”…


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FBI refuses White House calls to “knock down” news stories on Trump campaign officials and Russia

Think Hillary Clinton….

Think Hillary Clinton…..

Think Hillary Clinton?

Prominent Democrats on Thursday ripped the Trump administration over a report that it asked Federal Bureau of Investigation officials to publicly downplay media accounts of communications between President Donald Trump’s team and Russia officials.

An explosive CNN report released Thursday night citing multiple U.S. officials said the FBI had spurned White House calls for the bureau to “knock down” news stories on potential ties between Trump campaign officials and Russia. According to the report, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus spoke with FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe about having the bureau speak to journalists to correct what the administration believed to be factually incorrect reporting.

Former Obama administration official and ethics czar Norm Eisen called the reported request “shocking” and said any such interactions between White House and intelligence officials are “forbidden,” adding that had these events occurred in the previous administration Priebus would have had to resign…..


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Bannon…the new administration is in an unending battle for “deconstruction of the administrative state.”

At  the CPAC/Conservative Political Action Conference  get hogether……The Trump  Conservative Svengali states his view of where he wants his boss, Donald Trump to go as the forces of the administrative  state begin to push back against Bannon and his partener at Trump’s side Stephen Miller…

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The reclusive mastermind behind President Trump’s nationalist ideology and combative tactics made his public debut Thursday, delivering a fiery rebuke of the media and declaring that the new administration is in an unending battle for “deconstruction of the administrative state.”

Stephen K. Bannon, the White House chief strategist and intellectual force behind Trump’s agenda, used his first speaking appearance since Trump took office to vow that the president would honor all of the hard-line pledges of his campaign.

Appearing at a gathering of conservative activists alongside Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Bannon dismissed the idea that Trump might moderate his positions or seek consensus with political opponents. Rather, he said, the White House is digging in for a long period of conflict to transform Washington and upend the world order.

“If you think they’re going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken,” Bannon said in reference to the media and opposition forces. “Every day, it is going to be a fight.”

He continued, “And that is what I’m proudest about Donald Trump. All the opportunities he had to waver off this, all the people who have come to him and said, ‘Oh, you’ve got to moderate’ — every day in the Oval Office, he tells Reince and I, ‘I committed this to the American people, I promised this when I ran, and I’m going to deliver on this.’ ”…



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White House may have Justice Dept go after Recreational Marijuana States…

I have pointed out here over and OVER that Marijuana is STILL considered a ‘dangrious’ drug on the federal books…

While several state’s have approved recreational marjuana use?

Federal law SUPERCIEDS State law in most cases….

Attorney General Sessions COULD work to shut down marijuana selling operations that are deemed legal by state anytime he wanted to and see what the courts say…..

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday that he expects states to see “greater enforcement” of the federal law against marijuana use, a move that would be at odds with a growing number of states’ decisions to legalize it.

Spicer, taking questions from reporters at the daily briefing, differentiated between the administration’s positions on medical marijuana and recreational marijuana.

President Donald Trump “understands the pain and suffering that many people go through who are facing especially terminal diseases, and the comfort that some of these drugs, including medical marijuana, can bring to them,” he said, also noting previous action by Congress not to fund the Justice Department “go[ing] after those folks.”

As for “recreational marijuana, that’s a very, very different subject,” Spicer said.

Spicer suggested that the administration is opposed to encouraging recreational marijuana use and connected it with the crisis with opioid addiction in some areas.

“When you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people,” he said.

The Department of Justice, Spicer said, will be “further looking into” the marijuana enforcement question, he said, punting questions about the specifics to the department.

“I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement of it,” he said…..


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Sen. Susan Collin says in Russia probe she’s open to supoenaing Trump’s taxes…

The Maine Republican is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee….

They are investigating Russian/Trump Admin contacts…..

NO ONE in the Greand Ole party is gonna be in hurry to back up Sen. Collins on this….

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Wednesday said that she would be open to issuing a subpoena for President Donald Trump’s tax returns if it’s necessary for the committee’s probe into Trump’s ties to Russia.

“I don’t know whether we will need to do that. If it’s necessary to get to the answers, then I suspect that we would,” Collins said on Maine Public Radio when asked if she would subpoena Trump’s tax records for the investigation.

She added that such a decision would be up to the chairman and vice chairman of the Intelligence Committee….


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Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump her husband lose in the transgender argument…

The two had been able to get President Trump to put off getting rid of the President Obama rules forcing workplace’s  to accomidate transgender student’s…..

But in a political duel between embattled Education Sec DeVos and Attorney Gen Sessions?

Sessions won….

The Obama regulation was dropped from the books….

She and her husband are now being questioned as to how much can they actually influence policy?

Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, seemed to speak for their socially progressive generation last month when they helped to kill a proposed executive order that would have rolled back LGBT protections.

But their involvement in that high-profile gay-rights issue — they encouraged President Donald Trump to uphold Obama-era workplace discrimination protections for federal contractors — now serves only to underscore their silence after the White House on Wednesday revoked protections that had allowed transgender students to use the public school bathroom of their choice….

Gay rights are not officially part of either Ivanka Trump’s or Kushner’s portfolios. But the couple is seen, both internally and externally, as the great, socially moderate hope for voters who are worried about the more extreme factions of Trump’s administration….


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Boehner….Obamacare will be plugged and renamed….

The former Republicans House Speaker predicts what most smart people know ALREADY….

The Republican war cry to get rid of the Affordable Healthcare Law was just a prop to beat the Democrats over the head with…

And It worked in that respect…

Now in power?

The Republicans are stuck with the Obama legacy healthcare program …..

President Donald Trump has said in recent days that he will release a plan by early to mid-March on how the administration plans to move forward on repeal-and-replace.

But so far, no clear path has emerged.

Earlier in the panel discussion [ at an Orlando healthcare conference], Boehner said he “started laughing” when Republicans started talking about moving lightning fast on repeal and then coming up with an alternative.

“In the 25 years that I served in the United States Congress, Republicans never, ever, one time agreed on what a health care proposal should look like. Not once,” Boehner said. “And all this happy talk that went on in November and December and January about repeal, repeal, repeal—yeah, we’ll do replace, replace—I started laughing, because if you pass repeal without replace, first, anything that happens is your fault. You broke it.”

Boehner added that he has told Republican leaders that unless a repeal is packaged with a replacement, GOP lawmakers would not likely reach a consensus about an alternative to Obamacare.

“And secondly, as I told some of the Republican leaders when they asked, I said, if you pass repeal without replace you’ll never pass replace, because they will never ever agree on what the bill should be. Perfect always becomes the enemy of the good,” Boehner said.

Boehner said what Republicans ultimately come up with could share a lot of the same qualities with Obamacare.

“Most of the Affordable Care Act, in the framework, is going to stay there: coverage for kids up to age 26, covering those with preexisting conditions. All of that’s going to be there. Subsidies for those who can’t afford it, who aren’t on Medicaid, who I call the working poor, subsidies for them will be there,” Boehner said….


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President Trump has NO Feel for Legislating…

Politico points out that while Trump has gone it alone with a few executive orders?

Things are are TRUE governance?


Are in LIMBO…..

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The Republicans in Congress are now standing around getting beat-up for things Donald Trump says he’ll do and does or does not….

I wonder when these people are gonna get tired of the Trump induced beatdowns?

Midterm elections are less than 2 years way and the Democarst ARE gonna be gunning for them….

An article in Slate in November expressed this expectation under the headline, “Welcome to the Paul Ryan Presidency.”

The view of Trump as little more than a presidential auto-pen has turned out to be wholly mistaken. First, it underestimated Trump’s ability to establish air, sea and land dominance in the nation’s political conversation to the exclusion of all other Republican voices. Two, it failed to appreciate how necessary presidential leadership is to getting anything done on Capitol Hill.

At this rate, congressional Republicans won’t send the president anything significant to sign, let alone set the agenda.

Trump has totally eclipsed congressional Republicans with a flurry of executive orders, Twitter outrages, White House meetings and all-around melodrama that drive the political debate hour by hour. Watching cable news, you could be forgiven for occasionally forgetting that there is a co-equal branch of government called Congress, except insofar as its members are forced to react to whatever Trump is saying or doing…..


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Defense Sec Mattis wants to cut the Pentagon’s bureaucracy…

Below the radar the Defense Sec and retired Gnereal wants to try find fat he can cut from the largest cabinet organiztion in the US Government….

The push goes back to the Obama Admin and Robert Gates….

In a pair of memos to his deputy last Friday, Defense Secretary James Mattis signaled his readiness for battle against an especially entrenched foe—the department’s sprawling bureaucracy.

Both memos support requirements in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and aim to address concerns on Capitol Hill about Pentagon efficiency. In one memo, Mattis asked Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work to lead a broad review of the department’s business operations with an eye to centralizing some functions now handled separately by the military services. “We have sometimes allowed our focus on service uniqueness to extend into business operations, leading to duplication of effort and costs we can no longer afford,” Mattis wrote.

Work certainly has a decent blueprint for his starting point (something Mattis pointed out in his directive): the Defense Business Board’s 2015 study “Transforming DoD’s Core Business Processes for Revolutionary Change,” which Work supported.

It appears that virtually everything is now on the table….


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Congressional Republican members are home and dealing with angry crowds….

Those people IN the crowds are asking the Republicans hard questions about what they are doing in their jobs…

While their adopted party head Donald Trump is vague and twitter centric….

Voters, be they most likely Democratic protestors , or not…..

What assurances that their healthcare isn’t gonna be taken away from them and that Congress is gonna have the balls to oppose a President Trump that STILL seems ill prepared to lead a 300 Million plus country….

Welcome to the REAL world Republican’s….

Not Donald Trump and supporters Alternate Universe….

Oh, and Midterm elections are LESS than 2 years away….

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) faced hundreds of angry constituents at a town hall Wednesday night who grilled him for two hours on the Affordable Care Act, immigration, President Donald Trump’s administration and other issues.

The town hall, held at a high school in Springdale, Arkansas, was raucous throughout. About 2,000 people packed the auditorium and frequently drowned Cotton out with cheers, boos and jeers. Some attendees waved red cards when the senator said something they didn’t agree with.

 The uproar hit a peak when a 25-year-old constituent pressed the senator on whether he intends to preserve the Affordable Care Act’s treatment protections for people with preexisting conditions. (Congressional Republicans, including Cotton, have vowed to repeal Obamacare but have yet to lay out a comprehensive plan for replacing it.) She kicked off her remarks by asking who in the auditorium was affected by the Affordable Care Act….


The wave of anger sweeping the country was on full display in New Jersey Wednesday night. Lance is the only New Jersey Republican congressman to hold a town hall since Donald Trump was elected president. Demand for the event was so high — in addition to the 950 people in the auditorium at Raritan Valley Community College, 400 more were in an overflow room and a couple hundred protested outside — that Lance scheduled another meeting in the same place for Saturday morning.

There were many boos, catcalls and other interruptions. Every question was critical of Trump. But for all the displeasure from the audience and hundreds of interruptions, the mild-mannered Lance never engaged in any testy exchanges. He went a few minutes over the full 90 minutes budgeted. And by the end of the meeting, the crowd — if not entirely pleased by his answers — gave him a round of applause.

Most of all, the crowd wanted to see Lance and his fellow Republicans push back against the Trump administration….



Donald Trump won the Election….

But we ARE reminded DAILY that he LOST the vote….

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Republican push just for Repeal of Obamacare is almost gone…

Strike while the iron is hot?

On the Affordable Healthcare Law/Obamacare?

That iron is cooling and probably cold….

Between the mounting protests in the streets and at town halls….

Along with polling showing that more American’s are worried about losing their coverage?

The chances of an outright repeal of the program is just about gone….

Rightwingnuts still walkabout an immediate junking of the program…But NOBODY except them are for that anymore…

Repeal and Replace has been the call from the new President….

But any senario proposed on that will wait until next year or 2019 AFTER the midterm elections….

We’ve pointed this out before here….

The Affordable Healthcare program’s worst problem is it’s nickname….

As President Obama tried to do…

The program needs adjustments…

They ARE coming….

Probably another name….

But in the end….

That’s about all….

Ever since Republicans got down to the business of repealing the Affordable Care Act, the Senate has been singled out as the likely problem. Any plan that could zoom through the House would hit roadblocks among Senate Republicans, many of whom have resisted a wholesale repeal of the health law without a robust replacement plan.

But after weeks of loud protests, boisterous town hall meetings and scores of quieter meetings with health care professionals, patients, caregivers and hospital managers in their districts, it is becoming increasingly likely that a consensus in the House may be just as hard to reach.

The most conservative House members are pushing for a fast repeal of the health law with only a bare-bones replacement to follow, possibly just bigger incentives for people to open health savings accounts to fund their own health needs. Other Republicans are more interested in taking their time to come up with a replacement plan that, as of now, they have failed to cobble together beyond a menu of options….

“For the first time Republicans need to demonstrate what they are for and not just being against Obamacare,” said Doug Heye, who served as the deputy chief of staff to former Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia when he was majority leader. Mr. Cantor and House Republican chairmen labored in 2014 to bring a replacement bill for Republicans to get behind, Mr. Heye said, and got nowhere, even with no stakes.

“Republicans are going to come back to Washington next week and say what they’ve heard on the ground, at hospitals, at restaurants, at events where people have been concerned about where they go from here,” he said. “How much that shapes things over the next months remains to be seen.”

Further, recent polls show increasing enthusiasm for the health law as Americans see its repeal on the horizon…


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President Trump and the General’s….

While the junior Senator from New York Kirsten Gillibrand voted against Defense Sec Mattis for confirmation?

She was the only one….

Mattis got the support of every OTHER senator (And this Dog also) because he has been and continues to be the adult that can and will  let the President know when he’s not happy with something…..

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Mattis and Kelly….

Dept. of Homeland  Security head, another ex-marine General John Kelly is less forceful than Kelly….But after Trump aides Bannon and Miller bum rushed the No Enter Muslin ban past him,he let everyone know he wasn’t happy….

Now , on the second try, Trump has hired a National Security Council   head aide who is an active duty Army guy….

Because of the first , he’ll get to hire some of his own people….

A LOT of people where nervous about all of the military guys being in charge of the countries defense…

But here’s something to think about….

General’s are politicians also….

They don’t get to be General’s without plays the games to get ahead….

General’s also have to learn to deal with politicians in Washington….

And heads of state abroad….


The guys Trump has brought on board actually have MORE experience in large organizational structures and politics than Trump’s two other flunkies Bannon and Miller….

That fine with a LOT of us ….

At one point or another, they each strode the sands of Iraq, fighting on the unforgiving battlefield of America’s costliest war since Vietnam. Now all three will sit around the table in the White House Situation Room, steering a new president through the treacherous crosscurrents of a stormy world.

President Trump’s appointment of H. R. McMaster, an Army lieutenant general, as his new national security adviser creates a powerful troika of senior officers who served in Iraq, teaming him up with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and John F. Kelly, the secretary of homeland security, both retired four-star Marine generals. This administration is the first to have all three security jobs filled by senior military veterans at the same time.

The ascension of the three generals to political jobs at the National Security Council reflects the rise of a generation of military leaders that came of age during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that began after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Each officer saw up close what a losing war looked like and took away lessons about how to avoid repeating fatal mistakes. Each got to where he is today in part by bucking the military hierarchy.

“This generation of generals lived through some of the struggles, especially in the ’04, ’05, ’06 time frame in Iraq when we weren’t doing things right,” said Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, an Army veteran who served in Iraq. “They understand that security and military force are the pre-eminent requirement, but it’s not sufficient. This generation of generals who grew up in the Iraq war probably understands that more than any previous generation.”….


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Trump guy Miller…new ‘No Enter’ ban is just a reworked verison of the old one…

The Trump advisor might NOT have wanted to say this outloud where the over 20 Federal judges could hear it and think this young guy is trying to ‘get over ‘ on them….

White House adviser Stephen Miller said President Donald Trump’s new travel ban will accomplish much the same thing as the old one.

Last month’s executive order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations and halting the influx of all refugees led to nationwide protests, an act of rebellion in the Justice Department and multiple court rulings against the administration.

Miller said the White House will issue a new order soon, but it will include only “minor technical differences.”

“Fundamentally, you’re still going to have the same basic policy outcome for the country,” Miller said on Tuesday’s broadcast of “The First 100 Days” on Fox News. “But you’re going to be responsive to a lot of very technical issues that were brought up by the court.”

Miller insisted that “nothing was wrong with the first executive order” and dismissed the rulings against it as “flawed” and “erroneous.”

Miller ― who made headlines earlier this month when he declared that Trump’s national security decisions “will not be questioned” ― also claimed that terrorism and radicalization were “a serious problem” in the United States….


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