By Judson BergerVowing to “get the job done,” President Trump took office Friday outlining a drastically different agenda than that of his predecessor and installing key members of his national security team – as he began the work of turning his bold, and often brash, campaign promises into action.
He took the first steps Friday evening, signing an executive order directing agencies to ease the burdens of the Affordable Care Act. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus also directed agencies to impose an “immediate regulatory freeze.”
“The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action,” Trump declared in his inaugural address earlier on the West Front of the Capitol, issuing a fiery condemnation of business as usual in Washington.
The president presided over the traditional inaugural fanfare, taking part in the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue before an evening of balls and other festivities. But on the sidelines, his team already was making its mark, part of what Trump called a “new vision.”
The official White House website swiftly switched as Trump took the oath of office, reflecting a new agenda for the new administration.
At the top of the “issues” section was Trump’s “America First Energy Plan,” which included a commitment to nix Obama-era policies to curb global warming and regulate U.S. waterways.
Team Trump deemed them “harmful and unnecessary policies” that hurt the economy. “Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years,” the website now states.
The site posted additional plans for the military, foreign policy, the economy and more. The jobs plan committed to “pro-growth tax reform” including a reduction in the corporate tax rate.
In terms of official actions, Trump’s first day consisted mostly of routine transfer-of-power measures. He signed nomination papers for his Cabinet picks – but also his first bill, legislation allowing retired Gen. James Mattis to serve as Defense secretary.
The Senate later confirmed Mattis to lead the Pentagon, as well as retired Gen. John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Senate Democrats angered GOP colleagues by resisting efforts to consider more Cabinet nominees on the first day.
But bigger and more visceral battles were playing out on the streets of Washington Friday, as anti-Trump protesters swarmed parts of the District in demonstrations that turned violent at times. Amid dozens of arrests, protesters smashed the windows of businesses, forced the temporary shutdown of security checkpoints and clashed with police – who used pepper spray and tear gas to try to control the crowds.
But thousands of Trump supporters also came out, watching the 45th president’s inaugural address from the National Mall and later the parade, at times drowning out the protesters with cheers.
The address itself was heavy on populist themes, and stitched together by an appeal for a “new national pride,” as Trump described patriotism as a salve for the country’s divisions.
“When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice,” he said.
He also rebuked those who have held power in Washington, saying a small group reaped the rewards of government while “the people did not share” in Washington’s wealth.
In blunt and unvarnished terms similar to the language used during his nomination acceptance address last summer, Trump lamented the jobs lost to foreign rivals – he described “rusted out factories scattered like tombstones” across the land – and the crime in America’s cities.
“This American carnage stops right here and stops right now,” Trump said.
Trump cast his presidency as a return to power for the people and vowed never to let them down.
“From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first,” Trump said. “I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never, ever let you down. … We will bring back our jobs, we will bring back our borders, we will bring back our wealth and we will bring back our dreams.”
Telling the American people this is “your moment” and “your day,” Trump closed his speech with the promise that started it all: “We will make America great again.”
As Barack and Michelle Obama departed the White House after eight years in office, Trump will immediately be confronted with the challenge of governing, as he attempts to apply his CEO experience to running the nation. His team has vowed a “robust” start to the Trump administration, which could include everything from rescinding controversial Obama actions to renegotiating trade deals to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
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Trump on throngs of Sunday protesters: 'Why didn't these people vote?'
President Trump on Sunday expressed his unfiltered opinion of the Women’s March on Washington and other protests this weekend organized largely in opposition to his presidency, tweeting, “was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn't these people vote?”
He also said in the tweet, “Celebs hurt cause badly.”
Trump, a Republican sworn-in Friday, didn’t mention names. However, singer Madonna has been criticized for saying Saturday during the women’s march that she considered “blowing up the White House” after Trump’s victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The Secret Service declined to comment Sunday about reports the agency plans to investigate the comment as a threat.
Trump tweeted about 90 minutes later: "Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don't always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views."
The dueling tweets marked his administration's first response to the more than 1 million people who rallied at women's marches in Washington and cities around the world.
On “Fox News Sunday,” White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus responded to concerns that Trump would roll back women’s rights.
“President Trump wants to be president for all people, including every one of those marchers yesterday,” Priebus said. “And I think that over time, many of those people are going to be proud of this president.”
He also didn’t name Madonna but said, “Can you imagine saying that about President Obama?”
The suggestion that the Saturday rally in Washington appeared to attract more people than Trump's inauguration on Friday clearly irked the new president.
Trump spent his first full day in office berating the media over their coverage of his inauguration, using a bridge-building visit to CIA headquarters to air grievances about "dishonest" journalists and wildly overstating the size of the crowd that gathered on the National Mall as he took the oath of office.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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FLASHBACK: Fans of Fox News Rally Around Historically Black College Band to Perform At Trump’s Inauguration
By RustyWhat an incredible story of what it truly means to come together on a day in which we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of unity.
As readers of our site are already keenly aware, Talladega College, a historically black university, set off a wave of liberal foot-stomping when they announced they would gladly accept an invitation to perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Liberals went into a predictable meltdown, because after all, an historically black college should never perform for Trump who is white and therefore racist.
Come to find out it was another group of people liberals like to label as racist that helped the Talladega Marching Tornadoes make the trip to Trump’s inauguration.
Fox News viewers to the rescue!
Via Fox News Insider:
The president of a historically black college in Alabama is standing firm on his marching band attending the Inauguration Day festivities for President-elect Donald Trump after receiving an invitation.
Dr. Billy C. Hawkins said the chance for Talladega College’s “Marching Tornadoes” to take part in the inaugural parade is a “great opportunity for students”, and was overjoyed after an appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” caused a major spike in his band’s fundraising.
Hawkins previously discussed the band’s invitation with Bill O’Reilly last week, and told Arthel Neville on Sunday that an additional $300,000 has come in to help the band make the trip north to the nation’s capital.
Hawkins said the historically black college’s willingness to play the inauguration ‘has resulted in numerous critical and threatening messages from opponents of Trump.’
Liberals are almost certainly unaware of the irony involved in being upset with anyone agreeing to play for an alleged ‘racist’ like Trump, and expressing their disgust by actually making threats to an all-black marching band.
Because that’s not racist or anything.
Obama's Failed Black LegacyBy Clarence V. McKee
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive with children to play on a playset dubbed Malia and Sasha's Castle, formerly used by the Obama children at the White House and donated by the Obama family, on January 16, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)
Barack Obama’s greatest legacy and accomplishment was being elected as the first black president of the United States.
For black Americans, it has been downhill ever since, from "Yes we can" to "No he didn’t."
Yes, there was a certain pride in all black Americans that a black man had been elected President of the United States, where hundreds of years earlier blacks suffered through slavery, racism, and not that far back, blatant racial discrimination in virtually every segment of society and part of the country — some of which continues to this day.
Black Americans particularly had high hopes that many of their concerns and issues would be addressed — inferior schools, high unemployment, especially among black youth, violent crime, and gang-terrorized inner cities to name just a few. Black parents could tell their black children, especially boys, "See what you can become."
White Americans felt and hoped that his election signaled a new "post-racial" America. For many whites, especially many in the media, his election gave them a "thrill up the leg" showing that they and the country were not racist. He would bring America, black and white, rich and poor, together.
Both were duped.
Four years into his presidency, he answered those who felt he could do more for black America, saying in a Black Enterprise magazine interview, that, "I am not the President of Black America; I am the President of the United States of America."
However, he has not hesitated to be president of: gay rights and same-sex marriage America; extreme environmentalists and climate change America; open borders America; and protect the "dreamers" — children born to illegal immigrants — America.
As fellow Newsmax Insider Deroy Murdock wrote in March in National Review:
"Based on the Obama administration’s own latest-available statistics by the most basic economic-performance metrics — with one key exception — black Americans are worse off now than when Obama was sworn in on January 20, 2009."
Murdock quoted, as have I, liberal media commentator Tavis Smiley who has said that "Sadly — and it pains me to say this — under the last decade, black folk, in the era of Obama, have lost ground in every major category."
Blacks apparently share the view that Obama has not done enough for the black community. An August Gallup poll found that a majority of blacks, 52 percent, believed that Obama had not gone far enough to help them — up from 20 percent during the 2008 campaign and 32 percent his first year in office.
They are not alone!
He also ignored the growth of ISIS, the genocide in Aleppo, Chinese expansion in the South China Sea, the Cuban people and dissidents by cozying up to the Castros, the people of Israel, and the plight of our veterans.
As he departs, keep in mind that Obama is loved and revered by white and black liberals — and the mainstream media — not because he is black, but because he is a "black liberal."
They share no such love or affection for black conservatives who dare to have different viewpoints on solutions to many of the problems confronting black America. In fact, they have disdain for them — just ask South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott or Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Obama is a great role model as a loving and caring husband and father. And, his "My Brother’s Keeper" mentoring effort is commendable. However, he, the black president, could have done so much more from his bully pulpit to bring attention to the importance of family related problems facing much of America’s black communities.
He could and should have addressed the problem of the over 70 percent black illegitimacy rate and the consequences of having children out of wedlock; tell youth to stay in and do well in school; respect parents, teachers and those in authority and, urge young black men to take care of and help raise their children. But that was not his soapbox.
Remember, he said he was not "president of black America."
As to a "post racial" America — forget about it!
He used his Attorney General Eric Holder and their race bating allies to play the race card at every opportunity. Question his motives and you were either a racist or, if black, an Uncle Tom.
When it suited his purposes, he used race to show blacks that he "felt their pain."
Comments such as Trayvon Martin could have been his son; or, he knows what it is like to be followed in stores or have women grab their purses when he got on the elevator showed that he empathized with blacks and solidified any wavering support due to his failure to do little else for that community.
So, looking back on Obama’s eight years, black and white voters have one thing in common — they were both bamboozled!
Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns. He is a former co-owner of WTVT-TV in Tampa and former president of the Florida Association of Broadcasters.