Heritage Foundation Report: President Trump and Syria Attack

Heritage Foundation Report:

President Trump and Syria Attack

Thanks to A.F. Branco at Legal Insurrection for another great cartoon

 

Trump’s powerful message to the world.

The focused and punitive strike in Syria last week sent a powerful message to the world that Bashar Assad’s behavior was unacceptable. It’s clear there is now a decisive leader in the White House. But this message alone is not a solution to the Syrian civil war. Russia and Iran must stop enabling Assad’s brutality. The main focus of U.S. operations must remain the defeat of ISIS and helping Iraq stabilize and secure its borders.

James Phillips, senior research fellow for Middle Eastern affairs at Heritage, says the Trump administration “should remain focused on the key problem at hand—Assad’s chemical weapons threat—and not seek to expand the military mission to include regime change. That kind of mission creep would bog down U.S. military forces in Syria for years, fighting not only the Assad regime, but Hezbollah, Iran, and possibly Russia. Regime change is a bridge too far.” Read more from Phillips on the recent strike and his report on how to improve U.S.-Syria policy.

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Judeo-Christian Culture: Christian Leaders approve President Trump

Judeo-Christian Culture:

Christian Leaders approve President Trump

Inauguration: really quite surreal

Tim Wildmon, American Family Association president

keyLet me challenge you as I challenge myself to pray daily for President Trump and Vice President Pence, for none of us can understand or appreciate the enormity of the job these men face.

St. John's Church

St. John’s Episcopal Church

March 2017 – I answered my phone at 11 p.m. on January 19. I was in Washington, D.C., with my wife Alison to attend the January 20 inauguration of Donald Trump and Mike Pence to become the 45th president and 48th vice-president of the United States, respectively. The call was from a friend who was working with the Trump team. He asked if Alison and I would like to attend the 8:30 a.m. church service with the Trump and Pence families the next morning. I said yes.

He said we must be at a certain place at 6:30 the following morning to go through security and be taken to St. John’s Church, otherwise known as the “church of the presidents,” one block north of the White House. As we went back to our hotel room we got more excited, realizing we were going to be among just 200 or so people at the service. So we got maybe three or four hours sleep before we had to get ready for the Friday morning service on inauguration day.

After we joined the group that morning and boarded the bus, we were escorted by police to the church. As we entered the small sanctuary, I pointed out to Alison the front pews, where small cards on the first three rows read “Reserved for the Pence family,” “Reserved for the Trump family” and “Reserved for Secret Service.” We found a seat about eight rows back, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Trump and Pence families.

At 8:30 Vice President-Elect Mike Pence walked down the aisle with his wife and family. At 8:35 President-Elect Donald Trump came down the aisle with his wife and the Trump family. It was really quite surreal.

The service included hymns, Scripture reading, and a short sermon by Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas. Dr. Jeffress delivered a message from the book of Nehemiah. After he concluded, Dr. James Dobson came to the pulpit and asked Mr. Pence to stand. Dr. Dobson challenged him to live for God every day and then prayed over him.

Next, evangelist James Robison walked to the pulpit and asked Mr. Trump to stand. The evangelist then talked directly to Mr. Trump about the importance of honesty and integrity. Before praying for him, Robison said he believes God is going to use Donald Trump for “such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). The service lasted about 30 to 40 minutes and was one of the most remarkable spiritual events I have ever seen. I think everyone in the room was moved by the power of God.

A little aside here: As Alison and I were the last ones leaving the church, I spotted the reservation cards still on the pews. I picked them up and handed them to Alison. We’ll frame them as a memento of the honor of being in this place on this historic occasion.

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With respect to President Trump, I do not know where he is spiritually. Although he would say he is a Christian, I have never heard a clear testimony of repentance and salvation. He does talk with great fondness of his mother taking him to Sunday school and church when he was a child. But his New York City life of fame, fortune, and ego is well documented. Yet, something has happened to him in recent years. At least, he has expressed and demonstrated a respect for Christianity and the people of God. Why else would he choose Mike Pence, a well-known evangelical Christian, to be his political soul mate?

I don’t know what the future holds for President Trump. I didn’t vote for him in the primary, but I did vote for him in the general election. I agree with his patriotism, his respect for law and order, and his basic conservative values. I’m sure on some things I will disagree, and sometimes I will be disappointed in his actions. But isn’t it that way with all the leaders we look up to?

Let me challenge you as I challenge myself to pray daily for President Trump and Vice President Pence, for none of us can understand or appreciate the enormity of the job these men face. 

America has traditionally been the major force for good in the world. Without a strong America, the world is a much more dangerous and volatile place. The world needs steady leadership from our U.S. White House.

Truth Matters: President Trump vs. Fake News

Truth Matters:

President Trump vs. Fake News

keyoldAnd those judges were angry with him because he spake plainly unto them concerning their secret works of darkness; nevertheless, they durst not lay their own hands upon him, for they feared the people lest they should cry out against them. ~Helaman 8:4

Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. ~Colossians 4:6

Trump to Media: ‘Public Doesn’t Believe You People Anymore’

By Mark Swanson (Newsmax)

 

trump-calling-out-mediaPresident Donald Trump spent a significant part of his press conference Thursday – called to announce his new labor secretary nominee – stepping up his attacks on the mainstream media and debating several members of the press in attendance.

After announcing Alexander Acosta for labor secretary, Trump began prepared remarks by taking the media to task.

“I’m making this presentation directly to the American people . . . because many of our nation’s reporters and folks will not tell you the truth,” Trump said from the East Room of the White House.

“The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people – tremendous disservice,” Trump said. “We have to find out what’s going on because the press honestly is out of control.

I ran for president to represent the citizens of our country. I am here to change the broken system so it serves their families and their communities well. I am talking and really talking on this very entrenched power structure.

media1-harmful-swallowed“The level of dishonesty is out of control.”

During his question-and-answer period, Trump got into a debate with reporters over “fake news,” including with CNN’s Jim Acosta, a frequent Trump target.

“The reporting is fake. Jim, you know what it is, here’s the thing, the public isn’t — they read newspapers, they see television, they watch. They don’t know if it’s true or false because they are not involved. I’m involved. I’ve been involved with this stuff all my life,” Trump said.  

“So, I know when you are telling the truth or when you are not. I just see many, many untruthful things. I will tell you what else I see. I see tone. You know the word tone. The tone is such hatred,” Trump continued.

trump-thumbs-up“I want to see an honest press. When I started out by saying it’s important for the public to get an honest press. The public doesn’t believe you people anymore. But if you were straight, I would be your biggest booster. I would be your biggest fan.” 

Trump dismissed recent reports in The New York Times and CNN his campaign aides had been in contact with Russian officials before his election. Trump called Paul Manafort, his former campaign manager who has ties to Ukraine and Russia, a “respected man.”

Trump called the reports a “ruse” and said he had “nothing to do with Russia.” Trump added, “Russia is fake news. This is fake news put out by the media.”

Amid reports of widespread leaks within his administration, Trump also warned he would clamp down on the dissemination of sensitive information, saying he had asked the Justice Department to look into the leaks.

“Those are criminal leaks,” adding, “The leaks are real. The news is fake.”

National Security: Travel Ban popular; Ceiling on Refugees in America

National Security:

Travel Ban popular; Ceiling on Refugees in America

Waiting! Will Trump lower refugee ceiling further?

by Ann Corcoran

trump-immigration-order-popularIf President Donald Trump wants to curtail migration into the U.S. from some of the world’s most dangerous hotspots of jihadism, he has options that would effectively navigate an end-run around the courts.

“We will keep our country safe. That’s what I’m here for… I will give it the best security, so it will happen very rapidly,” Trump said Friday.

His top policy aide, Stephen Miller, said essentially the same thing in appearing on all the major Sunday morning news shows.

One of the options is to simply lower the ceiling on refugee resettlement for fiscal 2017, which began four months ago on Oct. 1.

Trump has already partially exercised this option in his first executive order when he lowered the annual ceiling from 110,000 refugees set by Obama to 50,000. Interestingly, this was the one part of his executive order that was not struck down by the lawsuits filed in Washington state and Minnesota.

[….]

By cutting the ceiling to 35,000, Trump would effectively end refugee resettlement for the rest of the fiscal year extending over the next seven and a half months. That would allow his administration to decide on a better vetting system and determine how high to set the ceiling for fiscal 2018. [And, I would argue that such a moratorium would give Congress the impetus to begin to reform the program! First step would be to remove “church” contractors from federal payroll—ed]

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Truth Matters: Refugee Ban Executive Order is Constitutional, supported by majority; President Trump Needs God; Spicer Thanks March for Life

 Truth Matters:

Refugee Ban Executive Order is Constitutional. . .

Trump’s order constitutional and prudent

constitution2“The president put in place a pause, specifically as it relates to seven countries that the Obama administration designated as particular areas or countries of concern …. [And] when you’ve got the director of the FBI [and] the director of Homeland Security saying we cannot determine appropriate vetting and we know that ISIS and their ilk want to use refugee floats for access as they’re already done in Europe, what the president did was prudent.

“The first obligation of the president of the United States is to keep the American people safe – that’s number one. By the way, President [Jimmy] Carter prohibited Iranian asylum refugees for a period of time as well. So those who are acting as if this is somehow out of the constitutional norm of the United States are ridiculous – they don’t understand history, and they certainly don’t understand the law.”

Jay Sekulow
American Center for Law and Justice

supported by majority. . .

jamiel_shaw_football-dad-supports-immigration-ban‘Angel’ Dad: ‘I’m Happy’ About Trump’s Immigration Orders

Son killed by illegal immigrants . . .

Rasmussen: 57 Percent Support a Temporary Ban on Refugees From Terror-Exporting Countries

Katie McHugh

A strong majority of voters support a temporary ban on refugees from unstable and violent countries, Rasmussen Reports found.

Nearly two-thirds of voters want the U.S. government to halt refugee resettlement until better controls to screen foreigners can be implemented, according to Rasmussen:

immigration-refugees-terroristA new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57 percent of Likely U.S. Voters favor a temporary ban on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen until the federal government approves its ability to screen out potential terrorists form coming here. Thirty-three percent are opposed, while 10 percent are undecided.

Similarly, 56 percent favor a temporary block on visas prohibiting residents of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the United States until the government approves its ability to screen for likely terrorists. Thirty-two percent oppose this temporary ban, and 11 percent are undecided.

Public sentiment is largely unchanged from August, when 59 percent of likely voters wanted a temporary immigration moratorium placed on countries who export terrorism. In September, 59 percent opposed failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s plan to dramatically increase the importation of Syrian refugees, while only 25 percent approved. Another poll conducted in August found only 36 percent of voters wanted to import thousands of Syrian refugees, including only 18 percent of Republicans.

These numbers reflect the broader public mood on extreme immigration levels. For example, another non-partisan poll found 54 percent of voters would like to see immigration levels halved or reduced to zero. Another 58 percent think illegal aliens should not be allowed to stay in the U.S. at all.

Rasmussen questioned 1,000 likely voters from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, with margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

(Another) Media Fail: 57% Support Temporary Ban on Refugees From Terror-Exporting Countries

President Trump Needs God;

Now that he’s president, Donald Trump admits he needs God more than ever

Chris Enloe

trumpNow that he is president of the most powerful country in the world, President Donald Trump says he needs God more than ever.

Speaking with David Brody of “The Brody File” for the Christian Broadcasting Network, Trump said in a recent interview that the weight of the White House is enormous and that his decisions have massive life or death consequences for real people.

That realization has caused him to lean on God more than ever, Trump told Brody.

“I would say that the office is so powerful that you need God even more,” Trump told Brody. “There’s almost not a decision that you make when you’re sitting in this position that isn’t a really life-altering position. So God comes in even more so.”

“Your decisions are no longer, ‘Gee, I’m going to build a building in New York,’ or ‘I’m going to do this.’ These are questions of massive life and death, even with regard to health care,” Trump explained. “So yes, you realize these decisions are all so important.”

During the interview, Trump also labeled the mainstream media, which openly opposed his presidential candidacy and incorrectly predicted that he would lose to Hillary Clinton, the “opposition party.”

He also said that Christians will love his choice to replace the vacancy on the Supreme Court, which was left after Antonin Scalia passed away early last year.

Trump’s sit-down interview with “The Brody File” of the CBN was only the third sit-down interview of his presidency so far, and it proves that the Trump administration plans to make good on their promise to take interviews and questions from non-mainstream media sources, something the Obama administration rarely did.

pro-life-baby-not-abortionSpicer Thanks March for Life

Liberals explode over WH press sec. Sean Spicer thanking people for coming to the March for Life

 

 

Patriotism: Trump Inauguration Speech; Open Letter to Critics of President Trump

Patriotism:

Trump Inauguration Speech; Open Letter to Critics of President Trump

Trump Inauguration Speech

keyThis speech is patriotism at its finest. This event unapologetically put God front and center. Finally, there is hope that America will return to her covenant relationship with God and once more be worthy of His blessings and protection. If you truly love America, you’ll love this speech. ~C.D.)

 

An Open Letter to Critics of President Trump

Michael Brown

As one who issued numerous warnings about candidate Donald Trump during the Republican primaries, on radio, in writing, and on video, I’m sympathetic to your concerns.

You see him as an incredibly dangerous loose cannon, as someone who could start a world war with his tweets, as a mean-spirited man unfit for the presidency, as a divider not a uniter. You might even see him as a potential dictator, rising up like a new Hitler in an increasingly xenophobic, angry, and fearful America.

How on earth, you wonder, did Donald Trump become the president of the United States? How did this narcissistic, playboy businessman become the most powerful leader in the world?

To repeat: I’m sympathetic to your concerns and I understand why you feel like this, and even as someone who voted for Trump, I never dissed the Never Trumpers.

But now that Donald Trump will be our 45th president — yes, get used to hearing “President Trump” — may I have a word with you?

Attitude and Expectation

TrumpHat-not-screw-up-countryThe first issue is one of attitude.

During the 2008 Democratic primaries, I warned my radio listeners that Barack Obama would be the most radical pro-abortion, pro-gay-agenda president in our nation’s history. Over the subsequent months, I also questioned where he stood with Israel.

More than 8 years later, I’m sad to say — not happy to say — that I was right. (Honestly, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what kind of president he would be.)

During his presidency, I often told my listeners, “I’m praying that he will be the greatest president we’ve ever had, but right now, I don’t see that at all. I have grave concerns.”

Trump-Make-America-Great-MAPSo, I’m encouraging you to have a godly attitude towards our new president. I’m encouraging you to pray for him with the heartfelt desire that God will make him into a great president rather than for you to stand on the sidelines, rooting for his fall. According to the Scriptures, the former attitude is godly; the latter is not.

Let your attitude, then, as a past critic be: “I have grave concerns about President Trump, but I’m hoping that I’m wrong about my concerns.”

If you really care about America and are a person of prayer, that should be your mind set.

The second issue is one of expectation.

trump-penceCould it be that Trump is not quite the man you think he is? Could it be that he has more going for him than you realize? Could it be that many Americans had solid reasons to vote for him and that he could get a lot done for the good of our nation? Could it be that, despite his very rough edges and non-presidential tweets, God is already working in his heart?

(It was no coincidence that Trump’s plane was grounded for repairs in Indiana so that he could meet and become friends with Mike Pence. ~C.D.)

From all that we can see, he is very serious about:

  • Appointing strong conservatives to the Supreme Court
  • Standing for life, beginning in the womb
  • Moving our embassy to Jerusalem and standing up to radical Islam
  • Fighting for our religious liberties
  • Rebuilding our inner cities
  • Taking on the political establishment
  • Strengthening our security and our economy
  • Exposing the biased media

Asking God How We Should View President Trump

Cyrus, non-Jewish ruler who helped the Jews get their country back

Cyrus, non-Jewish ruler who helped the Jews get their country back

I also believe he really wants to be the president of all Americans, despite his divisive words, and I truly believe he wants to recapture many of the things that have made our nation great over the decades. And, as a biblically-based conservative, I believe he has already made a number of excellent personnel choices, in particular in his cabinet picks, and he continues to keep his door open to evangelical Christian leaders. In my book, these are encouraging signs.

And so, while it is true that we have no guarantee of what will happen once he begins to govern, I believe we have ample reason to expect the best rather than the worst. Perhaps you can find it in your heart to be at least a little positive?

Perhaps you can ask yourself, “What if I was a pro-Trumper rather than an anti-Trumper? What good would I see in him? What potential would I see in him?” Perhaps you can tweak your attitude just a little?

We tend to defend the weaknesses of those we like and attack the weaknesses of those we don’t like, meaning that we use different standards on different people. This is unrighteous and unethical, also obscuring the clarity of our vision.

Why not ask God how He wants you to view President Trump, and then, with full awareness of his potential failings and still-glaring faults, why not pray for him with hope and root for his success than this failure?

key(And consider the alternative: As Billy Graham’s granddaughter pointed out, if Hillary had won, the SCOTUS appointments she would have made would have destroyed our religious liberty. At least we now have a chance; Trump can be worked with. ~C.D.)

Once Donald Trump became the Republican candidate, I said, “I hope I get to eat my negative words about Trump,” rather than, “I can’t wait to say, ‘I told you so!’”

I’m urging you to do the same. After all, four or 8 years from now, wouldn’t it far better to say, “I’m so glad I was wrong about President Trump,” than to say, “I told you he was not fit to be president”?

Please join me in praying for and hoping for the success of our 45th president and new Commander in Chief.