Can you top this? That was the name of a popular 1950’s TV show that was briefly revived in the 70’s. But if I didn’t know any better I would say it is the developing nickname for the new Trump administration. Just when you thought week 1 of The Donald’s presidency and all its whirlwind of news and activity could not be outdone then along comes the weekend. Normally a slow news period in politics Saturday and Sunday were marked by worldwide protests, images of chaos and angst at U.S. airports and a Brooklyn-based federal judge who partially blocked his executive order on travel. By this time White House staffers surely must have been praying for Monday to get here quickly so things could perhaps settle down and they could get a breather. But Monday came and it topped the weekend when we learned that a Mexican official named Jorge Castañeda Gutman went on CNN and suggested Mexico’s drug cartels could be unleashed into the U.S. as retribution against tough trade policies. “A negotiating chip” he called it. Nice. What does that tell us about the working relationship between Mexico’s government and the drug cartels?
And so as the world turns and those in corporate media do all they can to stir up emotions let’s take a step back and look at the news events as they occurred. First of all to call the President’s temporary seven nation travel ban a ‘Muslim ban’ is wrong and purposely misleading. It is an example of the media creating a false narrative designed to try and tear down the President. It’s little wonder why Trump’s Chief Strategist Steve Bannon had the chutzpah to call the media ‘the opposition’. Instead, It is a temporary travel ban put on seven nations which are known for exporting terror while our government re-assess its policies and procedures. It’s also one step- not a single step- as part of a bigger policy to address the geopolitical challenges in the Middle East region, according to Trump campaign Middle East advisor Dr. Walid Phares. Part of that strategy may eventually be the creation of Syrian “safe zones” as Dr. Phares told our audience in last week’s Politics And Profits podcast interview. The issue is being studied and discussed with the Russians and the Turks. (When was the last time that ever happened during the Obama administration?).
The protests are not spontaneous or organic just as the anti-Trump protests during the campaign were not. They appear to be part of a coordinated PR effort financed by left-wing billionaire George Soros as reported by Debra Heine of PJ Media. In fact, watching the news images you would be under the false impression that all of America- or certainly the majority- oppose the temporary ban. Not the case. Instead, according to the Rasmussen Poll- one of the select few polls which correctly forcasted Trump’s unlikely presidential victory- a majority of Americans support the travel ban. Imagine that. 57% say they support the temporary travel ban, 33% oppose and 10% are undecided. Of course you will never hear or see that reported on CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, LA Times or Washington Post.
For some of the criticism received by the administration it has no one else to blame but itself. For example, the execution and communication of the executive order was poorly planned and resulted in the unnecessary chaos and disruptions experienced by travelers at U.S. airports. The White House wants us to believe they had no choice but to hold back the communication because doing otherwise would have tipped off would be terrorists currently in our country. I don’t think I’m alone when I say I have hard time buying that one. The point is Trump’s opponents are looking for material to criticize him on at every turn- even if they have to make it up which they’ve done- so the last thing you want to do is hand them the opportunity. That’s what happened here.
Today is another day. If the past week or so is any indication, I doubt it will be like any other.
‘Politics & Profits with Rick Amato’
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