TRUNEWS Trump Transition Press Update: 01/02/17

This is the January 2nd Trump transition press update reported through TRUNEWS Correspondent Edward Szall 

(VERO BEACH, FL) Jason Miller, the new White House operations communications director, and Sean Spicer, Donald Trump’s freshly announced White House Press Secretary, have canceled today’s press briefings, but based on tweets and press releases over the holiday break we have plenty to share today. 

We are 17 days out from the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, and the President-elect was very busy during the Christmas holidays repairing damage from President Obama, die hard ‘Clintonites’, and neocon Republicans.

MAGA INAUGRATION

In spite of the turmoil, planning for the Make America Great Again inauguration is moving ahead prosperously. Talladega College Marching Tornadoes have agreed to perform along with 40 other groups including first responders, veterans groups, and high school bands at the parade along Pennsylvania avenue on Friday January 20th.

Talladega marching band famously performed at the 13th annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase on Jan. 24, 2015, and is renowned for their skill and showmanship. The parent institution of the 200 member band is one of Alabama’s oldest private, historically black, liberal arts colleges.

Presidential Inaugural Committee CEO Sara Armstrong said in a statement:

"People from every corner of the country have expressed great interest in President-elect Trump's inauguration and look forward to continuing a salute to our republic that spans more than two centuries. As participants follow in the footsteps of our new president and vice president down Pennsylvania Avenue, they will be adding their names to the long list of Americans who have honored our country by marching in the inaugural parade."

 

List of participating bands and organizations whose members now number well into 8,000:

  • Marist College Band from Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Olivet Nazarene University of Bourbonnais, Illinois
  • Texas State University Strutters of San Marcos, Texas
  • The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes and Summerall Guards of Charleston, South Carolina
  • VMI Corps of Cadets of Lexington, Virginia
  • 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment - Fort Hood, Texas
  • 1st Infantry Commanding General's Mounted Color - Ft. Riley, Kansas
  • Boone County Elite 4-H Equestrian Drill Team - Burlington, Kentucky
  • Caisson Platoon, Fort Myer - Fort Myer, Virginia
  • Cleveland Police Mounted Unit - Cleveland
  • Coastal Florida Police & Fire Pipes & Drums - Palm Coast, Florida
  • Columbus North High School Band - Columbus, Indiana
  • Culver Academy Equestrian - Culver, Indiana
  • First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry - Philadelphia
  • Fishburne Military School Army JROTC Caissons Battalion - Fishburne, Virginia
  • Frankfort High School Band - Ridgeley, West Virginia
  • Franklin Regional High School Panther Marching Band - Murrysville, Pennsylvania
  • Indianapolis Metro Police Motorcycle Drill Team - Indianapolis
  • Kids Overseas - Richmond Hill, Georgia
  • Lil Wranglers - College Station, Texas
  • Merced County Sheriff's Posse - Hilmar, California
  • Mormon Tabernacle Choir - Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Michigan Multi-Jurisdictional Mounted Police Drill Team & Color Guard - Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Mid America Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team - New Buffalo, Michigan
  • Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums - East Meadow, New York
  • North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association - Hillsborough, North Carolina
  • NYPD Emerald Society Pipes & Drums - East Moriches, New York
  • Palmetto Ridge High School Band - Naples, Florida
  • Russellville High School Band - Russellville, Arkansas
  • The Freedom Riders - Kersey, Colorado
  • Tragedy Assistance Marching Unit - Arlington, Virginia
  • Tupelo High School Band - Tupelo, Mississippi
  • West Monroe High School Marching Band - West Monroe, Louisiana
  • American Veterans - National
  • Boy Scouts of America - National
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations - National
  • Disabled American Veterans - National
  • U.S. Border Patrol Pipes & Drums - National
  • Wounded Warriors - National
  • Representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, and U.S. Air Force

On Thursday January 19th, former TRUNEWS guest Pastor Darrell Scott will be honored at the pre-inauguration day party along with Michael Cohen, Bruce Levell, and Apprentice star turned Trump Transition advisor Omarosa Manigault.

Listen to "TRUNEWS 11/08/16 Robert Jeffress, Darrell Scott | America's Decision Day 2016" on Spreaker.

Lastly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may attend the January 20th inauguration. The New York Post reported Sunday that “There’s a plan for Trump to meet with Netanyahu,” and Trump’s son in- law Jared Kushner is leading the charge. “They’re talking all the time,” the paper reported, “and Netanyahu is talking about possibly going to the inauguration.”

In response, Netanyahu’s office said Sunday that the Prime Minister had not yet received an invitation to attend the inauguration.

MAR-A-LAGO TEASER

On New Years Eve during an informal press conference at his Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach resort, President-elect Donald Trump said he will release new information and insight into the Russian election hacking allegations. These allegations have only further been fueled by the release of an FBI advisory report repeating still unproven accusations that Moscow interfered in election 2016.

TRUMP PRESS FOR THE PEOPLE

President-elect Trump’s White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told ABC’s Jonathan Karl Sunday that the President-elect will ‘absolutely’ continue to use twitter as a communication device, and added he believes it 'freaks the mainstream media out’ that Trump doesn't need them to reach the public. Spicer noted the Trump team will not allow established media to dictate how they communicate with the American people.


TWEETS FROM TRUMP

On Chicago record death rate:

New Years message to political enemies:

On Russia and Vladimir Putin not enacting parallel sanctions:

On Obama’s Israel meddling:


TRUMPS MILITARY

President-elect Donald Trump has previously announced a plan to bolster the U.S. Navy with the production of 350 new ships. First to deploy under his watch are four Littoral combat ships, one aircraft carrier, and two destroyers.

Littoral Combat Ships:

  • USS Gabrielle Giffords 
  • USS Little Rock
  • USS Omaha
  • USS Sioux City

Supercarrier:

  • USS Gerald R. Ford

Destroyers:

  • USS John Finn 
  • USS Rafael Peralta

APPOINTMENTS UPDATE

Jason D. Greenblatt - Special Representative for International Negotiations.

BIO: Mr. Greenblatt currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of The Trump Organization where, for the past two decades, he has represented President-elect Trump and his family in diverse legal and business affairs, concentrating on all aspects of domestic and worldwide real estate development and other businesses. In addition, Mr. Greenblatt served as one of the President-elect’s principal advisors on the U.S.-Israel relationship during the campaign.

Mr. Greenblatt received his J. D. degree in 1992 from the New York University School of Law. Following law school, Jason worked for Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson before joining the Trump Organization. Jason is a frequent lecturer and public speaker about a variety of topics. Jason has been an Adjunct Professor of Management at Yeshiva University where he taught a course entitled “Real Estate 101: The Anatomy of a Real Estate Deal.” Jason also founded a website whose purpose is to promote bonding between parents and their teens and which is designed to teach teens the importance of giving back to society and other life lessons.

Press release (link)

Thomas P. Bossert - Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism

BIO: Mr. Bossert served in the White House previously as the Deputy Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush. In that capacity, he supported and advised the President on matters of homeland and national security, counterterrorism, cybersecurity and continuity of operations. Mr. Bossert spearheaded efforts to improve civil government operations, co-authored and edited the National Strategy for Homeland Security of 2007, was a principle author of the lessons learned report on the Hurricane Katrina response and was deeply involved in the effort to develop the U.S. cybersecurity strategy, among others. He also served as Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Senior Director for Preparedness Policy. He was Director of Infrastructure Protection Policy prior to that.

Since 2009, Mr. Bossert has run his own independent homeland and national security consulting business and served as a Senior Cybersecurity Fellow at the U.S. Atlantic Council. Mr. Bossert held other positions in federal government, including positions with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration, the Office of the Independent Counsel and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Press release (link)

TRUMP ENEMIES GATHER

On the environmental front, former Bush EPA head Christine Todd Whitman said Monday she found the President-elect’s apparent “disdain” for environmental science “worrisome”. This is regarding his dismissal of unproven, and by definition, unscientific, Climate Change conclusions, which call for drastic reduction of carbon emissions in the West, while environmental pariahs such as China voluntarily ignore similar restrictions.

A list of Republicans is emerging who based on recent statements may have plans to block the appointments and agenda execution of the Trump administration. 

The ‘Watch-list’: 

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona)

Issues: 

Water boarding - “I don’t give a d*** what the president of the United States wants to do. We will not waterboard.”

Vladimir Putin’s perceived military expansion of Russia in Europe and the Middle East.

Nominee for secretary of state, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson- “His ties to Russia are a matter of concern.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky)

Issues:

Member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, critical of Tillerson.

House Speaker Paul Ryan

Issues:

Obamacare and Medicare expansions - Ryan has long argued for substantial alterations to be made to Medicare, a program Mr. Trump has repeatedly vowed to protect. 

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina)

Issues:

U.S. foreign policy easing toward Russia.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska)

Issues:

Trump’s character - Last spring - “Why shouldn’t America draft an honest leader who will focus on 70-percent solutions for the next four years? You know...an adult?” 

Tillerson - “Mr. Tillerson is a man of tremendous accomplishment, but U.S. policy toward Russia’s Soviet-style aggression demands rigorous oversight.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida)

Issues:

Nomination of Tillerson

Ease of relations with Russia- “Being a ‘friend of Vladimir’ is not an attribute I am hoping for from a #SecretaryOfState,”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich

TRUMP FROM AROUND THE WORLD

In Germany, a spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the champion of Europe’s muslim immigration crisis may skip this years Davos World Economic Forum, held in Switzerland between January 17-20. Experts have speculated the announced agenda focus on Donald Trump and the rise of populism may be a strong factor.

Merkel spokesman: 

”It's true that a Davos trip was being considered, but we never confirmed it, so this is not a cancellation.”

In Cuba, troops and hundreds of thousands of citizens paraded through Havana’s emblematic Revolution Square in what they called a traditional show of nationalist fighting spirit as it faces a tough political and economic year, inferring that a Trump presidency may not be advantageous for the Cuban government.

The head of the University Students Federation, Jennifer Bello Martinez said regarding the march:

“Cuba will not abandon a single one of its principles ... not its independence and not its sovereignty.”

In Iran, an Iranian political group has condemned a letter issued by 30 dissidents on December 22nd urging Trump to impose fresh sanctions on “the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the supreme leader’s financial empire and direct the US Treasury to strongly enforce them.”

The dissidents further urged Trump to “form an international coalition to pressure the Islamic Republic of Iran and force the regime to cease its pursuit of long-range ballistic missiles.”

Hamid Reza Jalaeipour, a prominent professor of sociology at Tehran University and a member of the central council of the dissolved Reformist Islamic Iran Participation Front said of the letters demmands:

“I am a Reformist and know democracy is the path to save Iran, and I do not hesitate to [engage in] any kind of civil and legal activity and go to jail for this cause. But if Iran and the lives and security of Iranians are put in danger, I will go to battle under the command of [Supreme Leader] Ayatollah [Ali] Khamenei.”

In Canada, state media agency CBC news ran an op-ed detailing how some Canadians worry that Trump’s policies pose a ’wildcard’ to the world economy. Since his November 8th victory, the US market is up 10%, and over a trillion dollars were spent during Christmas.

Sheryl Purdy, a vice-president and investment advisor at Leede Jones Gable Inc. in Calgary, said optimistically in the op-ed:

”To characterize the markets in this past year, I would say that the first three quarters have a been a grind, but the last two months have been like having the fun uncle come to visit — unexpected, a bit messy and surprisingly fun.”

In Japan, The Japan Times ran an op-ed posing the question of where Japan may stand under a Trump presidency. The nations current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has spent the the last week visiting Hawaii with U.S. President Barack Obama, and was the first world leader to meet in person with the incoming President-elect. 

In Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald ran the following propagandist headline this morning:

“The Hitler-Stalin pact led to World War II. Where would a Trump-Putin pact lead?”

TRUMP ENTERTAINMENT

Harry Hurt III, the author of Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, a biography on the President-elect, claimed he was thrown off Trump’s golf course while playing alongside David Koch during the New Years holiday. Reports are that Hurt had a conversation with Mr. Trump, and was then asked to leave the premise.

The next TRUNEWS Trump transition press update will be at 11:30 EST on January 3rd, 2017, questions and feedback are greatly encouraged.

Please contact TRUNEWS correspondent Edward Szall with any news tips related to this story.
Email: Edward.Szall@trunews.com | Twitter: @EdwardSzall | Facebook: Ed Szall 
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