by Countable | 3.20.17
It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:
"Former president Barack Obama rejected the idea Monday that President Trump had based his immigration executive order on a policy adopted by his own administration, and endorsed the protests that have been taking place across the country in response to the new restrictions."
"Trump has said that his move to ban the entry of migrants from seven Muslim-majority countries into the U.S., and to suspend temporarily the admission of refugees, was based in part by a decision in 2011 by then-President Obama to ban the admission of Iraqis to the U.S. after evidence surfaced that two Iraqis seeking resettlement had been linked to terrorist activity in their home country. The Obama and Trump administrations also identified the same seven countries as harboring terrorism threats."
Read more at the Washington Post.
"White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Monday afternoon said that the Trump administration never meant to deport anyone with the executive order on immigration the President signed on Friday, which temporarily banned the entry of people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Asked about legal challenges to the order at the daily press briefing, Spicer said that a ruling by a federal judge in New York "didn't make any sense."”
"It deals with people who are being deported. The action never spoke to it, never intended to deport people," Spicer said. A federal judge in New York on Saturday issued an order keeping U.S. officials from deporting people who fell under the travel ban and who were detained in American airports despite having valid visas. Spicer claimed on Monday that the federal government never meant to deport any those who were detained. He said that officials detained them and determined whether or not “they sought to do us any harm."”
Read more at Talking Points Memo.
"U.S. President Donald Trump poses a serious threat to the continued existence to the European Union because he is working with far-right groups on the continent to engineer the bloc's disintegration, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator said Monday."
"Guy Verhofstadt, a former prime minister of Belgium and now a liberal member of the European Parliament, said the EU had “fewer friends than ever in the United States today." Trump and his political advisers had joined with European far-right movements in undermining the EU, he said in a speech at London think-tank Chatham House. Trump himself had spoken “very favorably of the fact that other countries will want to break away” from the 28-member bloc.”
Read more at The Associated Press.
"Canadian police have detained two men in connection to a deadly shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada. One of the men is suspected in the attack on the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre that left six people dead and the other is a witness, police said. Police had earlier said both men were suspects in the shooting, which also left five people in critical condition. One man was arrested at the scene and a second man held after he called 911, police said."
"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard both described the attack as a terrorist act, but authorities were reluctant to label it as such. The attack came as protests over US President Donald Trump's travel ban on several Muslim countries gripped the US. When asked if Mr Trump's actions influenced the attack, Mr Couillard said no, but added: “We are obviously in a world where people tend to divide themselves rather than unite themselves."”
Read more at the BBC.
"President Donald Trump further reorganized the National Security Council on Monday after he came under sharp criticism for ousting the country's most senior intelligence and military officials as regular members of the Principals Committee -- and installing one of his top political advisers on the key panel."
"On Monday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer announced that Trump will reinstate the director of the CIA as a regular Principals Committee member. But the President will keep his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, as a regular committee member -- a move that came under fire -- while the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will not be regular attendees."
Read more at the CNN.
— Erin Wright
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Written by Countable
Impeach Trump and remove him, Bannon and the rest of the minions from the White House. The administration is a clear and present danger to the stability of the United States and undermines the nation's ability to defend itself on the International stage. Bannon has clearly indicated his intent to undermine the American Gov't and poses a greater threat to the US than any refugee. Act now and remove the threat to our democracy.
I keep waiting for someone to pop out from behind a curtain and tell us that the joke is over! What is our country coming to? I served in Peace Corps, in a Muslim dominate country, and most of my work was spent correcting American stereotypes and laying a foundation of peace and compassion. These are values not widely associated with the US, and I was so proud to be the one spreading this message. Today, our government is a joke, and we are back to square one. We are not bullies, we are not xenophobic, and yet, the head of our nation has rallied the underbelly of our society. Today, racism, hate, and unfounded fear are more prevalent than ever. What will our reps do? At the end of your tenure, when the history book is open to this dark chapter, what part will you have contributed to -- the nightmare or the solution?
Grow some backbone and stand up to DT! Oppose Bannon! Oppose the wall! Oppose the Muslim ban! Oppose the Betsy DeVos nomination! IMPEACH!!!!!
It is so blatantly clear that Trump's very presence, even since the campaign, invites violence, hatred, and admittedly, lots of support for those whom he hates. So many of us feel let down by leaders who profess to care when elections are in the horizon. Right now it feels like nobody cares except all of us who pay our taxes so that you can keep your jobs. This country is in the verge of a civil war of sorts because of the atrocities at the federal level. What are you going to do about this? Enough is enough! We are monitoring the silence as well as those, like Sen. McCain, who are actually care about the direction this country is taking in only one week.
I agree with President Obama! This Trump exec order does not represent American values!! It will lead to more extreme behavior, not less!!
I want to thank my GOP senators and representatives for being so quiet and cowardly in your dealings with the Trump presidency. Your lack of courage has galvanized the left more effectively than anything the Democrats were able to do without your assistance. As a Democrat, I felt compelled to let you know how much I appreciate your silence on the issues that are of vital importance to our base which has grown exponentially. Thank you again.
I think the Republicans are the ones who must step up and stop this assault on our country by our new president. You will not see his cabinet stopping him. They have heard his lies for so long, they believe them. I know there are good, caring people in this Republican party who do care and put the people and the country first. Just don't wait too long before you take action, we cannot afford many more weeks like this one.
As a life long moderate Conservative, I am sick to say that I'm beginning to lose faith in my party. Will no one stand up to this idiot?
Please do everything in your power to get rid of Steve Bannon. He's a danger to this country!
Thank you President Obama for your continued voice of reason.
There is no comparison. Please protect The Constitution by stopping President Trump's illegal executive order.
Mr. Trump's executive orders are NOT protecting the U.S. from terrorists; he is creating them. Mr. Trump's actions do not represent the voice of US citizens...l applaud the protesters that are making this known throughout the world.
Thanks President Obama for weighting in on this extremely destructive action taken by imbeciles that have no idea what they are doing.
I'm loosing faith in checks and balances. Please stop Trump and Bannon from unilaterally making decisions that are racist, nationalist and down right frightening.
Steve Bannon has no business in the White House, much less in the National Security Council. We need a law to protect the NSC from politization and to get Bannon out.
Please rope Trump in soon. We all know Trump is blaming His bad judgment and mistake on President Obama. Trump is doing more harm than good. He is going to get us in to a war! Please stop his lunacy. There are no checks and balances. He is rogue and in a bad way! I would take any Republican at the point and this is coming from a middle of the road voter.
Can we bring back Obama please?
Steve Bannon has no place in the NSC. He was not elected and political hacks have no business in foreign affairs.
I shouldn't HAVE to be writing you. America is on twitter precipice of dictatorship. Trump writing whatever he feels on a given day without thought. And he attacks anyone of opposition. Facts and truth don't matter. He is inane. You are SUPPOSED to be a check and balance. If YOU don't reign him in, we will have a revolution. It will be all your fault.
Obama's action in 2011 was based on a specific incident with one country. Trump's ban is a blanket, sweeping action based in bigotry. Oppose the ban!