Bowen Xiao


WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump highlighted the confirmation of more than 150 federal judges under his administration, during a speech at the White House on Nov. 6 in which he described the number as a “profoundly historic milestone” and a “truly momentous achievement.”

Speaking in the East Room, Trump hosted a number of senior administration officials, members of Congress, legal scholars, state and local leaders, and supporters.

Congress so far has confirmed 112 judges to federal district courts, 43 judges to federal circuit courts, and two new justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trump said that he expects that number to reach about 182 in the next two months. Federal judges are nominated by the president and then must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Under Article III of the U.S. Constitution, federal judges hold a lifetime appointment and can only be removed from office through impeachment.

“They will uphold our constitution as written,” Trump said, referring to the appointed federal judges. “These distinguished men and women are some of the most gifted scholars, respected jurists, and finest legal minds ever placed on the federal bench.”

“Together, we are restoring American freedom, defending American justice, and preserving the extraordinary vision of our Founding Fathers.”

During his remarks, Trump gave a shoutout to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and invited him to stand up, to applause. Trump also thanked a number of Republican senators, as well as Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General William Barr, who also attended the event.

“I’ve always heard actually that when you become president, the single most important thing you can do is federal judges. … Based on that, I think there’s nobody that’s done a better job ever than Senator Mitch McConnell,” he said.

“Generations from now, Americans will know that Mitch McConnell helped save the constitutional rule of law in America.”

Trump also warned about judges assuming the role of a legislator, saying that would threaten the rights of all citizens.

“In other words, the impartial and objective judge who is a faithful servant of the law is essential to the survival of American liberty,” he said.

According to the White House, approximately 1 in 4 active judges on the U.S. Courts of Appeals has been appointed by Trump. The appointments have also tipped the balance in some courts, including the flipping of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit from a Democratic-appointed majority to a Republican-appointed majority. Both the 2nd and 11th circuits are likely to flip by the end of this year, the White House said.

In contrast, former President Barack Obama nominated 55 circuit judges, who were confirmed over the eight years of his administration.

The president invited McConnell to say a few words.

McConnell said: “I’m reminded of Election Night, when I realized that not only had [Trump] won, but we had taken the House, we held the Senate, and this was going to be one of those unusual periods where Republicans had all three branches.”

He noted that Republicans have held power in all three branches of government for only 20 years of the past 100.

“We got the chance to set the agenda, an opportunity to move the ball in the right direction,” McConnell said, referring to the current administration. “What’s the most important thing? Clearly, it was the Supreme Court.”

Author: Bowen Xiao

Source: The Epoch Times: Trump Touts Confirmation of More Than 150 Federal Judges

Pope Francis has sent half a million dollars in funds from the “Peter’s Pence collections” to 27 Mexico-based projects to assist migrant communities, the Vatican said on April 27.

It comes as President Donald Trump warned days ago of a new migrant caravan attempting to get on U.S. soil.

The funds are to be sent to 16 Mexican dioceses and religious congregations that requested assistance in basic aid for the migrants stranded at the border. The Vatican noted that more than 75,000 migrants arrived in Mexico last year in six different migrant caravans. The migrants mainly come from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

“The Catholic Church hosts thousands of them in hotels within the dioceses or religious congregations, providing basic necessities, from housing to clothing,” the Vatican said.

Trump has urged Mexico to stop the influx of migrants attempting to enter the United States illegally. The president has repeatedly floated the idea of closing certain parts of the southern border in order to stem what he described previously as an “attempted invasion of illegals.

U.S. officials said they arrested or denied entry to more than 103,000 people along the border with Mexico in March, more than twice as many as the same period in 2018.

Border Patrol agent Tait Seelhorst and his K-9 Zak find an illegal alien who was trying to evade capture near McAllen, Texas, on April 18, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)
A group of illegal aliens walks up the road after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico. Further up the road, they will board a bus bound for the Border Patrol processing facility in McAllen, Texas, on April 18, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

“A very big Caravan of over 20,000 people started up through Mexico,” Trump said in an April 24 Twitter post. “It has been reduced in size by Mexico but is still coming. Mexico must apprehend the remainder or we will be forced to close that section of the Border & call up the Military. The Coyotes & Cartels have weapons!”

Peter’s Pence, which are donations or payments made directly to the Holy See, must be evaluated for transparency, the Vatican said.

In a statement, the church insisted that “a regulated and transparent use of the resources, which must be accounted for, is required before the aid is assigned.” It also noted that 13 projects of the 27 have already been approved, with another 14 currently being evaluated.

The Pentagon said on April 26 that it expects to send about 300 additional troops to the U.S.–Mexico border. The move is a sign of a growing military support role, as the Trump administration seeks to add assistance to an overwhelmed Border Patrol dealing with what Customs and Border Protection chief Kevin McAleenan has called “unprecedented humanitarian and border security crisis all along our Southwest border.”

Trump, who has made tackling illegal immigration a signature issue of his presidency, praised the Border Patrol for their recent efforts and noted the record numbers of illegal’s apprehended.

“Can anyone comprehend what a GREAT job Border Patrol and Law Enforcement is doing on our Southern Border. So far this year they have APPREHENDED 418,000 plus illegal immigrants, way up from last year,” he said April 24 on Twitter.

“Mexico is doing very little for us. DEMS IN CONGRESS MUST ACT NOW!”

Author: Bowen Xiao

Source: Theepochtimes: Pope Francis Sends $500,000 in Funds to Assist Migrants at Mexico–US Border Amid Surge

President Donald Trump told reporters on April 5 that he would skip the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner scheduled for later this month.

Trump’s comments confirm that he will not attend the event for the third year in a row. As he was leaving the White House on his trip to the southern border in California, he told reporters that the event was not to his liking.

Instead, he said he would hold one of his MAGA-style rallies as a counter-program to the April 27 press dinner. The president’s rallies often gather tens of thousands of supporters. In a recent rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Trump drew in 14,000 supporters who filled the Van Andel Arena stadium to capacity, with nearly 20,000 outside.

“The dinner is so boring and so negative that we’re going to hold a very positive rally instead,” he said.

President Donald Trump talks to reporters as he departs for travel to the U.S.-Mexico border from the White House on April 5, 2019. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)

Presidents and first ladies have traditionally attended the event, and a number of reporting awards also are distributed at the dinner. Trump has not been to the dinner since he took office but had suggested he might appear this year after organizers scrapped the usual format featuring a comedian and instead invited Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow to speak.

Trump became the first president since Ronald Reagan to skip the dinner. Reagan did not attend in 1981 because he was recovering from an assassination attempt.

The association this year decided to shift to a featured speaker instead of a comic after a sharply anti-Trump performance last year by comedian Michelle Wolf that some thought was too pointed against White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and other White House staff.

Chernow, a biographer of presidents and statesmen including George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, is expected to speak about the importance of the First Amendment.

President Donald Trump at a MAGA rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., on March 28, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

The president, who often refers to the media as “fake news” for their coverage of his presidency, recently ramped up his criticisms on Twitter. Previously he has criticized The New York Times, CNN, ABC, and NBC, for their coverage.

“The press is doing everything within their power to fight the magnificence of the phrase, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” he wrote on April 5.

“They can’t stand the fact that this Administration has done more than virtually any other Administration in its first 2yrs. They are truly the ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”

Trump said his team has yet to settle on a location for his April 27 rally, but stressed: “It’ll be a big one.”

‘They Have to Be Accountable’

At the Michigan rally, Trump’s first one since special counsel Robert Mueller wrapped up his nearly 2-year-long investigation, the president returned to familiar ground—the campaign trail—where he put those behind the investigation in the spotlight.

“After 3 years of lies and smears and slander, the Russia hoax is finally dead. The collusion delusion is over,” Trump told 12,000 supporters in the Van Andel Arena.

The stage was set with a giant American flag as a backdrop, flanked with banners reading “Jobs Jobs Jobs!”—a different tone from Trump’s opening rally of the year in El Paso, Texas, which read “Finish the Wall.”

Donald Trump Jr., who spoke right before his father struck a victorious tone: “It’s not just our vindication it’s your vindication…. Because you stuck by us.”

The first thing the president addressed was his vindication via the Mueller report, which concluded that he and his campaign associates did not collude or coordinate with Russia in efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.

The president also made reference to the so-called Steele dossier which was at the heart of the allegations that he colluded with Russia.

“All of the current and former officials who paid for, promoted, and perpetuated the single greatest hoax in the history of politics in our country, they have to be accountable,” Trump said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Author: Bowen Xiao

Source: Theepochtimes: Trump to Skip White House Press Dinner for Third Year in a Row

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