Trump Withdraws Obama's Guidance on Transgender Students' Bathroom Use -- One has a hard time believing that the federal, state and local governments of the US have even a second to pay attention to which bathroom a kid uses during the school day. Surely, there are more pressing issues. However, not only did President Obama issue guidelines on the matter suggesting that the teen use the facilities they prefer, but the Trump administration has seen fit to withdraw those guidelines. The person to decide where to do one's business is the one doing the business. If a child doesn't feel comfortable in one set of facilities, no one has the moral authority to force the use of those facilities. [23 February]
Trump's Deportation Plan Will Cost Hundreds of Billions -- Yesterday, the Trump administration issued new enforcement guidelines for the immigration authorities. The only group not at greater risk of deportation than before are children brought to the US by their parents illegally. For everyone else, detention and deportation just became much more plausible. Regardless of whether one supports or opposes the plan, it is going to cost the nation dearly to implement it. [22 February]
Lieutenant General H.R. McMasters is Trump's National Security Adviser -- President Trump announced yesterday that he was appointing Lieutenant General H.R. McMasters of the US Army to serve as his National Security Adviser. The general's appointment generated broad spectrum support. He is seen by many as a thoughtful (he has a PhD) soldier, one unafraid to tell his superiors the bad news they need to hear. This journal sees two flaws in the appointment, neither of which should prevent him succeeding but both of which are grounds for concern. [21 February]
Trump Cites Terror Attack in Sweden That Never Happened -- President Trump spent part of the week-end in Florida surrounded by an adoring crowd. He spent part of his time talking to them about how bad it is to take in refugees. "We've got to keep our country safe. You look at what's happening in Germany. You look at what's happening last night [Friday, February 17, 2017] in Sweden," the president said on Saturday night. "Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They're having problems like they never thought possible." What happened Friday did not include a terror attack, nor a rising crime rate. Mr. Trump appears to be making things up so he has something to say to his supporters. [20 February]
Trump, Netanyahu Undermine Two-State Solution for Mid-East Peace -- During their joint press conference, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and American President Donald Trump caused a minor earthquake in the endless Mid-East peace process. For years, a two-state solution has been the cornerstone of most approaches. Israel and Palestine, both secure and free living peacefully side by side, was the goal, and the negotiations were about how to get there. Yesterday, with the PM nodding excitedly, President Trump said he was not ruling out a one-state solution, which is really no solution at all. [16 February]
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