HEADLINES: ANTI-BORDER ACTIVIST JORGE RAMOS ON PRO-ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT STANCE: ‘AMERICA IS OUR COUNTRY NOT THEIRS’—‘AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO LEAVE’

LOS ANGELES, CA – Univision senior anchor Jorge Ramos, an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, declared on Friday that the United States belongs to Latino migrants and that, legal or not, they aren’t going anywhere.

“There is nothing the U.S. can do about it, and they (American citizens) must accept that America is not their country and that illegal aliens, particularly Latinos, are not going to leave,” he said.

“I am an immigrant, just like many of you,” Ramos said in Spanish to a crowd of mostly Latinos during a Univision awards program Friday. “I am a proud Latino immigrant here in the United States. My name is Jorge Ramos, and I work at Univision and at the Fusion network.”

“And you know exactly what is going on here in the United States. There are many people who do not want us to be here, and who want to create a wall in order to separate us,” he said.

“But you know what? This is also our country. Let me repeat this: Our country, not theirs. It is our country. And we are not going to leave. We are nearly 60 million Latinos in the United States,” he continued. “And thanks to us, the United States eats, grows and, as we’ve seen today, sings and dances.”

“So when they attack us, we already know what we are going to do. We are not going to sit down. We will not shut up. And we will not leave. That is what we are going to do,” he added.

Ramos, an activist against illegal deportation and of president Trump’s plan to build a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico, said anything but a policy that encourages open borders is unjust, racist and prejudiced.

During an interview with Fox News on Friday (http://insider.foxnews.com/…/jorge-ramos-illegal-immigrants…), Ramos said that illegal immigrants, even those who commit violent crimes including rape and murder, are here to “benefit our lives”.

“They are coming here to benefit our lives,” he said, referencing the large amount of illegal immigrants who work in fields such as agriculture.

When challenged on the fact that they came here illegal, which is in itself a crime, Ramos countered,“ “That is not a violent crime,” Ramos said on “The O’Reilly Factor,” “it is a crime [but] they are coming here to benefit our lives.”ramos

HEADLINES: MAKING THE MILITARY GREAT AGAIN: TRUMP SEEKS TO INCREASE MILITARY SPENDING AFTER MASSIVE CUTS BY OBAMA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump announced on Monday that he plans to seek a “historic” $54 billion increase in defense spending as part of his upcoming budget plan.

The president says the increase is necessary to help rebuild the nation’s “depleted” military, which was the target of massive financial cuts by the Obama administration. In direct opposite to his proposed military spending the president said he will seek a substantial reduction in spending across other federal agencies.

Trump commented on his proposed spending plan, which he will go into much further detail on during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, while addressing the nation’s governors at the White House.

“This budget will be a public safety and national security budget,” Trump said.

Saying he wants our military to be in a position that if called to fight they will have the tools necessary to win, the president said, “We’ve got to win or don’t fight it at all.”

that he wants to better prepare the military to not only deter war but win wars when called to fight.

“We’ve got to win or don’t fight it at all,” Trump said.

The president’s proposal for the 2018 budget year is expected to be sent to agencies on Monday, one day before his first address to a Joint Session of Congress. According to an administration spokesperson, the budget plan does not call for significant changes to Social Security or Medicare, keeping in promise with Trump’s campaign pledge to protect major entitlements from financial cuts.

President Trump discussed his plan to boost military spending during a speech last Friday to conservatives, pledging “one of the greatest build-ups in American history.”

“We will be substantially upgrading all of our military, all of our military, offensive, defensive, everything, bigger and better and stronger than ever before,” he said.trumpsalutingmilitary

HEADLINES: ‘TRUMP EFFECT’ CONTINUES AS CONSUMER CONFIDENCE INDEX SOARS TO 15-YEAR-HIGH

WASHINGTON, D.C. — You can say what you want about Donald Trump but one thing you can’t deny is that he is market gold.

The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index surged to 114.8 in February topping January’s total of 111.8, the Conference Board announced on Tuesday. The numbers are the the best reading since 2001, said a spokesman.

Analysts said they had initially expected the monthly survey report to show a drop of a tenth of a point, but the so called “Trump effect” again turned things around.

“Consumers rated current business and labor market conditions more favorably this month than in January,” Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board, said in the report. “Expectations improved regarding the short-term outlook for business, and to a lesser degree jobs and income prospects. Overall, consumers expect the economy to continue expanding in the months ahead.”

According to a report published by ZeroHedge (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-28/wtf-chart-day-american-consumer-confidence-soars-16-year-highs-real-wages-plunge), consumers questioned in the report said they expect more jobs to be available and fewer say jobs are hard to get.

As referenced in the report, the percentage expecting more jobs in the months ahead increased from 19.7 percent to 20.4 percent, while those anticipating fewer jobs declined from 14.4 percent to 13.6 percent. The percentage of consumers expecting their incomes to increase rose marginally from 18.1 percent to 18.3 percent, while the proportion expecting a decrease declined from 9.4 percent to 8.2 percent.

Economists studying the phenomenon are giving credit directly to Trump.

Preliminary data from a University of Michigan survey published in December found that consumer sentiment, expectations, and views of current economic conditions all experienced a “dramatic turnaround” after President Trump won the election in November.

“The surge was largely due to consumers’ initial reactions to Trump’s surprise victory,” said Richard Curtin, the survey’s Chief Economist. “When asked what news they had heard of recent economic developments, more consumers spontaneously mentioned the expected positive impact of new economic policies than ever before recorded in the long history of the surveys.”

According to a report published by The Christian Science Monitor (http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2016/1210/Consumer-confidence-soars-does-the-credit-go-to-Trump), the University of Michigan’s annual survey is often viewed as an indicator of the future economy.

Curtin is not alone in his findings. According to the Monitor piece, the numbers exceeded predictions of economists surveyed by Bloomberg (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-09/consumer-sentiment-in-u-s-rises-to-highest-since-january-2015) and the Wall Street Journal as well.

“Respondents are viewing the election result in a very positive light,” Joshua Shapiro, chief US economist at MRF, Inc. told the Journal.

Calls for comment from the Trump administration have not yet been returned.

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HEADLINES: SOCIAL MEDIA POST ON VA TREATMENT OF PATIENTS CAUSES OUTRAGE

DURHAM, N.C. — A Facebook post by a former Marine and his wife who said the scene inside a Veterans Administration hospital in Durham, North Carolina was so horrific that they felt compelled to take pictures and post them to social media has led to national outrage.

Stephen McMenamin and his wife Hanna posted photos of two veterans who were who were visibly suffering as they waited for care inside a VA hospital waiting room. The McMenamins said both men, who were senior citizens, were ignored for hours despite complaining multiple times of being in severe pain. One of the men almost fell out of his wheelchair, and the other laid the floor after being told he would have to wait for an exam bed.

After the photos went viral, one of the men in the photos, a Vietnam veteran by the name of Jesse Lee, was identified as the man in the wheelchair. He said he went to the VA to seek treatment for severe pains after a leg amputation.

“Somebody in real bad pain should be seen,” Lee said. “It felt like a railroad spike was going through my foot. It’s like one of the worst pains you’ve ever felt in your life.”

The other man has not yet been identified but McMenamin said one VA nurse, in particular, seemed to intentionally ignore the man’s pleas for help.

“That’s somebody’s dad, that’s somebody’s grandfather,” Hanna McMenamin said. “(He) was “very shaky, trembling and he was asking for help. He was getting pretty desperate.”

Eventually the unnamed veteran laid down on the floor in an attempt to relieve the pain but was ordered back up by hospital staff.

DeAnne Seekins, Medical Center Director for the hospital said she plans on investigating the treatment that the two elderly men received.

“It is an honor to serve America’s heroes and actions that do not align with our core values will not be tolerated,” she said in a statement. “We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality care to the Veterans we serve and being responsive to our patient’s needs. Veterans deserve nothing less.”

The McMenamin’s seem doubtful that much will be done considering the response they say they’ve received from VA administrators.

“The VA is very unhappy that we have posted this photo and it has been seen around the country. They have asked us again to remove this photo, claiming on of the participants does not want this posted,” said Hanna McMenanin.

As of late Tuesday, the post has been shared more than 116,000 times (https://www.facebook.com/hanna.dickson/posts/10208647901980267). A spokesperson for the medical center says one of the employees involved has been removed from patient care pending an internal review.

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HEADLINES: IT’S WAR! TRUMP, PELOSI SQUARE OFF AHEAD OF CONGRESSIONAL ADDRESS

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Although its long been known that there is no love lost between Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi, the war between the two has progressed after President Trump slammed the California Democrat as “incompetent”.

Trump’s remarks came in response to Pelosi’s allegation on ABC’s “This Week” that the Trump administration has “done nothing except put Wall Street first, make America sick again, instill fear in our immigration population in our country and make sure Russia maintains its grip on our foreign policy.”

Never one to back down from an insult, Trump responded with a trademark jab.

“Well, I’ve been watching Nancy’s tape, and so I think she’s incompetent, actually,” Trump said during an interview with “Fox and Friends” on Tuesday. “You know, if you look at what’s going on with the Democrats and the party, it’s getting smaller and smaller.”

Trump’s reference to the Democratic party are in response to the recent election that handed Republicans control of the White House, Senate and House of Representatives.

“You know, in a certain way, I hate to see it, because I like a two-party system, and we’re soon going to have a one-party system,” Trump said. “I actually think a two-party system is healthy and good, but she’s done a terrible job.”

Asked about Pelosi’s accusations that Trump hadn’t accomplished anything significant during his first few weeks in office, Trump said Pelosi is not a good spokesman when it comes to getting things done.

“She’s certainly wrong,” said Trump, whose wealth of executive orders have prompted both criticism and support from the American people. “There are those that say I’ve done more than anybody in 100 days.”

In response to Trump’s comments, a spokesperson for Pelosi accused Trump of “projecting his incompetence” on the Democratic Minority Leader.

As Leader Pelosi stated yesterday, this President came into office promising bold action on jobs. Forty days later, the American people see nothing but a squandered four weeks in which this President has done nothing but instill fear,” Drew Hammill said. “In classic fashion, the President is projecting his incompetence on to others. Instead of calling people names, President Trump should focus on how he’s going to grow the American economy and live up to the promises he’s made to the American people.”

Trump and Pelosi are scheduled to square off on Tuesday evening as President Trump addresses a joint session of Congress where he is expected to address his new administration’s fiscal agenda.

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