Trump to Acting AG: You’re Fired!

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Before pursuing the GOP nomination for president, Donald Trump was well-known, for among many reasons, as the host of the hit television show The Apprentice. On the show, people compete to become the next business tycoon and each week Trump would eliminate a contestant with the blunt phrase, “You’re fired!” Less than two weeks into the Trump administration, he has brought his catch phrase to Washington.

Yesterday afternoon, Acting Attorney General Sally Yates—an Obama holdover until Sen. Jeff Sessions is confirmed—instructed Department of Justice (DOJ) personnel not to enforce Trump’s executive order on national security, which included a temporary refugee ban. Justifying her refusal to abide by the executive order, Yates said, “At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the Executive Order is consistent with [my]responsibilities nor am I convinced that the Executive Order is lawful.” Hypocritically, Yates, who has been at DOJ for many years, never voiced her opposition to President Obama’s unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) amnesty programs… even after the courts ruled against the Obama administration.

President Trump responded quickly and removed Yates from office. In a statement, the White House pointed out that “This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.” In the same press release, the White House announced that Dana Boente would immediately begin serving as Acting Attorney General. Boente said, “I am honored to serve President Trump in this role until Senator Sessions is confirmed. I will defend and enforce the laws of our country to ensure that our people and our nation are protected.”

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    The AG’s Function is to Support Legal Issues for the POTUS

    Not fight him tooth and nail. “You’re Fired” is a common Trump statement and in this case well deserved.

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      Partially correct as the founding father’s warn against the opposite. The AG appears to have been right since now the judges are standing up and the visa ban revoked.

      I see concern on how this is being ran….like a corporation….you know better and best SWE….we will know more in the next four years….

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    This is music to the ears of Americans who are sick of the corrupt scene in Washington. Go Trump!!

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      There is no justification for not carrying out the orders of your boss. It amazes me that so many people, today, seem to feel that they can do as THEY please, regardless of their position or job requirements.

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    Constitutional scholars are pointing out that while you may not like this, he absolutely has the specific spelled-out power under federal law to do it. This is just the typical “comment by cliche” nonsense by so many on the left. They are citing constitutional “rights” like “freedom of religion” that do not extend in any way to people of foreign countries and never have.

    As for Gates she has no right to not follow his orders. She serves at his discretion. If she really disagrees then she can resign. She doesn’t get it both ways. Attempts to portray her firing as unfair or unconstitutional are just more fake news, as fake as Chuck Schumer’s sniffling. But then maybe he’s upset because Trump is going to cut back on H1B tech visas that Schumer’s always lobbying for to pay back the tech companies who give him huge contributions.

    Speaking of that, one of the biggest fake news stories of the past decade is back. Trayvon Martin’s parents have written a book about him, with all the usual distortions. The facts as shown in the trial, including his girlfriend who he was on the phone with, showed that if he merely kept walking home instead of coming back and sucker punching Zimmerman he would be alive today.

    And the media is still running with that picture of him as an 11 year old, not the 6 foot 17 year old he became. He was also suspended from school 3 times in little over half a year and was caught once with women’s jewelry in his backpack. He was no angel by any stretch. But the media insist he’s a martyr.

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      Yeah, Schumer has no problem screwing over American workers and bringing in cheap foreign labor to replace them. And a video has been found of Schumer back in 2015 talking about supporting a refugee ban under Obama and how people needed to be adequately screened so no potential terrorists come into the country. So its all a phony show for political reasons just like all the people in the media and the protestors howling. When Obama did it it was OK, but because its Trump the world is coming to an end. What phonies.

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      He improved Obama on your claims Obama was a dictator……in using the executive powers….it is a mess… do it with Congress….now it is firing back……