Trump proposes building 10 ‘freedom cities’ and flying cars

Eric Bradner
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By Eric BradnerKristen Holmes and Alicia Wallace, CNN

Published 6:24 PM EST, Fri March 3, 2023

Former President Donald Trump arrives to deliver remarks at the South Carolina State House in Columbia on January 28, 2023.

Former President Donald Trump arrives to deliver remarks at the South Carolina State House in Columbia on January 28, 2023.Win McNamee/Getty Images/FileCNN — 

Former President Donald Trump on Friday proposed building up to 10 futuristic “freedom cities” on federal land, part of a plan that the 2024 presidential contender said would “create a new American future” in a country that has “lost its boldness.”

Commuters, meanwhile, could get around in flying cars, Trump said – an echo of “The Jetsons,” the classic cartoon about a family in a high-tech future society. Work to develop vertical takeoff and landing vehicles is already underway by major airlines, auto manufacturers and other companies, though widely seen as years away from reaching the market.

“I want to ensure that America, not China, leads this revolution in air mobility,” Trump, who announced his third bid for the presidency in November, said in a four-minute video detailing his plan.

He said he would launch a contest to charter up to 10 “freedom cities” roughly the size of Washington, DC, on undeveloped federal land.

“We’ll actually build new cities in our country again,” Trump said in the video. “These freedom cities will reopen the frontier, reignite American imagination, and give hundreds of thousands of young people and other people, all hardworking families, a new shot at home ownership and in fact, the American dream.”

Light on details

Trump’s pitch comes the day before he is set to address the Conservative Political Action Conference in the Washington, DC, area, and as the 2024 Republican presidential field begins to take shape.

The proposal is the latest in a series of early policy offerings from Trump, who in recent weeks has also said he would seek to ramp up domestic energy production, adopt a more isolationist foreign policy stance and purge the government and military of “warmongers and globalists,” and undo a Biden executive order that would require government agencies to submit annual public plans aimed at promoting equity.

FILE - Former President Donald Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in Palm Beach, Fla. Jurors started deliberating Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, in the Trump Organization's criminal tax fraud trial, weighing charges that former President Donald Trump's company helped executives dodge personal income taxes on perks such as Manhattan apartments and luxury cars. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

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In December, the former president unveiled plans as part of his “free speech platform” that included vows to ban federal money from being used to label speech as misinformation or disinformation and to punish universities engaging in “censorship activities” with cuts to federal funding.

Trump did not elaborate Friday on how he would pay for his latest proposal – leaving unanswered what could be the biggest question as Republicans in Washington seek to curb federal spending. He also did not explain how some elements of his proposal differ from similar Democratic plans.

His plan, which was light on details, includes three additional planks: increasing tariffs on goods imported into the United States; providing families with “baby bonuses” that he said would “help launch a new baby boom”; and launching a beautification effort aimed at removing “ugly” buildings and revitalizing parks and public spaces.

Trump did not explain what “baby bonuses” would amount to or who would qualify. It’s not clear how his proposal differs from the enhanced child tax credit, which wasn’t extended beyond 2021. A group of Democratic lawmakers and progressive advocates tried – but failed – to have it included in the $1.7 trillion spending measure in December. That proposal was blocked by Republicans.

Trade battle

Trump on Friday also called for universal tariffs and imposing higher taxes on imported goods. He said he would escalate a trade battle with China, which he began during his four years in the White House. Doing so, he said, would jump-start American manufacturing.

President Joe Biden has left tariffs in place on $350 billion of Chinese goods – nearly two-thirds of what the US imports from China – which were imposed by Trump.

However, the costs of those tariffs are being passed on to American consumers, and contributing to inflation, experts say.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said last year that those tariffs on Chinese goods have “imposed more harm on consumers and businesses” than on China.

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Chris Rupkey, chief economist at markets research firm FwdBonds, said Trump’s proposed economic plan is reflective of the onetime real estate developer’s efforts before taking office.

“Builders build and make dreams a reality, but this plan looks like a stretch because the country cannot afford to undertake massive new projects when the national debt is over $31 trillion,” Rupkey said in an email. “There are some interesting ideas here, but this is not the right time for bold plans that dream big. There’s no money left in Uncle Sam’s till to pay for big dreams and daring projects.”

The nation is in the midst of a “cost-of-living crisis” that makes this too expensive of a proposition, Rupkey added.



The Courage to be Free review: Ron DeSantis bows and scrapes to Trump

On the page, the Florida governor doesn’t show much courage about the man he must beat to be the Republican nominee

Lloyd GreenSun 26 Feb 2023 07.00 GMT

The latest polls place Ron DeSantis and Joe Biden in a footrace for 2024. Florida’s 44-year-old Republican governor leads the octogenarian president by a whisker. More Americans like DeSantis than otherwise. Whether he can capture the Republican nomination, however, remains an open question. He has not yet declared his candidacy and trails Donald Trump in hypothetical matchups. Then again, no one else comes close.

Ron DeSantis hits a surprisingly conciliatory tone toward Donald Trump in his new book The Courage to Be Free.

Said differently, Trump and his legacy remain forces for any Republican to reckon with. Nikki Haley, an announced candidate for the GOP nomination, can barely mention his name. She wants to supplant her ex-boss by eliding him. A bold strategy.

DeSantis is patient. He will probably wait to announce until late spring, when the Florida legislature adjourns. For the moment, he expects us to be content with The Courage to Be Free, a memoir-cum-288-page-exercise in sycophancy and ambition tethered to a whole lot of owning the libs.

It is a mirthless read, lacking even the gleeful invective of Never Give an Inch, the former secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s own opening shot on the road to 2024. Predictably, DeSantis berates the left as unpatriotic and ruinous, all while prostrating himself before his former patron.

“I knew that a Trump endorsement would provide me with the exposure to GOP primary voters across the state of Florida,” he admits, discussing his campaign for governor in 2018. “I was confident that many would see me as a good candidate once they learned about my record.”

It’s all about bowing and scraping.

“Trump also brought a unique star power to the race. If someone had asked me, as a kid growing up in the 80s and 90s, to name someone who was rich, I – and probably nearly all my friends – would have responded by naming Donald Trump.”

DeSantis was born in 1978. Growing up, he would have seen Trump’s fortunes plummet and his first marriage hit the skids.

Apparently, 80s and 90s success stories – Steve Jobs of Apple, say, or Bill Gates of Microsoft – failed to cross DeSantis’s radar. These days, by contrast, the governor has a heap of scorn for the giants of tech. He depicts big tech as censorious, concentrated and “woke”. He reiterates his disdain for Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and George Soros, financier and liberal patron.

DeSantis criticizes Zuckerberg’s Center for Technology and Civic Life for funding election operations. He contends that such private-public partnerships undermine public faith in electoral integrity and give Democrats a boost. He says nothing about Citizens United, the 2010 supreme court decision that set corporate money loose on US elections, other than to distinguish campaign donations from ballot mechanics. This weekend, at the Four Seasons hotel in Palm Beach, DeSantis will host a getaway for the deep-pocketed set.

DeSantis also fails to examine the ties that bound the Mercer family – DeSantis donors and Trump stalwarts – with Facebook and Zuckerberg. In 2014, Cambridge Analytica, a now-defunct company then partly owned by the Mercer family, used Facebook to illegally harvest personal data. Steve Bannon, who would become Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman, was a board member and officer. He denies personal culpability.

The Mercers own Breitbart News, which Bannon once led. Parler, owned by Rebekah Mercer, allegedly provided connective tissue for the January 6 insurrection. In the run-up to the riot, the network emerged as a forum for violent threats, so much so that it warned the FBI of “specific threats of violence being planned at the Capitol”.

On the page, not surprisingly, DeSantis does not examine the January 6 attack. He does loudly take credit for a Florida law that would have regulated platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Here, again, he omits crucial details. Namely, federal courts found the law unconstitutional: it violated first-amendment free-speech protections.

“Put simply, with minor exceptions, the government can’t tell a private person or entity what to say or how to say it,” wrote Kevin Newsom, a Trump-appointed judge on the 11th circuit. “We hold that it is substantially likely that social media companies – even the biggest ones – are private actors whose rights the first amendment protects.”

Florida is urging the supreme court to review the case. Adding to the drama, Trump filed an amicus brief. The high court awaits a submission from the justice department.

Ron DeSantis listens to Joe Biden, during a presidential visit to Florida last October, after Hurricane Ian.
Ron DeSantis listens to Joe Biden, during a presidential visit to Florida last October, after Hurricane Ian. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

True to form, DeSantis brands the “national legacy press” as the “pretorian guard of the nation’s failed ruling class” and seconds Trump’s claim that the “fake news media” is the “enemy of the American People”. Yet for all of this media-bashing in the name of supposed truth, the governor omits the role of Fox News in propagating fake news about the presidential election and defamation cases brought against the news channel.

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Off the page, on that issue, DeSantis is at least mildly subversive. Recently, he featured the attorney Elizabeth “Libby” Locke at a confab dedicated to attacking the press and gutting US libel law. Significantly, Locke is representing Dominion Voting Systems in its $1.6bn defamation suit against Fox News arising from allegedly false reporting on the 2020 election. The case is set for an April trial in Delaware.

“DeSantis hosting Dominion lawyer Libby Locke! He is showing his true colors!” So shrieked Mike Lindell, AKA the MyPillow guy and Trump adviser, on Twitter.

DeSantis thinks he can have it both ways. Democrats would do well to take him literally and seriously. Last fall, he won re-election by a jaw-dropping 19 points, attracting more than two in five working-class minority voters and making serious inroads among African Americans.

His book recounts all this. So far, the Democrats have offered little by way of response. At the polls, low taxes, plenty of sunshine and Jimmy Buffet’s greatest hits are a tough combination to beat.

  • The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival is published in the US by HarperCollins

Trump will soon be able to use Facebook and Instagram again

fine, I’m against banned politicians and basically anyone who doesn’t break the law, I’ve been banned several times on Facebook for no good reason, never Twitter I have to hand it to them, not even before Musk took over. Instagram says little to me but I still don’t know how it works, big deal too, is also from Meta . (zuckerberg)

The problem is that Trump is not allowed anything, so he won’t be able to do much with it, kindergarten is more fun 🙂

by the time he is higher in the polls they will remove him again, Meta is pro the democrats .

Trump will soon be able to use Facebook and Instagram again

He was banned for two years, but Donald Trump will soon be allowed back on Facebook and Instagram. The suspension of the former US president will be lifted “in the coming weeks”, the social media company Meta has announced.

Nick Clegg, the British former deputy prime minister and now director at Meta, says people should be able to hear what politicians have to say. Trump will be watched, Clegg warned. If he crosses another border, measures will follow again, it sounds. Messages can be deleted or their reach can be limited. A new suspension is also not ruled out.

Trump was suspended after the Capitol storming of early January 2021; his inflammatory messages would have led to the violence and therefore constituted a “serious violation” of our rules, Meta said. Twitter also blocked him, but on that medium he was accepted again after the takeover by Elon Musk.

Trump founded his own social media platform, Truth Social, after his suspension. He then says that Facebook has lost billions due to the decision to exclude him. “That should never happen again to a sitting president, or anyone who doesn’t deserve it,” he writes.

The 76-year-old Trump wants to make another attempt to become president, he announced in November.

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Trump Did Warn the West EU for gas/energy dependence on Russia, and he was right . . .

Trump Did Warn the West EU for gas/energy dependence on Russia, and he was right, it was immediately used as a blackmail weapon and brought the EU economy into misery, exactly what Russia wanted. The horrible war with the Ukraine proves that the EU does not expect much good from Russia. Trump was a calling in the desert, he was ‘not right’, afterwards he was right. Merkel was a politician from the GDR in the hands of Putin, Dutch Prime Minister Rutte joined it, Putin Good Trump badly We are now seeing the sad consequences. Also for China, Trump warned and that the son of Biden maintained ‘strange contacts’ with Dad as “The Big Guy” who also had to communicate in the win.

Trump touts ‘incredible slate of Republicans’ in Ohio

Former President Trump has taken the stage in Ohio, where he’s making a last-minute push to support Republicans ahead of Tuesday’s midterms.

“The great state of Ohio is under siege,” he says.

He touts JD Vance, a venture capitalist who authored a best-selling memoir in 2016 and is running to represent the state in the Senate.

Vance is polling slightly ahead of his Democratic challenger Tim Ryan, a 10-term congressman who has been surprisingly competitive in this Republican-leaning state.

Trump also mentions Governor Mike DeWine, a Trump sceptic who the former president now backs.

“You’re going to vote for an incredible slate of true America First Republicans up and down the ballot,” he says.

Trump in Paris: France Celebrates Bastille Day With American Twist/ Good old day’s

French President Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with President Donald Trump as first lady Melania Trump looks on after the Bastille Day military parade on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris on July 14.

Donald Trump: Mar-a-Lago search warrant could be unsealed

if this is far-reaching slander and lies from the Biden administation it will have far-reaching consequences @annozijlstra

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US attorney general: I personally approved Mar-a-Lago search warrant

The US Department of Justice is asking a Florida court to unseal the warrant that let FBI agents search former President Donald Trump’s home.

If granted, the rare request would make the documents available to the public.

Attorney General Merrick Garland also revealed he personally approved the warrant, which was executed at Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property on Monday.

The justice department has so far not revealed the reason for the search – but the unsealed warrant could.

Mr Trump has until Friday to object to the unsealing – or could release details of the warrant himself.

According to the Washington Post, citing anonymous sources, classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the items FBI agents were looking for in the Mar-a-Lago raid.

The sources did not tell the newspaper whether the information involved US weapons or some other nation’s.

Monday’s FBI search is believed to be connected to an investigation into whether the former president removed classified records and sensitive material from the White House.

The former president arrives at Trump Tower in New York the day after FBI agents raided his Mar-a-Lago home
Image caption,The former president arrives at Trump Tower in New York the day after FBI agents raided his Mar-a-Lago home

Mr Trump argued on Thursday on his Truth Social platform that there had been no need for the raid since he said his lawyers had been “co-operating fully” and “the government could have had whatever they wanted, if we had it”.

He also alleged that the federal agents had rummaged through former First Lady Melania Trump’s closet and personal items.

Until now, the justice department has followed its normal practice of remaining silent during an active investigation – and documents such as search warrants traditionally remain sealed during a pending investigation.

But Mr Garland said he was asking a court to make documents connected to the search warrant publicly available, in the public interest.

He said his decision was also influenced by Mr Trump publicly announcing the search had taken place.

“The public’s clear and powerful interest in understanding what occurred under these circumstances weighs heavily in favour of unsealing,” Justice Department lawyers said in a motion filed in federal court on Thursday.

Monday’s search was the first time in American history that a former president’s home has been searched as part of a criminal investigation. It was condemned by Mr Trump and other Republicans as politically motivated.

But speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Mr Garland defended FBI agents and justice department officials from the accusations.

“I will not stand by silently when their integrity is unfairly attacked,” Mr Garland told reporters.

He also said the decision to search was not taken lightly. “Where possible it is standard practice to seek less intrusive means,” he said.

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Garland fights back

Analysis box by John Sudworth, North America correspondent

There was no detail in Merrick Garland’s press conference about what the search warrant contained, what was found, or whether it was – as media reports have suggested – an inside Trump source that provided the FBI with the key information.

But not nothing either. The attorney general revealed he had personally authorised the search warrant. And he said that the DOJ is seeking a court order to have the warrant and the list of items taken from Mar-a-Lago made public.

Prosecutors don’t tend to reveal their cards in public during an ongoing investigation – something Mr Garland made clear was for good reason.

But the accusations from the Republican movement – and from Donald Trump himself, of course – that the department is being weaponised by the Democrats, have been damaging.

And without any formal statement, it’s a narrative that’s been left largely unchallenged.

This was Mr Garland insisting that far from being an assault on the law, the search was the law taking its proper course.

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Trump records probe timeline

  • January 2022 – The National Archives retrieves 15 boxes of White House records from Mar-a-Lago, and says some of the documents it received at the end of Trump administration had been torn up
  • February – Reports emerge that classified files were found in the Mar-a-Lago cache and National Archives has asked DoJ to investigate
  • April – US media report the FBI has begun a preliminary investigation into how apparently classified material ended up at Mar-a-Lago
  • 3 June – A senior DoJ official and three FBI agents travel to Mar-a-Lago to review items in a basement and Mr Trump drops by to say hello, according to reports
  • 8 June – Federal investigators reportedly write to a Trump aide to request a stronger lock be used to secure the room storing the items in question. Trump says that request was quickly fulfilled
  • 22 June – The Trump Organization reportedly receives a DoJ summons for CCTV footage from Mar-a-Lago
  • 8 August – Dozens of agents execute a search warrant of Mar-a-Lago, removing about 10 boxes from the property

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Donald and Ivana Trump’s starter mansion was a Greenwich, Connecticut property that spanned over 19,700 square feet. ( for sale now)

Donald and Ivana Trump (inset) purchased the Greenwich, Connecticut mansion in 1982 for $4 million.Jam Press/Courtesy of Coldwell Banker

Donald and Ivana Trump’s starter mansion was a Greenwich, Connecticut property that spanned over 19,700 square feet.

In 1982 — five years into their marriage — the future president, then 35, and his now-late ex-wife Ivana, then 33, purchased the estate for $4 million.

Comprised of a main house and a guest house, the Georgian colonial estate is made up of eight bedrooms and 13 bathrooms and stands on a 5.8-acre peninsula.

The waterfront estate went up for sale in the last three years, initially for a whopping $45 million. It last hit the market for $32 million, but because it was unable to score a buyer, it was taken off this past April. Modern renovations are expected to take place before it lists again.

The guard-gated home is situated on 5.8 acres of land.
The gated home is situated on 5.8 acres of land.
The estate features eight bedrooms and 13 bathrooms.
The estate features eight bedrooms and 13 bathrooms.
The cinderella double staircase.
The Cinderella double staircase.
The great dining room with a wood-burning fireplace.
The dining room with a wood-burning fireplace.

At the time the power couple had moved into the home, Ivana was simultaneously working to remodel the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan that Donald had purchased in the early 1980s, according to Top Ten Real Estate Deals.

While decorating the Plaza, Ivana incorporated many of the same materials into their new Connecticut compound, including gold leaf features, chandeliers and crown moldings.

A previous listing described the Greenwich home as “dripping in gold leaf.”

Amid their contentious early-1990s divorce, Ivana acquired the property and later sold the home for $15 million in 1998.

The new owners made some new additions to the spread, including toning down the overly opulent vibe — adding tennis courts, an indoor lap pool and guest quarters.

A formal living area.
A formal living area with vaulted ceilings.
A conference room.
The formal dining room.
The indoor pool.
The indoor pool with stained-glass windows.

Other features of the home include a three-story rotunda foyer with a grand staircase and several formal living rooms.

Built in 1939 for Robert Hillas, the former president of the Super Heater Company in New York City, the compound boasts views of the Long Island Sound.

Other amenities include a home theater, a putting green, a pool and sauna and three fully equipped staff apartments.

Outdoor features also include multiple patios and terraces.

A formal sitting room.
A formal sitting room.
The movie theater.
The movie theater.
The estate boasts over 1,570 feet of water views.
The estate boasts over 1,570 feet of water views.
Donald and Ivana Trump in their Manhattan home in January 1, 1990.
Donald and Ivana Trump in their Manhattan home on Jan. 1, 1990.

During their 15-year marriage, the two were considered the ultimate 1980s power couple. Ivana was often credited with helping build both their public image and the family business.

While Donald was building his Manhattan empire, his wife worked alongside him, steering the interior designs in some of his most iconic buildings.

On July 14, Ivana died in her longtime Upper East Side Manhattan townhouse at the age of 73. She was discovered at the bottom of a staircase having suffered “blunt impact injuries” to her torso, the New York City medical examiner’s office said.

In a statement, the Trump family called Ivana “a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and caring mother and friend.7

“Ivana Trump was a survivor. She fled from communism and embraced this country. She taught her children about grit and toughness, compassion and determination,” it continued.

The former president also posted on his social medial platform Truth Social: “I am very saddened to inform all of those that loved her, of which there are many, that Ivana Trump has passed away at her home in New York City.”