President-elect Donald Trump’s Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson says the U.S. response to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea should have been significantly more aggressive — particularly by delivering a more robust flow of defensive military equipment to Ukrainian forces. “The absence of a very firm and forceful response to the taking of Crimea was judged by the leadership in Russia as a weak response,” Mr. Tillerson said early during his nomination hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, adding that Moscow was encouraged by the lack of U.S. power projection to meddle further in eastern Ukraine. In an exchange that appeased
Little weasels like Menendez and Rubio think that they have all the answers because they sit on committees. They tend to underestimate what they don’t know and what is known by smart, experienced, international business giants like Tillerson.
Rubio beclowned himself today. Weaselly little Menendez ran a close second.
Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President-elect Trump and the wife of incoming White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, on Wednesday described her plans for taking "a formal leave of absence" from the Trump Organization. "When my father takes office as the 45th president of the United States of America, I will take a formal leave of absence from the Trump Organization and my eponymous apparel and accessories brand," Ivanka Trump wrote on Facebook. "I will no longer be involved with the management or operations of either company." Ivanka Trump said Abigail Klem will become president "to lead my brand." "She
Wednesday on CNN addressing media reports that he had turned over a dossier containing unverified claims about Russia and President-elect Donald Trump, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said, “I don’t know if it’s credible or not but I thought the information deserved to be delivered to the FBI, the appropriate agency of government.” Partial transcript as follows: MCCAIN: After looking at that information I took it to the FBI and have had no further involvement with it at issue. By the way, according to some media reports they already had that information, but I didn’t know that at the time. I
The Air Force has just released it´s annual collection of best pictures, which give a unique insight to the lives of America´s Airmen. The pictures show Airmen carrying out adventurous acts like speeding through the skies in jets, jumping out of airplanes at 10,000 feet and helping NASA launch rockets into space. The pictures also show them performing lesser-known military activities, like airlifting a donated firetruck to Nicaragua and evacuating American families from politically tumultuous Turkey. Other Airmen spend most of their time grounded - like Senior Airman Angelique Culver, a dental lab technician at the Joint Base San Antinio-Lackland
Sparks flew early in Wednesday’s secretary of state nomination hearing for Rex Tillerson when Republican Sen. Marco Rubio ripped the former ExxonMobil CEO for refusing to say outright that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a “war criminal.” “Is Putin a war criminal?” the Florida Republican asked. “I would not use that term,” Mr. Tillerson said. Mr. Rubio, who expressed skepticism when President-elect Donald Trump first named the former oil executive to be secretary of state, was being closely watched at the hearing. His tough line of questioning suggested he still had trouble with both Mr. Trump and Mr. Tillerson’s approach
President-Elect Donald Trump holds his first press conference of the new year. Trump spoke to far left reporters at Trump Tower in New York just days before taking the Oath of Office. (Photo) Trump told far left reporters “sick people” and political “opponents” released the “Fake News” story on the Russian “golden shower” hoax. “I was in Russia years ago with the Miss Universe contest which did very well, the Moscow area. It did very, very well. And I told many people be careful because you don’t want to see yourself on television. There’s cameras all over. Does anyone really
Almost minutes after President Barack Obama concluded his farewell address Tuesday night, CNN jumped into whining about not being able to hear such deep speech from President-elect Donald Trump. “Also as we think about the next president about to take office, I mean, their speaking styles could not possibly be any more different,” noted moderator, Anderson Cooper, as unseen members of his panel laughed. “We’re not going to be hearing a speech LIKE THIS from a sitting president for the next four or eight years,” he continued to bemoan, as CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash chimed in to glorify
(Video) One of Chuck Todd‘s big takeaways from President-elect Donald Trump‘s press conference today was just “how normal a circus is now to us.” “This was a circus,” he said on MSNBC earlier this afternoon. “We’ve never seen a president-elect, a transition, like we saw today.” Todd described it as the apparent normalization of a “crazy scene,” but a scene that worked well in Trump’s favor. He noted how it’s environments like this wherein Trump can thrive and make the press look “disjointed,” and so he should want to hold pressers more often. Watch above,
Barbra Streisand is standing with Meryl Streep, who used her acceptance speech at Sunday´s Golden Globe Awards to criticize Donald Trump for lacking empathy and infamously mocking a disabled reporter in 2015. A day after Streep delivered her blistering rebuke of the president-elect, Streisand called in to Hardball With Chris Matthews and expressed her solidarity. I thought that [Streep] said what she said beautifully, Streisand remarked. Regarding Trump´s ridiculing of journalist Serge F. Kovaleski 14 months ago, Streisand added, I completely agree with Meryl. It was a heartbreaking moment and so beneath the dignity of the presidency, let alone any respectful person. What we need more in this world
Senator John McCain passed documents to the FBI director, James Comey, last month alleging secret contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow and that Russian intelligence had personally compromising material on the president-elect himself. The material, which has been seen by the Guardian, is a series of reports on Trump’s relationship with Moscow. They were drawn up by a former western counter-intelligence official, now working as a private consultant. BuzzFeed on Tuesday published the documents, which it said were “unverified and potentially unverifiable”.
Sworn Donald Trump enemy John McCain admitted Wednesday that he passed the dossier of claims of a Russian blackmail plot against the president-elect. The Arizona senator issued a public statement amid mounting questions of his exact role in the affair - and how a document riddled with errors and unverifiable claims came to be published. ´Late last year, I received sensitive information that has since been made public,´ he said. ´Upon examination of the contents, and unable to make a judgment about their accuracy, I delivered the information to the Director of the FBI. ´That has been the extent of
President Obama, as he concluded his farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday, called the U.S. Constitution “just a piece of parchment." “Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift,” said Obama. “But it’s really just a piece of parchment.” “It has no power on its own,” he went on. “We the people give it power. We the people give it meaning with our participation and with the choices that we make and the alliances that we forge…” He later said that as he steps down from the presidency, he plans to play an active role in "the most important office in a democracy: citizen."
Hillary Clinton’s political career is probably over, but just because she lost the presidential election to Donald Trump doesn’t mean she wasn’t prepared to win. Axios reporter Mike Allen has revealed Hillary’s list of prospective nominees for important cabinet posts in her administration, and it includes a number of interesting choices. John Podesta, her campaign chairman who accidentally exposed his entire email account to Russian hackers, was listed as the frontrunner to be Hillary Clinton’s secretary of state. Vice President Joe Biden was reportedly also being considered for the position. Facebook executive and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg was in
So the website BuzzFeed decided to publish a series of memos that have been floating around for months alleging all kinds of terrible things about Donald Trump. Some of those terrible allegations have to do with efforts to influence the American elections and Trump. Some of them have to do with Trump’s personal sexual conduct. Readers of this newspaper know well not to include me among Trump’s supporters. But the scurrilousness of what BuzzFeed has done here is so beyond the bounds of what is even remotely acceptable it should compel even those most outraged by Trump’s political excesses to come to
The saga over alleged Russian interference in the U.S. elections took another sinister turn Tuesday, as it was revealed that U.S. intelligence officials provided President-elect Donald Trump with a charge that the Russians had obtained dirt on him. U.S. officials included a two-page synopsis of ´kompromat´ – Russian for compromising material – as part of their security briefing of Trump on Friday. The material was based on memos compiled by a British intelligence operative who was considered ´credible´ by the U.S. intelligence community, CNN reported. What is believed to be the document itself was published by Buzzfeed, which pointed out