WASHINGTON — Cementing her role as a powerful White House influence, Ivanka Trump is working out of a West Wing office and will get access to classified information, though she is not technically serving as a government employee, according to an attorney for the first daughter. Since President Donald Trump took office, his eldest daughter has been a visible presence in the White House, where her husband, Jared Kushner, already serves as a senior adviser. On Friday, she participated in a meeting on vocational training with the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Jamie Gorelick, an attorney and ethics adviser
Comments: That´s good, as Angela Merkel gave her the ´what´s she doing here?´ sideways look. But - Jamie Gorelick??
What?? This is pure insanity!! Gorelick pretending to be an ethics adviser is just stunning. And the fact that she is Kushner´s lawyer makes it even more of a horror show. If this this wasn´t so dangeorus it would be funny.
This gives me a really, really bad feeling. Ivanka may be a verybright and a successful business woman, but she and her husband could be wreaking real havoc on the Trump presidency. Any proposals from those two have been nothing left wing garbage like climate change and child care. This is way beyond disturbing!
Ivanka and her hubby Jared are known as liberals who want to advance the Climate Change agenda. So its not such a big surprise that they might like a liberal attorney like Jamie (the Wall) Gorelick (who helped cause 9-11). Liberalism really speaks to ´feelings´, not to ´reason´. So it probably ´feels´ like a good fit for them.
Ivanka has weaseled her way front and center from the moment her father became a candidate. She and her husband have no business in DC. They need to return to NYC and their liberal interests and friends. I don´t trust Ivanka nor like her operating style.
Gorelick is a traitorous, klintoon stooge, AND more toxic than Plutonium. If Ivanka associates with her, she is dead to me. I will no longer trust her, and am starting to have doubts about President Trump. Doesn´t he ever read anything older than last week...or longer than 44 characters?
Gorelick should be persona non grata in this country after the revelations concerning her work after 9/11. The fact that New Yorkers like the Kushners can so easily have anything to do with her is very disturbing. Gorelicks betrayal should not be ignored regardless of her ability. Her judgment and integrity will always be an issue for many Americans. Jared and Ivanka would be better served to have stayed in New York. Personally, I would like to see more of Melania and less of Ivanka.
Many here seem not to have noticed - but when we voted for Trump, we were indeed voting for Ivanka as well. She and he have always been joined at the hip, if you´ll recall ´The Apprentice´ and her prominent role there as a sort of advisor to her father.
The reason I said I was glad she is officially joining the staff is that it might as well be made official because she is always there doing her thing anyway. She might be helpful as a buffer. But I agree with the poster who said he would actually prefer seeing less of her and more of the First Lady in the White House, so I look forward to that.
The words “The Middle East” and “optimism” are not routinely paired. But who would know that, given the reactions of the region’s leaders to President Trump’s recent trip? “A turning point,” said Saudi Arabia’s King Salman. “The reassertion of American leadership in the Middle East,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Capable of doing the impossible,” said Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi about Trump’s impact. [snip] Sissi’s use of the word “impossible” was understandable. The optics in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where Trump gave his principal address, might have seemed implausible even a few weeks ago. But it happened: The rulers of 50 Arab nations gathered in
Bozeman, Montana - Republican Greg Gianforte has won the special election for Montana´s open US House seat, CNN projects, defeating Democrat Rob Quist and capping off a whirlwind final 36 hours of the campaign that saw Gianforte being charged for allegedly assaulting a reporter. With 83% of precincts reporting, Gianforte had 171,149 votes -- or 50.3% of the vote, compared to Quist who has 149,138 votes, 43.9% of the vote, according to Edison Research. Gianforte was considered the favorite heading into Thursday´s election to fill the seat once held by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, but that was before he allegedly "body-slammed" a
News that White House adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner is under scrutiny in the FBI’s Russia probe comes almost two months after chief strategist Steve Bannon expressed concern that Kushner’s meetings with Russian officials could harm Trump’s presidency. Multiple news outlets reported Thursday evening that the FBI is looking into Kushner’s meetings with Russian officials after the election as part of the probe into Russian election meddling. Although Kushner has not been accused of any wrongdoing, the news appears to vindicate Bannon’s concerns that Kushner’s meetings would be a major distraction for the Trump White House. The New York Times reported
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Article 5 mutual defense pact, stating that an attack on one is attack on all, lies at the heart of the alliance’s deterrence power against enemies hostile to the West, namely Russia. On Thursday, President Trump left the question of America’s long-standing commitment to Article 5 open to speculation and doubt. In a speech delivered at a so-called ceremony of “remembrance” and “resolve,” Trump refused to explicitly reassert the U.S. commitment to the mutual defense of NATO partners. As The Washington Post´s Karen Attiah points out, such an omission is unprecedented. "But alas, Trump
On Thursday, President Donald Trump addressed the NATO leaders from 28 countries at the alliance´s headquarters in Brussels. Before giving a hard-line speech in which he called out NATO leaders to pay their pledged share of two percent GDP toward defense, the president appeared to push aside a prime minister to get to the front of the group. [snip] In the video clip seen below, President Trump pushes back Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, patting him on the stomach, and moving to his place at the front of the group. Prime Minister Markovic can be seen grinning during the interaction. Watch: [video] Here´s
President Trump vowed on Thursday to investigate "alleged leaks" just hours after the United Kingdom said it had stopped sharing intelligence with the U.S. related to the Manchester terror attack, over fears that information might also be leaked. "The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling," Trump said in a statement circulated by the White House. "These leaks have been going on for a long time and my administration will get to the bottom of this." "I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and if
Do you want to hear a truly insane conspiracy theory? It’s a theory with almost as many moving parts as LBJ’s alleged mob hit on John F. Kennedy. Multiple agencies involving hundreds of separate government actors are working together, you see, to deceive the American people, advance false narratives, and bring down a president. It’s the world’s greatest con, and Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich, and Geraldo Rivera are the only ones brave enough to ask the right questions. They’re the only ones bold enough to confront the fake-news media, to do the hard work of investigative journalism, and bring the
Washington -The ever-growing book of weird handshakes involving President Donald Trump has a new chapter! On Thursday in Brussels -- ahead of a NATO summit -- Trump and newly-elected French president Emmanuel Macron sat down for a talk and a handshake. And what a handshake it was! Watch! [video] Here´s how pool reporter Phillip Rucker of The Washington Post, who was in the room, described it: "They shook hands for an extended period of time. Each president gripped the other´s hand with considerable intensity, their knuckles turning white and their jaws clenching and faces tightening." Steve Holland, who covers the White House for Reuters, tweeted
U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron barely know each other but they seemed to have a hard time letting go when they first met on Thursday. Each man gripped each other´s right hand so firmly that their knuckles turned white and their jaws seemed to clench. Images from the photo session at the U.S. ambassador´s residence in Brussels showed Trump finally giving up, his fingers loosened while Macron is still holding on tightly. Macron´s determination may be a lesson for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who on a recent visit to the Oval Office tried and failed to get Trump to
A U.S. Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, the first such challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since U.S. President Donald Trump took office. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS Dewey traveled close to the Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors. China said its warships had warned the U.S. ship and it lodged "stern representations" with the United States. China said
PALM BEACH, Fla. By now you’re exhausted by all the head-swiveling news — the terrorist slaughter in Manchester; the president’s trip to Everywhere; and investigation upon investigation of the possible collusion with Russia, obstruction of justice and liars by the dozen. Which is why I’m sitting in Palm Beach, Fla., practicing Lilly Pulitzer’s dictum: “Being happy never goes out of style.” [ads] Also, President Trump is not here, which seems to please everyone given that his frequent forays to his “southern White House” have meant nothing but roadblocks, impenetrable traffic and lousy retail sales. The otherworldliness of the nation’s most
Greg Gianforte is the Republican candidate in the Montana congressional district (an at-large one) formerly represented by Ryan Zinke, now the Secretary of Interior. The Democrats are running country music singer Rob Quist. The Democrats have been cautiously optimistic about winning this race, though they face an uphill battle in a district (coextensive with a state) Donald Trump carried by about 20 percentage points. For their part, Republicans have viewed the race as closer than it should be. The Dems are probably more optimistic now that Gianforte has been accused of body-slamming a reporter. The reporter is Ben Jacobs of
Barack Obama received a rock-star welcome in Berlin as he appeared at a public debate Thursday with Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom he praised as one of his ´favorite partners´ during his presidency. Obama´s trip comes at the same time President Trump is making his inaugural excursion to Europe as president, visiting the European Union today. Security was tight in front of the German capital´s iconic Brandenburg Gate, where Obama and Merkel appeared on a podium before thousands of people attending a gathering marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Police helicopters patrolled the skies and snipers with balaclavas watched the scene
The Democrat who took to the House floor to call for President Trump´s impeachment said he is moving forward in the process. Congressman Al Green (D-Texas) said on C-SPAN that every member of Congress has the right to draft articles of impeachment. He said such documents must be heard during official House business within two days. "I am currently crafting - drafting if you will - articles of impeachment," Green said. Green said Trump committed obstruction of justice by firing FBI Director James Comey in the midst of the Russia investigation. He added that Trump further incriminated himself by tweeting "intimidating
The Republican candidate for Montana’s congressional seat has been charged with misdemeanor assault after he is alleged to have slammed a Guardian reporter to the floor on the eve of the state’s special election, breaking his glasses and shouting, “Get the hell out of here.” Ben Jacobs, a Guardian political reporter, was asking Greg Gianforte, a tech millionaire endorsed by Donald Trump, about the Republican healthcare plan when the candidate allegedly “body-slammed” the reporter. GOP candidate Greg Gianforte has financial ties to US-sanctioned Russian companies Read more “He took me to the ground,” Jacobs said by phone from the back of an ambulance. “I
Pop megastar Katy Perry made an impassioned plea for people to “co-exist” and said that “barriers” or “borders” could detract from that goal in an interview following the terrorist bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, U.K. on Monday night that claimed the lives of at least 22 people and injured dozens of others. (Snip) “Whatever we say behind people’s backs, the Internet can be a little bit ruthless as far as fan bases go but I think that the greatest thing we can do is just unite and love on each other,” Perry said, adding, “No barriers, no
Guilt by association. That’s what Andrea Mitchell believes. Despite the fact that Donald Trump is on another continent, the Andrea Mitchell Reports anchor thinks that the assault against a journalist by a Montana congressional candidate is an “extension” of the President. Talking about Greg Gianforte’s attack on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, the MSNBC host connected, “There is so much hostility, frankly, to the press, a lot of it generated by the Donald Trump rallies.” Mitchell declared, “And a lot of my colleagues faced the blowback from that. So, this is kind of an extension of that.” MSNBC has pretty much
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Thursday that he won’t be voting for the president’s budget plan because of the cuts it makes to foreign aid for U.S. allies like Jordan that could jeopardize the war on terror. “For eight years, President Obama presented a budget, which was a proposal, and got zero votes in the United States Senate or the United States House. It’s fair to say we’re going to continue that trend,” Graham said, laughing. “You might get one, but it won’t be mine, and let me tell you why.” First, Graham
Talk to anyone who has tried to run a business and ask them how hard it is. I can speak from experience when I tell you that it isn´t easy. Long hours, sleepless nights, and concerns you never even thought about as an employee are the norm. Add in the fact that you get paid last, which can mean some very lean times, and the challenges of owning a business become rather obvious. Now, you may also have to consider the idea that Social Justice Warriors think you have the wrong DNA for your line of work, because they´re horrible. Bad link repaired*
Melania Trump proved herself to be just as unpredictable as her famous husband on Wednesday afternoon, with the First Lady photographed holding President Trump´s hand twice in public. The infrequently affectionate couple was taking a tour of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City when a photographer managed to get a picture of the two staring up at Michelangelo´s famed painted ceiling while holdings hands. The President and First Lady were then back at it again moments later when it was time for the family photo, in which the two stood next to Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner for a picture
After a two decade run, is the end of Sean Hannity’s Fox News Channel program near? Based on unusually strong hints from the host himself, the answer appears to be yes. Under internal pressure over his pursuit of the truth behind the Seth Rich story, network suits are apparently closing in on one of the network’s remaining conservative holdouts. Please ask staff permission to post this site.
The Obama administration allowed at least 16 teenage foreigners into the United States even though it knew they were members of the so-called ´MS-13´ gang, according to a Republican senator. Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin who heads the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said internal documents showed that the teenagers were sent to juvenile homes across the US, The Washington Times reported on Wednesday. Johnson said he received the documents from a whistleblower who obtained documents from Customs and Border Protection dated 2014. The documents include details about the 16 people who were caught crossing the border from Mexico.
Former President Barack Obama struggled over his failure to stop the brutal war in Syria as president, telling an audience that at least he tried. “As president I didn’t always have the tools I wanted to affect those changes, but at least we tried,” he said, referring to the conflict in Syria. Obama made his remarks during a panel conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, admitting that the two leaders were unsuccessful in stopping the conflict, “despite our best efforts.” He assured the audience that the atrocities in Syria “have haunted me since we first started seeing the
Angry at the IRS for its poor treatment of Americans? Then give the agency more money, Nina Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate told Congress on Tuesday. Just 40 percent of taxpayers who called to make payment arrangements were able to get through in the most recent tax filing season — and those that did manage to connect had to wait on average more than 45 minutes, said Ms. Olson, whose Office of the Taxpayer Advocate essentially functions as the public’s “voice” at the federal tax-collection agency. She said continual budget cuts from 2010 through 2016 ate into the IRS’s ability