Son-in-Law Jared Kushner Also Attended
President-elect Donald Trump has ignored every warning, every voice raised over his offensive and unacceptable decisions, such as awarding his campaign CEO a position as a top White House strategist and senior aide, and requesting top secret security clearance for his son-in-law Jared Kushner. Now, one more assault on acceptable protocol and norms.
Ivanka Trump attended her father’s 90-minute meeting with the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, President-elect Trump’s first official meeting with a foreign head of state.Â
Ivanka Trump sat in on her father’s meeting today with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, per handout photo pic.twitter.com/tEbfYYeJFA
â€” Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) November 18, 2016
As did Jared Kushner, Ivanka’s husband and the man Trump is trying to get top secret security clearance for:
â€” Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) November 18, 2016
Usually that meeting would have been with the Prime Minister of England, so Trump has already thumbed his nose at convention and offended the British, but to have his daughterÂ â€“ who has zero foreign policy experience or expertise, and zero security clearance, is wholly unacceptable.
Journalists, political wonks, and others on Twitter right now are freaking out that the meeting included the First Daughter-elect, after a photograph was leaked. It’s been tweeted many times but many reporters have deleted it after the Trump team told journalists there was to be no press allowed.
Note that Trump did not have a plan, does not know protocol or Japanese customs, does not know what negotiations are going on currently between the U.S. and Japan, and hasn’t even met with the Department of State yet.
This isn’t just winging it, this is dangerous.
Here’s what some on Twitter are saying:
â€” Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) November 18, 2016
there is literally zero reason for Ivanka Trump to be sitting in on meetings with heads of state other than her own personal benefit
â€” Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) November 18, 2016
This is a very important photo. Trump is supposed to be separating his presidency from his business interests. Ivanka will run the business. https://t.co/D3eGYsE7if
â€” Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) November 18, 2016
Meanwhile, Ivanka Trump, who is allegedly going to be running her dad’s businesses in a blind trust, is sitting in on diplomatic meetings: https://t.co/4Sxk8TxZru
â€” Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) November 18, 2016
Ivanka Trump, responsible for running Trump businesses, sits in on meeting with a foreign power. Conflict of interest is an understatement. https://t.co/XcpETIXydY
â€” Matt Ortega (@MattOrtega) November 18, 2016
Instead of bringing a foreign service expert on Japan, he brought Ivanka. https://t.co/OvazlhnWvE
â€” Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) November 18, 2016
Oh hey look it’s Ivanka who’s going to be running the family business sitting in https://t.co/GJSb5UxJ2U
â€” Eddie Vale (@evale72) November 18, 2016
â€” Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) November 18, 2016
â€” TheTruthHurts (@pnutbella) November 18, 2016
â€” Mother Jones (@MotherJones) November 18, 2016
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‘Very Bad News for Chauvin’: Legal Expert Weighs in on Jurors Having Reached a Verdict So Quickly in Murder Trial
Jurors have reached a verdict, less than 24 hours after the trial of Derek Chauvin concluded. Chauvin is charged with the killing of George Floyd, and faces three charges.
The verdict is expected to be announced in about an hour.
Former federal prosecutor Renatto Marioitti says this is “very bad news for Chauvin.”
This is very bad news for Chauvin.
It is hard to believe that the jury could come back with a "not guilty" verdict this quickly, if ever, and his team had to be hoping for a hung jury. https://t.co/MgN6hgDMih
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) April 20, 2021
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McEnany Lectures Biden: ‘It’s the Role of the President of the United States to Stay Back, to Not Inflame’
Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Tuesday blasted President Joe Biden for speaking out about the Derek Chauvin trial even though her former boss, Donald Trump, often expressed his opinion on similar events.
After the sequestered jury began its deliberations in the Chauvin trial, Biden told reporters that he was praying for the “right verdict.”
McEnany, in her role as Fox News host, criticized the current president.
“I’m glad that he at least waited until the jury was sequestered,” McEnany ranted. “But I think that the country is such a tinderbox right now, especially Minneapolis. There’s so much hurt, so much pain.”
And I think it’s the role of the president of the United States to stay back, to not inflame the tensions,” she added. “I think he should have just reserved comment and said he’s praying for the family as we all are.”
As president, Trump often weighed in on legal matters and controversial events.
After Kyle Rittenhouse was charged with homicide for shootings that left two protesters in Wisconsin dead last August, Trump offered a defense of the suspect.
“He was trying to get away from them, I guess, it looks like,” Trump opined at the time. “I guess he was in very big trouble. He probably would have been killed.”
Watch the video below from Fox News.
Republicans Planning to Force Censure Vote Against Maxine Waters – Here’s How It Could Backfire: Report
Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is set on forcing a vote in the House on his resolution to censure Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). There’s little chance it will pass, and Democrats might be able to block it before he’s able to force a vote, but regardless it very easily could backfire against them, according to Politico.
Republicans in the House and Senate are claiming to be furious after Waters went to Minnesota to talk with Black Lives Matter protestors and told them if former police officer Derek Chauvin is not found guilty of killing George Floyd they must “stay on the street” and become “more confrontational.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is falsely claiming Waters is inciting violence, and she’s moving to expel the California Democrat, which also will not happen.
Others, like House Republican Minority Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday falsely claimed Waters was “trying to incite violence and, in fact, there is violence going on right now in Minnesota because of her actions.”
Republicans are trying to inflate Waters’ comments and use them against Democrats. The National Republican Congressional Committee “is already planning to use this vote to tie moderate Democrats to Waters, according to spokesman Michael Mcadams,” Politico reports.
Politico says if Republicans go ahead with this plan it “could also trigger Democratic action as well.”
Many House Democrats are still furious about the January 6 insurrection, and that they’re forced to work “alongside apologists to an insurrection.”
“Tensions remain high in the House after Jan. 6, with Democrats privately lamenting that they’re working alongside apologists to an insurrection. Democratic leadership has privately worked to persuade many of these frustrated members to hold back on forcing votes rebuking their GOP colleagues to try to lower the temperature in Washington. They may be less restrained after the GOP-led vote on Waters.”
Democrats could force action against some of the extremists, or resuscitate what had appeared to be an all-but-dead January 6 House Commission, something Speaker Pelosi just brought up again, as did a New York Times editorial board member.
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