Violation of Law? Possibly. Violation of Trust? Absolutely. Violation of Human Decency? Inarguably.
Ivanka Trump is the face of the newest Trump Tower, a 57-story complex in Manila, the Philippines. Now that the First Daughter is officially an Assistant to the President, her promoting a private enterprise is receiving backlash, and may be a violation of law. But it gets worse. Even though the Trump Organization does not own the building â€“ they are making millions from licensing their nameÂ â€“ President Donald Trump on Saturday called the President of theÂ Philippines, and invited him to the White House.Â President Rodrigo Duterte is a dictator who has reportedly called himselfÂ a one man â€œdeath squad,â€ and is allegedly responsible for thousands of deaths.Â An invitation to the White House is being seen as a tacit endorsement of human rights abuses and extrajudicial killing.
Assistant to POTUS models in an ad for POTUS’s new Tower in Manila. President of Philippines just got WH invite. pic.twitter.com/zEDxTkGN17
â€” Peter Brack (@peterbrack) May 1, 2017
The combination of a Trump family member who works in the White House promoting a Trump branded product while President Trump hobnobs with that country’s murderous tyrant is too much for many, especially human rights organizations and activists, who are outraged.
But if that level of apparent corruption isn’t enough, add this to the mix.
PresidentÂ Duterte just “appointed the chairmanÂ of the company developing the tower, Jose E. B. Antonio, as an envoy to Washington for trade, investment and economic affairs,” The New York Times reports.
There’s no way for the White House to put a positive spin on this level of corruption and the President thumbing his nose at the American people and the world.
Duterte, in addition to having bragged about killing his own people, last year caused an internationalÂ incident when he called President Barack Obama a a crude homophobic slur and theÂ “son of a whore.”Â
â€œIf you are doing an illegal activity in my city, if you are a criminal or part of a syndicate that preys on the innocent people of the city, for as long as I am the mayor, you are a legitimate target of assassination,â€ he said in 2009. That same 2014 article reported, “The mayor has long been linked to the so-called Davao Death Squad, a vigilante outfit responsible for the execution of drug traffickers, petty criminals, gang members and other lawless elements.Â More than 700 people went missing between 2005 and 2008, presumed killed by the squad.
TIME magazine last summer reported onÂ Duterte:
â€œAll of you who are into drugs, you sons of bitches, I will really kill you,â€ heÂ saidÂ before his election, in April. A month later, when he was President-elect, DuterteÂ offered medalsÂ and cash rewards for citizens that shot dealers dead.
â€œDo your duty, and if in the process you kill 1,000 persons because you were doing your duty, I will protect you,â€ he told police officers on July 1, the day after his inauguration. He was speaking at a ceremony installing dela Rosa, his loyal henchman, as the nation’s top cop.
â€œIf you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful,â€ he wasÂ quoted as sayingÂ to another crowd that day.
This is the man President Trump invited into the White House, in what is described as a “warm” conversation.
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‘Cat Is Out of the Bag’: Trump Supporter Byron York Breaks Ranks – Says GOP Must Now Allow Bolton Impeachment Testimony
The Washington Examiner‘s Byron York has long been sympathetic to President Donald Trump. He has repeatedly defended the president’s conduct in Ukraine and attacked the Democratic case. Just a week ago, he penned a column criticizing the idea that Trump has been less cooperative in the impeachment trial than President Bill Clinton. And in particular, he has opposed Democratic demands for former National Security Adviser John Bolton to be called to testify against the president, saying, “if anything is covered by executive privilege, it would be the president’s private conversations with his national security adviser about issues of foreign policy and national security.”
But now, with The New York Times reporting that Bolton has alleged in his book that the president told him he was imposing a quid pro quo on Ukraine for military aid, York has changed his tune — and tweeted on Monday that the public must see Bolton’s testimony:
Much talk about WH claims of privilege if Bolton testifies. But Bolton has already changed the game. He has put down his account on paper. That written account has circulated. Cat is out of the bag. Public needs to see it now.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) January 27, 2020
Bolton’s allegation creates a number of new problems for the president and his defenders in Congress. In addition to weakening claims to executive privilege, it also blew up Senate Republicans’ talking point that none of the witnesses Democrats are demanding had actual knowledge of the Ukraine scheme’s motivation.
Though York has changed his mind, it remains to be seen what Senate Republicans will do.
GOP Senators ‘Feel Blindsided’ Administration Had Bombshell Bolton Book and Didn’t Tell Them – Experts Call It a ‘Cover Up’
Republican Senators are angry and “feel blindsided” the White House did not tell them it had a draft copy of John Bolton’s upcoming book before they defended President Trump’s lies that he did not extort Ukraine. The New York Times late Sunday revealed it had obtained the unpublished manuscript in which Bolton writes that in August Trump told him he wanted to continue to withhold aid from Ukraine until they agreed to manufacture “dirt” on Joe Biden and Hunter Biden.
One fo the authors of that NY Times article, Maggie Haberman, Monday added to her reporting, via Twitter:
Per sources, some GOP senators privately pushing White House for information on who at administration had visibility into the manuscript over the last month. Senators feel blindsided.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 27, 2020
But many are convinced that Republican Senators had to have known that Trump was lying about his “perfect call” with Ukraine President Zelensky, as they lied for him.
And some experts are pointing to Haberman’s tweet and doubting they didn’t know – and accusing the lawmakers and Trump of engaging in a “cover up.”
If any R’s are looking for cover – an excuse (not that they need one) to break ranks & end Trump’s cover up, they’ve got it now. It’s likely the last chance to put country over party & save the republic. That there is so little hope this can happen is Trump’s chief accomplishment https://t.co/aApO8qpIZo
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) January 27, 2020
Understand why this is important: GOP Senators (and even House) have staked their careers on a defense story that the White House encouraged. Now they look like they were part of the cover up.
They were betting Trump had all this nailed down better. https://t.co/3YHMV9XPlH
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) January 27, 2020
“How do you expect us to assist in your cover up if you don’t tell us what we’re supposed to be covering up?” 🙄 https://t.co/yGO1oUmjbK
— scary lawyerguy (@scarylawyerguy) January 27, 2020
Senate GOP outraged that they weren’t more closely kept in the loop on coverup. https://t.co/93JWicXVq0
— Michael Czin (@MikeCzin) January 27, 2020
‘Cool Story Bro’: Trump’s Latest Bolton Lie Sinks Like Lead Balloon as Americans Grow Tired of President’s Perjury
President Donald Trump kicked off the week with a lie about John Bolton. Sunday night The New York Times revealed the manuscript of the President’s former National Security Advisor’s upcoming book includes the bombshell that Trump told Bolton in August he wanted to continue to withhold nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine until that country agreed to manufacture dirt on Joe Biden.
Monday morning Trump tweeted his latest lie, claiming the House “never” asked Bolton to testify, and claiming the Senate had no right or responsibility to get testimony from his former advisor. Both are lies. The House asked, but Trump ordered Bolton to not testify.
The Democrat controlled House never even asked John Bolton to testify. It is up to them, not up to the Senate!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2020
And Americans know Trump is lying.
Judging from Trump’s Twitter feed over the past 8 hours, he’s totally freaked by the news about John Bolton’s book.
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) January 27, 2020
FACT CHECK- This is just another Trump lie: House Democrats summoned John Bolton to testify in October – He said no unless ordered by a court. https://t.co/JnOIEFlpbJ
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) January 27, 2020
fact check: yes they did, and Bolton replied that he would only testify once a challenged subpoena worked its way through the court system. no one had time to wait months for that to happen, but cool story bro, I can’t wait for your nitwit worshipers to scream at me about it
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) January 27, 2020
They asked several times — you blocked him from testifying.
But thanks for giving this more attention.
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) January 27, 2020
You just shifted from ‘I never did this’ to ‘they never asked for the truth.’ It has never been more entertaining to watch a trapped rat.
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) January 27, 2020
Ok that’s another lie🙄 https://t.co/SP82j26Abf
— Samantha (@sammiecoop27) January 27, 2020
— Jed Shugerman (@jedshug) January 27, 2020
This is a lie. https://t.co/HqETkoOZ37
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) January 27, 2020
“We regret Mr. Bolton’s decision not to appear voluntarily, but we have no interest in allowing the administration to play rope-a-dope with us in the courts for months. Rather, WH instruction that he not appear will add to the evidence of the President’s obstruction of Congress.” https://t.co/BSvCn8HDK6
— toddr (@todtalks) January 27, 2020
Sir, impeachment is forever, and so is John Bolton‘s testimony. Unlike you, he will speak under oath because he’s not afraid of the truth. Now would be a good time to resign, but hopefully you can still negotiate a pardon from President Pence. Enjoy!
— Jennifer Taub (@jentaub) January 27, 2020
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