Nauert has attacked the press, lied about the US voting against a death penalty resolution protecting LGBT people, and was apparently unaware North Korea “has the bomb.”
President Donald Trump reportedly has offered the position of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations to Heather Nauert, the current, and controversial, spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, Fox News reports. Nauert, should she accept and be confirmed by the Senate, would replace outgoing Ambassador and former Governor Nikki Haley.
Nauert’s time at State has been controversial. A Rex Tillerson appointee, Nauert has no actual diplomatic experience, foreign policy experience, or government experience, but she is a former “Fox & Friends” co-host.
Earlier this year Nauert touted America’s “strong relationship with the government of Germany” by citing the invasion of Normandy. The U.S. and Germany were on opposing sides in World War II, as MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow noted:
D-Day is not really the thing you want to cite when you’re talking about the strength of the relationship between the U.S. and Germany. pic.twitter.com/UOCoGY5bSH
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) June 7, 2018
Nauert last year apparently was unaware that North Korea, as former Obama-era Director of the Office of Government Ethics noted, “has the bomb.”
The same Heather Nauert who doesn’t know North Korea has the bomb? pic.twitter.com/USLl9u6sB5
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 1, 2018
And in June, Nauert earned a good dose of mockery after trying to attack CNN, President Trump’s favorite media target. She tweeted a photo of the president with a group of children, writing, Hey @cnn where was @Potus today?
Some, including a TIME political correspondent, reminded Nauert that the event was closed to the press, so they couldn’t cover it:
One possible explanation for lack of coverage of this event could be that it was closed to the press. https://t.co/eoOKyhVd0y
— Phil Elliott (@Philip_Elliott) June 11, 2018
But perhaps her most egregious offense took place last year in October, when Nauert lied about why the United States voted against a United Nations resolution that condemns the use of the death penalty for same-sex relations and other acts.
Nauert told reporters the U.S. voted against the resolution in part because it “called for the abolition of the death penalty altogether.”
That was absolutely false. The State Dept. also refused to respond to NCRM’s inquiry asking for an explanation.
Nauert was brought in under Trump-appointed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and earlier this year was also given the title Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.
While some in the Trump administration have praised Nauert’s diligence in juggling two jobs at once, considering she is ill-prepared for either, others elsewhere have been more objective.
“Some foreign policy experts and former State Department officials argue Nauert is ill-prepared to lead US efforts to thwart ISIS propaganda and Russian disinformation, guide state-run media on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, and oversee some 275 US embassies and consulates around the world,” a Business Insider report noted in August. “They say she simply doesn’t have the bandwidth to handle these significant responsibilities on top of her job as spokeswoman.”
Image by US Dept. of State via Flickr
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Bolsonaro: ‘I Drank Hydroxychloroquine and I’m Feeling Great’
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has reportedly contracted COVID-19 and says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine as a means to recovery. The 65-year-old confirmed the diagnosis to journalists on Tuesday as he arrived to his presidential palace.
After asking reporters to step aside, Bolsonaro removed his face mask. “See, I am fine. See you next week, God willing.”
— AS-Source News (@ASB_Breaking) July 7, 2020
Bolsonaro said he was suffering muscle aches, fatigue and a fever but otherwise felt “normal.” This is a man who, prior to his diagnosis, repeatedly referred to COVID-19 as “just a little flu” and said the media coverage of the pandemic was “hysteria.” He also said, “Life continues. But if the economy doesn’t work it will bring new forms of death and suicide.”
The Los Angeles Times reported that more than 65,000 Brazilians have died from COVID-19 — the second-highest death toll in the world after the United States. An additional 1.6 million people have tested positive for the virus in Brazil. Low levels of testing mean deaths and infections are likely much higher.
With his positive COVID-19 result, Bolsonaro now joins U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez. The latter two world leaders were hospitalized during treatment.
– Coletiva no Palácio do Alvorada – 07 JULHO de 2020. https://t.co/FCKPt1yh5l
— Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) July 7, 2020
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, who repeatedly played down the risks of Covid-19, has tested positive
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 7, 2020
#Bolsonaro: Covid-19 is just a little flu
— kj3ll0l (@Kj3ll0l) July 7, 2020
— #BlackLivesMatter Schaltjahr (@chiquitaflanke) July 7, 2020
#Bolsonaro (finally) acknowledged grave risk posed by a virus he'd dismissed as just a "little flu." "We know the fatality of the virus for those of a certain age, like me, above 65, and for those with comorbidities, diseases, other issues." ARE YOU THINKING WHAT I'M THINKING?
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) July 7, 2020
— TRJFF (@TRJFF) July 7, 2020
— Dwayne Walton (@23dwayne) July 7, 2020
Trump Shamefully Withdraws United States from World Health Organization During Pandemic
In an absolutely shameful move for Americans everywhere (whether they believe it right now or not), the Trump White House has announced its departure from the World Health Organization (WHO). The line was drawn in the proverbial sand on Tuesday, July 7.
“We have detailed the reforms that it [the WHO] must make and engaged with them directly, but they have refused to act,” Trump said.
According to The Hill, the United States contributes upwards of $400 million annually to the WHO — the group’s largest contributor — and public health experts have warned that a suspension of funds would severely damage the organization.
Following Trump’s ill-timed announcement, United States Senator Bob Menendez tweeted, “Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the U.S. from the WHO in the midst of a pandemic. To call Trump’s response to COVID chaotic & incoherent doesn’t do it justice. This won’t protect American lives or interests — it leaves Americans sick & America alone.”
Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the U.S. from the @WHO in the midst of a pandemic.
To call Trump’s response to COVID chaotic & incoherent doesn't do it justice. This won't protect American lives or interests—it leaves Americans sick & America alone.
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) July 7, 2020
“I disagree with the president’s decision,” Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said in a statement. “Certainly there needs to be a good, hard look at mistakes the World Health Organization might have made in connection with coronavirus, but the time to do that is after the crisis has been dealt with, not in the middle of it.”
“Withdrawing U.S. membership could, among other things, interfere with clinical trials that are essential to the development of vaccines, which citizens of the United States as well as others in the world need,” Alexander added.. “And withdrawing could make it harder to work with other countries to stop viruses before they get to the United States.”
It’s not the first time Trump has publicly denounced the WHO and it certainly won’t be his last. Trump said this past May that “China’s pattern of misconduct is well-known. For decades, they’ve ripped off the United States like no one has ever done before. Hundreds of billions of dollars per year were lost dealing with China, especially over the years during the prior administration. China raided our factories, off-shored our jobs, gutted our industries, stole our intellectual property and violated their commitments under the World Trade Organization.”
Although Trump has put the plan in motion to extricate America from the WHO, there may still be a long legal battle ahead if Congress challenges the decision in court since Congress already allocated funding for the WHO in its current spending bill.
119 days, America. The world is literally watching.
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) July 7, 2020
Trump just formally withdrew the United States from the World Health Organization. What a shameful moment.
— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) July 7, 2020
I will say it again. National unity. Global solidarity.
This is our only road out of this pandemic"-@DrTedros
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) July 7, 2020
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 7, 2020
Petty, short-sighted and criminally irresponsible. #WHO is the world body that coordinates the global response to the virus. Now, we’re not just alone in our ineptitude, we’re actually alone. https://t.co/EDpNYva29j
— Richard Stengel (@stengel) July 7, 2020
Leaving the #WHO is a monumentally stupid decision from a deathly incompetent administration. It undermines our efforts to get #Covid under control while locking us out of the main global body tracking & responding to the virus. https://t.co/jSs2S5c8XF
— Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) July 7, 2020
— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) July 7, 2020
— Prof. Dr. H. C. Vollmar (@hcvollmar) July 7, 2020
— Maalai Malar News (@maalaimalar) July 7, 2020
— Market Raptor (@swissraptor) July 7, 2020
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The explosive new tell-all book written by President Donald Trump’s niece about their family history alleges that the president only got into a good college because of a fraudulently obtained SAT score.
According to the New York Times, Mary Trump claims in her book that “as a high school student in Queens… Donald Trump paid someone to take a precollegiate test, the SAT, on his behalf.”
Mary Trump also claims that this fraudulent score helped him get into the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton business school, which the president often boasts about having attended.
The upcoming book, titled “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” paints a frightening portrait of how the president was groomed by his father to be ruthless and unsympathetic toward other people. Even though the Trump family has sued to stop the book’s publication, it is currently slated to release next week.
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