President Emmanuel Macron’s French government’s appeared to subtly mock President Donald Trump for his tweet several hours ago telling firefighters what to do to put the horrific fire that has destroyed the historic Notre-Dame cathedral, Notre-Dame de Paris.
“So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!” Trump tweeted at 1:39 PM ET.
The president’s tweet was not well received in the U.S. or in France.
Here in America, many responded critically:
You have no idea what the situation on the ground is or any of the special considerations/challenges involved in fighting a fire in this particular location/in such an historic structure. SHAME on you. #NotreDameCathedral
— (((John M. Becker))) (@freedom2marry) April 15, 2019
How disgustingly tone-deaf and embarrassing for the President of the United States to be publicly armchair quarterbacking a horrible national tragedy in another country at all, let alone in real time as it occurs. #NotreDameCathedral
— (((John M. Becker))) (@freedom2marry) April 15, 2019
Flying water tankers. This guy is a massive tool.
— Mark Zustovich (@markzustovich) April 15, 2019
A few hours later, Sécurité Civile Fr, the official account of the French General Directorate for Civil Security and Crisis Management threw shade at the American President’s ignorant and unwelcome tweet, and did so in English:
Hundreds of firemen of the Paris Fire Brigade are doing everything they can to bring the terrible #NotreDame fire under control. All means are being used, except for water-bombing aircrafts which, if used, could lead to the collapse of the entire structure of the cathedral.
— Sécurité Civile Fr (@SecCivileFrance) April 15, 2019
The French Ministry of the Interior posted these images:
— Ministère de l’Intérieur (@Place_Beauvau) April 15, 2019
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State Dept. Official Testified Sondland Spoke Graphically to Trump Telling Him Zelensky Would Do ‘Anything You Ask’
Congress will hear first-hand testimony of President Donald Trump’s involvement in the Ukraine scandal.
“David Holmes, the state department aide who overheard President Donald Trump’s conversation with the US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, said that Sondland told Trump that the Ukranian President would do ‘anything you ask him to,’ and that he confirmed the Ukrainians were going to ‘do the investigation,’” CNN reported Friday.
“”Sondland told Trump that (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky ‘loves your ass,’” Holmes testified. “I then heard President Trump ask, ‘So, he’s gonna do the investigation?’ Ambassador Sondland replied that ‘he’s gonna do it,’ adding that President Zelensky will do ‘anything you ask him to.’”
“While Ambassador Sondland’s phone was not on speakerphone, I could hear the President’s voice through the earpiece of the phone. The President’s voice was very loud and recognizable, and Ambassador Sondland held the phone away from his ear for a period of time, presumably because of the loud volume,” Holmes testified.
CNN also reported, “Holmes also confirmed Taylor’s testimony about the President’s thoughts on Ukraine, saying he asked Sondland ‘if it was true that the President did not ‘give a sh*t about Ukraine.’”
Holmes opening was also obtained by The New York Times.
“The official, David Holmes, testified privately that he was at a restaurant in Ukraine’s capital when he heard Mr. Trump during a cellphone call loudly asking Gordon D. Sondland, the American ambassador to the European Union, if Ukraine’s president had agreed to conduct investigations into his political rivals. Mr. Sondland, who was in Kiev for meetings with top Ukrainian officials at the time, replied in the affirmative,” The Times reported.
“Mr. Sondland did not mention the episode to investigators last month when he answered their questions in private. He will almost certainly be asked about it next week when he appears for public testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. He has already revised his initial testimony once, admitting to the panel last week that he told a top Ukrainian official that the country would probably not receive a package of nearly $400 million in security assistance unless it committed publicly to the investigations Mr. Trump sought,” the newspaper noted.
The details of the exchange are vivid.
“Mr. Holmes described sitting at a table in the restaurant with Mr. Sondland when the president called. The president was speaking so loudly, he said, that Mr. Sondland held the phone away from his ear and Mr. Holmes and others could hear Mr. Trump’s voice,” The Times reported.
READ: White House Finally Releases Highly-Edited Summary of Trump’s First Call in April With Ukraine President
The White House, days after President Donald Trump promised, has finally released what appears to be a highly-edited call summary of Trump’s first call with Ukraine President Zelensky. The document clearly states it is “not a verbatim transcript,” and indeed, took the White House three days longer than originally planned to release the document.
The call, according to the document, lasted 16 minutes, yet spans just three short pages.
It appears to have been released in conjunction with the start of the House’s second open impeachment testimony hearing.
Read it below.
As with the July 25 call memo, this also says “not a verbatim transcript” https://t.co/davVtBmu8E
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) November 15, 2019
Trump Officially Petitions Supreme Court to Block Subpoena Ordering His Tax Returns Handed Over
In what could become a landmark and historic case President Donald Trump’s personal attorney officially petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to block a subpoena ordering his tax returns and financial records to be handed over. Should the Supreme Court accept the case, it could determine if presidents hold blanket criminal immunity while in office.
“If the justices agree to consider the case, it will pave the way for a landmark dispute over the reach of presidential immunity in the midst of the 2020 presidential campaign and a historic impeachment battle in Congress,” CNBC reports.
The subpoena comes from New York prosecutors investigating if Trump’s alleged hush money payoffs were illegal.
The filing by the president’s private lawyers represents a historical moment that tests the court’s independence and highlights the Constitution’s separation-of-powers design,” The Washington Post adds.
The Court could also refuse to hear the case.
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.
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