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May 29, 2018

Ivanka Trump Tweets Picture with her Son But Never Mentions The Over 1500 Immigrant Children Lost by Her Father's Government

Ivanka Trump faced the wrath of social media this holiday weekend after she tweeted a gauzy photograph of her cuddling with her youngest son amid reports that the United States government has lost track of 1,500 migrant children who entered the country at the Mexican border.
After sharing multiple photos of her “lunch date” with 2-year-old son Theodore on Instagram, Trump, 36, tweeted a picture of the pair sharing a hug on Sunday.
“My ! #SundayMorning” the mother of three captioned the photo.
Responding to Trump’s family-oriented social media share, MSNBC correspondent Joy Reid wrote, “You’d almost never know her father’s administration, to which she is an adviser, was brutally separating migrant children from their asylum-seeking parents and lost track of 1,5000 of them.”

Ivanka Trump
Ivanka Trump
Ivanka Trump Twitter
“Isn’t it [just the] best to snuggle your little ones — knowing exactly where they are, safe in your arms? It’s the best. The BEST. Right, Ivanka? Right?” added actor Patton Oswalt
Jim Carrey, who frequently expresses his opposition to the Trump administration through controversial portraits, shared his take on the situation alongside a searing picture of ICE agent separating an anguished mother from her screaming child.


1500 innocent children ripped from their mothers’ arms at our border. Lost in Trump’s “system”. Give us your tired, your poor, your huddle masses yearning to breathe free -- and we will torture them for wanting a better life. From Shining City to Evil Empire in under 500 days.
 “1500 innocent children ripped from their mothers’ arms at our border. Lost in Trump’s ‘system’. Give us your tired, your poor, your huddle masses yearning to breathe free — and we will torture them for wanting a better life. From Shining City to Evil Empire in under 500 days,” he captioned the artwork. 
Earlier this month, while speaking at the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies’ 2018 spring conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new “zero tolerance” policy regarding illegal immigration.
“If you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law,” Sessions said, apparently referring to the law that would separate children from a U.S.-citizen parent who is convicted and jailed. “We don’t want to separate families, but we don’t want families to enter the border illegally.”
Sessions’ comments came shortly after Steven Wagner, a top official with the Department of Health and Human Services, testified during a Senate committee hearing that the federal agency had lost track of 1,475 childrenwho had crossed the border without being accompanied by a parent, and had then been placed with sponsors.
Prior to his daughter’s controversial social media message, President Donald Trump tried to blame the “horrible law” on Democrats.
“Put pressure on the Democrats to end the horrible law,” he wrote on Saturday, adding, “we MUST continue building the WALL!”
But The Washington Post notes that there is no law specifically requiring the government to separate children from parents who enter the country illegally. 
It was the Trump administration that made the decision to refer anyone caught crossing the border illegally for federal prosecution — a policy that has already led to more children being separated from their parents at the border.
Echoing Trump’s comments, Florida Senator Marco Rubio told CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday that he would be open to changing the law, before noting that “the better law to change is to secure our border and to send a clear message that you cannot continue to enter the United States illegally,” The Hill reported. In response to the outrage over the lost children, there will be a rally in San Antonio, Texas, on Thursday

March 26, 2018

Charlotte Pence Tweets Indirect Mild Support For LGBT








“I have bought his book,” she told ITK Wednesday. “He’s giving proceeds of the book to charity, and we’re also giving proceeds of our book to charity, so I really think that we can all get behind it.” She continued, “I also want to support those charities — I really mean that.”
Then, she put her final stamp of approval on the cause, tweeting, “Happy to support charity and important causes,” with a link to an article announcing her purchase.


Happy to support charities and important causes πŸ‘πŸ» https://twitter.com/thehill/status/976574953012318209 
This is the first and only deviation the 24-year old has shown from her father’s views. Charlotte, who lives in Los Angeles, says she always wanted to be a writer growing up. Being a writer, living in Los Angeles, and supporting LGBTQ rights? Maybe Pence’s politics skew more moderate than her father’s, who has supported gay conversion therapy in the past, and was largely credited with starting an HIV outbreak in Indiana due to his public health funding cuts. 
Charlotte says she doesn’t “pay a ton of attention to the negativity” surrounding Washington. When asked how she deals with the criticism of her controversial, uber-conservative father, Pence said, “I think you just have to have the mindset that my parents have really taught me to have, which is while people may be critical of my dad, we live in a country where we have freedoms to speak out against our elected leaders.” She continued, “So whenever people protest, my dad always has this line, he says, ‘That’s what freedom looks like.’ And it’s really true.”
“At the end of the day, he’s still my dad, and my opinion of him is going to be good because I know him and I know his heart,” Charlotte added.
Oliver’s parody book has—somewhat unsurprisingly—outsold Pence’s. But according to Charlotte, it’s not over. Hinting at a sequel, she said, “Marlon I think definitely has some adventures up his sleeve, for sure.”
BY: JILL GUTOWITZ

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March 3, 2018

Qatar Denied Loan to The Kushner's and Pays For It by Having Saudis Come Against Them



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Image by Lia Kantrowitz, appeared on Vice 2017


Earlier this week it was learned that Jared Kushner’s family business received half a billion dollars in loans from a pair of financial institutions following meetings between senior executives and the First Son-in-Law in the White House. The optics weren’t great! An even worse look? The possibility that the boy prince launched a geopolitical tantrum and punished an entire country for refusing to lend money to Kushner Cos.

The Intercept reports that in April 2017, Jared’s father, Charles Kushner, met with Qatari Finance Minister Ali Sharif Al Emadi in hopes of securing an investment in 666 Fifth Avenue, the Midtown tower that has become a real-estate albatross around the family’s neck. The 30-minute meeting was held at a suite at the St. Regis in New York and was followed up by another rendezvous at the cursed property itself, though Al Emadi was not in attendance at the latter. Ultimately, like the numerous other parties from whom the Kushners attempted to extract money for the building, the Qataris decided to pass. And then, totally coincidentally, this happened:
The failure to broker the deal would be followed only a month later by a Middle Eastern diplomatic row in which Jared Kushner provided critical support to Qatar’s neighbors. Led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a group of Middle Eastern countries, with Kushner’s backing, led a diplomatic assault that culminated in a blockade of Qatar. Kushner, according to reports at the time, subsequently undermined efforts by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to bring an end to the standoff.

As the Intercept notes, this was not the first time Jared’s dad solicited money from the Qataris; in another instance, shortly after the 2016 election, Charles Kushner tried to get Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al Thani, a rich and powerful businessman and former foreign minister and prime minister of Qatar, to invest in 666. 

That deal, worth $500 million, ultimately fell through when the Kushner failed to drum up outside the capital, which was one of the businessman’s stipulations. Of course, there’s know the way to know whether the Trump administration’s decision to rain hell on Qatar was the result of Jared not getting his way. Certainly, neither the Kushners nor the Trumps are known for holding grudges, or for retaliating against people they believe have wronged them. But the timing is interesting—in fact, if one were in the business of making such salacious claims, one could almost say that a pattern is emerging!

The failure to broker the deal would be followed only a month later by a Middle Eastern diplomatic row in which Jared Kushner provided critical support to Qatar’s neighbors. Led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a group of Middle Eastern countries, with Kushner’s backing, led a diplomatic assault that culminated in a blockade of Qatar. Kushner, according to reports at the time, subsequently undermined efforts by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to bring an end to the standoff.

As the Intercept notes, this was not the first time Jared’s dad solicited money from the Qataris; in another instance, shortly after the 2016 election, Charles Kushner tried to get Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al Thani, a rich and powerful businessman and former foreign minister and prime minister of Qatar, to invest in 666. That deal, worth $500 million, ultimately fell through when the Kushner failed to drum up outside the capital, which was one of the businessman’s stipulations. Of course, there’s know the way to know whether the Trump administration’s decision to rain hell on Qatar was the result of Jared not getting his way. Certainly, neither the Kushners nor the Trumps are known for holding grudges, or for retaliating against people they believe have wronged them. But the timing is interesting—in fact, if one were in the business of making such salacious claims, one could almost say that a pattern is emerging!
Mohammed Hitme, chief of staff to the Qatari finance minister, did not respond to the Intercept’s requests for comment while Hope Hicks, White House spokesperson for the next few weeks, referred questions to Kushner Cos. The company’s spokesperson, Christine Taylor, told the Intercept: “We don’t comment on who Charlie meets with,” adding, “We don’t do business with any sovereign funds.” She was not asked whether the company would if given the opportunity.



Destroying The Pretty Boy Jarred in Five Acts-Because Life is Theater




It’s no secret a lot of people inside and outside the White House want Jared Kushner gone. They think he’s too inexperienced, too compromised by conflicts of interest and the Russia probe, and too ineffective. 
The big picture: Their revenge against him this week has been brutal, sustained, at times brilliant, and potentially lethal. What has unfolded is not the work of coincidence: it is the slit-by-slit slow bleed of a top adviser and son-in-law to the president. 
(Worth noting: Jared and Ivanka have outlasted many before — Corey Lewandowski, Steve Bannon, and Reince Priebus, among them. And there’s been a rule to not cross the family. But that rule is cracking and they now face their greatest test of survival yet.)

Act I: The knee-capping

The public humiliation of losing his top security clearance was telegraphed and then executed by Chief of Staff John Kelly. It was promptly leaked. Kushner, who fancied himself a de facto Secretary of State and peacemaker, lost access to the power of information. 
  • White House staff instantly turned unafraid to leak against Jared to reporters. He’s no longer seen as untouchable. Actually now seen as almost frail. They say he’s naive and has dim political insights.
  • At the same time, he lost his top image-shaper, Josh Raffel, just when he needs him most. (Kushner has known for a while Raffel is leaving, but that doesn’t make the blow any easier.)

Act II: The humiliation

Nothing’s worse for ego and perception than to be seen as easy prey.  Cue the leak to the Washington Post: Foreign governments reportedly discussed ways to manipulate Kushner, "current and former U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reports on the matter" told the paper. They said his business dealings left him vulnerable. 

Act III: The Godfather turns

Rupert Murdoch, the master of Fox and the Wall Street Journal, has advised Kushner for years. They are allies, friends, mentor, and mentee. There was nothing friendly about the lead editorial in Murdoch's paper politely suggesting the “knives are out” and it’s time for Jared to skip town. “Giving up their White House positions would be a bitter remedy, but Mr. Kushner and first daughter Ivanka could still offer advice as outsiders.”

Act IV: The plot

You can’t execute family without cause. The whispers, which turned into constant conversation, which turned into screaming headlines, is that Kushner mixed too much personal business with official governmental work.
  • Kushner, the New York Times revealed on its front page, took White House meetings with private equity billionaires and his family business benefited from their loans afterward. There is "little precedent for a top White House official meeting with executives of companies as they contemplate sizable loans to his business."

Act V: Tortured Trump 

One thing Jared and Trump have in common: they read Maggie Haberman and the New York Times. Nothing says family love and I’ve-got-your-back like this
“Mr. Trump is also frustrated with Mr. Kushner, whom he now views as a liability because of his legal entanglements, the investigations of the Kushner family’s real estate company and the publicity over having his security clearance downgraded, according to two people familiar with his views. In private conversations, the president vacillates between sounding regretful that Mr. Kushner is taking arrows and annoyed that he is another problem to deal with.” 

The End?

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in Axios

November 17, 2017

Jr Likes To Hunt But US Regulations Makes it Hard to Bring Trophies Home_ Daddy's Fixing That!


 Photos posted in 2012 by the website Gothamist show Donald Jr. holding an elephant tail. The website says the photos were from a 2011 hunt in Zimbabwe. 




US authorities will remove restrictions on importing African elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. 
That means Americans will soon be able to hunt the endangered big game, an activity that garnered worldwide attention when a Minnesota dentist took Cecil, perhaps the world's most famous lion, near a wildlife park in Zimbabwe. 
A US Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman said the move will allow the two African countries to include US sports hunting as part of their management plans for the elephants and allow them to put "much-needed revenue back into conservation." 
Study shows elephants vanishing at alarming rate
Study shows elephants vanishing at alarming rate
Critics, however, note the restrictions were created by the Obama administration in 2014 because the African elephant population had dropped. The animals are listed in the US Endangered Species Act, which requires the US government to protect endangered species in other countries. 
    "We can't control what happens in foreign countries, but what we can control is a restriction on imports on parts of the animals," said Wayne Pacelle, president, and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.
    The number of elephants in the wild plummeted 30% overall between 2007 and 2014, despite large-scale conservation efforts. In some places, it has dropped more than 75% due to ivory poaching.
    In 2016, there were just over 350,000 elephants still alive in the wild, down from millions in the early 20th Century. 
    Pacelle, who opposes the decision, told CNN it means "elephants minding their business are going to be gunned down by rich Americans."
    Safari Club International, a worldwide network of hunters, cheered the announcement.
    "We appreciate the efforts of the Service and the US Department of the Interior to remove barriers to sustainable use conservation for African wildlife," SCI President Paul Babaz said in a statement. 
    Attenborough: Poaching 'will rest heavily' on humanity
    Attenborough: Poaching 'will rest heavily' on humanity 
    But the decision was met with outcry from animal-rights advocates, including Chelsea Clinton, a longtime proponent of elephant conservation. The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton once called elephants her "great passion" in a 2016 Politico profile and, together with her mother, unveiled an $80 million partnership through the Clinton Global Initiative in 2013 to help end the ivory poaching crisis.
    "Infuriating. Will increase poaching, make communities more vulnerable & hurt conservation efforts," she tweeted Thursday, linking to a report from the Humane Society of the United States. 
    President Donald Trump's sons Donald Jr. and Eric are themselves big game hunters. 
    When Donald Jr. addressed the photos at the time, he did not deny their authenticity or where they were taken. "I can assure you it was not wasteful," he posted on Twitter, adding, "The villagers were so happy for the meat which they don't often get to eat." 
    Pacelle, of the Humane Society, noted that corruption in the Zimbabwean government was a concern when the US banned trophy imports from the nation in 2014. 
    Zimbabwe is currently in a leadership crisis after the military seized power this week and placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest.


    November 7, 2017

    Donald Jr Told Kremlin Lawyer US Would Reconsider Anti Russian Laws

    Donald Trump Jr offered to make changes to US laws which would benefit the Kremlin if his father won the election, according to a Russian lawyer who met him.

     Mr Trump Jr met Natalia Veselnitskaya in Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, after she promised “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.
    Ms Veselnitskaya said in an interview with Bloomberg, published on Monday, that she had told the Senate Judiciary Committee she would answer all their questions, on condition that her answers be made public. The committee is yet to agree to her terms. 
    Ms Veselnitskaya’s meeting with Mr Trump Jr, Paul Manafort – then the campaign manager – and Jared Kushner, Mr Trump’s son-in-law, is seen as a key element of Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign to swing the election in favour of the Republican candidate. 
    Ms Veselnitskaya has not given her side of the story until today. She said that she went to New York to show Trump campaign officials that major Democratic donors had evaded US taxes and to lobby against the so-called Magnitsky law – a ruling which punishes Russian officials for the murder of a Russian tax accountant who accused the Kremlin of corruption.
    She told Bloomberg that Mr Trump Jr told her: “Looking ahead, if we come to power, we can return to this issue and think what to do about it.
    “I understand our side may have messed up, but it’ll take a long time to get to the bottom of it.”
    During the 20 minute meeting, she claims he also requested financial documents to prove that money that allegedly evaded US taxes had gone to Mrs Clinton’s campaign.
    Ms Veselnitskaya said she sent her memo to British music publicist Rob Goldstone, who brokered the meeting, in advance, so that Mr Trump Jr could familiarise himself with the issues - but he seemed not to have done so. She said that when she began laying out the case against the Ziffs, wealthy Democrat donors, she said that he asked: “This money the Ziffs got from Russia, do you have any financial documents showing that this money went to Clinton’s campaign?” 

    When she said she did not have any documents, Mr Trump Jr grew disinterested, she recalled. Mr Kushner left after a few minutes and Mr Manafort appeared to have fallen asleep.
    “The meeting was a failure; none of us understood what the point of it had been,’’ she said, adding she had no further contacts with the Trump campaign.
    Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for Mr Trump Jr, said the president’s son had no comment about the Bloomberg interview.
    Mr Trump Jr  has said that he had wasted his time seeing the lawyer because she provided no useful information.
    Ms Veselnitskaya said she was acting in a private capacity and not as a Russian government representative. But Bloomberg reported evidence of “an official imprimatur” in that she brought to the meeting a four-page talking-points memorandum in English that contained very similar information to a document she had provided to the office of Russia’s prosecutor general, Yuri Chaika, in 2015.
    It was not clear whether her testimony to the Senate committee would be made public.

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