Ivanka Trump, daughter of the US president and wife of the Middle East “expert” Jared Kushner – he who has supposedly produced a Middle East “peace plan” to be revealed after Benjamin Netanyahu wins the Israeli elections – has just given her support to a regime which has locked up women political prisoners, "disappeared" others, and whose army forcibly carried out virginity tests on female protestors during the Tahrir Square revolution. Well, what more do you expect from the Trump menagerie? Her tweeted praise, encouragement and support went to Egypt – and especially to its president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who gained a presidential victory last year with the support of 97.08 per cent of the Egyptian electorate. Ivanka obviously drew the necessary conclusions: that this was a free and fair election and showed only how much President Sisi’s people loved him after his military coup against Egypt’s first … [Read more...] about Opinion: Ivanka told us everything we need to know about Donald Trump’s meeting with el-Sisi
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One of the many advantages Donald Trump enjoys in terms of mitigating the impact of his myriad political scandals is the sheer number of them. This prevents most Americans from keeping track as they whiz past, like a tennis ball machine powered by cocaine. Despite the release of William Barr's letter, there are dozens of crimes to be investigated or under investigation now, on top of Trump’s abuses of power and other trespasses. I personally follow this stuff for at least 12 hours a day, and the only way I can keep track is by taking notes and having innumerable tabs open in my browser window. And I still miss a few as they go by. Robert Mueller’s investigation alone featured more layers than Steve Bannon’s menswear -- one of many reasons why Barr’s four-page summary, hastily dashed together in a weekend, condensing two years and perhaps hundreds of pages of crucial details into fewer words than this article, is both a suspicious and infuriating … [Read more...] about Here’s what we still don’t know about Donald Trump’s links to Russia: Virtually everything
Three House Democratic chairmen — Reps. Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee, Eliot Engel of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Elijah Cummings of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee — wrote to the White House and the State Department on Monday to demand documents and interviews related to President Donald Trump's communications with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In their letter, the Democratic leaders allege that Trump, on multiple occasions, "appears to have taken steps to conceal the details of his communications with President Putin from other administration officials, Congress and the American people," noting that Trump reportedly "seized notes" related to at least one meeting held with Putin and "directed" an American interpret "not to discuss the substance of communications" with Putin with other federal officials."These allegations, if true, raise profound national security, counterintelligence and foreign policy concerns, especially in light … [Read more...] about House Democratic chairmen demand details about Donald Trump’s talks with Russia’s Vladimir Putin
Michael Cohen has pleaded guilty, once again, to a crime implicating both him and his former boss, President Trump. He confessed to an effort to mislead Congress, the Department of Justice, and the American people. Like so much of the Trump story, it is a tale that is at once pathetically small and also potentially part of a far higher crime. Cohen now admits that he lied about many of the details of a failed Trump Tower Moscow plan. Previously, Cohen told government officials and many journalists (including me) that it was a small, brief affair. In December, 2015, a friend of Cohen’s, Felix Sater, mentioned that a friend of his controlled some property in Moscow and wanted to see if Donald Trump would put his name on a building there. Cohen and Sater discussed it a few times, Cohen claimed, and he mentioned it in passing to Trump, though not to anyone else in the Trump Organization. The whole project, Cohen insisted, fell apart within weeks and was never discussed again. In a … [Read more...] about Michael Cohen’s Disclosures Raise Serious Questions About Donald Trump and His Business Interests
Story highlights Trump's transition from businessman to statesman heavily scrutinized by global media Apparent lack of strategy in communication with foreign leaders has drawn criticism Trump has defended his unorthodox approach (CNN)President-elect Donald Trump's transition is being viewed at home as chaotic, and his move from candidate to statesman is being closely scrutinized by the global media as well, particularly his communications with world leaders. Once again, Trump has bucked past practices for a more unorthodox approach, leaving many wondering if this signals an overhaul in US political procedure and a taste of things to come. What protocol has Trump not followed? Traditionally, the President-elect turns to the State Department for briefings prior to taking or returning calls from heads of state or government. This was how the transition team coordinated its international outreach strategy for then President-elect Barack Obama in 2008. The State Department said … [Read more...] about What’s different about Donald Trump’s phone calls with world leaders?