Discussions of "Why the Jacket and What was is significance?" should end now. Mrs. Malania Trump, immigrant wife of Donald Trump, sold-out the immigrant children confined in American concentration camps for an invitation to have tea with Queen Elizabeth II. The jacket is a sign of unity with her husband President Donald Trump: I DON'T CARE! DO U! The first lady wore a green, hooded military jacket from the fast-fashion brand Zara ($39) that read "I really don't care, do u?" both as she departed and returned to Washington. The words were printed in white, in graffiti-style, on the jacket's back. And marked her indelibly as a backstabber.
I am sure that Her Majesty, Elizabeth Regina recognizes Donald Trump is an American bore straight out an Agatha Christie mystery novel. He is loud and obnoxious--flashy with a trophy "cheap tarted-up" "motor-boarding-chesty" wife. A social climber, in spite of his position as "emperor of the world," in his heart, Trump still wants to ride in the golden carriage, where he in all probability leave Malania, his immigrant wife, in a lurch like he did in Washington, D.C., at the White House, where the Obama's had to go to her assistance in leaving the limousine as the Donald walked away.
In this undated photo released by Royal Thai Navy on Saturday, July 7, 2018, Thai rescue teams arrange water pumping system at the entrance to a flooded cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. The local governor in charge of the mission to rescue them said Saturday that cooperating weather and falling water levels over the last few days had created appropriate conditions for evacuation, but that they won't last if it rains again.. (Royal Thai Navy via AP)
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Top reporters open their notebooks share what they’re watching for in the week ahead.
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The Washington Post: Rescue Operation For A Thai Soccer Team Trapped In A Cave To Begin ... — "Four members of the team were rescued Sunday by divers who helped them navigate a treacherous path out of the cave. Ambulances raced through the streets of Mae Sai and helicopters circled overhead. The provincial governor said the four were checked out in a field hospital near the cave and then flown 37 miles south to a hospital in Chiang Rai, where an entire floor has been reserved for the rescue effort."
The Weekly Standard: What Trump Doesn't Understand About South Carolina And BMW — "Much of the coverage of the president’s victory nearly two years ago has focused on voters in the Rust Belt who have been left behind by globalization and turned to Trump (as they had to Obama in 2008) for change. But South Carolina, where Trump got nearly 55 percent of the vote, has a population that has been undoubtedly buoyed by the forces of trade and a globalized economy."
The Atlantic: America and North Korea Are Having Two Different Conversations — "Maybe one country’s “productive conversations” are another’s “very regrettable” ones, and Pompeo seemed to suggest as much on Sunday when he remarked that “people are going to make certain comments after meetings.” By the same token, though, it’s notable that the two parties have such fundamentally different reads on reality. Even leaving aside the history of North Korean deception and dissembling on the nuclear issue, that alone shows that North Korean promises do not mean what Trump seems to think they mean."
Even as Mondays go, today is a doozy. Over the weekend, widely differing takeaways from a U.S. North Korea summit suggesting denuclearization might get lost in translation. And on the horizon this week? A Supreme Court nominee. Squabbles over NATO military spending. The Trump-Putin summit. And the economic impact of a trade war that has officially kicked off. This hour, On Point: top reporters and you look at the week ahead. -- Ben Brock Johnson.
This program aired on July 9, 2018. http://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2018/07/09/week-ahead-scotus-north-kore...
Malania is not the victim that some imagine. She is a conniver. Twice she has plagiarized speeches made by Michelle Obama. "Plagiarism is copying stealing imitation lifting, cribbing, borrowing cheating" without giving acknowledgment to the originator or source and calling it your own. Plagiarism is taken so seriously in the university until it calls for dismissal of students and faculty. Trump makes a big deal of accusing China of stealing American Intellectual Property, but has not called his wife on her miscreant thieving behavior. Thus proving that speaking 17 (Melania) languages and an Ivy League Degree (Donald) still equals sophomoric behavior.
Melania has much in common with the women in Wendy Lower's Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields (2013). Lower posits that among the myths of the German postwar period was that of the apolitical woman. After WWII, many women testified in court or explained in oral histories that they were "just" organizing things in the office or attending to the social aspects of daily life by managing the care or duties of other Germans stationed in the East. They failed to see--or perhaps preferred not to see--how the social became political, and how their seemingly small contribution to everyday operations in the government, military, and Nazi Party organizations added up to a genocidal system.
German women's involvement in the formation of right-wing movements was probably minimal. Men were unwilling to relinquish their traditional dominance in politics, and women's issues were seen as secondary, not national priorities. Weimar’s volkisch parties drew their strength from the men's world of the battlefront and not the women's world of the home front.
The wives of high-ranking officials in the Nazi Party, the SS and police, and the occupation administration demonstrated two understandings of marriage. On one hand, they epitomized the dutiful wife, subordinate to her husband and seemingly content with domestic work and childbearing. On the other hand, when the Fuhrer and the Volksgemeinschaft required it, their marriages became essentially partnerships in crime. In the Nazi power hierarchy, the fact of shared race between husband and wife could trump the inequities of gender. German women mimicked men doing the dirty work of the regime--the work that was necessary to the future existence of the Reich--because they were racial equals.
Trump dressed down NATO because no NATO member had purchased American weaponry. The poorer members were offered terms, but no credit--this calls for IMF loans. The ass-kissers among the group including Poland and other Balkan leftovers, admired Trump for his acidity. However, I noticed that none of the members of NATO reminded Trump that blood has a price as well, and that showing up is priceless.
Lawmakers must keep the American people informed of the current danger, writes a Republican congressman from Texas.
By Will Hurd
Mr. Hurd, a former C.I.A. officer, is a congressman from the 23rd District of Texas.
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Over the course of my career as an undercover officer in the C.I.A., I saw Russian intelligence manipulate many people. I never thought I would see the day when an American president would be one of them.
The president’s failure to defend the United States intelligence community’s unanimous conclusions of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and condemn Russian covert counterinfluence campaigns and his standing idle on the world stage while a Russian dictator spouted lies confused many but should concern all Americans. By playing into Vladimir Putin’s hands, the leader of the free world actively participated in a Russian disinformation campaign that legitimized Russian denial and weakened the credibility of the United States to both our friends and foes abroad.
As a member of Congress, a coequal branch of government designed by our founders to provide checks and balances on the executive branch, I believe that lawmakers must fulfill our oversight duty as well as keep the American people informed of the current danger.
Somehow many Americans have forgotten that Russia is our adversary, not our ally, and the reasons for today’s tensions go back much farther than the 2016 election. For more than a decade, Russia has meddled in elections around the world, supported brutal dictators and invaded sovereign nations — all to the detriment of United States interests. Mitt Romney had it right in 2012 when he told President Barack Obama that Russia was “without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe.”
Our intelligence community has concluded with high confidence that President Putin personally ordered his security services to undertake an influence campaign aimed at undermining confidence in American democracy to sow chaos in our electoral system. Russia’s efforts to hack political organizations and state election boards are well documented, as are the Russian disinformation campaigns on social media platforms.
Russia is an adversary not just of the United States but of freedom-loving people everywhere. Disinformation and chaos is a Russian art form developed during the Soviet era that Russia has now updated using modern tools. The result has been Russian disinformation spreading like a virus throughout the Western world. From elections in Britain, France and Montenegro to invasions of Georgia and Ukraine, Moscow has pursued an aggressive foreign policy aimed at spreading disorder and expanding Russian influence in states formerly under the heel of Soviet Communism. These efforts weaken our allies and strengthen those who seek to undermine the democratic order that has helped prevent another world war in Europe since 1945.
Moreover, the threat of Russian meddling in United States elections is not behind us. Just last week, Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, cautioned that “the warning lights are blinking red” that Russia and other adversaries will undertake further cyberattacks on our digital infrastructure. This includes many of the energy companies in my home district in South and West Texas.
Make no mistake, Russian disinformation campaigns are working.
Many of my constituents have asked what Congress can do to protect the American people from Russian threats and provide a check on the executive branch’s demonstration in Helsinki. If necessary, Congress should take the lead on European security issues as it has in recent years. For example, during the Obama administration, Congress repeatedly pressed the president — using the power of the purse through appropriations bills — to send lethal weaponry to assist Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists.
Last year, Congress passed the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act to impose severe sanctions on Russia as retaliation for its meddling in our presidential election. And this year, the House passed the Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act to improve Ukraine’s ability to respond to Russian-supported disinformation and propaganda efforts. I am also encouraged that the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to testify on the president’s recent meetings with both Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin.
As a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, I strongly believe in the importance of Congress’s oversight responsibilities and will work with my colleagues to ensure that the administration is taking the Russian threat seriously.
Without action, we risk losing further credibility in international negotiations with both our friends and foes on critical trade deals, military alliances and nuclear arms.
In this dangerous geopolitical environment, we must be both vigilant and strong in responding to foreign threats. The challenges posed by Russia are no different, and I hope the president shares my conviction that American strength, not weakness, is the best way to preserve a secure world in the face of adversaries like Russia.
Will Hurd is a Republican congressman from Texas.