An eye-opening sentence has appeared in several important news stories about the Trump administration in recent days: The White House did not respond to requests for comment. Not “the White House declined to comment” or “We’ll get right back to you.” But no response at all when reporters have asked for the White House’s take on developments. At a time when President Trump has declared the news media the “enemy of the American people,” the official silence from the White House has left some journalists wondering whether the non-responses are mere indifference or a strategy to discredit journalists by pointing to flaws after publication instead of beforehand. For its part, the White House — which, yes, responded to this story — blames reporters for not trying hard enough to get the
President Trump last month signed an executive order barring American aid to international organizations that discuss abortion as a family-planning option with clients. American law already forbids the use of taxpayer money to fund the procedure itself. In Europe, the president’s order brought an unexpected response. Lilianne Ploumen, 54, minister of foreign trade and development cooperation in the Netherlands, established a nongovernmental organization, She Decides, to raise money for aid groups whose funding is threatened under the new order. The Dutch ministry announced a donation of 10 million euros to She Decides, and Belgium and Denmark followed with matching grants. In March, representatives of 19 governments will convene in Brussels to see what else they can do to make up for
Vitaly I. Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, died on Monday while at work in Manhattan, shocking the diplomatic community. He would have been 65 on Tuesday. The Russian government said he died “suddenly” but did not specify a cause. His death comes at an important juncture in Russian-American relations, with many diplomats watching to see how he would interact with Nikki R. Haley, the Trump administration’s United Nations ambassador. This month, Ms. Haley condemned what she called Russia’s “aggressive” actions in Ukraine on the same day that Mr. Churkin praised her track record in politics. She had been governor of South Carolina when she was appointed. “I never underestimate my colleagues,” Mr. Churkin told reporters. The deputy Russian ambassador, Petr Iliichev,
President Trump has made many enemies in governments around the world because of the long arms of the Clinton’s and the Clinton Foundation and everything these government officials were hoping to get from the Clintons that is now off the table with President Trump. Now there was an uprising in the British Parliament today after House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said he would “strongly oppose” President Trump addressing the UK Parliament. Bercow went on to scream that he doesn’t want to invite President Trump to speak saying, “I would not like to issue an invitation to President Trump to speak in the Royal Gallery.” And his reasons for not wanting President Trump to speak are in “opposition to racism and sexism.” Watch his rant here:
A new report just released shows that 72 immigrants from “travel ban” countries have been convicted of terrorism since 2001. Once again, President Trump was right. His travel ban was put in place in keep Americans safe at home. That’s exactly what we elected him to do. From Washington Examiner A report released on Saturday reveals that 72 immigrants have been convicted of terrorism from countries on the Travel Ban list since 2001. The report is detailed from the Washington Examiner and shows a stark contrast to the claims made by the Ninth Circuit Court which ruled that there is “no evidence” those countries have produced a terrorist. — Somalia: 20 — Yemen: 19 — Iraq: 19 — Syria: 7 — Iran: 4 — Libya: 2 — Sudan: 1 The Center’s director of policy studies, Jessica M.