Germany’s Angela Merkel Indicates Europe Can No Longer Rely on the United States

merkel trump While President Donald Trump tweeted out this morning that his recent trip to Europe was a “great success” that brought “big results,” it appears that European leaders didn’t feel as warm and fuzzy about his visit. Speaking to a crowd at an election rally in Germany today, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that it looked like the days where the United States and post-Brexit Britain could be depended on as reliable partners to Europe appeared to be done. From Agence France Presse’s coverage of Merkel’s comments:
“The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days,” Merkel told a crowd at an election rally in Munich, southern Germany. “We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands,” she added.
She added that while Europe would keep trying to maintain a solid relationship with the Continue reading "Germany’s Angela Merkel Indicates Europe Can No Longer Rely on the United States"

‘It Wasn’t Innocent’: Macron Reveals His Intense Trump Handshake Was a ‘Moment of Truth’

macron trump shakeedited By now, you’ve likely seen the handshake showdown that went down between President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron last week. Well, in comments to a French newspaper on Sunday, Macron explained that it was deliberate — a way for him to show Trump that he couldn’t be rolled over. The Associated Press confirmed Macron’s remarks to the paper Le Journal du Dimanche. According to the AP, Macron noted that the handshake was a “moment of truth” and “it wasn’t innocent.” “One must show that you won’t make small concessions, even symbolic ones, but also not over-publicize things, either,” he added. During the meeting, Trump denied that he supported Macron’s opponent Marine Le Pen during the recent French election, claiming Macron was his guy. This, of course, flew in the face of Trump’s previous complimentary remarks about Le Pen prior to the election. Last week, the Washington Post’s Continue reading "‘It Wasn’t Innocent’: Macron Reveals His Intense Trump Handshake Was a ‘Moment of Truth’"

Bret Stephens Fires Back After Hillary Clinton Questions Why NY Times Hired Him

bret stephens One of the many topics Hillary Clinton talked about in her new profile for New York Magazine today was the media, particularly certain outlets bringing on more conservative voices. During the interview, at one point, Rebecca Traister brought up how the New York Times recently hired Bret Stephens––who got a lot of criticism for his views on climate change. (His own paper subsequently tweeted out a link to its climate coverage.) Clinton had this to say about both Stephens and George Will (who recently joined MSNBC):
The impulse toward false equivalency is only getting worse, in her opinion. “The cable networks seem to me to be folding into a posture of, ‘Oh, we want to try to get some of those people on the right, so maybe we better be more, quote, evenhanded.’ ” When I mention MSNBC’s hiring of conservatives including George Will, and the New Continue reading "Bret Stephens Fires Back After Hillary Clinton Questions Why NY Times Hired Him"

BOMBSHELL: Jared Kushner Reportedly Wanted Secret Communications Channel With Kremlin

jared kushner In a late-breaking story this evening, the Washington Post reported that senior White House advisor Jared Kushner attempted to set up a “secret and secure” backchannel with the Kremlin–and suggested that Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States be used to do so. Notably, now-disgraced former national security advisor Michael Flynn was also in attendance at the meeting in question. The Post notes:
“Ambassador Sergei Kislyak reported to his superiors in Moscow that Kushner, son-in-law and confidant to then-President-elect Trump, made the proposal during a meeting on Dec. 1 or 2 at Trump Tower, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by U.S. officials.”
According to the report, Kislyak was said to have been caught off-guard by Kushner’s suggestion as agreeing to the request would have produced a great deal of risk for both the Kremlin and the Trump transition team. The White House didn’t respond Continue reading "BOMBSHELL: Jared Kushner Reportedly Wanted Secret Communications Channel With Kremlin"

Trump’s Tweets May Start Being Vetted by Lawyers, WSJ Reports

trump President Donald Trump has sent out tweets during his trip abroad, but he hasn’t done any off-the-cuff ones recently. And that could potentially last even beyond the trip. The Wall Street Journal has a new report out today on potential White House shake-ups––including the potential return of Corey Lewandowski and Sarah Huckabee Sanders possibly taking over officially for Sean Spicer––but there is also one interesting tidbit about the president’s tweeting habit:
One major change under consideration would vet the president’s social media posts through a team of lawyers, who would decide if any needed to be adjusted or curtailed. The idea, said one of Mr. Trump’s advisers, is to create a system so that tweets “don’t go from the president’s mind out to the universe.”
The Journal report specifically cites the examples of 1) his infamous “wiretapping” tweet about his predecessor Barack Obama, and 2) his suggestion Continue reading "Trump’s Tweets May Start Being Vetted by Lawyers, WSJ Reports"

‘Banality of Evil’: MSNBC Guest References Holocaust Book to Explain Gianforte Election

Last night, despite having assaulted a Guardian reporter the day before, Republican Greg Gianforte pulled out a victory in Montana’s special election to fill it’s lone House seat. Well, according to Princeton professor Eddie Glaude, Montana voters sending Gianforte to Congress might be somewhat analogous to what occurred during the Holocaust. During an MSNBC segment this morning, host Stephanie Ruhle wanted to know what this says about our culture considering that Gianforte was able to get elected despite attacking a reporter and flip-flopping on his original statement about the incident during his victory speech. “The opposite of the lessons we teach our children,” she exclaimed. “Remember the press release, the initial press release was to deny all of the specifics,” said Glaude, referring to Gianforte’s initial comments on the attack. “Then you come back and apologize. So you don’t apologize for lying initially; you apologize for the act. Continue reading "‘Banality of Evil’: MSNBC Guest References Holocaust Book to Explain Gianforte Election"

New York Jets Plan to Hire First Female Coach in Team History

collette smithedited According to the New York Daily News, the New York Jets are bringing aboard their first ever female coach. Collette Smith will spend this summer working with the team’s defensive backs during training camp. The 44-year-old, who was a preseason intern with the Jets, currently works for the New York Sharks of the Independent Women’s Football League as a coach and marketing executive. She had played three seasons for the Sharks before a knee injury forced her out. Following her injury, Smith was made an assistant by Sharks former coach Richard Harrigan, who said she’s a “phenomenal person.” Smith explained that it was her practice field access with the Jets last year that led to her opportunity with them now. “He called over all the defensive backs,” Smith said about Jets head coach Todd Bowles. “He told them who I was and that I’d be hanging around Continue reading "New York Jets Plan to Hire First Female Coach in Team History"