A career intelligence analyst who is an expert in hostage policy stood before President Donald Trump in the Oval Office last fall to brief him on the impending release of a family long held in Pakistan under uncertain circumstances.
It was her first time meeting the president, and when she was done briefing, he had a question for her.
"Where are you from?" the president asked, according to two officials with direct knowledge of the exchange.
New York, she replied.
Trump was unsatisfied and asked again, the officials said. Referring to the president's hometown, she offered that she, too, was from Manhattan. But that's not what the president was after.
He wanted to know where "your people" are from, according to the officials, who spoke under condition of anonymity due to the nature of the internal discussions.
After the analyst revealed that her parents are Korean, Trump turned to an adviser in the room and seemed to suggest her ethnicity should determine her career path, asking why the "pretty Korean lady" isn't negotiating with North Korea on his administration's behalf, the officials said.
Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!
The decision to close the US embassy and move to a new location came under the Bush administration, to address safety and security concerns about the old embassy. The old embassy lease was sold to a real estate developer. The price was reduced because the embassy was designated an architecturally protected landmark.
Widely reported today, the real reason Trump cancelled the trip is that the Brits refused to make this a state visit. The royal family wants no part of honoring Trump. The mayor of London doesn't want to receive Trump, and large protests were expected if Trump showed up.
For the past few years, Que J. Fullmer has split his time between Kansas and Colorado. He owns a cattle company and roughly 1,000 acres in Syracuse, Kansas, and his wife lives in Brighton, Colorado, where the couple owns a home and 300 acr
In November 2016, Fullmer cast ballots in both states. He figured that because he pays taxes in both places, he was entitled to have his voice heard in local and state races in two states. He only voted for president, Donald Trump, in Kansas.
Now he is facing four felony charges — two counts of voting without being qualified, one count of voting more than once, and one count of “advance voting unlawful acts.” If convicted of all of them, Fullmer faces steep fines and two years probation.
“I didn’t know I had multiple charges,” Fullmer, a registered Republican, told ThinkProgress Friday by phone. “I just voted in state things in both states. In only one of the states I voted in the general.” The 67-year-old small business owner said he was unaware that the law prohibits him from casting ballots in state or local races in multiple states.
On Thursday, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) announced he was bringing criminal charges against two people for voting illegally in 2016 — Fullmer and 20-year-old Bailey Ann McCaughey, who is also accused of voting in both Kansas and Colorado. The prosecutions bring the total number of people Kobach has charged with voter fraud to 15. So far, the cases have resulted in nine convictions or plea deals totaling $30,000 in fines, and one dismissal. Many of the prosecuted citizens have, like Fullmer, been confused seniors.
“Stopping voter fraud is one of the most important things the Secretary of State’s office can do,” Kobach said in a statement Thursday. “These prosecutions will help deter voter fraud in the future.”
Well, now that collusion with Russia is proving to be a total hoax and the only collusion is with Hillary Clinton and the FBI/Russia, the Fake News Media (Mainstream) and this phony new book are hitting out at every new front imaginable. They should try winning an election. Sad!
I was asked recently about persistent, almost continuous, déjà vu. My answer: get thee to your doctor.
Frequent déjà vu can signal serious neurological problems such as seizure activity or tumor. My suspicion in this case was dementia, which proved correct. Aricept prescribed. Anyway, escalating frequency of déjà vu experiences shouldn't be ignored.
Michael Wolff, Hollywood Reporter columnist and author of My Insane Year Inside The White House:
I interviewed Donald Trump for The Hollywood Reporter in June 2016, and he seemed to have liked — or not disliked — the piece I wrote. "Great cover!" his press assistant, Hope Hicks, emailed me after it came out (it was a picture of a belligerent Trump in mirrored sunglasses). After the election, I proposed to him that I come to the White House and report an inside story for later publication — journalistically, as a fly on the wall — which he seemed to misconstrue as a request for a job. No, I said. I'd like to just watch and write a book. "A book?" he responded, losing interest. "I hear a lot of people want to write books," he added, clearly not understanding why anybody would. "Do you know Ed Klein?"— author of several virulently anti-Hillary books. "Great guy. I think he should write a book about me." But sure, Trump seemed to say, knock yourself out. Continued
It may seem like I'm posting a lot of Trump's offensive or just plain idiotic tweets, but I'm not. I let 20 to 30 go for every one I post.
For this gem, the first thing I noticed was that 58,000 people liked this tweet. F.F.S. Donald Trump hasn't revolutionized airline safety. Since 2009, there has only been one U.S. commercial airline fatality, and that was a cargo plane. That happened in May 2017, while Trump was president.
US airlines are extremely safe because crashes are bad for business and probably because the FAA has very strict safety rules and great forensic analysis after crashes. Donald Trump has nothing to do with this. The remarkable safety record of he U.S. airline industry simply continued in 2017.
BTW, claiming that he has something to do with this safety record because he's been strict is laying claim to the benefits of government regulation, which is an anathema to conservatives. In the world of free market ideologues, the marketplace is supposed to take care of safety. In fact, Trump has spoken about privatizing air traffic control, which has been a libertarian dream for decades.
One theoretical question I have about this tweet is whether Trump believes that he really has something to do with the lack of crashes this past year. Given his personality, that's possible. He would not need any evidence to believe it. It's good, so he feels the credit is his. It's also possible that he knows he has nothing to do with it, but he'll take credit anyway. If I were placing a bet, I'd bet on the former. I'm pretty sure that Trump goes from a thought to a conviction in an instant if the thought somehow reflects well on him.