As John Oliver recites the impressive list of Jared’s assigned tasks — from bringing peace to the Middle East to remaking the federal government — the audience laughs uproariously. Unlike various cable show personalities and hired hacks, they’re in on the joke. For those who aren’t, Oliver presents the true facts about Kushner’s actual background, which render his rise to power all the more astonishing and unnverving. As for Ivanka, who poses as a “moderating influence” on her loony dad, Oliver points out how she essentially says nothing of substance yet does everything possible to bolster her father — no matter how extreme his words and actions.
As Samantha Bee observes, Ivanka’s press clippings suggest she is lobbying her loony dad for sanity and decency. But the Full Frontal host warns liberals against fantasizing that Ivanka, nominated to the Great Feminists in Feminism Herstory Hall of Lady Fame, is their “secret progressive buddy.”
Nobody keeps closer tabs on the snarled ethics of the Trump family than Trevor Noah. In his latest, the Daily Show host recalls how only months ago, during an interview with ABC correspondent Barbara Walters, First Daughter Ivanka promised not to accept a nepotistic White House job. “I’m going to be a daughter,” she simpered, […]
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Although Ivanka Trump already had a West Wing office — as does her husband, senior adviser Jared Kushner — she now will have “increased opportunities to lead initiatives driving real policy benefits for the American public that would not have been available to her previously,” a White House spokesman said.
Even as she has publicly stated support for feminist-lite tenets about workplace equality and closing the gender wage gap—as if capitalism will solve this whole sexism thing—Ivanka has never shown much interest in social justice as a passion or a hobby. She has definitely never addressed the virulent racism of her father’s campaign or his followers, except to deny it exists. When her father’s misogyny has been on full display, Ivanka has has mostly remained mum.
While the White House would only say that Kushner retains some real estate holdings, Kushner does have to file a financial disclosure form that will give more details about what he owns. That filing may also shed light on what assets Kushner divested in the preceding year.
If you’re a senior staffer in need of presidential approval amid the cut-throat intrigues of the Trump White House, Danziger recommends buying and wearing some of “Ivanka’s stuff.” (It worked for Kellyanne Conway.)
The ethics office has little enforcement power, but it can formally recommend disciplinary action if the White House does not act. That recommendation would not be binding, and the process would take until late April or early May. If the ethics office does formally recommend discipline, it would be up to the White House to decide any steps against Conway.
“Go buy Ivanka’s stuff …I’m going to go get some myself today,” Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News in an interview from the White House. “I’m going to give a free commercial here: Go buy it today, everybody.” Norman Eisen, who served as an ethics adviser to Obama, said Conway’s comments amounted to an advertisement and violated government ethics law.
In response to the Twitter comment Trump posted criticizing Nordstrom, White House spokesman Sean Spicer characterized the company’s action as a “direct attack” on the president’s policies. Nordstrom said it routinely cuts brands each year and that the decision to pass on the Ivanka Trump brand had been based on its performance.
To transfer ownership of his biggest companies, Trump has to file a long list of documents in Florida, Delaware and New York. ProPublica asked officials in each of those states whether they have received the paperwork. The officials said they have not.
The Justice Department said the president has special hiring authority that exempts White House positions from laws barring the president from naming a relative to lead a federal agency. However, if Trump chooses to officially hire Kushner and also give him security clearance, then conflict-of-interest laws would apply.
We’ve been suckered with this tax holiday scam before. In 2004, George W. Bush pulled it on us — and instead of creating jobs, the corporate tax-dodgers eliminated thousands more of our jobs! The way to know whether or not Trump’s tax holiday will benefit workers is to see if it requires that corporations actually create the thousands of good jobs promised before they get the tax break. Anything less is just another swindle.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will appoint his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to the position of senior adviser to the president, media outlets reported on Monday, a potentially thorny choice in the face of anti-nepotism law.
The 45th American president, Donald Trump, is reminiscent of one English Tudor king, known for his reddish hair, huge body heft, six wives of various nationalities and, um, forceful personality. Yes, Trump is like King Henry VIII revived — without the charm the early Henry famously had. Trump has neither poetry nor music to compensate for his rough edges.
In the small world of politics and media, one of a few tropes emerged this year: astonishment — isolated and seemingly brand-new each time — when woman-centered outlets published high-quality political reporting and opinion pieces.
A spokeswoman for New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman said on Saturday that Trump cannot shut down his foundation while the state’s investigation is ongoing.
In a secretly recorded call, Obama tries to school Trump on the basics of his important new job, including such matters as who will take over should anything untoward happen to him in the next four years. When Obama gently explains that the vice president is constitutionally first in the line of succession, a whiny voice breaks in from the background, revealing that Ivanka herself nurtures an overwhelming, Evita-like ambition.
According to CNN, the president-elect’s transition team are planning an “office for the First Family” in the East Wing of the presidential estate, where First Lady Michelle Obama currently works.
Evidently President-elect Trump believes he can disregard the ethical obligations that have bound his predecessors.
The oversight committee’s phones backed up on Friday after a Facebook post calling for an investigation of Trump’s finances went viral.
Seth Meyers brought it on Tuesday with “A Closer Look,” including sharp words for the Donald, special adviser Steve Bannon, and even daughter Ivanka — who apparently sees the constitutional transfer of power as a great opportunity to peddle her branded jewelry.