She learnt of the policy change when she saw the tweet on her phone despite being a critical voice in steering the president’s support for the LGBT community in the past. Ivanka herself tweeted less than a month earlier in support of pride month, provoking a backlash.
The White House has devolved over the last six months into a hotbed of intrigue, innuendo and boulder-sized rumors seemingly more appropriate for tabloid newspapers than the rich annals of history. With various administration officials publicly attacking each other, President Donald Trump and his team have seen their dirty laundry thrown around Washington and the world, with few policy accomplishments to show for all their drama.
“I did not collude,” says Jared Kushner, President Trump’s embattled son-in-law. Facing questions about a June 9, 2016, meeting with a Russian government attorney, Kushner has released an 11-page statement notable for its slippery claims and veiled admissions.
For many months, Donald J. Trump and his closest associates have assured Americans that their presidential campaign had “absolutely no contact” with any Russians seeking to influence the course of the 2016 presidential election. Among those who issued the most vehement denials were Paul Manafort, the Washington influence peddler who served as campaign manager, and eldest son Donald J. Trump, Jr., who called any such suggestions “disgusting.”
The House and Senate Intelligence Committees and the Justice Department are now investigating whether the Trump campaign assisted Russia in targeting voters and spreading fake news about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.
Jeff Danziger’s award-winning drawings are published by more than 600 newspapers and websites. He has been a cartoonist for the Rutland Herald, the New York Daily News and the Christian Science Monitor; his work has appeared in newspapers from the Wall Street Journal to Le Monde and Izvestia. Represented by the Washington Post Writers Group, he is a recipient of the Herblock Prize and […]
Reprinted with permission from Media Matters. MSNBC hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough described President Donald Trump’s “unmoored behavior” in a Washington Post column where they alleged that “this year, top White House staff members warned that the National Enquirer was planning to publish a negative article about us unless we begged the president to have the story spiked.” Brzezinski […]
These aren’t fun times for Donald Trump, who felt disappointed when the nation didn’t rise up to sing “Happy Birthday” in unison as he turned 71 last week. He even got dissed in the Oval Office by the president of Panama,who muttered “100 years ago” when Trump sounded as if he was taking credit for […]
Jeff Danziger’s award-winning drawings are published by more than 600 newspapers and websites. He has been a cartoonist for the Rutland Herald, the New York Daily News and the Christian Science Monitor; his work has appeared in newspapers from the Wall Street Journal to Le Monde and Izvestia. Represented by the Washington Post Writers Group, he is a […]
Danziger suspects that no matter how much Donald Trump likes his brash son-in-law, he cannot be thrilled by the intense FBI interest in Jared Kushner’s Russian connections.
Following a hilarious review of the “covfefe” kerfuffle, Samantha Bee foresees a grim future where the president’s criminal defense lawyers vet all of his precious tweets, and Jared Kushner ends up in prison (prompting Ivanka to publish a memoir of her life as a single mom, cribbed from #BlackLivesMatter activists with jailed husbands).
It isn’t easy to identify with Jared Kushner, the young master of the universe whose “back channel” to Russia has left him in the FBI’s clutches. But Danziger thinks Putin just might sympathize.
FBI scrutiny of Kushner began when intelligence reports of Flynn’s contacts with Russians included mentions of U.S. citizens, whose names were redacted because of U.S. privacy laws. This prompted investigators to ask U.S. intelligence agencies to reveal the names of the Americans, the current U.S. law enforcement official said. Kushner’s was one of the names that was revealed, the official said, prompting a closer look at the president’s son-in-law’s dealings with Kislyak and other Russians.
The FBI is closely examining Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner as a person of interest in its ongoing investigation of Russia’s intervention in the 2016 election and related matters. Investigators are scrutinizing an extensive series of meetings that Kushner held with Russians, according to those news outlets, which quoted sources close to the probe.
For John Oliver, the current barrage of scandals engulfing the Trump administration isn’t “Kremlingate” or “Trump/Russia.” Harkening back to a simpler time, he calls it “Stupid Watergate” — a national trauma with all the potential implications of the events that brought down Richard Nixon, “but where everyone is stupid and bad at everything.”
Watching Jared Kushner grease a $100 billion arms deal for Saudi princes, Danziger wonders about an ulterior motive (like that influence-peddling pitch to Chinese investors by Kushner’s sister).
Danziger detects a pungent whiff of guanxi, or influence peddling, in the spectacle of Nicole Kushner Meyer — sister of presidential son-in-law Jared — hawking EB-5 visas in Shanghai while raising money for another family development. It’s just like Jersey.
On ‘The Simpsons,’ Trump ruminates: “One hundred days in office, so many accomplishments. Lowered my golf handicap. My Twitter following increased by 700. And finally, we can shoot hibernating bears.”
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.
In the Saturday Night Live cold open, Trump (Baldwin) complains about the dictator of North Korea. “He’s a war monger, he’s quick to anger, he’s a huge narcissist, he’s got a stupid little haircut, why would they let a man like that run an entire country?” Then he gets down to real business, the simmering feud between the spectral, demonic Bannon (Mikey Day) and Jared Kushner, played with aplomb by guest host Jimmy Fallon in a blazer and flak jacket.
“Jared, you’re such an inspiration,” the president gushes. “You showed everybody that if you were born rich and marry my daughter, you can do whatever you want.”
Activists have targeted Donald Trump’s vision of himself as a successful businessman by staging boycotts of his and his daughter Ivanka’s companies. But while “the name Trump is easy to find,” as C. Brooks points out, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner’s business tentacles are spread more covertly than his father-in-law’s, though just as widely.
Following Trump’s military strike on a Syrian airbase, his clownish administration has taken us to the brink of war — with the wise counsel, as Danziger observes, of his Harvard-educated son-in-law Jared Kushner. Doesn’t that make you feel safer?