Remember Newsweek magazine? That’s the weekly publication that use to be of standard thickness, but now has about as much content as a doctor’s waiting room pamphlet on syphilis.
The ragazine that’s now firmly in place with the DNC’s Ministry of Propaganda is now demanding to know who paid for the president’s adult children and their spouses attending Queen Elizabeth’s recent State Dinner in London.
President Donald Trump’s adult children who do not work in the administration made headlines this week for traveling with their father on an official trip to the United Kingdom, and some critics have gone further to wonder who is paying for their presumably costly participation.
Pollster and Whitman Insight Strategies director Matt McDermott on Wednesday tweeted a photo of Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and his wife Lara Trump, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, and Tiffany Trump from the U.K. state dinner at Buckingham Palace on Monday.
“4 of 6 people in this photo have no official government position,” McDermott wrote, referring to everyone except Ivanka Trump and Kushner who are senior White House advisers. “They run private businesses, are campaign advisers. Why are they attending an official state dinner on behalf of the United States?”
Trump Jr. and Eric Trump are executive vice presidents of the Trump Organization, while Lara Trump is a Trump 2020 senior campaign adviser and Tiffany Trump is a Georgetown Law student.
Hold on a sec… in Newsweek’s first paragraph, they claim that none of President Trump’s adult children “work in the administration”, but just a few short paragraphs later, Newsweek cites that Ivanka does. I guess Newsweek doesn’t even read what their own sources say.
Even further down the article, Newsweek finally got around to printing;
A White House official told Newsweek on Wednesday afternoon that the four non-administration members of the Trump family who joined the trip were personally paying.
Oddly enough, Newsweek was rather mum when it came to the Famiglia Obama taking a one-month long vacay to Africa, complete with 56 total support vehicles, to include 14 of limos and three of trucks loaded with extra bullet-proof glass, and an entire US Navy/US Marine amphibious assault group or a complete aircraft carrier task force… just in case.
But if you haven’t received your daily recommended amount of fake news, you’re going to love this.
From the summer of 2013, the Washington Post made mention of the contents of the Obamas rather hefty go-bag;
Hundreds of U.S. Secret Service agents will be dispatched to secure facilities in Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. A Navy aircraft carrier or amphibious ship, with a fully staffed medical trauma center, will be stationed offshore in case of an emergency.
Military cargo planes will airlift in 56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines and three trucks loaded with sheets of bulletproof glass to cover the windows of the hotels where the first family will stay. Fighter jets will fly in shifts, giving 24-hour coverage over the president’s airspace, so they can intervene quickly if an errant plane gets too close.
The elaborate security provisions — which will cost the government tens of millions of dollars — are outlined in a confidential internal planning document obtained by The Washington Post. While the preparations app
The Pose finally got around towards the end of the article that “Obama’s trip could cost the federal government $60 million to $100 million based on the costs of similar African trips in recent years, according to one person familiar with the journey…”
What? “Based on the costs of similar African trips”? That means nothing.
Additionally, there’s a new wrinkle to presidential travel. Also cited by the WaPo;
Officials said the Secret Service does not want the president traveling anywhere without a top-rated trauma center nearby. The White House medical unit makes decisions about which foreign hospitals meet its standards when it makes advance visits to the locations for planned trips, officials said.
In much of the developing world, the U.S. Navy provides a “floating hospital” on an aircraft carrier or amphibious ship nearby, officials said.
“This is what you need to support the American presidency,” Atkiss said of the requirements, “regardless of who the president is.”
I don’t recall Clinton or Dubya needing an entire task force to go on vacation.
By the way, a carrier or an amphib (a carrier in its own right) NEVER travels alone. Both are surrounded by a veritable fleet of additional warships (to include subs) and supply ships.
I wonder how many billions it cost the Pentagon to deploy dozens of ships and thousands of troops to essentially babysit the Obamas just because Barry and Mike don’t trust African hospitals?
While the majority of illegal aliens have arguably originated from Mexico, President Trump is threatening the Mexican government with additional tariffs if they don’t start controlling the flood in illegals from Central America transiting through Mexico.
Yet in wide swaths of the United States with little to no exposure to fellow citizens of Latino heritage, many non-Latinos (thanks in no small part to the news media) are under the mistaken impression that most, if not all Latinos are sympathetic to illegal aliens.
That’s actually quite far from the truth.
As cited in a poll conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, President Trump enjoys a 50 percent job approval by Latino citizens (48 percent disapproval, 2 percent no opinion), which is 1 percent higher than the national overall rating.
Interestingly enough, the same research noted that among US citizens of Latino heritage, Rep. Nancy Pelosi enjoys only a 37 percent approval, and a 45 percent disapproval rating.
But with all that aside, one the greatest acts of individual defiance to terrorism would be that of Marine Sgt. James “Jimmy” Lopez, who was held hostage for 444 days after anti-American thugs of the Ayatollah Khomeini stormed the US Embassy in Teheran, Iran.
Never heard of Jimmy Lopez? Don’t feel bad. His is one of the greatest examples of patriotism you’ve never heard of.
In fact, it was President Reagan who cited Lopez for his heroic conduct and quick thinking. As reported by UPI, “Lopez [was] singled out by President Reagan for particular bravery in blocking Iranians as they stormed the embassy…”
Thankfully, there is an account of Lopez’s actions that gets much more specific. As reported by the New York Times on Jan. 22, 1981;
For most of the past year Jesse and Mary Lopez kept the secret bottled up inside them. Their pride was nearly boundless but they feared that disclosure would place their 22-yearold son, Sgt. James M. Lopez of the Marine Corps, in greater danger from the Iranian militants holding him hostage in Teheran.
But early this morning, when Sergeant Lopez, 50 pounds lighter and with his shoulder-length hair tied back with a yellow ribbon, walked off a bus in Wiesbaden, West Germany, and called home, the secret came tumbling out.
‘I know about what you did over there the first day,’ said Mrs. Lopez, her voice breaking with joy and relief. According to accounts from several Americans, when trouble broke out on the morning of Nov. 4, 1979, at the American Embassy in Teheran, Sergeant Lopez quickly invoked his authority as the lone Marine guard on duty at the consulate, one of several buildings in the embassy compound.
Drove Back Invaders
In his best drill-instructor manner, Sergeant Lopez barked orders to the 70 or so people huddled inside. Among them were Iranian citizens who had been seeking visas and 14 other Americans, including several American Foreign Service officers many years his senior.
For nearly three hours, Sergeant Lopez, who had been an embassy guard only a month, managed to stave off the angry Iranian demonstrators outside, according to these accounts, securing the doors with coat hangers, herding his charges to the more secure second floor, driving back the invaders with tear gas grenades and destroying the visa stamps.
Finally, as the situation grew more desperate, Sergeant Lopez gave the order to leave, dividing those inside into small groups of Americans and Iranians in hopes that they would attract less attention and dispatching them at intervals out of a side door, American diplomats recalled.
Most of the Americans were recaptured soon afterward as they tried to make their way to safety through the back streets of Teheran. But five of the American diplomats were able to evade the mob and, with a sixth man they encountered on the street, ultimately took refuge in the Canadian Embassy. Using false Canadian passports, the six left Iran last Jan. 29 and when they reached the United States, Kathleen Stafford, a consular assistant, telephoned Mr. and Mrs. Lopez to tell them of their son’s bravery.
‘He Didn’t Lose His Composure’
‘By keeping the consulate secure he made it possible for us to go,’ said Mark Lijek, one of those who escaped and who is now a consular officer in Hong Kong. ”He was the one all of us looked to to tell us what to do. He may have been the most junior guy there, but he was certainly up to the occasion. He didn’t get excited, he didn’t lose his composure.’
‘He was standing there and overseeing the entire effort and putting his own safety last,’ Mrs. Stafford’s husband, Joseph, who is also a Foreign Service officer, recalled. ‘I’m grateful and I’m sure everyone in the consulate that day is grateful. He performed superbly.’
Under normal circumstances there would have been two Marine guards on duty at the consulate, the second assigned to the visa section. But the section had been closed in anticipation of trouble and Sergeant Lopez was alone when the mob began to form outside.
The rules of engagement for Marine embassy guards prohibit firing outside a compound without specific State Department approval or firing inside except in defense of American lives.
‘He Beat Them Back’
‘It was a tribute to Jim that he was able to control a group that size,’ said Mr. Lijek. ‘He was the one that actually destroyed the visa plates. He never seemed at a loss throughout the whole thing. There was nobody there to help him. At one point, the students tried to break into the consulate through one of the windows. He beat them back. I think he threw a smoke grenade, or tear gas.’
‘It was tear gas,’ said Robert Anders, another of the escaped diplomats, who works at the State Department and who confirmed Mr. Lijek’s account and added his own praise for Sergeant Lopez.
For much of the next 14 months, Sergeant Lopez told his family on the telephone, he was ”kept in some really bad-hole places, like closets.” But, he said, ”at least I got some of the others out, right?”
Mrs. Lopez was also cheered to learn that, even in captivity, her son had continued to try to resist the militants, at one point scrawling, ‘Viva La Roja, Blanca y Azul‘ on a wall at the embassy compound. But the militants, Mrs. Lopez said, ‘never figured out’ that the words were Spanish for ‘Long Live the Red, White, Blue.‘
Last night, as the freed hostages stepped off an airplane that had stopped in Algiers on the trip from Iran to West Germany, the tension in the family’s crowded living room became nearly unbearable. Sergeant Lopez, in a red T-shirt, was one of the last to disembark, and when he appeared on the screen the tension gave way to pandemonium.
‘Momma, he has long hair,’ shouted Marcie, Sergeant Lopez’s 10-year-old sister. But, speaking with her a few hours later by telephone from Wiesbaden, he told her that he would have to cut it off. ‘Honey, I have to,’ he said. ‘I’m in the Marine Corps.’
Having been held hostage, he told his family, was ‘like Mark Twain said about being tarred and feathered – if it wasn’t for the honor, I’d rather do without.’