Well, at least she didn’t take a knee.
A mere 72 hours after the Chinese government agreed to put a half-billion dollars into an Indonesian project that will personally enrich Donald Trump, the president ordered a bailout for a Chinese-government-owned cellphone maker.
“President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast,” Trump announced on Twitter Sunday morning. “Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!”
Trump did not mention in that tweet or its follow-ups that on Thursday, the developer of a theme park resort outside of Jakarta had signed a deal to receive as much as $500 million in Chinese government loans, as well as another $500 million from Chinese banks. Trump’s family business, the Trump Organization, has a deal to license the Trump name to the resort, which includes a golf course and hotels.
Trump, despite his promises to do so during the campaign, has not divested himself of his businesses and continues to profit from them.
The top counterintelligence agent in the country just testified that the phones created by this company pose a significant security threat here in the United States.
Courtesy of NBC News:
The nation’s top counterintelligence official told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that penetration of the U.S. market by the Chinese telecom firm ZTE could pose a national security risk to the United States.
Bill Evanina, who is facing a confirmation vote to head the newly created National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said he was not up to speed on the sanctions against ZTE, and he declined to say whether lifting them would be a good idea.
But under questioning by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Evanina said U.S. intelligence agencies are on record as assessing that Chinese telecommunication firms are used as a vehicle by the Chinese government to conduct espionage.
But hey, Donald Trump needs to make a profit so screw cybersecurity. Right?
Vice President Mike Pence delivered the commencement address to graduating students at a small, private, ultra-conservative Christian college in Michigan Saturday afternoon. Many consider the former Indiana governor a devout Catholic, and his speech certainly supported that perception.
“Faith in America is rising again because President Trump and our entire administration have been advancing the very principles that you learned here in the halls of Hillsdale College,” Pence said. “The principles that have always been the source of America’s greatness and strength.”
Hillsdale happens to have major ties to the family of Betsy DeVos. The college “considers itself a trustee of our Western philosophical and theological inheritance,” according to its website. The Education Secretary and her brother, Erik Prince, are graduates of the school. Prince, the founder of the Blackwater security services company, sits on its board. He has been questioned by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
OF COURSE MORE PEOPLE ARE TURNING TO GOD SINCE TRUMP’S ELECTION!!! We now understand that only Divine Intervention can save us from the disaster that is Trump and the Republican Party!!
Oliver North, the Fox News contributor and central figure in the Iran-Contra scandal, will be the National Rifle Association’s new president, the group announced Monday.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has questioned Russia oligarch Viktor Vekselberg about a payment his company allegedly made to Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, CNN reports.
According to a “source familiar with the matter,” the payment totaled hundreds of thousands of dollars and was made via a U.S. affiliate of Vekselberg’s Russian conglomerate Renova Group.
CNN reports the payments were made after the election.
In May, it was reported that Vekselberg was questioned by Mueller’s team “as he exited his private plane on the tarmac in a New York City airport.”
Vekselberg owns part of the Bank of Cyprus, the financial institution that last year turned over former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s records to Mueller, according to Bloomberg.
On Tuesday, Michael Avenatti—the lawyer representing adult film star Stormy Daniels—released an “executive summary” about the payments allegedly made to Cohen.
All this is coming on the heels of a lengthy Washington Post piece describing how Trump went for being the “king of debt” to buying $400 million of properties with cash — which raises the question of where did this cash come from? Probably from Russians, including those close to Putin.
Vekeselberg gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to Cohen beginning in January 2017.
Avenatti has posted documents . Vekselberg put the money in the SAME ACCOUNT that Stormy’s payoff came from.
Remember when all this started and people kept saying that the Stormy case was just a distraction?
Here are the documents.
Here’s CNN’s story now:
(CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators have questioned a Russian oligarch about hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments his company’s US affiliate made to President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, after the election, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Viktor Vekselberg, chairman of asset manager Renova Group, is an oligarch close to Vladimir Putin, and last month the Trump administration placed him on a list of sanctioned Russians for activities including election interference. The purpose of the payments, which predate the sanctions, and the nature of the business relationship between Vekselberg and Cohen is unclear.
The scrutiny of the payments could add to the legal troubles for Cohen, whose home and office were raided last month as part of a criminal investigation by federal prosecutors in Manhattan. In court documents, the prosecutors said at least part of their inquiry stemmed from a referral from Mueller’s office.
The questions asked of Vekselberg suggest that Mueller investigators have been examining some of Cohen’s business relationships as part of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Vekselberg is one of two Russian oligarchs the FBI stopped earlier this year after their private jets landed in New York-area airports as part of Mueller’s investigation.