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President Trump’s armored limo, ‘The Beast’: What to know

Get your cameras ready. This is a car you may not have expected to see spinning around the Daytona International Speedway: President Trump’s official limo, dubbed “The Beast.” The 45th president, the first to be named grand marshal of the Daytona 500 by NASCAR, may mark the honor with a lap around the track before Sunday’s race, Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts reported on Friday. While the plan had yet to be finalized, here are five things you need to know about “The Beast” if the drive gets green-lighted. The presidential limousine was commissioned by the Secret Service in 2014 — when Barack Obama was still president, according to NBC. It wasn’t unveiled until September 2018, Fox News reported at the time. The previous model made its debut at Obama’s inauguration in 2009. The limo’s nickname “The Beast” is apt, given that it weighs something like 22,000 pounds, NBC reported. According to the website, the doors of “The Beast” are estimated to be eight inches thick, with five-inch windows. The car is also believed to be made with a mix of steel, aluminum and ceramic armors, NBC said. Since Ronald Reagan’s administration in the 1980s, presidential limos have been modeled after Cadillacs. Before that, the presidential vehicles were Lincoln limos, according to Business Insider. Even though “The Beast” is meant to look like an elongated Cadillac CT6, the armored vehicle is built on a truck chassis, or frame, in order to carry its extreme weight. GM was commissioned by the Secret Service to make about a dozen of the armored limos under a $15.8 million contract, Fox News reported when the first debuted. Though the Secret Service hasn’t revealed many details about the specs of the limo, Fox News previously reported that it’s believed to have its own oxygen supply — in case of a biological or chemical attack — as well as “protection against ballistics and explosives, built-in tear gas launchers and an emergency medical suite equipped with a supply of the president’s blood type.”

Who was the first to live in the White House?

As the country gets set to commemorate Presidents Day, it’s time to reflect on the most famous address in the world: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington. That’s the White House — the president’s official residence in the nation’s capital. The first president, George Washington, chose the location in 1791, but never lived there. John Adams and his wife, Abigail, were the first occupants of the President’s House, moving into the unfinished structure in 1800. Fourteen years later, British troops burned it to the ground during the War of 1812. The original architect, Irish-born James Hoban, was appointed to rebuild the house, and President James Monroe and his wife, Elizabeth Kortright, took residence in 1817. The building’s South Portico was constructed during Monroe’s administration in 1824. The North Portico was built in 1829 under President Andrew Jackson. Construction of the Oval Office — the president’s work quarters — took place in 1909 when Howard Taft was president as part of a project to expand the executive wing. In 1913, President Woodrow Wilson’s wife, Ellen, planted the outdoor White House Rose Garden, the backdrop for press conferences, bill signings and special ceremonies. The White House Residence comprises 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms, and has six levels. Additionally, there are 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, eight staircases, and three elevators. Painters need 570 gallons of paint to cover the outside surfaces. President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901 on his presidential stationery. It remains the only private residence of a head of state open to public visitors without an admission charge.

And if you haven’t been, put it on your bucket list.  A tour of the White House, regardless of who the current occupant is, is definitely worth it.     🙂

Trump names Robert O’Brien, hostage negotiator, as national security adviser

President Trump named his chief hostage negotiator as his national security adviser Wednesday, filling the role for a fourth time as he plots a stern response to Iran’s suspected role in attacking Saudi oil fields last weekend. Robert C. O’Brien will replace John R. Bolton, who was ousted last week amid clashes with key White House aides and Mr. Trump on topics such as Iran, North Korea and Venezuela. As the U.S. special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, Mr. O’Brien endeared himself to Mr. Trump by working to secure the release of pastor Andrew Brunson from Turkey and Americans held in Afghanistan, Libya and Yemen. He also spoke to Sweden about rapper A$AP Rocky’s legal troubles after an incident in Stockholm. “He did a tremendous job on hostage negotiations. Really tremendous, like unparalleled. We’ve had tremendous success in that regard,” Mr. Trump told White House reporters traveling with him in California. “I think we have a very good chemistry together, and I think we’re going to have a great relationship. He is a very talented man.” Mr. O’Brien, who accompanied Mr. Trump, called it a privilege to serve with the president. “We’ve got a number of challenges,” he said, “but there’s a great team in place.” The president is promoting Mr. O’Brien as he weighs a response to Iran’s suspected role in drone attacks Saturday that temporarily shut down half of the Saudi oil production. “We’ll see what happens. We have many options that we’re considering. There are many options,” Mr. Trump said. Mr. Trump heads to New York for the U.N. General Assembly session next week, meaning Mr. O’Brien could have an immediate impact. The national security adviser does not have to be confirmed by the Senate. “Robert’s a very experienced foreign policy figure with deep knowledge of United Nations, international organizations,” said Nile Gardiner, director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at The Heritage Foundation. He worked alongside Mr. O’Brien on Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential bid. “He’s a safe pair of hands,” Mr. Gardiner said. “He’s somebody who I think has very good instincts, a very good understanding of the challenges facing the United States as leader of the free world.” Mr. O’Brien worked under President George W. Bush as a representative to the U.N., continuing in Mr. Bolton’s footsteps as a Trump official with connections to the last Republican administration. Mr. Trump has grown tired of Bush veterans. Besides Mr. Bolton, his aides included Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who sparred with Mr. Trump over immigration before her ouster. Mr. Bolton fought with top administration officials, but Mr. O’Brien is viewed as a team player. Mr. Trump, who bills himself as a deal-maker, was impressed by his track record as a negotiator. Mr. O’Brien has been “incredibly effective as the ambassador for these hostage negotiations,” said Kenneth R. Weinstein, president of the Hudson Institute. “He’s someone who has gone in, under the radar, and handles sensitive negotiations in a low-key manner.” Mr. Trump hailed Mr. O’Brien from the Oval Office in March during a welcome-home ceremony for Danny Burch, an oil worker held in Yemen for 18 months. In turn, Mr. O’Brien praised Mr. Trump for working to bring home Americans through “force of will,” without concessions or payments. Mr. O’Brien wrote a book in 2016, “While America Slept,” that was critical of President Obama’s 2015 nuclear pact with Iran and compared it to the appeasement of Adolf Hitler at Munich in 1938. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who wants a muscular approach to Iran, said Mr. O’Brien is a good choice who will keep Mr. Trump on the right path. “He understands the world for the dangerous place it is. He’s got great negotiating skills as our hostage negotiator,” Mr. Graham said. “I think he will be a very sound policy adviser to the president of the United States.” Mr. O’Brien will be the president’s fourth national security adviser in less than three years.

While Mr. O’Brien’s credentials as a hostage negotiator, and accomplished attorney, are very solid, we do have some reservations about him taking on this new role as the President’s National Security Adviser.  Mr. O’Brien’s only military background was in the Army Reserves as a JAG officer (military lawyer).  So, not exactly much in the way of a national security background.  Raised Catholic, he converted to Mormonism in his twenties, and with this new appointment is the highest ranking Later Day Saint in our federal government.  We wish Mr. O’Brien all the best in this extremely important role.

Ivanka Trump project to lift women in developing world announces $27M in grants

Ivanka Trump has announced the first batch of grants for her economic empowerment effort, the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative. The White House initiative, launched in February with an initial investment of $50 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development, is designed to help women in developing countries get ahead economically. Its first batch of grants totals $27 million, for 14 projects in 22 countries, mostly in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Trump is daughter of President Trump and a senior White House adviser. The initiative aims to help empower 50 million women in developing countries by 2025. The budget Trump has proposed for 2020 asks Congress for another $100 million for the initiative, even as he has proposed cuts to other foreign aid. “We are just getting started, but we are committed to delivering real results that create transformational change for women in developing countries by helping them prosper in the workforce, succeed as entrepreneurs, and fight for legislative change,” Ivanka Trump said Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. The first 14 projects receiving a share of the $27 million were chosen from some 120 entries, administration officials said Wednesday. They include an effort in Rwanda to help 1,400 women get into the African country’s fast-growing energy sector; a Latin American initiative that aims to equip 8,700 women with the skills needed to work tech jobs in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru; and a plan to support 5,000 women working in Indonesia’s poultry industry.

Kudos to Ivanka for spearheading this effort!  Outstanding!!     🙂

Trump on Clemson White House Visit: ‘I Served them Massive Amounts of Fast Food (I Paid)”

The liberal media went wild attacking President Donald Trump for serving fast food to the Clemson Tigers, when they visited the White House on Monday. With the shutdown still in full swing, White House staff is at a minimum, and it appears that the food service personnel are also on furlough. Trump paid for the entire feast out of his own pocket. “Great being with the National Champion Clemson Tigers last night at the White House,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday. “Because of the Shutdown, I served them massive amounts of Fast Food (I paid), over 1000 hamberders [sic] etc. Within one hour, it was all gone. Great guys and big eaters!” Trump also said that he thought the team would enjoy a little “fun” time during their White House visit. “We ordered American fast food, paid for by me,” the president said, according to CBS. “Lots of hamburgers, lots of pizza. We have some very large people that like eating, so I think we’re going to have a little fun.” Of course, Clemson has become somewhat famous for its fast food connection with breakout quarterback Trevor Lawrence being a huge fan of Chick-fil-A. For years Lawrence has prepared to meet his opponents by studying game films while eating Chick-fil-A. He has kept that up at college, too. “In Clemson, they say he does the same, poring over Notre Dame and Alabama defensive cut-ups while snacking on Chick-n-Minis,” ESPN’s Ryan McGee reported. Indeed, after the big White House visit, Lawrence said he loved the whole thing and said he can’t wait to come back. “It was awesome,” Lawrence said according to TMZ. “We had McDonalds and everything. It was good!” The press still went wild attacking the president for his hosting duty. Sports blogger Robert Littal attacked Trump for “believing” the “stereotypes” about college kids. “Here is the thing Trump believes every single stereotype that is out there, so the stereotype that college kids-athletes just eat fast food all the time is all he knows. These college football powerhouses are billion dollar businesses much more steak than 4 for $4,” he tweeted. Another virulent anti-Trumper, Dr. Eugene Gu, claimed Trump was using fast food as a way to “troll” everyone over the shutdown.

Wow..  What a bunch of self-righteous whiners in the dominantly liberal mainstream media!  The government is in a partial shut-down, and the President decided to go ahead and host the Tigers…and paid for it out of pocket.  And, from the videos I’ve seen, the guys had a blast!  These ESPN losers are just jealous they didn’t get THEIR invite, lol.

Donald Trump Oval Office Address: Border Security ‘A Choice Between Right and Wrong’

President Donald Trump delivered an address to the American people from the Oval Office on Tuesday, speaking about the crisis on the Southern border. “This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice,” Trump said in his eight-minute address, describing it as “a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul.” The president detailed the ongoing migration and illegal immigration crisis but did not declare an official State of Emergency, which would allow him to shift funding to fund border security without Congress. “This is the cycle of human suffering I am determined to end,” he said. He noted that migrant women and children were “victims” of the broken immigration system, specifically citing the more than 20,000 children brought illegally into the United States. “These children are used as human pawns by vicious coyotes and ruthless gangs,” he said. The president described the ongoing problems with drugs and crime coming across the border, endangering the lives of Americans. He again stated his request for a $5.7 billion wall, but said that it would be a “steel barrier instead of a concrete wall.” “This is just common sense,” he said. He defended the concept of a border wall, disputing that it was “immoral” as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted. “Why do wealthy politicians build walls, fences, and gates outside their home?” he asked. “They don’t build walls because they hate the people on the outside but because they love the people on the inside.” He argued that the steel barrier would pay for itself, and paid for indirectly by the new trade deal with Mexico. Trump blamed Democrats for the government shutdown, noting that leaders used to support the idea of more border security. “They changed their mind only after I was elected president,” Trump said. “Democrats in Congress have refused to acknowledge the crisis.” He called for Democrats to reopen the government with a funding bill that included and invited them to the White House again to make a deal. “The federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: Because Democrats will not fund border security,” he said. The president specifically mentioned the tragic death of Ronil Singh and other murders and rapes committed by illegal immigrants. “How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?” This is President Trump’s first address from the Oval Office in his presidency. The president made his remarks as the partial government shutdown continued on the eighteenth day. Congressional Democrats remained resolute against a negotiation on a government funding bill that included funding for a wall on the southern border. The fight will continue into the week, as Trump plans to attend the Senate Republican lunch on Wednesday with Vice President Mike Pence. The president did not declare an official State of Emergency, allowing him to immediately shift border funding for wall construction. On Thursday, the president plans to travel to the border to make his case for more funding. “I swore to protect our country and that is what I will always do, so help me God,” Trump concluded. “Thank you and good night.”

PHOTOS: Hospital Children Embrace Melania Trump for Christmas Storytime

First lady Melania Trump read Oliver the Ornament to hospital children on Thursday at Children’s National hospital, embracing them and former preemie babies. Early in her visit, Mrs. Trump spent time with several families whose children had been born prematurely and cared for in Children’s neonatal unit. Mother Nikki Watkinson explained that she gave birth in her husband’s truck during a snowstorm, and a snowplow had to guide a path to the hospital for her and the newborn to make it to the hospital afterward. “Our miracle baby,” she called her son Grayson, who was born at 24 weeks. She held the now 16-month old on her lap as she spoke with Trump. The first lady replied, “You have an incredible story to tell.” Dressed in a red and white Martin Grant coat, white dress, and Manolo Blahnik heels, she greeted the parents and children. The former preemies were Grayson Watkinson, Grayson Hogsett, and Payton Doy. She asked the children how they were doing and if they had wishes for Santa. Little Abigail said she wanted a dog, and when the first lady asked what name she would call this addition to the family, Abigail replied, “Peppermint”: Downstairs in the hospital atrium, Mrs. Trump continued her visit, walking in with child patients Nathan Simm and Tearrianna Cooke-Starkey. She read the story Oliver the Ornament to the young patients ranging from toddler to pre-teen, flanked by copies of the book, which centered around a theme of kindness that fit well into her Be Best policy platform. The book’s author, Todd Zimmermann, joined Trump, the two kids, and Santa on stage for the reading. Zimmerman said, “I’d also like to thank you for everything you do to promote kindness as part of your Be Best campaign”: About two dozen children being treated at the hospital sat in wheelchairs or on the floor to listen as Mrs. Trump read the story. Video of the reading was live streamed throughout the hospital in the hospital rooms of other patients, according to a hospital representative: Those present sang “Merry Christmas” as the first lady embraced, shook hands, and chatted with the children. She wished them all a Merry Christmas and happy, healthy New Year before departing. Each child received a copy of the book Mrs. Trump read, and she signed a copy that will remain at the hospital: American first ladies have been making the annual visit to Children’s National hospital every year since Bess Truman did so more than 60 years ago.

Outstanding!!  Click on the text above to see photos and video from this event.       🙂