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Melania Trump arrives in Ghana for first solo international trip as First Lady

First lady Melania Trump has embarked on her first big solo international trip – and first visit to Africa – with plans to visit four countries in just five days, focusing on child welfare. Her trip will include a bevy of visits to schools, shelters and hospitals while she focuses on the well-being of children. The mother of a 12-year-old son, child welfare is an important issue for Trump, who launched her advocacy initiative “Be Best” earlier this year. As Trump says, the campaign is “shining a spotlight on successful programs and organizations that teach children tools and skills.” First up on the trip for Trump is Ghana. She arrived in the West African nation on Tuesday and visited a baby clinic. She toured wings of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, including an older part of the hospital and a newer facility, and passed out teddy bears wrapped in blankets. Trump, too, got a firsthand look at how babies are weighed at the hospital. (They’re placed in sacks that are then hung from a hook attached to a scale.) She also watched a nurse demonstrate how vitamins are administered to babies by mouth. The first lady also spent time speaking to children and holding infants. Trump, 48, also had tea with Ghana’s first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, at the presidential palace, known as the Jubilee House. The two women traded gifts: a White House tray in a signed leather case for Akufo-Addo and a Kente cloth and artifacts for Trump. The pair had previously met in September at a reception during the U.N. General Assembly in New York. Next up on her trip are visits to Malawi, Kenya and Egypt. Trump joins a list of former first ladies – Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama – who also made solo trips to Africa. The trip to Africa works for the Trump administration on multiple levels, a source told Fox News. It’s been a challenging week for the president, and this visit can take some of the focus off that. It also portrays Trump as a first lady who is passionate about serious issues. The trip, too, can show the people of Africa they are on the Trump White House’s agenda in a positive manner.

Agreed..  This was a well-considered trip for the First Lady.  Excellent!   🙂

French: An Open Letter to the NYT’s Anonymous Senior Trump Administration Official

Dear Anonymous, This isn’t normal Washington politics anymore. It’s not a game. Your instantly infamous New York Times op-ed has painted us a picture of your character, and it’s not pretty. Let’s put this as bluntly as possible: If you’re actively defying the president to pursue your own preferred policies, you’re subverting an American presidential election. If you’re withholding from the American people actual hard evidence of presidential unfitness, then you’re placing your own career before your country. If you’re lying or badly exaggerating the facts for the thrill of constant media contact or the approval of your peers, then you’re just despicable. In Bob Woodward’s new book and your Times piece, Americans now face claims that the president’s staff often decides his orders are so outlandish that they must be ignored. We face claims that members of his own administration have sought to thwart his will in part by literally taking documents off his desk and hoping he doesn’t notice. And now there’s even a claim that Trump’s behavior was so outlandish and unstable that “there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment.” Allegations don’t get much more explosive than that. So here’s what you have to do: You have to identify yourself. You have to state the basis of your claims, name the cabinet members who “whispered” about removing the president, and state the reasons for their alarm. If what you say is true, the American people need to know. You need to tell them, and you need to do it not in a television interview or the pages of the Times, but in Congress, under oath, in front of the nation. Yes, this will be hard. But if you truly believe the president is unfit, basic patriotism demands nothing less. There is a lot of talk about the kind of behavior that’s “priced in” with Trump. Aside from the cultists, millions of voters cast their ballots knowing that he was a flawed man. They knew, and still know, that he’s cheated on his wife. They wished, and still wish, that he wouldn’t rage on Twitter, that he showed more self-discipline, and that he had more integrity. But they preferred him to Hillary Clinton, another corrupt candidate. But there’s something else that voters have “priced in,” too: They expect that Trump will face stiff resistance from the Republican establishment, and that the permanent class of civil servants — the “deep state” we hear so much about — will loathe and seek to undermine him. So when you run to the Times or to the Post and make anonymous claims, Trump’s supporters quite fairly question your motives. If the crisis is so bad, and your motives are so pure, why not go on the record? That said, I’ve been living alongside Trump supporters every day of my life since he came down that escalator. I know what they see in him. I know what they expect in him. And I’ll tell you what’s not “priced-in”: Actual instability. True stories of dangerous behavior. Some certain hardcore cohort of Twitter trolls and Trumpists will never leave their man. Some number of Republican congressmen would stand by his side no matter what, too. But constitutional correction in this case doesn’t require unanimity; it just requires testimony, verifiable claims. We have reached a miserable point in American democracy. Unelected public servants so distrust the political branches of government that they actually work to undermine elected officials or refuse to even attempt to utilize constitutional systems of checks and balances. If you’re telling the truth, there exist within the Trump administration people who believe that our nation is led by a man who’s too unstable to govern. Yet to these people, even that level of a national emergency doesn’t justify the risk to career and reputation inherent in resignation and public testimony? A nation once worth dying for is now only worth leaking for? The alternative explanation, of course, is even worse: Maybe you and your fellow anonymous leakers aren’t telling the truth. Maybe you’re exaggerating so much that you’re stoking a false sense of fear and urgency. Based on the gap between the president’s Twitter feed and the administration’s actions, it’s clear that something is happening to thwart his will or change his mind. But is there a real fire behind all this smoke? We just don’t know. I find it ironic that you saw fit to invoke the memory of Senator John McCain in your Times piece. Whatever you think of McCain’s ideology, no reasonable person can deny his courage. He flew into a storm of missiles. He was tortured. He refused early release. He was one of many heroes in our nation’s history who laid their lives on the line to defend its ideals. Yet even as you invoke the kind of patriots whose blood waters the Tree of Liberty, you infect it with the rot of your cowardice. Are you inspired by McCain? Then show one-tenth his courage. Name yourself. Let America test your claims.

Agreed!!  And well said, David.  Author David French is an attorney, and Army Reserve officer (Major) who was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq.  This goes along with what Dana Perino said.  See her comments, and mine, by scrolling down about 5 articles.  Excellent!!     🙂

‘You Really Should Resign’: Perino Calls Out WH Official Who Authored NYT Op-Ed Against Trump

Dana Perino called out the unnamed White House official Wednesday on The Five who penned a New York Times opinion piece blasting President Trump. The piece, titled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” is written by an anonymous senior official who said other top White House officials are “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of [President Trump’s] agenda and his worst inclinations.” Perino, who served as White House press secretary under President George W. Bush, called the author of the op-ed “extremely self-indulgent.” “You should not be lapping up the benefits of being a senior administration official, no doubt while scouting for lucrative opportunities for when you leave your post.” President Trump addressed the piece during a meeting with sheriffs from across the country at the White House, calling it “gutless.” “If I weren’t here, I believe the New York Times probably wouldn’t exist,” he said. Perino said that something about the release of the op-ed is suspicious, given that it was published just a day after excerpts of veteran journalist Bob Woodward’s book on Trump’s White House were published by The Washington Post. “If you are this person, you really should resign tonight,” she said. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted a statement regarding the story Wednesday evening, agreeing with Perino’s sentiment. “This coward should do the right thing and resign,” Sanders wrote.

Agreed…  Dana Perino is spot on here.  So, kudos to her for calling out whoever the heck this is.  The whole idea of a treasonous almost shadow-like entity within the White House trying to undermine the President, who was duly elected by the people, should be terrifying to everyone regardless of political party affiliation or persuasion.  Hopefully this loser is found and fired soon…and IF he is guilty of any criminal wrongdoing, also charged for those crimes.  Newsflash to whoever this is..  You don’t work for Trump.  You work for US; we-the-people.  We pay your salary.  Like Dana said..  If this person really exists, and thinks all of this, then he/she should resign immediately.  For more, or to watch this segment from The Five, click on the text above.

Trump orders White House flags back to half-staff for McCain’s death, issues statement of respect

President Trump ordered flags at the White House lowered to half-staff again Monday to mark the death of Sen. John McCain after heavy criticism from veterans groups and others. Mr. Trump said in a statement, “Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment.” The president also said he has asked Vice President Mike Pence to speak at a ceremony honoring Mr. McCain at the Capitol on Friday. And at the request of the McCain family, Mr. Trump ordered military transportation of Mr. McCain’s remains from Arizona to Washington, D.C., with military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport during the service at the United States Naval Academy.

Glad to see the President make this course correction…and take the higher road…even though Sen. McCain unfortunately elected NOT to take the higher road in his bitter relationship with President Trump this last year and a half. As a military veteran, myself, I appreciate President Trump’s actions here.  It was the right thing to do.  As many of you know, I’ve been VERY critical of the late Senator from Arizona the last 10-15 years.  His last action in the Senate where he was the deciding vote, and with thumbs down voted down repealing and replacing the failed Obamacare which he ironically campaigned on was a disgrace, and he only voted that way out of spite for Trump.  Honestly, he should have retired after he lost his presidential bid a decade ago.  But, we all honor his extraordinary military service, and his continuing service to our country up to that point.  This is the proper way to show respect to him for his service, and President Trump’s course correction should be praised by all, regardless of your political party or persuasion.

Trump declares opioids from Mexico, China ‘almost a form of warfare,’ tells Sessions to sue drug makers

Calling opioids coming into the U.S. from China and Mexico “almost a form of warfare,” President Trump on Thursday urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate foreign sources of fentanyl that he said are “killing our people.” Speaking during a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Trump also took the unusual step of urging Sessions to file a “major” new lawsuit against opioid suppliers and manufacturers, rather than join existing lawsuits filed by states affected by the spread of the highly addictive, deadly drugs. “It’s almost a form of warfare,” Trump said, referring to the drugs he called “garbage” that are flowing into the country. “I’d be very firm on that. It’s a disgrace and we can stop it.” Trump added: “I’d also like to ask you to bring a major lawsuit against the drug companies on opiods. Some states have done it, but I’d like a lawsuit to be brought against these companies that are really sending opiods at a level that — it really shouldn’t be happening. … People go into a hospital with a broken arm, they come out, they’re a drug addict.” More than 1,000 lawsuits by more than a dozen states have already been filed nationwide against distributors and manufacturers in recent months amid the opioid epidemic. Earlier this week, New York sued the maker of the prescription opioid painkiller OxyContin, saying Purdue Pharma has misled both patients and doctors about the dangers of their drug. In June, Massachusetts also sued Purdue and its executives, accusing the company of fueling the deadly drug abuse crisis by spinning a “web of illegal deceit” to boost profits. The lawsuit, which the state’s attorney general said was the first to call out the names of company executives in connection with opioid deaths, came as Purdue was already defending against lawsuits from several other states and local governments. Other companies involved in litigation with states include manufacturers Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceuticals, as well as distributors. The suits generally involve claims that the drug makers have improperly downplayed the addictive qualities of their drugs, and that distributors have negligently handled their shipments. Sessions said he would comply with the president’s requests. “We absolutely will,” Sessions said Thursday. “We are returning indictments now against distributors from China; we’ve identified certain companies that are moving drugs from China, fentanyl in particular. We have confronted China about it … Most of it is going to Mexico and then crossing the border, unlawfully, from Mexico.” There were no signs of tension in the room, even though the attorney general has been a target of Trump’s ire in recent days.

Glad to hear..  Whatever people may think, or say, about AG Jeff Sessions, he has been a very loyal soldier in Trumps army.  For more on this article, click on the text above.

U.S. readying more Turkey sanctions unless detained American pastor is released

Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said Thursday that the United States is preparing more sanctions against Turkey if American pastor Andrew Brunson is not released from custody. “We have more that we’re planning to do if they don’t release him quickly,” he said. Mr. Mnuchin gave the update at a Cabinet meeting, where President Trump said Turkey is not turning out to be a great friend of the U.S. Mr. Trump said of the pastor, “He’s a very innocent man.” The administration sanctioned two top Turkish officials last week over the imprisonment of Mr. Brunson, who was released from jail last month but is still being detained on house arrest. Turkey has accused him of fomenting an attempted coup, but the U.S. says the charges are phony. Turkey is also seeking the extradition from the U.S. of a Muslim cleric whom it accuses of inciting the coup attempt.

‘Idol’ Star Jax Defies Left-Wing Hate over White House Independence Day Concert

American Idol finalist Jax, sees her upcoming White House performance on Independence Day as a chance to honor “our troops,” and celebrate “the birthday of our country.” The New Jersey-born singer also says she won’t let any amount of backlash change her mind. “I think it’s kinda a really unfortunate thing people can’t separate politics and patriotism,” the singer told TMZ on Thursday. The Season 14 American Idol finalist explained that her appearance is more about honoring her family, and other families that have sacrificed for our country. Jax’s younger brother is a Marine and her father was a 9/11 first responder. “I think it’s about honoring our troops and celebrating the birthday of our country,” the singer said. According to TMZ, “Jax will join fellow ‘AI’ alum Jonny Brenns and country music singer Sara Evans for a July 4 evening concert on the south lawn of the White House, with the Prez and First Lady Melania Trump in the crowd.” “I’m delighted to welcome this new addition to the annual White House July 4th celebration. Americans will be able to tune in from their homes and be part of the festivities,” Melania Trump said in a statement. The concert will be televised Wednesday on the Hallmark Channel.