Bannon canon blasts Kushner and Ivanka

Ex Trump adviser Steve Bannon has fired a fusillade at Donald Trump’s daughter and son in law in an interview with Vanity Fair. This could be a part of revenge utu for being dumped from the White House.

NZH: Ivanka Trump called Steve Bannon a liar in White House feud

The internal tensions of Donald Trump’s White House have been laid bare by the man who used to be his top adviser.

In a revealing interview with Vanity Fair, Steve Bannon, who was Trump’s political strategist before he was pushed out of the job in August, got remarkably candid about the simmering rivalries that plagued the President’s inner circle.

Bannon used the interview with Vanity Fair to repeatedly slam the couple, referring to them disparagingly as “Javanka”.

Things soon turned ugly as Bannon and the President’s daughter let loose at each other.

“She’s the queen of leaks,” Bannon reportedly said.

“You’re a f***ing liar!” Ivanka Trump fired back.

The interview revealed exactly how toxic the relationship became, and how much contempt Bannon still has for “Javanka”.

Bannon said it was clear Kushner, whom the President gave a wide portfolio of responsibilities, was in way over his head.

It was very risky to give Kushner huge responsibilities with virtually no relevant experience.

“He doesn’t know anything about the hobbits or the deplorables,” Bannon said, referring to Donald Trump’s voters. “The railhead of all bad decisions is the same railhead: Javanka.”

Bannon said Kushner’s decision to hold meetings with Russians during the election campaign may have given the impression the Trump camp sought Moscow’s help.

An impression that the is under investigation by the FBI, with Kushner apparently a prime target.

The article also highlights how any hopes the pair had of a decent working relationship were over after FBI Director James Comey was fired in May and Kushner’s involvement in that decision.

In an earlier interview, Bannon called it “the dumbest political decision in modern political history”.

The president made that decision, so Bannon is letting lose at the Trump political dynasty.

Employing the services of Bannon in his campaign and then in the White House administration may end up competing for being one of the dumbest political decision in modern political history. Revenge fire from the Bannon canon may inflict serious damage, and could even end up sinking the Trump ship.

Who needs enemies when you have ex-friends intent on turning dirty tactics against you?

 

Trump trip – what’s on a head?

Some curious choices over what has been worn on heads by Donald Trump, his wife and his daughter on visits to religious states.

When in Saudi Arabia…

CNN: Melania and Ivanka Trump arrive in Saudi Arabia sans headscarves

First lady Melania Trump and first daughter Ivanka Trump arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saturday morning sporting an absence of headscarves.

When asked why the Trumps went without scarves, the White House responded that they were not required to wear them.

Although they decided to forgo the headwear, both women were dressed conservatively in long pants and dresses.

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Their choice of dress during the first stop on President Donald Trump’s inaugural trip abroad is notable because Trump criticized first lady Michelle Obama for making the same decision two years earlier – “Many people are saying it was wonderful that Mrs. Obama refused to wear a scarf in Saudi Arabia, but they were insulted. We have enuf enemies.”

One of many Trump contradictions.

When in Israel…

Ivanka was raised a Presbytarian, Her husband is Jared Kushner Jewish and she converted to Judaism before marrying him in 2009.

Trump followed local custom too (he is Presbytarian):

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This was particularly notable because Trump was the first US president to visit the wall.

However is this in Israel?

When in the Vatican…

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CNN: Melania Trump wears veil, but not a headscarf

Melania Trump has dutifully considered every outfit she has worn during her first trip abroad as first lady — her visit with Pope Francis on Wednesday was no exception.

With Vatican protocol in mind, the first lady arrived to meet the Pope on Wednesday wearing a black veil and long-sleeved Dolce and Gabbana black dress draped down to her calf. President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, wore a similar outfit with a larger veil.

“Per Vatican protocol, women who have an audience with the Pope are required to wear long sleeves, formal black clothing, and a veil to cover the head,” Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s communications director, told CNN.

Days earlier, during her visit to Saudi Arabia, a strictly conservative Muslim theocracy, the first lady eschewed the customary headscarf, but stepped foot in the birthplace of Islam wearing a black jumpsuit reminiscent of the abaya worn by most women there. Despite not covering her head, the first lady’s outfit earned her rave reviews from the local press, who praised her attention to the country’s culture.

When asked why she wore a veil at the Vatican but eschewed a head covering in Saudi Arabia, Grisham said there was no request or requirement for her attire from that country.

Melania Trump has prepared extensively, with the help of State Department officials, on the proper protocol and customs for each of the stops on the foreign trip, according to sources familiar with the preparations. She wanted to ensure a smooth debut on the world stage as first lady and avoid any embarrassing missteps.

So presumably Saudi customs and protocols were checked out before deciding what to wear or not to wear. I guess this is just a part of state visits. However there were no Saudi women at the state occasions there.

When in the US…

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However it is one way – leaders who traditionally wear something on their heads keep them on when visiting. This is Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and defence minister Mohammed bin Salman at the White House on 14 March.

 

Ivanka Trump defends father at women’s summit

Ivanka Trump was given a critical reception at a women’s summit she attended in Berlin when she tried to defend her father’s attitude and action towards women.

BBC: Ivanka Trump forced to defend father at G20 women’s summit

Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka was met with groans as she defended her father’s attitude towards women at the G20 women’s summit in Berlin.

The First Daughter was taking part in a panel discussion about female entrepreneurs alongside German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and IMF chief Christine Lagarde.

An audible groan went up as she told the room her father was a “tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive”.

Mr Trump has been criticised over his attitude to women, especially after a tape of him making obscene remarks was released during the presidential campaign.

But Ms Trump said that although she had “heard the criticism from the media and that has been perpetuated”, she did not recognise her father in the description and nor would the “thousands” of women he had employed over the years.

“He encouraged me and enabled me to thrive. I grew up in a house where there were no barriers to what I could accomplish,” she added.

How he has treated his daughter and how he treats women in general seem to be quite different.

Ignoring the boos, hisses and disapproval of a room full of female delegates, Donald Trump’s special adviser persisted in her defence of a father who, she said, had enabled and encouraged her.

Ostensibly today’s visit – at the direct invitation of Angela Merkel – was about empowering women. But it’s been widely interpreted here as an attempt to forge another line of communication to the US president, and may mark a profound shift in the way in which Berlin – and Europe – does business with Washington.

Thus far the charm offensive seems to be working. Despite their significantly different politics, Mr Trump has said that he shares an unbelievable chemistry with the German chancellor.

Claims like that from Trump need to be taken with a grain of sodium chloride. He appeared to treat Merkel with disdain when she visited Washington.

Fox News gave a similar account: Ivanka Trump greeted with groans from Germany audience while defending her dad

First daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump faced a rocky reception Tuesday while defending her father’s advocacy for women at an event in Germany.

During her first official trip abroad in her White House role, she drew groans from the audience when she touted her father’s record after making a plug for paid leave policies.

“I am very proud of my father’s advocacy — long before he came to the presidency but during the campaign and into the primaries, he has been a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive,” she said in Berlin.

Disapproving murmurs and groans could be heard, and the moderator paused to note the reaction. The moderator said President Trump’s public attitudes toward women “in former times might leave one questioning whether he’s such an empower-er for women,” and asked Ivanka to comment.

In response, the first daughter said she’s heard such criticism from the media, and it’s “being perpetuated,” but said she knows her father’s attitudes from “personal experience.”

“And I think the thousands of women who have worked with and for my father for decades when he was in the private sector are a testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women,” she said.

There’s a lot of controversy over what potential Trump sees in some women – potential targets for his unwanted attention.

Also at Fox in Trump’s learning curve collides with campaign hype is this typically bizarre quote:

Trump went on to say that another key difference he observed from his time in the business world and in government is the need for “heart.” In business, Trump concluded, it’s bad to care about people. In government, he said, it is important to “love people.”

Is this the sort of business in which he means bad to care about people?

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And the potential of women in Government? White males dominate Trump’s top cabinet posts:

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Including Trump, that’s 22 men and 4 women. Not as lot of potential for females there.

And his general attitude to women is described at The Telegraph in Donald Trump sexism tracker: Every offensive comment in one place

These are just some of the names that Donald Trump has called women over the years.

The newly elected President of the United States has been widely called out for his objectification of women – he has a tendency to criticise them for their looks – and sexist remarks.

So it’s not surprising that Ivanka Trump would get a critical reception at a women’s summit when trying to defend her father.

Trump is a brat and the world is his sandpit

President Donald is inconsistent, unpredictable and seems to react to influence from his children, what he sees on television, and has an intolerance of feeling pushed around or found to be wrong.

What he says cannot be taken as a fixed view or position on anything.

RealClear politics: Trump: “We’re Not Going Into Syria”

In an interview Wednesday morning, President Trump promised that “we are not going into Syria,” but said that he will respond if Assad continues to use weapons of mass destruction. He also warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that he is backing the wrong guy.

“We’re not going into Syria,” Trump told Maria Bartiromo during an exclusive interview on FOX Business. “But when I see people using horrible, horrible chemical weapons… and see these beautiful kids that are dead in their father’s arms, or you see kids gasping for life… when you see that, I immediately called General Mattis.”

“What I did should have been done by the Obama administration a long time before I did it,” Trump also said. “I think Syria would be a lot better off right now than it has been.”

“If Russia didn’t go in and back this animal [Assad], you wouldn’t have a problem right now,” Trump said later:

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Putin is backing a person thatis truly an evil person, and I think it is very bad for Russia, it is very bad for mankind, it is very bad for this world. But when you drop gas, or bombs, or barrel bombs — they have these massive barrels with dynamite and they drop them right in the middle of a group of people. And in all fairness, you see the same kids with no arms, no legs, no face. This is an animal.

What Trump says here should be taken with a sack of salt.

He had condemned Obama for considering actions in Syria and warned him it would be nothing but trouble for the US if they intervened.

It is very ironic that Trump even seems to be raging against dropping bombs and ‘dynamite’.  Civilian deaths in Syria are reported to have risen significantly since Trump became president.

And the missile attack that Trump ordered last week was ‘influenced’ by his daughter’s outrage.

Stuff: ‘Outraged’ Ivanka influenced Donald Trump’s decision to strike Syria, Eric Trump says

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at his daily press briefing on Wednesday that “there is no question that” Ivanka Trump and others “weighed into him” on the decision.

The president’s son, Eric Trump, told The Daily Telegraph in an interview that the president had been influenced by his sister’s reaction to the gas attack that killed dozens last week.

Eric Trump said his sister was “heartbroken and outraged” by the attack.

So what if Ivanka is heartbroken by something else she sees on TV and influences her father again?

Eric Trump told the Telegraph his father’s decision to attack Syria proved that he is not in league with Russia and will not be “pushed around” by Vladimir Putin.

“If they disrespect us and if they cross us, fine. There will be no one harder – he has got more backbone than anybody. We’re no worse off than we were before. Maybe we’re finding that we can’t be.”

Asked about Putin’s threats of military escalation over Syria, he told the Telegraph his father was not easily intimidated. “I can tell you he is tough and he won’t be pushed around. The cards will shake out the way they do, but he’s tough.”

So if Ivanka becomes outraged and Trump feels pushed around by Putin it seems that anything could happen, as long as it doesn’t involve chemical weapons or dynamite.

Trump is a brat and the world is his sandpit.