The “Hamilton” Cast Offends Pence; NATO Needs To Hear From Trump
Donald Trump is demanding an apology from the “Hamilton” cast. After the curtain call at a New York performance this weekend, actor Brandon Victor Dixon addressed Mike Pence, who happened to be in the crowd.
“We, sir, are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights. We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us,” he said. Before Dixon could finish, Pence left the room.
“Vice President-elect Pence, I see you walking out, but I hope you will hear us, just a few more moments. There’s nothing to boo here, ladies and gentlemen,” Dixon continued. “We’re all here sharing a story about love.”
In response to the event, Trump tweeted out, “Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing. The theater must always be a safe and special place. The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!”
While during Obama’s travels this week, he has continuously pushed the commitment of the United States to NATO. However, the European leaders just aren’t buying it. “The bottom line is, yes — people need to hear it from Trump himself. No one believes Obama can speak for Trump,” said Kurt Volker, the former U.S. representative to NATO during both the Bush and Obama administrations.
Another NATO representative under Obama, Ivo Daalder, chimed in. “Trump needs to make clear as soon as possible that he will stand by the solemn security guarantee to NATO all his predecessors since Harry Truman have upheld. Obama’s reassurances are welcome, but the ball is in Trump’s court.”
Chinese media are issuing warnings to Trump this weekend, corresponding with the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Peru. “Turning his trade-bashing campaign into actual policies could bash any hope that the Asia-Pacific will finally have its much-wanted free trade deal. Worse, it could drag his country and the wider world into deeper economic distress,” an official news agency said. “The billionaire-turned-politician needs to prove that derailing the global economy has not been one of the reasons why he ran for U.S. president.”
Also appearing at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum’s CEO Summit was Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook CEO addressed the great attention the social media channel has received recently for fake news stories. He laid out a series of steps the site may take in later months to address fake news, including labeling stories that are suspected of being false. Other steps mentioned included disrupting ad revenue that drives online fake news businesses, and partnering with journalists and fact-checking organizations.
Many people have blamed fake news stories on Facebook for causing the Donald Trump election win. While Zuckerberg has called this preposterous, he does see the difficulties in preventing certain political or social warriors from pushing their own views in dishonest ways via Facebook. Reporting and warning features used to flag false news stories could become tools in these individuals’ hands. In addition, Zuckerberg alludes to the fact that these fake news organizations are successful due mostly to public interest, saying that “the problem is that people don't click on things that don’t conform to their worldview.”
The World Health Organization announced that Zika is no longer a public health emergency of international concern. The virus was first declared a public health emergency in February. However, despite the downgrade of Zika’s status, WHO officials still say that the risk of Zika should be taken seriously. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added that pregnant women should still be wary of traveling to at-risk destinations, such as countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia, as well as Miami. The largest risk has appeared in Brazil, where hysteria over the virus first began, but now assumptions are being made that perhaps the high rate of microcephaly cases in the country are due to other factors as well.