Trump/Obama Meeting Looks as Awkward as Expected
Donald Trump and President Obama met for the first time yesterday, and if the pictures have anything to say about it, it was an awkward encounter. However, both reported that it was a very productive meeting and Trump says he plans to work very closely with Obama and seek his counsel in the coming months. The meeting was intended to last 10-15 minutes, but went on for about 90, with Trump saying it could have lasted even longer. Obama is encouraging White House staff to show Trump and his own staff support as they make the transition over what will be a very short 10 weeks. The photo-op tradition with the first couple and the incoming couple was not observed, and Michelle Obama met with Melania separately. The two ladies had tea and took a tour of the White House, while discussing their children. At the same time, the White House Chief of Staff gave a tour to Jared Kushner, husband of Ivanka Trump. All parties refused to answer questions from the press regarding any hostility between Obama and Trump.
Trump also meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan, as well as Senate Majority Lead Mitch McConnell. Ryan and McConnell both showed Trump and his entourage around the Capitol grounds. Ryan is promising to lead a “unified Republic government” with Trump.
Protesters around the country are taking to the streets and targeting Trump buildings, chanting “not my president” everywhere they go. Thousands of people are filling at least 25 cities, refusing to accept the outcome of the election. Fires are being set during riots in California and at least three officers have been wounded. More than 200 protestors appeared outside Trump’s New York home, carrying signs saying “White men stop ruining everything” and chanting “Trump and Pence make no sense.” Celebrities have been joining the protests, including Lady Gaga.
Russian diplomats are saying that they had contact with Donald Trump’s campaign team, after Trump denied having contact with the Russian government. “Obviously we know most of the people from his entourage. Those people have always been in the limelight in the United States and have occupied high-ranking positions. I cannot say that all of them but quite a few have been staying in touch with Russian representatives,” said Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister. “We have just begun to consider ways of building dialogue with the future Donald Trump administration and channels we will be using for those purposes.”
Business Insider is proclaiming Trump’s new website spells out environmental disaster for the earth. The website posted a large quote from greatagain.gov and its page on energy independence. In the article, researchers are saying that a two-term Trump presidency would lead to an added 3.4 billion tons of CO2 in the atmosphere, completely eliminating any good created by the recent Paris climate agreements. How’s he going to do it? By following through on plans allowing corporations to remove extravagant amounts of carbon from the Earth, release tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and then poison the drinking water. He may also ban 97 percent of scientists who believe in climate change from the government arena, saying that they have “radical political agendas.”
In other science news, researchers are now saying that your risk of becoming ill this flu season may be related to the year in which you were born. Those who were exposed to certain flu strains in childhood could have developed long-term protection against flu viruses, reducing risk of infection by 75 percent. However, the new findings aren’t completely understood by scientists yet, but they hope that they may provide the basis for further research regarding pandemic risk.
"The findings provide a novel framework to extract actionable information and improve our ability to quantitatively assess pandemic risk," said Dr. Richard Stein, a research scientist at New York University School of Medicine and an adjunct assistant professor at City University of New York. "Influenza pandemics have periodically recurred through history, and one of the few things we know with certainty is that, at some point, a new pandemic can be expected. Two of the things we do not yet know are when and where."