More Aircraft Woes For Trump, China Shows Its True Feelings
Even though Donald Trump announced earlier that he would speak this Thursday on the ways in which he would separate himself from his business enterprises after taking the White House, the president-elect has now said that he will postpone his Dec. 15 news conference. Members of his transition team are saying that the conference will be rescheduled for January, and take place before the inauguration on Jan. 20. Kellyanne Conway has said that this is just a “minor delay.” The delay is intended to give Trump more time to formulate a smart decision for the next four years.
The Wisconsin recount officially ended yesterday afternoon, with Trump’s victory reaffirmed by more than 22,000 votes. The recount was paid for by Jill Stein, of course, and started Dec. 1. While the new results did change, they only did so by less than 2,000 votes. Furthermore, the Wisconsin recount did not lead to any suspicions of hacking or fraud. The statewide recounts that Stein originally wanted for Michigan and Pennsylvania as well will not occur, as they have been stopped by courts in the two states. Meanwhile, state officials in Wisconsin did not seem pleased with the added workload, causing conflicts with election clerks’ normal year-end duties.
China is throwing strong words back at Donald Trump, after his worrying relations with Taiwan. The Chinese state media called him “as ignorant as a child.” A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman went on to voice “serious concern” over whether or not Beijing and D.C. would be able to cooperate under a Trump administration. China even flew a nuclear-armed bomber over some disputed territories in the South China Sea, which some are thinking is a direct result of Trump’s recent phone call with Taiwan. This type of military behavior is not uncommon when the country feels it’s not getting its way. In 1995, China began a series of missile tests after the U.S. allowed the Taiwanese president to speak at Cornell University.
Last night, a Lufthansa flight headed for Germany from Houston was forced to make an unexpected stop at JFK, after a bomb threat. The emergency landing was due to a threat by phone, and the NYPD Counterterrorism Unit, as well as the Port Authority Police Department, are responding accordingly. Passengers were evacuated and the aircraft was moved to a space safely away from the airport.
Members of the Electoral College are demanding James Clapper, director of national intelligence, hand over the classified briefings on Russia’s involvement in the recent election. In a letter penned by Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, ten signatories made their demands known. “The United States intelligence community has now concluded with ‘high confidence’ that foreign power, namely Russia, acted covertly to interfere in the presidential campaign with the intent of promoting Donald Trump’s candidacy. The Electors require to know from the intelligence community whether there are ongoing investigations into ties between Donald Trump, his campaign or associates, and Russian government interference in the election, the scope of those investigations, how far those investigations may have reached and who was involved in those investigations.”
Meanwhile, Trump is further criticizing costs in Washington. Last week, it was Air Force One; now, it’s the American military’s F-35 fighter jet program. Yesterday he tweeted out, “The F-35 program and cost is out of control. Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th.” While last week’s aircraft fight was with Boeing, this week’s takes on Lockheed Martin. Yesterday’s comments were not his first on the subject, though. Sunday, he said nearly the same to Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
“If you look at the F-35 program with the money, the hundreds of billions of dollars, and it’s out of control,” he said. “And the people that are making these deals for the government, they should never be allowed to go to work for these companies.”
In response, Lockheed Martin’s shares dropped 2.6 percent. However, the company seems to remain optimistic, issuing a statement, saying, “We look forward to working with the president-elect and his administration to further build on the F-35 program’s record of demonstrated performance and affordability.”