Uproar Over Ivanka Trump Bracelet, Jared Kushner Security Clearance
Yesterday, the New York Times reported that Trump was dealing with quite a lot of firings and inner conflict while working toward the presidential transition. Trump, of course, took to Twitter to point out how wrong the newspaper was, saying, “The failing @nytimes story is so totally wrong on transition….I have received and taken calls from many foreign leaders.” He then said the transition “is going so smoothly.”
The Trump children are now being monitored to see how they’ll use their father’s new position for their own personal gain. Ivanka Trump appeared in an interview with her family on 60 Minutes over the weekend, and shortly after, journalists received an email from Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, with a photo of Ivanka wearing a $10,800 bangle during the appearance. While most fashion brands frequently draw attention to celebrities wearing their items, it was noted that the email, which came from the company’s vice president of sales, was meant specifically to promote sales in light of the election. The instance is being compared to Ivanka wearing one of her own dresses to the Republican National Convention earlier this year, after which the brand tweeted out a photo of the dress with a link to purchase it via Macy’s. Many view the situation as inappropriate.
The president of the Ivanka Trump brand issued a statement after the 60 Minutes email, saying that it “was sent by a well-intentioned marketing employees…following customary protocol, and who, like many of us, is still making adjustments post-election.”
Meanwhile, Trump has requested his son-in-law and Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, receive top-secret clearance so that he may sit in on daily presidential briefings. It’s expected to take weeks or months for Kushner to receive the necessary security clearance. Trump tweeted out that he was “not trying to get top level security clearance for children,” though NBC News reports several sources have said that’s not the case.
Russia has become one of the recent few countries to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. Vladimir Putin signed a decree to formally withdraw, and now it’s suspected he did so to avoid any charges of war crimes in Syria. The decision follows similar announcements from Burundi and Gambia, who left the court after feeling that the ICC focuses much too largely on Africa and its leaders. Currently, the United States is not part of the ICC, as some believe it may draw attention to military personnel wrongdoings. Russia’s withdrawal additionally comes after the recent approval of a report by the United Nations which condemned Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, while also accusing the government of rights abuses and discrimination.
Leslie Vinjamuri, director of the Center on Conflict, Rights and Justice at the University of London, said, “The problem with Russia’s attack on the ICC is one of timing. Russia has been no great supporter of the ICC, and this is clearly posturing. Putin has been emboldened by Trump’s election….The fact that the [ICC] prosecutor’s office is making noises about investigating U.S. soldiers for torture in Afghanistan makes this a perfect storm for attacks on the International Criminal Court…”
Following North Korea’s plea with China to stop referring to Kim Jong-Un as fat, Chinese websites are now censoring a phrase translating to “Kim Fatty the Third.” The phrase is quite often used on the country’s most popular search engines and social media sites, including Weibo.
A disturbance regarding the election on a 'United' flight made headlines this week. During a flight to Mexico, an individual made a racist comment to an African American female regarding gun control, causing the female to become visibly upset. The passengers were separated and the pilot came on the intercom to give a rousing speech which inspired a round of applause throughout the cabin.
“I understand everybody has their opinions; that’s fine. If you support him, great. If you don’t, I understand. However, we’re out here to go to Puerto Vallarta, supposed to be having a good time, and what I do ask is that as people we have the common decency to respect each others’ decisions and to get along on this three hour and 13 minute flight so that we can have a good time when we get down there. If anybody has a problem with this, that needs to vent or rant or rave — there's another flight tomorrow. They're not going to be on this one,” he said.
Later, 'United' issued a statement saying that the pilot was simply diffusing the situation and that the flight continued without any further disturbances.