Thanks, Daddy! Ivanka Trump’s clothing line will be exempt from tariffs

by Being Liberal (F)
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“OMG, DADDY! Make the tax thingie go away.” No worries Ivanka, Daddy Trump made sure to exempt your super classy stretch denim clothing line from his tariffs. Only dirty farming communities and the peasants who labor in manufacturing will suffer. Kay, Princess? Keep making those plastic shoes and skinny jeans with slave labor, tariff-free, of course!
Trump has fired off a trade war with China, imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum to pacify his base in swing states.The Chinese have retaliated by targeting farmers in Trumps solid base, but, they aren’t likely to vote against Trump anyhow. Too much, wait, what are we calling it these days? “Economic anxiety,” or “Christian morality” or cough, fear of brown people, cough.

Ivanka is working in the White House as a Trump advisor but still collecting money from her tariff exempt businesses. She has ignored ethics standards to divest from her holdings or leave the White House. Remember when a protracted battle for Ivanka’s Chinese trademarks cleared up the day after Ivanka had dinner with the Chinese president? Remember when she used her position to avoid testifying in a trademark lawsuit or commenting on a Trump factory’s labor violations?
How do the Trumps get away with this crud? Well, it’s just a coincidence, silly. See they used an algorithm (that’s fancy talk for computer smarts) to figure out which items to impose tariffs on. So don’t you worry. It’s just a major coinkydink that little miss Ivanka is unscathed. Why do crazy liberals keep looking for facts and connections everywhere?
By Being Liberal contributor: Sarah Ficca

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Ivanka Charged With Finding New Chief of Staff After Trump Rages ‘Nut Job’ John Kelly ‘Thinks He’s Running Things’

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 2:33pm
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President Donald Trump may be searching for his third chief of staff in one year after he was irked by John Kelly’s comments about his position on the wall, Vanity Fair reports.

Two Republicans who are in frequent contact with the White House say Trump has had conversations about selecting Kelly’s successor, Vanity Fair’s Gabe Sherman reports.

Sherman reports that Ivanka Trump is “playing a central role in the search.”

“Ivanka is the most worried about it. She’s trying to figure who replaces Kelly,” a source told Sherman.

Trump has reportedly floated the idea of bringing on David Urban, an experienced DC lobbyist who helped Trump win key states in the election.

More, via Vanity Fair:

Kelly’s departure likely isn’t imminent, sources said. “He wants to stay longer than Reince [Priebus],” an outside adviser said. Trump can also hardly afford another high-level staff departure, which would trigger days of negative news cycles. “This could be like [Jeff] Sessions,” one of the Republicans explained, referring to Trump’s festering frustration about not being able to replace his attorney general.

But the prospect of a Trump-Kelly rupture became more probable as news of their clashes over immigration leaked. Last week, Kelly reportedly infuriated Trump when he told Fox News that Trump had “evolved” on his position to build a southern border wall. Kelly further catalyzed Trump’s ire when he told Democratic lawmakers that Trump was “uninformed” when he made his campaign promise to build the wall. The next morning Trump rebutted his chief of staff with a tweet: “The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it.”
According to the report, Kelly has also chafed other White House aides who have reportedly nicknamed the “Church lady,” in reference to an SNL skit, after he tried to bring more discipline to the White House.

Trump is reportedly more upset that Kelly “plays up that he’s being the adult in the room,” a Republican source told Sherman, adding, “That kind of thing drives Trump nuts.

“I’ve got another nut job here who thinks he’s running things,” Trump reportedly told a friend in reference to Kelly.

“This guy thinks he’s running the show,” Trump reportedly said.

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Kellyanne Was Pulled From TV Interviews After Ivanka Found Her Answers ‘Idiotic,’ ‘Cringeworthy’: New Book

Posted on January 4, 2018 at 4:25pm
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway was pulled from television interviews earlier this year after Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, among other aides, grew tired of her “militancy,” according to a new book by Michael Wolff.

In an excerpt from his upcoming book “Fire and Fury” published in The Hollywood Reporter, Wolff writes that Conway would mockingly “put a finger-gun to her head in private about Trump’s public comments” but publicly went beyond what anyone in the White House was comfortable with.

Wolff writes that Conway “continued to mount an implacable defense on cable television, until she was pulled off the air by others in the White House who, however much the president enjoyed her, found her militancy idiotic. (Even Ivanka and Jared regarded Conway’s fulsome defenses as cringeworthy.)”

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Ivanka Trump’s rabbi ‘deeply troubled’ by president’s response to Charlottesville

By Derek Hawkins August 17 at 3:27 AM

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, at the Kehilath Jeshurun Synagogue in Manhattan in 2011. (Anthony Behar/Sipa Press)
A head rabbi at Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s New York City synagogue denounced President Trump’s response to the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, joining a chorus of political and religious leaders who say the president was wrong to blame “both sides” for the violence.

In a letter Wednesday to his congregation, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein wrote that his community had been “consumed” by the “frightening message and fallout” from the hate-fueled mayhem that left one woman dead and others injured last weekend.

“We are appalled by this resurgence of bigotry and antisemitism, and the renewed vigor of the neo-Nazis, KKK and alt-right,” read the letter, which was signed by Lookstein and two other rabbis. “While we always avoid politics, we are deeply troubled by the moral equivalency and equivocation President Trump has offered in his response to this act of violence.”

“We pray that our country heeds the voices of tolerance, and stays true to its vision of human rights and civil rights,” it read.

President Trump on Aug. 15 said that “there’s blame on both sides” for the violence that erupted in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. (Bastien Inzaurralde/The Washington Post)
The five paragraph letter came a day after the president defended his remarks about the Unite the Right rally and his portrayal of the participants as a mostly benign force.

A broad array of politicians and others have criticized the president for waiting a full day to condemn the white supremacist groups that converged on Charlottesville and for stating repeatedly that counterprotesters were equally culpable for the street skirmishes that paralyzed the city.

“I think there’s blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it,” Trump told reporters Tuesday. He added later that he believed many rally participants were not members of hate groups and were there to demonstrate against the city’s removal of a statue of the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Lookstein is rabbi emeritus of the Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, a Modern Orthodox synagogue in Manhattan where Kushner and the president’s daughter attend. In 2009, he presided over Ivanka Trump’s conversion to Judaism before she married Kushner.

In a brief interview with The Post on Wednesday night, Lookstein declined to say whether he had spoken directly with the couple about the president’s remarks on Charlottesville.

“I respect their privacy very, very much,” Lookstein said. “I don’t want to intrude on it.”

“My colleagues and I felt we had to make a statement that we felt was important for the congregation. And that’s it,” he added. “It was very important to respond to the needs of my community.”

Ivanka Trump, who has previously bucked her father on certain issues, has remained mum on the situation except for a pair of tweets she posted Sunday.

“There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis,” she wrote. “We must all come together as Americans — and be one country UNITED. #Charlottesville.”

After her father clinched the Republican nomination last summer, Trump invited Lookstein to deliver the opening prayer at the party’s convention in Cleveland. He initially told her yes “out of respect for her and our relationship,” as The Washington Post reported at the time, but backed out after hundreds of Modern Orthodox Jews signed petitions asking him not to appear.

“The whole matter turned from rabbinic to political, something which was never intended. … I have never been involved in politics,” Lookstein wrote in an email to congregants in July 2016. “Politics divides people. My life has been devoted to uniting a community.”

Lookstein was one of several Jewish leaders to publicly break with the president Wednesday over the Unite the Right rally.

The Republican Jewish Coalition issued a one-paragraph statement calling on Trump to “provide greater moral clarity in rejecting racism, bigotry, and antisemitism,” as The Post reported. The statement was signed by Chairman Norm Coleman and executive director Matt Brooks, who wrote that “small fringe groups” have “never been welcome in the GOP.” The organization’s board members include Las Vegas casino magnate and major Republican donor Sheldon Adelson.

Abe Foxman, a Holocaust survivor and former national director of the Anti-Defamation League, also spoke out against Trump on Wednesday in an interview with Jewish Insider.

“I never thought that I would witness the day that a president of the United States would rationalize away Nazism, its hatred, its violence, and find excuses for it,” said Foxman, currently director of the Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism. “For him to have seen the torch parade and the epithets against his daughter, his grandchildren, his son-in-law, and stand up and say both sides are equal? Shame, shame, shame.”

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