Trump: Is his Spokeswoman "Mute?"

Once again with questions marks appears the way things are handled by the people running the White House.

 

Now the main attacks swirl against Sarah Huckabee Sanders, his Press Secretary.

For what reason? Because after a succession of very important events she remained in silence.  

Even a journalist based in Miami, Otto Rodríguez, dedicated an article to the matter, "The Shocking Silence of the White House."

First he summarized the episodes of that stage: Protests in Charlottesville, the death of Heather Heyer at the hands of a white supremacist.

All amid the turmoil of a country more and more divided, and new tests of missiles in North Korea, among others.

Then he remembered that in such a scenario there was not even a single press conference.

Three weeks later, Rodríguez wrote, the spokeswoman Huckabee he spoke again to the credited press.

“It´s good to be back, [but] you don't seem thrilled. I thought there would surely be balloons here… or some other thing [to celebrate]. I imagine it will be next time."

After listening something like that, Rodríguez wondered where the common sense of the spokesmen of this Administration had gone.

“Is it perhaps a joke, or cynicism? Or just indifference in the need of the American public opinion of knowing what their leaders think about crucial events? "

Is perhaps the continuation of the wild war unleashed by Donald Trump's presidency against the American press?

On the next paragraph the journalist manifests his approaches on what triggers such process.

It’s very difficult to excuse a president that doesn't clearly stands against the white supremacists and Neo-Nazi of Charlottesville.

Who even estimated that in both sides there were "good people" during the clashes in that city of Virginia.

However, The Washington Post revealed a letter where the Trump’s top economic advisor, Gary Cohn, abandoned his position due to the violence caused by Nazi groups in that town.

Enough reasons to understand – up to a certain degree - the unusual silence of spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Amilkal Labañino Valdés / Cubasi Translation Staff

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United States: Only for «Whites»?

Thus insinuates the migratory project driven by Donald Trump.

Amid a country where racist groups thrive, its president pleads for an initiative that encourages that evil.

The perspective was commented last Monday, among others, by a New Herald columnist, Fabiola Santiago.

She wrote, Trump’s migratory project seeks “to make the United States white again” and that they only speak English.

Also, if approved, our current city of Miami would not exist.

In fact, she adds, the idea of the president's reformation closes the doors to people like Cuban- Americans who voted for him.

The same happens with his Latin and Haitian supporters, too stubborn on their support to a president “whose white-supremacy, and anti-immigrants agenda” is a slap on the face of a diverse country and an insult to the values with which it was founded.

Fabiola Santiago stops to wonder:

What can be expected from an administration that separates North American children from their parents and launches an initiative whose target is minorities?

The Raise Law would reduce legal immigration by 50% in the next 10 years, and would give priority to skills over family reunification, abandoning the sacrosanct migratory politics of the United States.

With sarcastic tone Fabiola Santiago says: The president could also dismantle the Statue of Liberty, and return it to France.

She warns in her article what Trump’s plan pursues is to change our racial and ethnic face, as well as to write a new speech on who we are and what we defend.

Later she says, “Trump wants that, once again, the United States to be white” and monolingual.

Besides she adds, after a long road, it he wants to pass a supremacy politics in only eight months of government.

There is a small detail that strays from that attempt, the North American people, as a whole has never favored extreme positions.

Even less the intellectual and artistic sectors that bump into the Golden Ox that wanders the White House are well-known.

Trump Son-In-Law to Oversee White House Office to Revamp Govt

The news comes after Ivanka Trump received her own office in the White House along with access to classified information and a government-issued phone.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday is set to announce his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will take on a White House role to oversee a broad effort to overhaul the federal government, The Washington Post reported, citing statements from both men.

Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and currently serves as a senior adviser, will lead the newly formed White House Office of American Innovation with an eye on leveraging business ideas and potentially privatizing some government functions, the Post said.

"The government should be run like a great American company. Our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens," Kushner told the Post in an interview.

Some of the areas he will focus on are veterans' care, opioid addiction, technology and data infrastructure, workforce training and infrastructure, according to the report.

In a statement to the Post, Trump said: "I promised the American people I would produce results, and apply my ‘ahead of schedule, under budget’ mentality to the government."

The move comes just days after Trump suffered his first major political setback. Fellow Republicans pulled their healthcare plan after years of promising to undo former President Barack Obama's 2010 health law.

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Here's what we do and do not know about President Trump's tax returns

WASHINGTON — President Trump paid $38 million in taxes in 2005 on an income of more than $150 million, a senior White House official confirmed Tuesday night.

That rare acknowledgement came in anticipation of a report by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who purported to have copies of Trump's tax returns from 11 years ago. The White House official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive financial matter.

Trump defied decades of tradition during the 2016 presidential campaign in refusing to voluntarily release his tax returns, which would shed light on the size and breadth of a sprawling real estate and entertainment empire he says is worth $10 billion.

Maddow said she had two pages of Trump's Form 1040 from 2005, which she obtained from financial journalist and Trump biographer David Cay Johnston. "I got them in the mail. They came in over the transom," he told Maddow. It is illegal for the Internal Revenue Service to disclose a taxpayer's returns, but the First Amendment protects journalists who disclose tax information they obtain from an outside source.

Trump's joint tax return with his third wife, Melania — their first after getting married in January 2005 — shows earned income of just $998,599. Most of the Trumps' income instead came from investments, including $67.8 million in rents and royalties, $42.4 million in business income, $32.2 million in capital gains and $9.4 million in interest.

But the return also claimed $103.2 million in unspecified business losses.

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The Trumps' itemized deductions were more than $17 million — but without a more detailed copy of the return, it's impossible to know how much of those deductions were from charitable contributions or state and local taxes. The Trumps did disclose $23,940 in taxes paid in foreign countries.

Those deductions would have allowed him to pay just $5.3 million in federal income taxes that year if not for a quirk of the tax code called the alternative minimum tax, which targets high earners with big exemptions.

With the AMT, the Trumps ended up owing more than he had withheld, meaning they had to pay nearly $2.3 million in additional taxes with their return. The return shows they paid more than $88,000 in penalties and $68,000 in interest for under-withholding.

His overall tax rate was about 25%.

Previously, the only Trump tax returns publicly known were state tax returns from 1995 showing he lost more than $913 million — a figure that would allow him to potentially take a deduction for losses for years. Those returns were obtained by The New York Times in October.

But the few pages of tax returns leaked so far shows the bottom lines of his financials for two years a decade apart — and without the schedules that would detail the sources of that income. And while a legally required financial disclosure statement discloses Trump's holdings in more than 500 different ventures, that document gives only a broad outline of his financial interests.

More than 1 million people have signed a petition on the White House website calling on Trump to release his tax returns. But Trump has been dismissive of the issue, saying in early January that "the only ones who care about tax returns are reporters."

The Democratic National Committee were quick to pounce on the report late Tuesday night, calling Trump's "audit excuse" a "sham."

“If they can release some of the information, they can release all of the information,” Zac Petkanas, a senior adviser to the Democratic National Committee, said in a released statement. “The only reason not to release his returns is to hide what’s in them, such as financial connections with Russian oligarchs and the Kremlin.”

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White House warns Trump over reversing detente policy with Cuba

WASHINGTON: As President-elect Donald Trump threatened to "terminate" the detente policy with Cuba, the White House on Tuesday warned that reversing historic rapprochement would have "significant" diplomatic, economic and cultural costs.

The policy is considered as one of the foreign policy legacies of outgoing President Barack Obama.

Trump on Monday threatened in a tweet to put an end to the detente policy.

"If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the US as a whole, I will terminate deal," Trump said in a tweet.

"All of that would be undone by the reinstitution of a policy that has failed after having been in place for more than five decades. There are significant diplomatic, economic, cultural costs that will have to be accounted for if this policy is rolled back. This is among the many significant challenges that the incoming administration will have to carefully consider," Earnest said.

After realising that the five decades old policy was not working, Obama two years ago announced to begin normalising relations between the two countries.

Earnest said that reversing the policy would be "a significant economic blow" to Cubans and was "not as easy as a stroke of a pen".

"That's just an objective fact when you consider how the American people and US businesses have implemented this deal in a way that has provided significant benefits to the American people and provided significant benefits to the Cuban people," he said.
 
Trump's tweet landed just as Cuba began its week-long farewell to its former leader Fidel Castro.

The White House, however, was quick to warn that there are costs involved for cancelling such an agreement with Cuba, under which the two countries not only reestablished their diplomatic relationship after decades, but also resumed flights and lifted several sanctions.

"I don't think I'm gonna be in a position of predicting the future. I think what I'm merely highlighting and trying to underscore here in as much detail as possible, is that it's just not as simple as one tweet might make it seem," the White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily news conference.
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