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Jared Kushner won't be running his family's real estate company after leaving the White House.
The family has tapped company president Laurent Morali to become chief executive of the Kushner Companies, taking over the role that had essentially sat vacant since Jared Kushner began working full time on his father-in-law Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016 and then joining the administration, reported the Wall Street Journal.
Kushner's younger sister Nicole Meyer will take over as president, while their father Charles Kushner will continue to play a role in management and investment decisions.
The firm, which values its holdings at more than $15 billion, has moved away from the flashier Manhattan acquisitions made under Jared Kushner's leadership and purchased rental properties in the South, where rising housing costs have prevented many renters from buying their own homes.
President Donald Trump waited over 24 hours to issue a statement on the death of former Secretary of State Colin Powell -- who passed away Monday morning due to complications from COVID-19 -- and what the one-term president had to say is infuriating the many fans of the late military leader and diplomat.
In a statement posted to Twitter by spokesperson Liz Harrington, because Trump is banned from the platform, Trump wrote, "Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big mistakes on Iraq and famously, so-called weapons of mass destruction, be treated in death so beautifully by the Fake News Media. Hope that happens to me someday,"
Calling Powell a "classic RINO," the former president sneered, "He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace!"
That, in turn," set of Trump's critics with respected election prognosticator Larry Sabato tweeting, "No decent human being will defend Trump's malevolent, spiteful, narcissistic statement on Gen. Powell. But those Republicans who keep silent today will speak volumes about how Trump has debased them and their once-great party. Candidates with no courage never deserve our votes."
CNN anchor Jim Sciutto refused to even link to the statement, writing, "Reading - but deliberately not sharing - Trump's statement on the passing of Colin Powell is another reminder there really is no bottom."
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Disgusting. But not surprising. https://t.co/dcpwXw7CzN— The Lincoln Project (@The Lincoln Project) 1634651404.0
No decent human being will defend Trump’s malevolent, spiteful, narcissistic statement on Gen. Powell. But those Re… https://t.co/byBekvDRxS— Larry Sabato (@Larry Sabato) 1634655497.0
Is @GlennYoungkin fine with this repulsive statement by his man Trump about our fellow Virginian, the late Colin Po… https://t.co/uRjQL2fY2A— Bill Kristol (@Bill Kristol) 1634651900.0
Youngkin needs to be asked today whether he can defend this statement and does he still accept Trump's endorsement.… https://t.co/QkA35tbstY— Joe Lockhart (@Joe Lockhart) 1634655307.0
tRump’s statement on the passing of Retired General and first black US Secretary of State is pure evil. Donald Tru… https://t.co/f66PU3Gix3— Richard N. Ojeda, II (@Richard N. Ojeda, II) 1634657097.0
So how does this statement from the former President of the United States make you feel as an American? https://t.co/qLuiOtEVTS— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu) 1634656297.0
We’ll assume each & every @HouseGOP & @SenateGOP member is ok with this, unless they show enough spine to disavow i… https://t.co/pdjX0Lgv1C— Eric Swalwell (@Eric Swalwell) 1634652344.0
Reading - but deliberately not sharing - Trump’s statement on the passing of Colin Powell is another reminder there really is no bottom.— Jim Sciutto (@Jim Sciutto) 1634654814.0
Trump’s statement about Colin Powell tells you everything you need to know about what sort of person he is. Still… https://t.co/QIQsSHewUx— S.V. Dáte (@S.V. Dáte) 1634652299.0
Rather than retweet Trump's statement on Colin Powell, further polluting this website, I think I will just tweet P… https://t.co/yKHtoJSYNu— Glenn Kessler (@Glenn Kessler) 1634653848.0
Imagine, just imagine, if a Democrat and especially Squad member had put out a statement like this mocking Powell’s… https://t.co/RuXJeBRP25— Mehdi Hasan (@Mehdi Hasan) 1634653159.0
Defend this statement, ANY Republican. Please. Try. https://t.co/qgp4VW0ioO— Joe Walsh (@Joe Walsh) 1634650887.0
Trump’s “statement” regarding Powell is pure 🗑 — and that’s where it belongs.— VoteVets (@VoteVets) 1634652791.0
I bet the people who called me evil for writing about how Powell's death showed the importance of herd immunity are… https://t.co/5oE14z0kvO— Philip Bump (@Philip Bump) 1634651177.0
Donald Trump makes his day-late statement on the death of former Secretary of State Colin Powell all about… Donald… https://t.co/AWdsK6Ifnf— John Nichols (@John Nichols) 1634654529.0
Moscow's mayor on Tuesday ordered the city's first coronavirus restrictions since the summer, as Russia registered 1,015 daily COVID deaths, a new record.
At the national level, the government is considering keeping people off work for a week to reduce social contact in a bid to lower the tide of infections.
President Vladimir Putin is expected to decide on Wednesday which government measures put to him should be implemented to curb the spread of the virus across the country.
But already Tuesday, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin ordered unvaccinated over-60s in the capital to work from home and extended mandatory vaccinations for service workers. Those restrictions take effect next Monday and are set to last until the end of February.
Sobyanin also told employers to move 30 percent of their staff to home working.
"With every day the number of people hospitalized with the severe form of the disease is growing," Sobyanin said in a statement.
The number of patients in a serious condition had "doubled" since the end of the summer, he added.
The measures were announced after Russia on Tuesday registered a new 24-hour high of 1,015 coronavirus deaths, bringing the country's official total to 225,325 -- the highest in Europe.
But figures published by statistics agency Rosstat in October suggested that more than 400,000 people had died in the country from the coronavirus.
- 'Difficult solutions' -
Only 35 percent of Russians are vaccinated, and authorities are struggling to counter anti-vaccine sentiment. Independent polls show that more than half of Russians do not plan to get a shot, despite appeals from Putin.
Sobyanin said the authorities had hoped older Muscovites would vaccinate themselves after returning from the countryside at the end of the summer.
"Unfortunately, this did not happen," his statement said.
The surge in cases has come without any strict restrictions in place to limit Covid-19's spread, although several regions have re-introduced QR codes for access to public places.
Russian officials have been accused of downplaying the severity of the pandemic.
Covid cases and deaths are soaring in Russia Dimitar DILKOFF AFP
Earlier Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova called for the introduction of a non-working week starting from October 30 to curb the spread of the virus.
She proposed that the hardest-hit regions introduce such a measure from this Saturday.
"The solutions we are proposing are very difficult," Golikova told Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.
"But we ask you to support these proposals and appeal to the head of state."
Golikova is due to submit her proposal to Putin for approval during a meeting on Wednesday.
- 'No trust' in vaccines -
Russia has struggled to inoculate its citizens despite domestic vaccines including Sputnik being widely available.
Putin insists that Russia has handled the pandemic better than most countries, but even top officials have recently voiced concern.
Pyotr Tolstoy, deputy chairman of the lower house, said at the weekend that the authorities had "completely lost" an information campaign on coronavirus.
"There is no trust in people to go and vaccinate themselves, it is a fact," he said.
Putin's spokesman on Tuesday urged Russians to be "more responsible" and admitted that the government could have done more to explain the "lack of alternative to vaccines".
Putin insists that Russia has handled the pandemic better than most countries DIMITAR DILKOFF AFP
"There is a tradition to blame everything on the state," Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
"But at the same time, we need a more responsible position from citizens of our country."
Western vaccines are not available in Russia, and Peskov insisted that bringing them into the country would not help the sluggish vaccination rates.
"The vaccinophobia of some citizens is not linked to the brand of vaccines," he said.
On Monday, the second city of Saint Petersburg announced it would tighten restrictions to battle the virus, introducing a health pass to regulate access to crowd events from November 1.
© 2021 AFP
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