Former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (R-NJ) said that President Donald Trump should be embarrassed for begging for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe submitted Trump’s name for the prize at Trump’s behest. President Barack Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize just months into his presidency. Whitman said that everything Obama did, Trump wants to do it bigger and better.
Hagar Hajjar Chemali, who worked in the Obama administration, said that she was unaware of anyone requesting international leaders submit the former president’s name.
“It certainly doesn’t surprise me for President Trump because in his world, I think he thinks he deserves it,” she said. “And I think that he wants an award that was also bestowed on President Obama.”
Whitman agreed, calling Obama’s award a “motivating factor” in Trump’s demand for his own award.
“He has got to do everything better and bigger than anybody before him; particularly Barack Obama,” she said. “What we see in the way the administration is approaching policies. Anything that Obama touched, had anything to do with — we’re going to do away with it. He should have the common sense to be embarrassed that this has gotten out. He should feel humiliated as a nation — it’s sort of embarrassing when the president of the United States asks another world leader to nominate them.”
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Louisiana Democrat re-elected governor — despite Trump’s rallies for the Republican candidate
The Associated Press has called the Lousiana's governor's race for incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards.
Edwards triumphed over Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, who called to concede.
The outcome is another major political loss for President Donald Trump, who had held multiple campaign rallies for Rispone.
During his most recent rally, Trump begged the crowd to give him a "big win" in the election.
Eddie Rispone has conceded the #lagov race to Gov. John Bel Edwards, giving the Democrat four more years in ruby red Louisiana despite Trump’s best efforts to flip the seat. Edwards camp says Rispone called minutes ago to concede. #lagov #lalege
Press secretary says it is ‘dangerous for the country’ to question whether she is putting out honest info
Press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Saturday argued it was "dangerous for the country" for anyone to challenge the veracity of her claims.
Grisham made her argument after President Donald Trump went to Walter Reed Hospital for an unannounced doctor's visit, resulting in a great deal of speculation.
Following the visit, Grisham claimed Trump was "healthy" and "without complaints" -- a claim many found unlikely as the president has spent a good deal of time as president airing his many grievances.
Sondland used WhatsApp to communicate with Ukraine — and won’t turn over the messages: report
Ambassador Gordon Sondland used WhatsApp to send encrypted messages to a top Ukranian official, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
The communication occurred with Andriy Yermak, a top aide to President Volodymr Zelensky, when Sondland was in Kyiv, the newspaper reported.
"Sondland was also texting back and forth on WhatsApp with Yermak throughout the trip, and had been communicating with other Ukrainian officials over the messaging app in the preceding and subsequent months, according to people familiar with his interactions," The Post reported.