The Munich Security Conference on Saturday drew a lot of attention as Vice President Mike Pence’s fiery calls for Europe to stand with President Donald Trump was awkwardly met with zero applause whatsoever.
But another moment that was awkward for the president came when German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a scorching condemnation of the U.S. trade war —and Trump’s daughter Ivanka, sitting in the crowd, could only look on in stone-cold silence as the leader of one of America’s major allies ripped her father’s economic policy to pieces.
“Apparently, the American secretary of trade says German cars are a threat to America’s national security,” said Merkel. “We’re proud of our automotive industry, and, I think we can be, we’re proud of our cars. They are built in the United States of America. South Carolina is one of the largest — it’s actually the largest BMW plant. Not in Bavaria. South Carolina is supplying China.”
“So when these cars that, because they’re built in South Carolina, are not becoming less threatening, rather than the ones that are built in Bavaria, are supposed to be a threat to the national security of America, it’s a bit of a shock to us,” said Merkel, to thunderous applause — and silence from the First Daughter.
Ivanka Trump is the only person in audience who doesn’t applaud after Angela Merkel points out the absurdity of Trump claiming German cars are a national security threat pic.twitter.com/Op11wls73R
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 16, 2019
Merkel is correct. The BMW plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina employs 10,000 American workers, and in 2017 exported $8.75 billion worth of cars through the Port of Charleston. For all of Trump’s demands to tax BMWs and Mercedes, these car chains create a lot of American jobs and exports.
And neither Ivanka nor her father has any easy answer to that fact.
Republican stumbles as he tries to defend Trump’s claim that Iran can be trusted to fight ISIS
During an appearance on Fox News this Wednesday, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) hit a snag while trying to justify President Trump's earlier contention that Russia and Iran would step in to fill the void left by the US after its withdrawal from northeast Syria, saying that "Russia, Iran, Syria and to maybe slightly lesser extent Turkey, they all hate ISIS as much as we do," during a Wednesday press conference alongside Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
Speaking to Biggs, Fox News host Harris Faulkner pointed out that Trump's willingness to partly cede Syria's future to Iran contradicts his and other conservatives' rhetoric towards the Islamic Republic.
Alan Dershowitz boots rival lawyer from sex abuse case
Alan Dershowitz continues to deny accusations that he had sex with an underage woman on Jeffrey Epstein's private island. Flight logs show Dershowitz regularly flew on Epstein's private plane, dubbed the Lolita Express.
Dershowitz' explanation for why the allegations continue to dog him despite his firm denies is that a lawyer for the woman accusing Dershowitz—Virginia Giuffre—is out to get him.
On Wednesday, a judge agreed to take David Boies, the high-profile lawyer, off the case, reports the Daily Beast.
Here are the six most absurd things Trump just said in his unhinged Wednesday press conference
President Donald Trump unloaded a whole lot of crazy during a joint press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
Trump attacked America's allies in the Middle East, his own political allies on Capitol Hill and repeated talking points used by Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdo?an.
Here are six of the most absurd things from the press conference.
Trump proved he has no idea what's happening
During the press conference, Trump claimed his decision to abandon Kurdish allies in Syria was "strategically brilliant."