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.
‘Absolutely disastrous’: Progressives furious as fellow Democrats push funding cut for health clinics that serve 30 million Americans
"If Democrats were serious about protecting every American's right to healthcare, this plan wouldn't even be on the table."
Progressive members of Congress are raising alarm and publicly calling out Democratic colleagues who are pushing legislation that would significantly cut funding to community health centers, which currently provide essential care to around 30 million primarily poor and rural Americans.
As the Washington Post's Jeff Stein reported Wednesday, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) is advancing a bipartisan measure that "would provide flat levels of federal funding for hundreds of community health centers nationwide, at about $4 billion for the next four years."
Trump falsely claims he stopped his supporters from chanting ‘Send her back!’
On Wednesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, where he singled out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), accusing her and the other Democratic congresswomen known as "the Squad" of not loving America.
In response, the crowd began to shout "Send her back!"
Trump allowed the crowd to continue the chant for a full 12 seconds before continuing his speech.
The next day, amidst criticism that he was riling up his fans to dangerous levels, Trump claimed that he had indeed shut down the chant, in direct contradiction to the video. New York Times journalist Peter Baker reported Trump's claim on Twitter.
Hope Hicks may have lied under oath that she wasn’t present when Trump and Cohen discussed Stormy Daniels
Newly unsealed documents in the campaign finance case where Michael Cohen pleaded guilty may provide evidence that Hope Hicks lied to Congress under oath.
According to the court documents, President Donald Trump, Hope Hicks and Cohen were all in communication about the hush-money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels. Not only did Hicks discuss the payments with both men, she exchanged text messages and emails on the topic.