Last year President Donald Trump ordered his U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, to develop a plan that would “fast track” immigration by wealthy Europeans into the United States. It does not appear he ordered similar plans from any other ambassadors.
Sondland (photo, fourth from left) is now an embattled entity, having delivered damaging testimony confirming President Trump extorted a bribe from the President of Ukraine.
But when he first took over as Ambassador to the E.U., Sondland “started talking to subordinates about a need for more skilled and wealthy European immigrants in the United States,” The Washington Post reports.
Believing Sondland’s orders were “racially motivated,” U.S. diplomats at the E.U. mission “were unsettled by the idea.”
One said, “the way this was going to come off was that the United States is fishing for white people, while reducing opportunities for needier people to immigrate.”
That diplomat was correct – not only in how the efforts would be perceived, but in their motivation.
That’s because President Trump, immediately upon Sondland being confirmed and taking over in Europe, tasked him with “developing a proposal to ‘fast track’ immigration from the E.U.,” and ordered Ambassador Sondland to consult with Trump’s top immigration adviser, Stephen Miller, and his son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Miller, a known white nationalist, has been at the center of Trump’s successful efforts to block all refugees from entering the U.S. He was also behind Trump’s Muslim ban, and Trump’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents. He called the latter a “simple decision.”
The nation’s first reparations package to survivors of police torture included a memorial — survivors are sill waiting
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It took some time for Vincent Wade-Robinson to come around to the idea of having his name inscribed on a memorial. His experience had been painful. He didn’t want to dwell upon it.
“How can you describe torture?” he asked me. “Every day I look in the mirror I have that scar across my nose. That’s my reminder of what happened to me.”
Washington Redskins in internal talks to change the team name: report
On Friday, the Washington Redskins football team released a statement announcing that they are undertaking an internal review of the team name.
"This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field," said team owner Dan Snyder.
Potentially big news: The #Redskins have been having internal discussions about their team name and now will conduct a formal, thorough review. Full statement, including quotes from owner Dan Snyder, on a possible name change: pic.twitter.com/49mpesZGs9
Right now Trump is at his Virginia golf club – and it’s his 365th day at one of his properties since becoming president
Friday, July 3, 2020.
9:52 AM ET.
"The President’s motorcade arrived at Trump National Golf Club, in Sterling, VA," the White House press pool reports.
To greet him were "a woman near the entrance holding a 'Trump is a Traitor' sign and separately a man giving the motorcade a thumbs up."
While today is a federal holiday to observe Independence Day, many Americans are working, and many Americans – 11% as of Thursday's report – would like to be but are unemployed.
Today marks the President's 365th day at a Trump-owned property since he was sworn in on January 20, 2017. It's also his 273rd day at one of his golf resorts, according to CNN's Jim Sciutto.