Responding to climate activist Greta Thunberg being named TIME’s Person of the Year this week, President Trump lashed out with his usual vindictiveness, this time directed at a 16-year-old.
“So ridiculous,” Trump tweeted on Thursday. “Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!”
Some called Trump’s tweet hypocritical, considering it came after a wave of outrage emanated from the Trump camp over Professor Pamela Karlan daring to mention the president’s son, Barron, during the impeachment hearings in Washington D.C. last week.
“A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics,” Melania Trump tweeted. “Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it.”
But many were wondering how the First Lady’s words square with the fact that her own husband clearly didn’t follow her advice — advice that’s the main message behind her BeBest anti-bullying campaign — which prompted Melania to address the apparent contradiction in a statement released today.
“BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children,” read the White House statement released on behalf of Melania. “It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do.”
Then, the statement seemed to justify Trump’s attack.
“Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches,” the statement continued. “He is a 13-year-old who wanted and deserves privacy.”
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) December 13, 2019
Many saw the tweet as an attempt to blame Thunberg for Trump’s words.
Then maybe, just maybe @Presssec and @FLOTUS should not have been running around shining the Bat Signal on a bad pun that barely should have had the spark of static cling. #BarronTrump deserves MUCH better parents than what he got.
— Hermione Rufflebum (@_SavvyCat_) December 13, 2019
so hold up wait…..they are blaming the victim (Greta) here?
— Aaron Roth (@aaronjroth) December 13, 2019
Always a double standard in this Administration about everything. Ridiculous!
— J (@Grand2boys) December 13, 2019
“So it is OK for us to be hypocrites.”
That last part must have gotten cut out when you posted the screencapture, right? 😉
— 🇺🇸🇵🇷 Name is Bishop🌊 (@BishesBrew) December 13, 2019
Nothing else was expected. 🙄
— Håkan Dahlström 🇪🇺 (@hakandahlstrom) December 13, 2019
That’s why BeBest is a joke. She has no credibility on the issue
— Tanya Chirayil (@MsChiChi) December 13, 2019
Wells Fargo has already hit stimulus cap as small businesses worry loans are running out: report
On Monday, the Washington Post reported that Wells Fargo, one of the nation's largest banks, is already cutting off new applications for the government's small-business stimulus relief program.
"Wells Fargo didn’t begin taking applications until Saturday and by Monday morning said it reached the $10 billion cap it had set for loans under the program," wrote Renae Merle. "Small businesses, which employ nearly half of the United States’ private-sector workers, say they are facing long waits and rejection as they scramble to secure loans through the fund, known as the Paycheck Protection Program. Many banks are accepting applications only from existing customers or businesses of a certain size."
Dominic Raab: Boris Johnson’s de facto deputy
When Boris Johnson announced he had tested positive for coronavirus, Downing Street said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab would deputise if the British prime minister was incapacitated.
Few expected him to do so, as Johnson and his office repeatedly maintained the prime minister's symptoms were mild.
But after Johnson was taken to hospital on Sunday night, and transferred to intensive care just 24 hours later, Raab now looks set to be in charge for the foreseeable future.
Raab was one of the most prominent figures in Britain's protracted and divisive process to leave the European Union, serving as Brexit minister under former premier Theresa May.
Trump calls Joe Biden to discuss how to manage coronavirus pandemic: report
On Monday, NBC News' Mike Memoli reported that President Donald Trump called former Vice President Joe Biden — his likely general election rival in November — to discuss how to manage the coronavirus pandemic.
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) April 6, 2020