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Electoral College Vote Confirms Donald J. Trump is US President-Elect

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Six weeks after the American people voted Republican Donald J. Trump into the White House, the country’s Electoral College on Monday confirmed the decision in a formal ballot.

Along with that, Vice President Mike Pence was confirmed in his position as well.

The 538 members of the Electoral College are really the ones who count when the decision is made on who enters the White House.

During the November 8 election, at the end of the day Trump won 306 of those votes – considerably more than the 270 he needed to beat his Democratic contender, Hillary Clinton.

This time around, for the final call, some of the GOP defected, and so did some of the Democrats.

According to the New York Times, two Republicans voted for someone other than Trump.

But they were neutralized by their Democratic opponents, who elected to cast their ballots for someone other than Clinton.

Some of the electors were “faithless” – that is, voted for someone other than the chosen nominees, and therefore their votes were discounted altogether and they had to be replaced.

Of the 306 electors pledged to Trump, 304 voted for him this time around. And of the 232 electors who had voted for Clinton on November 8, only 224 voted for her on during Monday’s ballot.

The figures echo an election in 1808, when six electors also voted for someone other than their party’s nominee.

Hana Levi Julian

Trump Announces ExxonMobile CEO Rex Tillerson for Secy of State

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

It’s official: U.S. President-elect Donald Trump announced Tuesday morning that he has chosen to nominate ExxonMobile Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson of Texas as his Secretary of State.

Tillerson may face a rough ride during his Senate confirmation hearings, particularly with questions from GOP Senators Marco Rubio and John McCain, both of whom expressed reservations about his friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump has no qualms, however, and in a statement released Tuesday morning by his transition team, hailed Tillerson as being “among the most accomplished business leaders and international deal makers in the world.

“His tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice for secretary of state,” the statement continued. “He will promote regional stability and focus on the core national security interests of the United States.”

On Twitter, he added that the thing he liked best about Rex Tillerson was that “he has vast experience at dealing successfully with all types of foreign governments.”

That is certainly true: ExxonMobile has operated in at least 50 countries worldwide, and Tillerson was at the helm for several decades, making those deals. He also was unafraid of challenging Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez when he nationalized foreign-owned energy operations in the country, winning a major compensation package in the international court.

The question most likely to be raised in hearings has to do a potential conflict of interest due to his relationship with the Kremlin and Vladimir Putin: Tillerson is a recipient of the Russian Federation’s Order of Friendship.

Hana Levi Julian

Jewish Writer Says Trump’s Appointee, Bannon ‘Doesn’t Have An Anti-Semitic Bone in His Body’

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

A writer on the Breitbart News site says that former CEO Stephen K. Bannon — newly-appointed chief strategist and senior adviser to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump — doesn’t have an anti-Semitic bone in his body, despite adamant fears to the contrary by liberal Jewish groups.

The New York-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Jewish National Democratic Council have both condemned Trump’s appointment of Bannon as his new chief strategist and senior adviser, even while praising the hiring of former GOP national committee chairman Reince Priebus as the new White House Chief of Staff.

“The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) commends President-elect Trump for appointing Reince Priebus White House Chief of Staff. Priebus has had a long career in politics and public life, and we wish him well in his new role,” wrote Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO.

“At the same time, the ADL strongly opposes the appointment of Steve Bannon as senior adviser and chief strategist in the White House. It is a sad day when a man who presided over the premier website of the ‘alt-right’ – a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists – is slated to be a senior staff member in the ‘people’s house.’

“We call on President-elect Trump to appoint and nominate Americans committed to the well-being of all our country’s people and who exemplify the values of pluralism and tolerance that make our country great,” wrote Greenblatt.

Jewish Democrats in particular are deeply disturbed with Bannon’s appointment.

On Monday, the National Jewish Democratic Council released a statement slamming the appointment, and calling for Bannon to “step down” before even formally taking the post.

“As CEO of Breitbart News, Bannon gave voice to white supremacists and the alt-right. His racism and anti-Semitism have no place in the White House, and he must step down,” the Council said in its statement.

“We fear, however, that Trump’s choice of Steve Bannon is just the first appointment of many individuals who have engaged in, or at least, tolerated anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia.

“Our community must not adjust our standards in the face of the unprecedented nature of a Trump administration. Republican leaders like Bill Kristol and John Weaver have expressed their concern. We all have a responsibility to speak out,” the group wrote.

Bannon was once accused of anti-Semitism by his ex-wife during their contentious divorce.

While more recently the accusations began because Bannon gave a great deal of Breitbart website space to alt-right.

It has been argued that he did so, not because he personally is a white nationalist or an anti-Semite, but rather, because the alt-right movement was an effective weapon against the Left. Even if true, it’s a very problematic association and decision to give them a platform.

Though it could be compared to accusations of President Obama of being an anti-Semite, just because he was a friend and member of Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s congregation for 20 years, listened to his speeches and even used one of Wright’s sermons as the source for a speech of his own.

A claim of anti-Semitism many would reject.

There are also Jews who personally know Bannon and say that he’s no anti-Semite. One is Joel Pollak, a writer who has worked with him at Breitbart.

Another is Jewish writer David Horowitz, who wrote in an article on the Breitbart News site on Monday, in response to all the outrage: “I have known Steve Bannon for many years. This is a good man. He does not have an anti-Semitic bone in his body.

“In his new position as Chief Strategist in the Trump White House, Bannon is the strongest assurance that people who love this country can have in America’s future, the strongest assurance that America is in the hands of people who will give this country a chance to restore itself and defend itself against its enemies at home and abroad.”

Hana Levi Julian

Trump, Putin Speak By Phone

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke Monday by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a statement released by the Trump transition team.

“During the call the two leaders discussed a range of issues, including the threats and challenges facing the United States and Russia, strategic economic issues and the historical U.S.-Russia relationship that dates back over 200 years,” the Trump team said.

Both men agreed to set up a face-to-face meeting soon, according to the Trump team, and also according to the Kremlin, which released a separate statement.

Putin congratulated Trump, the Kremlin said in its statement, adding a pledge to build “dialogue with the new administration on the principles of equality, mutual respect and non-interference in the internal affairs of each other.”

According to the statement from the Kremlin, the two leaders “agreed to assess the current very poor state of Russian-American relations” and “agreed to continue contacts on the phone and in the future to provide for a personal meeting.”

Hana Levi Julian

BREAKING: Trump Names Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has named GOP national chairman Reince Priebus to become his chief of staff, according to a report by the New York Times.

A separate insider source says that Stephen K. Bannon, who acted as head of the presidential campaign in its final months, is to become senior counselor to the president in a position similar to that currently filled by Valerie Jarrett in the Obama White House. Bannon is the CEO of Breitbart News.

The choice of Mr. Priebus is one that enables the new president to enter a world with which he has almost no familiarity, a point he spent much of his campaign emphasizing; it also allows him to retain some distance and yet provides him with a “liaison” who is superbly familiar with those who are most at home there.

Having Mr. Bannon close at hand also affords the president-elect the advantage of a fierce intellect without having to sacrifice the hugely necessary political handshake with both houses of Congress, a working relationship that is an absolute “must” if Mr. Trump is to move his agenda forward more than an inch at a time.

Hana Levi Julian

PM Netanyahu Invited to Meet With US Pres.-elect Donald Trump ‘At First Opportunity’

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited to meet with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump “at the first opportunity.”

The two men spoke together by phone Wednesday morning, just a few hours after Trump’s landslide win. The invitation comes as the fulfillment of a campaign promise by Trump to immediately begin to heal Washington’s frayed ties with the Jewish State.

Netanyahu congratulated Trump on his victory and told him the United States has no better ally than Israel.

The two men have known each other for many years. They held a warm conversation in which they briefly discussed regional issues as well.

Netanyahu told Trump that his wife Sarah is also looking forward to meeting with the new president-elect and his wife Melania.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu and Rivlin ‘Happy Together’ for Israel

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President-elect Reuven Rivlin ‘agreed to agree’ on Wednesday, embracing with a hug and a smile for the cameras.

Formal congratulations from the prime minister to the president-elect were in order despite the fact that Netanyahu worked himself to the bone trying to find a different Likud candidate for the office – and Rivlin knew it. They’ve been at each other’s throats for years in fact; but they’re both professional enough and smart enough to know they must now set aside those differences.

Rivlin took the high road from the outset, saying, “The prime minister and I are committed to full and fruitful cooperation for the State of Israel and the People of Israel.”

The prime minister agreed. “We are both from Jerusalem, the sons of professors who were educated in the philosophy of Jabotinsky and we have much more in common – such as our football team,” Netanyahu said, almost with a straight face, to reporters. “Joint work on behalf of all Israelis is before us. We have gone through much together and I am certain that we will now know to put the less good aspects aside and work responsibly for the future of the State of Israel.”

Jewish Press News Briefs

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