US Podcast: Trump’s Son-in-Law Is Not Qualified for His New Job


I spoke with BBC Radio Coventry on Tuesday about President-elect Donald Trump’s naming of his son-in-law, property developer Jared Kushner, on his White House staff.

While the appointment may violate an anti-nepotism measure adopted in 1967, that is not my main concern. While there could be issues of conflict of interest, that is not the foremost problem.

Instead, the immediate issue is Kushner’s lack of qualifications for his portfolio, which includes trade issues and the “Middle East”, including resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Listen to discussion

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  1. Russia poses a danger to the U.S. and must be held accountable for its actions, Rex Tillerson, Trump’s nominee for secretary of state and the former CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp., will tell senators at his confirmation hearing.

    “Our NATO allies are right to be alarmed at a resurgent Russia,” Tillerson, 64, will say before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, according to his prepared remarks. At the same time, he faults a lack of U.S. leadership for Russia’s aggressiveness, citing “weak or mixed signals with ‘red lines’ that turned into green lights.”

    Looks like if Tillerson flashes on the right but drives straight out

    • Condoleca Rice had produced more than 100 memos and made her full team available, meeting “extensively” with Trump’s transition team.

      Rice also offered a broad defense of Obama’s national security approach, from the U.S. economic recovery after the 2008 financial crisis he inherited to the Iran nuclear deal and international climate-change agreements. She highlighted work to contain nuclear weapons, and approaches to cyberthreats, counterterrorism and the Islamic State, China and trade.

      “If we don’t define these rules of the road, others will for us,” she said of the stalled Trans-Pacific Partnership that Trump opposes. Failure to move ahead is “eroding American regional leadership and credibility” and empowering China, she said.

      She also warned of Russia’s rising threat and uncertainty in Europe, which needs U.S. support now “more than ever.” “It might be tempting to turn inward,” she said but warned against it.

      “We must protect ourselves and the international order we helped build.”

  2. The view from moscow
    “”Moscow admits that Kremlin has started wars, initiated disinformation campaigns, and undertaken hacking missions throughout the world. Moscow has run a roster of propaganda outlets and has supported disruptive political forces in other countries.””


    “”The report has the Russian president Vladimir Putin order an influence campaign aimed at the U.S. and sees Moscow as attempting to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process and denigrate Secretary Clinton.

    All true.

    More than that, as a Russian, I would say that Russia’s state-run media rarely do anything but engage in attempts to denigrate Western leaders and undermine public trust in institutions (and not just American institutions, for that matter). This is what Moscow’s media do on a daily basis because the Kremlin considers the institutions of the West hostile and uses all available policy tools to retaliate. And yes, the Kremlin thinks the media are policy tools, and is convinced everybody else thinks so too.
    It`s the funny situation that fascist Putin bloggers all over the world are very excited to deny the facts of hacking and denigrating western leaders and western elections. Russians themselves have a lot of experience with Putins fascist Kremlinpropaganda.

    What is easier than to quote a russian newspaper whose point of view is indeed is different but the Russian fascist Kremlinpropaganda is admirably admitted – because Putin has turned off the cock of democrazy in the same way at the beginning of Putins presidency.

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