Trump Creates Office to Manage Post-Presidency Political Ventures
Donald Trump is setting up an “Office of the Former President” in Palm Beach County, FL, to “advance the interests of the United States and to carry on the agenda of the Trump Administration through advocacy, organizing, and public activism,” a Jan. 25 press statement declared. The move comes as rumors swirl about Trump’s future activities to further his America First platform, including the possible formation of a new political party. No specific details were revealed in the statement. “President Trump will always and forever be a champion for the American People,” the missive read.
Jim Jordan on Possible Senate Run: ‘We’ll See’
Staunch Trump ally Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is not ruling out running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), who announced Jan. 25 that he will not run for re-election in 2022. “We’ll see,” Jordan replied when asked directly about his plans by Sean Spicer on Newsmax TV. “Frankly, what I’m focused on, Sean, is this crazy impeachment trial. I mean, the Democrats have been trying to remove President Trump from office before he got there. Now, they’re trying to remove him after he’s left, so this is crazy, and that’s what we’re focused on.” Trump netted more than 3.1 million votes in Ohio in November, the most of any presidential candidate in the state’s history, making Jordan a natural top candidate to seek the GOP senatorial nomination.
McConnell Declares Victory on Filibuster Fight
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) tweeted on the evening of Jan. 25 that the upper chamber “can move forward with a 50-50 power-sharing agreement” now that two Democrats have agreed “that they will not vote to end the legislative filibuster.” “The legislative filibuster was a key part of the foundation beneath the Senate’s last 50-50 power-sharing agreement in 2001,” McConnell said in an official statement. “With these assurances, I look forward to moving ahead with a power-sharing agreement modeled on that precedent.”
Portland Mayor Pepper Sprays Man Outside of Restaurant
Portland, OR Mayor Ted Wheeler pepper-sprayed a man who confronted him outside of a restaurant Jan. 24 about the city’s coronavirus policies, The Oregonian newspaper reports. The paper posted details of a police report the progressive mayor gave on the incident. The man “accused me of sitting in a restaurant without a mask,” Wheeler told police. “In fact, I was in the tented area of a restaurant sitting at a table, and I informed him the current Covid regulations allow people to take their mask off for the purpose of eating and drinking.” When the man got within “a foot or two from my face,” Wheeler said he warned him to “back off.” “He did not do so. I informed him that I was carrying pepper spray and that I would use it if he did not back off. He remained at close distance, I pulled out my pepper spray and I sprayed him in the eyes.”
Judge Orders Robert Kraft Massage Parlor Video Destroyed
Secretly taped police videos of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft engaging in a sex act at a Jupiter, FL massage parlor will be destroyed per a court order, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Kraft was charged with solicitation in 2019 after being caught up in a police undercover sting operation against sex trafficking at a string of massage parlors in Florida. “U.S. District Judge Rodolfo A. Ruiz II on [Jan. 22] ruled that the videos of Kraft and the others must be wiped from existence, because the Jupiter police surveillance was deemed unlawful,” the Sun-Sentinel reports. “Kraft had feared the tapes of him in the nude would be publicized on the internet.”
Canadian Parliament Passes Motion Urging Proud Boys Be Labeled a Terrorist Organization
A motion passed by unanimous consent in Canada’s House of Commons on Jan. 25 urges Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to designate the right-leaning social group the Proud Boys as a terrorist threat. The motion calls on the federal government to “use all available tools to address the proliferation of white supremacists and hate groups starting with… immediately designating the Proud Boys as a terrorist entity,” Canadian media outlet Global News reports. “If the Proud Boys are designated as a terrorist entity, the group would be joining a long list of other organizations including the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and the Islamic State,” Global News states.
China to Conduct Military Drills in South China Sea This Week
China on Jan. 26 said it will stage military exercises in the disputed South China Sea this week, Reuters reports. The move comes in the immediate wake of a U.S. carrier group’s Jan. 23 entry into the waters to promote “freedom of the seas” as Joe Biden was installed as president. “A notice issued by the country’s Maritime Safety Administration prohibited entry into a portion of waters in the Gulf of Tonkin to the west of the Leizhou Peninsula in southwestern China from Jan. 27 to Jan. 30, but it did not offer details on when the drills would take place or at what scale,” Reuters is reporting.
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