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21 марта, 17:13

Fluor Secures 5-Year Maintenance Contract from Huntsman

Fluor Corporation (FLR) recently announced that its maintenance, modification and asset integrity segment, Stork, has clinched a five-year contract from chemical products manufacturer, Huntsman Corporation (HUN).

20 марта, 06:45

Хантсман: охотник за прибылью или…?

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17 марта, 17:06

Кто такой новый посол США в России Джон Хантсман

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13 марта, 12:33

Will Jon Huntsman Go Rogue in Moscow?

Huntsman was smart and savvy as Obama’s ambassador to China—but his lack of local knowledge could be crippling in Russia, foreign policy hands say.

11 марта, 05:47

Friday Talking Points [428] -- Ryancare's Awfulness

As is becoming the new normal, a ton of things happened in Washington this week. Donald Trump kicked the week off by tweeting out a conspiracy theory, then he rolled out "Muslim Ban 2.0," and by week's end a gigantic fracas within the Republican Party was building to fever pitch. Oh, and that fever will not be covered by the new GOP Obamacare replacement plan, sorry. But before we get to all the fun, we've got to address a pedantic point. The White House is shrinking in horror from the label "Trumpcare," but if the Republicans ever do manage to pass anything, the label seems inevitable. Trump can decree that the tides stop, but he's going to get swamped in the end. But our point is even more pedantic than that, because while Democrats are gleefully tossing around the Trumpcare label (precisely because it seems to annoy the White House), the biggest pushback so far has been from within the ranks of the Republican Congress. GOP critics of the bill, within the first 24 hours, were already calling it derogatory names (to them) like "Obamacare 2.0" or "Obamacare Lite." But some were pinning the blame directly on Speaker Paul Ryan, and attempted to coin their own new term: "RyanCare." Here's where we get truly pedantic, because while we do indeed favor naming the bill after the principle mover behind it (for the time being -- because there is plenty of time later to slap Trump's name on it), we must insist on consistency. Therefore, in these pages, we'll be calling it "Ryancare" and not "RyanCare." After all, there is Medicare, Obamacare, and, soon, Trumpcare -- so this capitalization battle has already been fought and won. Mindless grammatical nitpicking aside, though, it's pretty easy to see why any politician would be leery of slapping his name on the new Obamacare replacement bill, because it is so awful. How awful is it? Pretty damn awful. Here's the most succinct rundown of the GOP plan we've yet read: So the Republican health-care plan is, essentially, you're on your own. They want to claw back the expansion of Medicaid -- sorry, working poor, you're on your own. They want to remove the Affordable Care Act's subsidies for middle-income people and replace them with some meager tax credits. If that isn't enough to allow you to afford coverage, you're on your own. That's also the principle behind the privatization of Medicare that Ryan has long advocated: He wants to replace Medicare's guaranteed coverage for seniors with a voucher that might or might not pay for private coverage. If it doesn't, you're on your own. Sure, millions of people will lose coverage if they repeal the A.C.A., but that’s less important than whether we're all enjoying more "freedom." Think this is overstating the case? We don't, because Republicans not only hate the poor with a red-hot passion, they also will quote Jesus himself to justify hating both the poor and the sick. Here is freshman congressman Roger Marshall, from a recent interview, where he claimed that "morally, spiritually, socially" the poor and the homeless "just don't want health care." Just like Jesus said, "The poor will always be with us." There is a group of people that just don't want health care and aren't going to take care of themselves.... The Medicaid population, which is [on] a free credit card as a group, do probably the least preventive medicine and taking care of themselves and eating healthy and exercising. And I'm not judging; I'm just saying socially that's where they are. So there's a group of people that even with unlimited access to health care are only going to use the emergency room when their arm is chopped off or when their pneumonia is so bad they get brought [to] the E.R. Hoo boy. Wonder what Jesus might have had to say about that attitude.... Omnipotent beings aside, though, so far the harshest criticism of both the Ryancare bill and the process Ryan is attempting to use to jam it through has come from his own fellow Republicans and conservatives. Here's a quick rundown of some of the worst comments from Ryan's own side of the aisle, so far: Senator Tom Cotton, who has staunchly defended many of Trump's outrageousness (when even Republicans couldn't bring themselves to) -- to the tune of being called "Trump's wingman" in the Senate, mind you -- tweeted out a few pointed comments this week: 1. House health-care bill can't pass Senate w/o major changes. To my friends in House: pause, start over. Get it right, don't get it fast. 2. GOP shouldn't act like Dems did in O'care. No excuse to release bill Mon night, start voting Wed. With no budget estimate! 3. What matters in long run is better, more affordable health care for Americans, NOT House leaders' arbitrary legislative calendar. Cotton also said, during an interview: "The bill that was introduced Monday night cannot pass the Senate. And I don't think it will be brought to the Senate for a vote." Cotton said many of his colleagues hold similar views: “They might not have spoken publicly about it, but I can tell you a number if not a majority of Republican senators think that this process has been too breakneck, too slapdash, and they do not see a good solution for the American people coming out of the House bill as drafted. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, offering support for waiting until the Congressional Budget Office can "score" the bill: "I think we need to know that." Senator Mike Lee: "This is exactly the type of backroom dealing and rushed process that we [falsely] criticized Democrats for." [Editors: OK, we admit that we had to edit that sentence, for accuracy's sake.] Even the conservative media was talking about Ryancare's awfulness. From Tucker Carlson at (of course) Fox News, while interviewing Ryan: It's been seven years to the month since Obamacare passed, and I guess the obvious question is why in all that time couldn't Republicans formulate a plan most of them could agree on before going public with it. It looks like chaos.... I guess my question is, looking at the last election, was the message of that election really we need to help investors? I mean, the Dow is over 20,000. Are they the group that really needs the help? ... The overview here is that all the wealth basically in the last 10 years has stuck to the top end. That's one of the reasons we have had all this political turmoil, as you know. So, it's kind of a hard sell to say, "We are going repeal Obamacare, but we are going to send more money to the people who have gotten the richest over the last 10 years." That's what this does, no? I am not a leftist; that's just true. Man, when even Fox News breaks out the truth of the bill's awfulness, you just know it's gotta be bad.... Article after article appeared this week pointing out the fractures in the Republican Party over the Ryancare bill (we added two articles of our own to this flood, we should mention). But it wasn't just Republicans in Congress who got their licks in. Some of the most extreme conservative groups -- from the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity to the Club for Growth to FreedomWorks to Heritage Action -- all slammed the bill as well. Even Breitbart came out in opposition. They were joined by many groups with actual health care experience, such as the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, and the AARP, all of whom expressed their disapproval of the Ryancare bill. In fact, other than Paul Ryan, it was hard to actually find anyone on the Republican side who was speaking positively about the bill. Well, Trump did tweet out how wonderful everything is going, but that's kind of to be expected. Trump himself is in a rather precarious position on Ryancare. He obviously was lying through his teeth throughout the entire campaign about how he had a secret healthcare reform plan that would "cover everybody" and be wonderful for all concerned. After he got elected, he swore up and down that just as soon as his Health and Human Services secretary was confirmed, that he'd be unveiling his magic plan, filled with rainbows and unicorns. That never happened, because Trump never had a plan at all. That's a key point that even the current media frenzy seems to be missing. Instead, Trump was content to sit back and let Paul Ryan's famed wonkery solve the problem for him. The way Trump envisioned it, Ryan would announce his plan, the Republicans would all fall in line, and then they'd pass it and put it on his desk so he could sign something and loudly proclaim "Obamacare is dead!" That was the plan, at any rate. Trump -- again, obviously -- never cared about any of the details, as long as he could score political points. But now Trump has been backed into being the arbiter of what is acceptable in the Obamacare replacement bill. He's jumped in with both feet on Ryan's side, and is attempting to rally Republicans behind the bill. The way Ryan sees it, Republicans in Congress have a "binary choice" -- vote for his bill without any major changes, or Obamacare will continue. Those are the only options Ryan sees, which he pointed out in a press conference: "We as Republicans have been waiting seven years to do this. This is the closest we will ever get to repealing and replacing Obamacare. The time is here. The time is now. This is the moment." My way or the highway, in other words. Trump is (so far) backing Ryan up, to a point. He's been doing the carrot-or-stick version of mixing a charm offensive with naked threats to recalcitrant Republicans and conservatives. He sat down for dinner with Ted Cruz (who is not on board with Ryancare). He met with all the conservative groups who have come out against Ryancare. He's met with the Tea Partiers in the House. The message he's been giving them is that they can either pass this bill or face (his word) a "bloodbath" in the midterm elections. But Trump also seems to be willing to deal much more than Ryan, which led to an amusing Huffington Post article with the subtitle: "When One Parent Gives You The Answer You Don't Want...." Sean Spicer began pushing back on this notion in today's press conference, but like it or not Donald Trump has now become the de facto final say on what is acceptable in the Ryancare bill. The White House is also pre-emptively launching an attack on the Congressional Budget Office (which Paul Ryan eagerly seconded), because when the C.B.O. numbers arrive early next week, everyone knows they'll show that Ryancare falls far, far short of what Trump actually promised everyone. The upshot is pretty ironic. Trump doesn't really care about the details, he just wants a bill to sign -- any bill. But now, he's going to be the arbiter of all those details, meaning he's taken ownership of the entire process he wanted to avoid. His choices are now uniformly bad: change the bill to make the House Tea Partiers happy, or see the bill get voted down in the House. If he does manage to do so, then the bill will likely be voted down in the Senate, as moderate Republicans balk at its stinginess. But the truly ironic thing is that if Ryancare passes, the people most negatively affected by it will be (pause for effect)... Trump voters. Of course, it being the Trump Era, there was a lot going on this week outside of the big Ryancare fight. Now that Trump is president, when good numbers come out on the economy and unemployment, they are no longer "fake news," but instead prove what a wonderful job Trump's doing. Trump shows an amazing facility with Orwellian doublethink, since he's now happy with pretty much exactly the same numbers he was calling disastrous for Obama. Such is life in the Trump Era, though. What else? Seems like Trump dodged a completely separate scandal with Mike Flynn, by firing him before the latest news even broke. Seems Flynn was -- all throughout the Trump campaign, mind you -- acting as a foreign agent for the Turkish government. Whoops! Forgot to mention that one, eh? Good thing Trump's already fired him, so he doesn't have to fire him all over again! In other news about people sucking up to Trump to get a plum job, Jon Huntsman successfully got himself appointed ambassador to Russia, even though Trump ripped on his performance as ambassador to China during the campaign. We've got to wonder what particular Trump ass-kissing technique Huntsman used, since he might want to share a few tips with people like Mitt Romney and Chris Christie. Speaking of people who got plum jobs for sucking up to Trump, Robert A. Heinlein once wrote a wise maxim: "Expertise in one field does not carry over into other fields. But experts often think so. The narrower their field of knowledge the more likely they are to think so." Ben Carson this week proved (once again) that he is Exhibit A in the proof of this saying. Carson finally won confirmation, so he decided to address the Housing and Urban Development staff for the first time. He said many other bizarre, head-scratching things during this speech, but the Carson quote that got the most attention was: That's what America is about. A land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they, too, had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land. We'd bet that they had the dream of "I wish I never became a slave," personally. But so many others have pointed out Carson's idiocy that we merely mention it in passing. OK, this has gone on long enough, so let's just whip through two stories that in normal times would have been all people were talking about all week long. The C.I.A. is in the WikiLeaks spotlight, after someone leaked what seems to be an entire toolbox of electronic surveillance techniques. And in Pennsylvania, Democrats have suffered a "ransomware" attack, where nefarious hackers hold all your data hostage while demanding large sums of money to release the data. This is the first such attack on a political party, and it could have very ominous overtones for the future of politics, so it's worth paying a little more attention to than it has so far received. Finally, we have two humorous items to close the news roundup. From both the "you can't make this stuff up, folks" file and the infamous "A man in Florida..." category comes the headline of the week: "Miami Lawyer's Pants Erupt In Flames During Arsonist Trial In Court." Insert your own "pants on fire / lawyer" joke here. Republicans tried to get Trump fans in the holiday spirit this week by offering a green "Make America Great Again" Trump hat. But they made two embarrassing errors while doing so. In the first place, Ireland's symbol is a shamrock, which is a three-leafed plant. There's a reason for this that involves Christianity and Saint Patrick, if you're interested. But the Trump hat instead had a four-leafed clover on it, which is a symbol of luck, not Ireland. They compounded this error by telling everyone to have a happy "St. Patty's Day" which prompted responses such as "He wasn't a hamburger patty!" from annoyed Irish folks. To close on yet another bit of pedantry, please remember next week to wish everyone a happy St. Paddy's Day! [Which brings us to a program note -- there will be no Friday Talking Points column next week, since we'll be enjoying ourselves down at our local pub in celebration. This column will resume in two weeks' time.]   It doesn't quite rise to a MIDOTW award, but if you're looking for an interesting read on a very unconventional Democrat, check out the Huffington Post profile of "Volatile" Curtis Wylde (a.k.a. "Lion of the Lou" and the "Wolf of West County"), a minor pro-wrestler in the Midwest who was inspired to get involved in Democratic politics by Bernie Sanders. He not only got elected as a state delegate to the Democratic National Committee, but ran for Missouri's statehouse as well. He lost, but he got 36 percent of the vote by just spending $6,000 (to his opponent's $77,000), and may run for office in the future as well. Wylde is now somewhat of a spokesman for the #DemEnter movement, which is trying to get Bernie supporters elected throughout the Democratic Party, to revive it from within. Wylde was at the Democratic National Convention last year, addressing the pro-Bernie protesters outside, stating: "I'm in the Democratic Party and I'm here to stay, so I have to take it over. All of you have to take it over!" As we said, Wylde certainly earns an Honorable Mention for how far he's made it so far, and we'll certainly be keeping an eye on him in the future. Check the article out, it's a fascinating read. This week, however, we're going to hand the Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week award to... a woman. Which woman? Well, we have to admit we're not sure, but whichever one the protesters were talking about in their "Day Without A Woman" rallies this week. That's a snarky way of being pedantic, once again, since we really think they should have gone with the plural, but then who are we to criticize political sloganeering (especially when we would lay ourselves open to charges of paternalism by doing so)? All kidding aside, the women's movement is now at the highest point it has been in decades in American politics. This started almost spontaneously with the Women's March On Washington, the day after Trump was sworn in. So we are glad to see the effort continue, especially now that the weather's turned nicer (having attended inaugurations, we know how incredibly dedicated you have to be to protest anything in January in Washington). More power to the women who organized this protest, and more power to women in general! Some of the organizers even got themselves arrested for forming a human wall in front of Trump Tower, which shows some real dedication to the cause. So, snark aside, we're giving out the Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week to not just a woman, but every woman who took to the streets this week or otherwise showed support for the movement. We heartily applaud this type of protest, and hope to see a lot more of it in the future. [We have to begin with a caveat -- because this is such an organic movement, we're not 100 percent sure this is the correct link for the main organizers of the protest. So if you have a correction or other links, please add them in the comments. Having said that, please congratulate International Women's Strike on their website's contact page, to let them know you appreciate their efforts.]   We also have a group of protesters for the Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week award, sadly. Here's the story, from a local Vermont news source, of what happened at Middlebury College during and after a scheduled speech by Charles Murray, one of the authors of the controversial book The Bell Curve: Middlebury College Professor Allison Stanger was injured by protesters Thursday evening as she was escorting a controversial speaker from campus. She was treated at Porter Hospital and released. … As Stanger, [Charles] Murray and a college administrator left McCullough Student Center last evening following [Murray's speech] they were "physically and violently confronted by a group of protestors," according to Bill Burger, the college's vice president for communications and marketing. Burger said college public safety officers managed to get Stanger and Murray into the administrator's car. "The protestors then violently set upon the car, rocking it, pounding on it, jumping on and try to prevent it from leaving campus," he said. "At one point a large traffic sign was thrown in front of the car. Public Safety officers were able, finally, to clear the way to allow the vehicle to leave campus. "During this confrontation outside McCullough, one of the demonstrators pulled Prof. Stanger's hair and twisted her neck," Burger continued. "She was attended to at Porter Hospital later and (on Friday) is wearing a neck brace." Here's another report of what happened, from the New York Times: When Mr. Murray rose to speak, he was shouted down by most of the more than 400 students packed into the room, several witnesses said. Many turned their backs to him and chanted slogans like "Racist, sexist, anti-gay, Charles Murray go away!" After almost 20 minutes, it was clear that he would not be able to give his speech, said Mr. Burger, the [college] spokesman. Anticipating that such an outcry might happen, Mr. Murray was moved to a separate room equipped with a video camera so that Allison Stanger, a Middlebury professor of international politics and economics, could interview him over a live stream. Mr. Burger said the administration felt strongly that Mr. Murray's right to free speech should be protected and that "no one should have the heckler's veto." Once the interview began in the second room, protesters swarmed into the hallway, chanting and pulling fire alarms. Still, the interview was completed and officials, including Ms. Stanger, escorted Mr. Murray out the back of the building. There, several masked protesters, who were believed to be outside agitators, began pushing and shoving Mr. Murray and Ms. Stanger, Mr. Burger said. "Someone grabbed Allison's hair and twisted her neck," he said. After the two got into a car, Mr. Burger said, protesters pounded on it, rocked it back and forth, and jumped onto the hood. Ms. Stanger later went to a hospital, where she was put in a neck brace. Sigh. There's a line protesters shouldn't cross, and some in this crowd obviously crossed it. Now, you can argue about whether shouting down a scheduled speaker (the "heckler's veto") is a good tactic or not, but it is at heart a non-violent tactic. Preventing someone else from speaking may be rude as all get-out, but it doesn't hurt anybody. Whether it's effective or not is debatable, but it doesn't deserve automatic condemnation. However, physically attacking not only a professor but also a car is beyond that line. That is closer to a riot than a protest. Violence is simply not justified in such a situation, period. It is, in fact, counterproductive in the extreme, at least if you care about others being convinced to join your cause. Nobody's going to change their minds when they see a mob attacking a woman or a car. Plus, it is ironically showing the most extreme amount of intolerance possible. If the second report is correct, then possibly this was the result of outside agitators -- which can be a problem at any political protest (from the left or the right, to be fair). But no matter who perpetrated the violence at Middlebury College, they have more than deserved a clear rejection of their tactics. Along with a Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week award. [Due to the anonymity of the violent protesters, we have no link to offer to contact them to let them know what you think of their actions, sorry.]   Volume 428 (3/10/17) Before we begin this week's talking points, we have to point to the final talking point from last week, which corrects the historical record from all the rampant Republican revisionism over how Obamacare was passed. Because the hypocrisy is so incredibly pungent right now that even Republicans are pointing it out. Twisting one quote from Nancy Pelosi into saying something she wasn't implying caused Republicans to remember the Obamacare debate as one which happened unbelievably fast and without anyone getting a chance to see what was in the bill. This never actually happened. The entire process of passing Obamacare took over a year and had many votes -- each of which were completely scored by the C.B.O. and hashed out for months beforehand. This isn't the way Republicans remember it now, but that is the truth. Which is why we direct everyone to Talking Point 7, from last week. Because right now, Republicans are doing exactly what they've long accused Democrats of doing. And even some Republicans are taking umbrage. So it seems a good time to set the record straight, once again. OK, enough "old business," let's get on with this week's talking points!      Trump should know all about McCarthyism Before we get to ripping into Ryancare, there's one big point that needs making. Oh, and a side note -- we fully expect to see some more headlines begin with the exact same phrase in the future, if the past few weeks have been any guide: "Trump, Citing No Evidence, Accuses...." "Last week, Donald Trump tweeted out a conspiracy theory about Barack Obama tapping his phone, and in his very first tweet he used the phrase 'This is McCarthyism!' Well, Trump ought to know all about that sort of thing, because one of the most influential mentors in Trump's entire life was Roy Cohn -- Joe McCarthy's sidekick. Cohn met Trump back in the 1970s, and they had a long relationship where Cohn taught Trump all sorts of McCarthyist tricks (some of which he still uses). It should also be noted that an hour later, Trump was back on Twitter attacking Arnold Schwarzenegger once again. Let's see, which American politician was it who was famous for attacking Hollywood celebrities, again? His name is right on the tip of my tongue...."      There was no Trumpcare plan to begin with This is the second big campaign promise Trump's broken in this regard (the other was his magic non-existent plan to defeat the Islamic State, if you've forgotten). "Why is Donald Trump out there rallying support for Paul Ryan's repeal-and-replace plan in the first place? I distinctly remember Trump promising at each and every rally that he personally had the answers on how to replace Obamacare, and that he'd be rolling it out 'on Day One.' Remember that? It wasn't that long ago. His Trumpcare plan was going to be big. It was going to be beautiful. It was going to cover everybody, and not kick anybody off the insurance they had now. It was going to be cheaper for everyone, and better for everyone too. I distinctly remember him promising all of those things. But you know what? None of that happened. It was all a giant con job, folks. The very fact that Trump is now supporting Ryancare proves that there never was a Trumpcare plan to begin with. Chalk it up to just another of Trump's big lies and unfulfilled promises -- a list that is growing by the day."      Need a dictionary, Paul? Paul Ryan unintentionally got off the funniest line of the week, during his press conference (with PowerPoint slides!) explaining how wonderful Ryancare was. This one is a make-it-yourself talking point, because it's pretty easy to point out that what Ryan is describing is not the evils of Obamacare, but the actual definition of how health insurance works, at the most basic level. Here are Ryan's own words: The fatal conceit of Obamacare is that we're just going to make everybody buy our health insurance at the federal level, young and healthy people are going to go into the market and pay for older, sicker people. So the young healthy person's going to be made to buy health care, and they're going to pay for the person, you know, who gets breast cancer in her 40s, or who gets heart disease in his 50s... the whole idea of Obamacare is... the people who are healthy pay for the people who are sick. It's not working, and that's why it's in a death spiral.      Suck it up, Buttercup This should really come as no surprise at all, to anyone. "The numbers are starting to get crunched on Ryancare, and -- surprise, surprise! -- the people who will be most negatively affected by it are core Trump voters. Here's a rundown: those who stand to lose $7,500 or more in health insurance subsidies went for Trump by 58 percent to 39 percent. Those who will lose between five grand and $7,500 went for Trump 60-35. Those who will lose $2,500 to $5,000 went for Trump 49-45. So the more likely you are to be a Trump voter, the more likely it is that you'll be losing thousands of dollars under his 'big, beautiful' health care plan. Didn't P. T. Barnum have a saying about folks like this? I'm just asking...."      Let's break the awfulness down A hat-tip to Paul Waldman at the Washington Post, whose entire article could have been just pasted in as this week's talking points section. Waldman wrote the article "The New Republican Health Care Plane Is Awe-Inspiringly Awful," and his section headings are the bulk of the following talking point (just to give credit where it's due). "OK, let's take a look at Ryancare and see what it accomplishes, one goal at a time, shall we? Ryancare undoes Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, which even some Republican governors have come to love. Also, the Medicaid trust fund will be drained a lot sooner than under Obamacare. Ryancare replaces direct subsidies, paid when health insurance is bought, with tax credits that people will likely have to wait until the end of the year to see -- which is a bridge too far for millions of American families. Also, these subsidies will be drastically slashed, meaning they'll be useless for millions who can't afford to make up the difference. Also, more of these credits will be given to people who don't need them, while the poorest get far less. Instead of paying a penalty for not having insurance to the government, Ryancare makes you pay the penalty to the insurance companies. Ryancare allows the insurance companies to charge older people five times what they charge younger people, instead of Obamacare's 3-to-1 ratio -- meaning a lot of seniors are going to have to pay a lot more money. Oh, and the icing on the Republican cake, of course -- Ryancare will give a huge tax cut to the wealthiest Americans, which specifically includes executives in the health industry who make more than $500,000 a year. What's not to like, right?"      Screwing lottery winners This one is just downright bizarre. "Republicans from Sean Spicer on down have been touting the fact that the Ryancare bill is only about 60 pages long, as if shorter were always better when legislating. But amusingly enough, a full ten percent of the Ryancare bill deals exclusively with making life tougher for lottery winners. Yes, you read that correctly -- ten percent of Ryancare was devoted to making sure anyone who wins a lottery gets promptly kicked off health subsidies. This truly seems to be a solution in search of a problem, like much Republican legislation. Seriously, guys, it took ten percent of your entire bill to crack down on lottery winners? Really?"      Robbing Peter to pay for the wall This one is pretty unbelievable, which is why we saved it for last. "The Trump White House had a brilliant new idea recently, that needs a lot more attention. First Trump promised everyone who would listen that Mexico would pay for his beloved border wall. Then he decided that he'd slap a big tariff on Mexican products at the border, meaning that American consumers would pay for his wall. Now, though, Trump seems to be considering an even-worse idea. From a recent report: 'The Trump administration, searching for money to build a border wall and fund a deportation force, is weighing significant cuts to the Coast Guard, T.S.A., FEMA, and other federal agencies focused on national security threats.' That's just stunning -- Trump is going to pay for his border wall by slashing the budgets of the actual people who do the actual work of making our country safe? As one unnamed U.S. security official said: "Cuts to Coast Guard are insane. Ask what it costs for U.S.C.G. security at Mar-a-Lago every weekend.' I'm still waiting for the outrage from Republicans -- you know, the outrage they would have been screaming if a Democrat ever proposed cutting national security funding to pay for a pet project -- but so far all I hear is the chirping of the crickets."   Chris Weigant blogs at: Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisWeigant Full archives of FTP columns: FridayTalkingPoints.com All-time award winners leaderboard, by rank   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

10 марта, 19:07

Why Is Trump Abandoning the Foreign Policy that Brought Him Victory?

Doug Bandow Politics, Americas The American people, having voted against the promiscuous military intervention of Trump’s predecessors, may well end up with more of the same foreign policy. Candidate Donald Trump offered a sharp break from his predecessors. He was particularly critical of neoconservatives, who seemed to back war at every turn. Indeed, he promised not to include in his administration “those who have perfect resumes but very little to brag about except responsibility for a long history of failed policies and continued losses at war.” And he’s generally kept that commitment, for instance rejecting as deputy secretary of state Elliot Abrams, who said Trump was unfit to be president. Substantively candidate Trump appeared to offer not so much a philosophy as an inclination. Practical if not exactly realist, he cared more for consequences than his three immediate predecessors, who had treated wars as moral crusades in Somalia, the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. In contrast, Trump promised: “unlike other candidates for the presidency, war and aggression will not be my first instinct.” Yet so far the Trump administration is shaping up as a disappointment for those who hoped for a break from the liberal interventionist/neoconservative synthesis. The first problem is staffing. In Washington people are policy. The president can speak and tweet, but he needs others to turn ideas into reality and implement his directives. It doesn’t appear that he has any foreign policy realists around him, or anyone with a restrained view of America’s international responsibilities. Rex Tillerson, James Mattis and H. R. McMaster are all serious and talented, and none are neocons. But all seem inclined toward traditional foreign policy approaches and committed to moderating their boss’s unconventional thoughts. Most of the names mentioned for deputy secretary of state have been reliably hawkish, or some combination of hawk and centrist—Abrams, John Bolton, the rewired Jon Huntsman. Read full article

10 марта, 18:30

Russian pundits praise Trump’s pick for new ambassador to Russia

The appointment of Jon Huntsman as the new U.S. ambassador to Russia is designed to kill two birds with one stone for Donald Trump’s administration, believe Russian policy experts. Besides distancing himself from the accusations of alleged ties to Russia that have rocked Trump’s entourage since he was sworn into office, the appointment sends a number of signals to the Kremlin. Furthermore, it is designed to demonstrate a certain vision for bilateral relations to Russian leaders. Great power games “Being a former ambassador to China, Huntsman knows how to do business with great powers, and this is a very important signal. It means the Trump administration does not intend to democratize or adjust Russia in any other way to suit its short-term interests,” said Dmitry Suslov, a professor at the Higher School of Economics and program director at the Valdai Discussion Club. If this assumption is correct, Russians are likely to view Huntsman as a stark contrast to Michael McFaul, a former U.S. ambassador to Russia (2012-2014) and expert in the promotion of democracy who was widely disliked in the country for his policy positions and approach to diplomacy. “Huntsman has a different approach a priori. He sees Russia as a foreign power with a different political culture,” said Suslov. U.S. General: Trump won’t take confrontational approach with Russia By putting a former U.S. ambassador to China in Moscow, the appointment may also indicate a willingness by Washington to engage with Russia on a number of issues relating to Asia, a region in which U.S.-Russia interaction has been virtually nonexistent even though both countries previously announced “pivot to Asia” programs. “Despite the fact that both countries had announced a willingness to refocus their foreign policy courses to Asia years ago, a Russia-U.S. dialogue on matters of the Asia-Pacific region has not been formed. Huntsman’s appointment opens up the possibility to set a full-fledged Russian-American agenda in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Suslov. In addition to Huntsman’s presumed ability to manage the dynamics of great power politics, his appointment is designed to shield Trump from further criticism domestically, say some experts. Huntsman’s Russia ties “It’s difficult to accuse Huntsman of having sympathies towards Russia of any kind,” said Maxim Suchkov, an expert at the Russian International Affairs Council and a columnist for Al-Monitor's Russia Pulse. Among other candidates who might have been considered for the post, Huntsman is the most shielded from accusations of holding pro-Russian sentiments. “Huntsman’s appointment will not raise questions about alleged pro-Russian views, as could have happened if Dana Rohrabacher had been appointed,” said Suslov, referring to a U.S. Congressman who is an outspoken critic of the Obama administration’s approach to Russia. Rohrabacher’s vision for U.S.-Russia relations lines up with the one Trump has been drawing up thus far. Nevertheless, Trump has attempted to be careful not to provide his political opponents with further opportunities to accuse him of being soft on Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Even though Huntsman’s family business owns Huntsman-NMG, a closed join-stock company based in Russia with branches in five cities – including in Moscow – Huntsman is believed to have avoided conflicts of interest since assuming public office. “The company [Huntsman-NMG] has operated in Russia since 2007. Besides, its Russian partner’s shares were bought out in 2012. This allows us to conclude that the company [its Russia branch] is successful. Otherwise, it would have left the market or limited its operations to selling goods produced in other counties,” said Dmitry Baranov, a leading expert at the Finam Management company. Baranov believes that operating a business in Russia is nothing unusual for a U.S.-based company. “This is not the only U.S. company that operates in Russia. There are tens if not thousands of those. It is a common practice that favorably affects the development of the entire industry, increases competition, and expands the range of goods that consumers can purchase,” said Baranov. Thus far, Huntsman’s family business has not been depicted as an issue that would prevent him from accepting the nomination for ambassador to Russia. The nomination, however, is subject to U.S. Senate approval, and the issue of the family business in Russia may well surface during confirmation hearings. Read more: Is McMaster’s appointment as national security adviser bad news for Moscow?>>>

10 марта, 16:33

Stephen Colbert: Trump Tweets More To Attack Kristen Stewart Than Condemn Anti-Semitism

Stephen Colbert just highlighted a disturbing statistic regarding President Donald Trump’s Twitter use. Specifically, the “Late Show” host said Thursday how Trump has used the micro-blogging site more times to attack actress Kristen Stewart than he has to condemn anti-Semitism. Colbert reminded Stewart on his show how Trump had repeatedly attacked her in 2012 for ending her three-year relationship with fellow “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson, after she kissed her “Snow White and the Huntsman” director, Rupert Sanders. Stewart literally brushed off Trump’s tweets: But the host’s appalling statistic came as more of a shock. “Oh my God,” said Stewart on hearing the news, shaking her head in disbelief. Check out the full interview above. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=58bfe3e7e4b054a0ea663890,58c10106e4b0d1078ca41b8d,58c15be9e4b0d1078ca47a6e,58bfb0dde4b0d1078ca22cb8 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

10 марта, 14:16

Мормон, дипломат и реалист: чего ожидать от назначения Хантсмана послом США в России

Новым послом США в России, предположительно, станет республиканец, бывший кандидат в президенты США и дипломат с большим стажем Джон Хантсман. Как отец семерых детей, мормон, любитель рок-н-ролла и политик строгих убеждений проявит себя на новом посту, вопрос спорный. По мнению американиста, кандидата политических наук Сергея Судакова, потенциального посла вряд ли можно назвать русофобом, а его назначение будет свидетельствовать о нейтральной позиции Дональда Трампа по отношению к России. RT разбирался, кто такой Хантсман.

10 марта, 01:39

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: PowerPaul Presentation

Speaker Paul Ryan touted the new health-care bill using PowerPoint.

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09 марта, 21:00

To Moscow, Trump's choice for envoy makes Russian thaw less likely

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Reports that Jon Huntsman will become the next U.S. ambassador to Russia stirred anxiety in Moscow on Thursday, with one politician calling him a hawk and pro-Kremlin media recalling what they said was his worrying history of hostile rhetoric.

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09 марта, 18:28

Джон Хантсман — опытный политик, который не любит Россию

Джон Хантсман принял предложение Дональда Трампа стать послом в России, сообщает телеканал NBC News со ссылкой на источники в администрации США. Что ж, что представляет собой Хантсман? Во-первых, это очень необычный человек. Он родился в семье мормонов, а его отец — единственный в мире мормон-миллиардер. Семья Хантсманов является самым крупным в США владельцем производства полистирола. Во время перестройки семья Хантсманов начала заниматься бизнесом в России. Они владеют шестью предприятиями на территории РФ, включая заводы по производству пигментов и полиуретанов, а у концерна Huntsman International крепкие деловые связи с Россией со времён развала СССР. Впрочем, в 1990-х годах производство было свёрнуто — после того как Россия резко повысила налоги и штрафы в отношении иностранных компаний. С этого времени Джон Хантсман стал очень жёстко критиковать Россию. Особенно агрессивно он набросился на Барака Обаму, когда тот затеял с Россией перезагрузку. Хантсман сравнивал политику Обамы в отношении России с потёмкинской деревней, когда Обама и тогдашний государственный секретарь Хиллари Клинтон делали вид, будто в России всё прекрасно. В политике же Хантсман давно. Он начал строить карьеру ещё в администрации Рейгана. Ярый республиканец, он работал в командах всех республиканских администраций. Хантсман в совершенстве владеет китайским языком. Это, видимо, послужило одной из главных причин его назначения послом США в Сингапуре. В то время ему было всего 32 года. А через три года Хантстман избрался губернатором штата Юта. Рейтинг его поддержки жителями штата временами даже превышал сегодняшний уровень народного доверия президенту России. Джорж Буш мл. говорил в те годы, что штат Юта – наиболее управляемый в США. В 2011 году Барак Обама назначил Джона Хантманса послом в Китае. В это время у США и Китая были очень непростые отношения, и Хантсману постоянно приходилось заниматься урегулированием самых разнообразных межправительственных разногласий, где он проявил себя блестящим изощрённым дипломатом. В феврале 2011 года американский посол оказался в центре скандала: его заметили прогуливающимся в торговой зоне пекинской улицы Ванфуцзин, где анонимные активисты призывали организовать массовые митинги за демократию. Многие в Китае стали обвинять США в подготовке антиправительственного переворота. В апреле 2011 года Джону Хантсману пришлось уйти в отставку с должности посла в Пекине. Единственная политическая осечка Хантсмана произошла в то время, когда он решил баллотироваться на пост президента США от Республиканской партии. Он яро критиковал Дональда Трампа за гомофобию, расизм, доброжелательное отношение к России и Владимиру Путину. Хантсман истратил на эту кампанию очень много времени, сил и средств, но, заняв на праймериз третье место, вынужден был сойти с дистанции. Когда Трамп победил, Хантсман стал его активно поддерживать. В СМИ утверждали, что он рассматривался Трампом на пост государственного секретаря. С предложением стать послом в России Трамп лично несколько раз звонил Хантсману. Конечно, посол не определяет политику США в отношении страны пребывания, но в обязанности посла входят информирование и консультации государственного секретаря и президента касательно государства, где посол работает. Зачем Трампу понадобился посол в России с личной неприязнью к ней и, соответственно, будущими крайне субъективными докладами в отношении Москвы, остаётся только гадать. Дональд Трамп явно пытается превзойти в непредсказуемости всех, кого только можно.

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09 марта, 16:08

BUT THAT GOES AGAINST THE NARRATIVE: Trump Offers Russia Ambassador Post To Putin-Critic Jon Huntsma…

BUT THAT GOES AGAINST THE NARRATIVE: Trump Offers Russia Ambassador Post To Putin-Critic Jon Huntsman. I’m having a hard time reconciling stories like these with all the talk about Trump being a Kremlin stooge.

09 марта, 15:26

Trump Offers Russia Ambassador Post To Putin-Critic Jon Huntsman

As had been periodically leaked over the past several weeks, overnight both Poliico and the WSJ confirm that President Trump has offered former Utah governor Jon Huntsman the job of U.S. ambassador to Russia and is in the process of submitting paperwork to accept the position; Huntsman is said to have accepted the offer. This is the latest sign of backtracking from plans for Washington-Moscow conciliation, a development which will make future reports based on "anonymous sources" that Trump is a Kremlin puppet even more problematic. The 56-year-old Mr. Huntsman’s long record in politics and diplomacy—as governor of Utah and ambassador to Singapore under President George H.W. Bush and to China under President Barack Obama—likely will assure him of an easy confirmation in Congress. Huntsman, who served as ambassador to Singapore under President George H.W. Bush and then to China under President Barack Obama, was an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump during last year's campaign. Last October, Huntsman—who ran for president as a Republican in 2012—called on Trump to withdraw after a 2005 Access Hollywood video surfaced in which he bragged about his ability to sexually assault beautiful women. But Huntsman has since warmed to the president and the two have maintained a cordial relationship, according to a source with knowledge of their recent conversations. "It's a bit bizarre because he was so anti-Trump last year," said one source close to the administration. "But it's also a smart choice, because he really knows his [stuff]." The Russian ambassador position is viewed as one of the most sensitive and high profile ambassadorships, especially given the FBI and congressional investigations into Russian President Vladimir Putin's apparent efforts to tip last year's election in his favor and contacts between Russian officials and the Trump campaign. Should Huntsman accept and be confirmed as ambassador, Politico notes that it could come as a relief to Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, 82, who is up for reelection next year. Huntsman has been seen as a potential challenger. Regarding Huntsman's views on Russia, the WSJ adds that the former governor lately served as chairman of the Atlantic Council, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank deeply critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin and plans to patch up relations with him.  Some of Mr. Trump’s protégés have come under fire for too-close ties to the Kremlin, but Mr. Huntsman—a critic of Mr. Trump during the presidential campaign—will add to a stable of advisers who have openly disagreed with the president’s proposed Russia policies. Last week the White House said it would tap Fiona Hill, a highly regarded Russia scholar with a "sober view" of Mr. Putin, to be the National Security Council’s senior director for Europe and Russia. Her boss at the NSC, Lt. Gen H.R. McMaster, is likewise a skeptic of U.S. rapprochement with the Kremlin, based on his past comments and views of those who know him. With the appointment, Trump is clearly seeking to distance himself of being viewed as openly friendly toward Russia. Trump has complained about criticism of his advisers’ conversations with Russian officials and about leaks suggesting some of them are too close to Russia. Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigations into the 2016 presidential campaign after questions arose about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergei Kislyak. With pressure ratcheted up on his administration, Mr. Trump may be looking for a nominee who won’t create waves, said one former State Department official. “Trump is bending to the critics of his efforts to have warmer relations with the Russians,” said the former official, who served under President George W. Bush. “He has selected a high-profile establishment Republican who is unlikely to face significant problems getting confirmed.” In Moscow, he said, the selection will be viewed with “some skepticism and maybe concern.”

09 марта, 14:53

Thursday's Morning Email: GOP Leaders Push Health Care Plan As Potential Mutiny Brews

TOP STORIES (And want to get The Morning Email each weekday? Sign up here.) GOP LEADERS PUSH HEALTH CARE PLAN AS POTENTIAL MUTINY BREWS “House GOP leaders are forging ahead with their health care legislation, downplaying a potential conservative mutiny on the Republican proposal to overhaul the Affordable Care Act even as there are real questions whether their plan can pass.” Some conservatives are saying they’re getting mixed messages from the White House, while the first House panel has advanced the legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. And the American Medical Association announced its opposition to the new health care legislation. [HuffPost] JON HUNTSMAN ACCEPTS POST AS AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA The former Republican presidential candidate has served as an ambassador to Singapore under President George W. Bush and to China under President Barack Obama. [HuffPost] YOUR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY RUNDOWN Here’s how the country went red for “A Day Without A Woman.” There are more women in parliaments around the world than ever before. The Empire State Building went pink. And here are 60 photos of girls going to school around the world. [HuffPost] JEWISH LEADERS EXPRESS FRUSTRATION AT LACK OF PROGRESS IN BOMB THREAT PROBES In a letter to the attorney general over the number of bomb threats Jewish institutions have received since January. [HuffPost] RISING COST OF ALZHEIMER’S COULD BANKRUPT MEDICARE For the first time, the cost of caring for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s will surpass a quarter of a trillion dollars this year. [HuffPost] MARINES LAND IN SYRIA The deployment will help in the battle to take back Raqqa. [WaPo] TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CONSIDERING $6 BILLION IN CUTS TO DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT “The plan would squeeze public housing support and end most federally funded community development grants, which provide services such as meal assistance and cleaning up abandoned properties in low-income neighborhoods.” [WaPo] WHAT’S BREWING THERE’S BEEN A GLIMPSE AT REY’S GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY Footage shown to Disney shareholders featured Luke Skywalker’s first words to Rey. And the force is strong in the battle over photoshopping Mark Hamill’s hair. [The Guardian] APPLE: WE’VE ALREADY PATCHED THE WIKILEAKS WEAKNESSES Your iPhone may be safe from the CIA after all. [HuffPost] ‘THE FACE OF TERRORISM WANTS HIS LIFE BACK’ “When fake news scammers started posting Anas Modamani’s picture to Facebook, he was powerless to stop them. So he took Facebook to court.” [Backchannel] IS THIS THE END OF THE SAD BEN AFFLECK MEME? Sounds like Jennifer Garner and Affleck may not be getting divorced after all. [HuffPost] KATE MIDDLETON IS HIRING A PERSONAL ASSISTANT You all may need to find a new author of The Morning Email. [Vanity Fair] AMERICANS ARE HAVING LESS SEX Than they did a generation ago. [HuffPost]  BEFORE YOU GO ~ Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have interacted with the Russian ambassador a third time in 2016. ~ We love Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s response to a Donald Trump campaign email that incorrectly spells her name. ~ Are these Nike shoes so good they give runners an unfair advantage? ~ Let the pizza pineapple debate of 2017 begin: This pizza got delivered without pineapple with a note saying “that’s gross.” So which team are you on? ~ This kid crashed a weatherman’s forecast and started yelling about farts, and it makes for glorious live TV. ~ The red band trailer for Kate McKinnon and Scarlett Johansson’s film about a bachelorette gone wrong is as absurd as you’d imagine it to be. ~ We can’t get over how cute the newest member of this Franciscan monastery is in his puppy-sized habit. ~ In a moment that gives hope to scratch-off ticket buyers everywhere, a couple just won $10 million off a $30 ticket. ~ Nicole Kidman breaks down what led to clap-gate. ~ Why the “Beauty and the Beast” remake was such a gamble for Disney. ~ Here’s how Queen Elizabeth uses her handbag to get out of sticky situations. And while we’re on the topic of royal news, check out this very, very detailed analysis of what Meghan Markle’s lifestyle blog says about her. ~ Gabourey Sidibe opens up about her weight-loss surgery.   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

09 марта, 14:30

Peskov: Russia to welcome any U.S. ambassador who will seek to mend dialog

Russia will welcome the appointment of any U.S. ambassador who will be committed to the idea of establishing a dialog between the two countries, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in the wake of media reports Utah’s former governor Jon Huntsman might become the head of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Moscow. "We will welcome any new head of the U.S. embassy in Moscow who will display firm commitment to the idea of establishing a dialog between the two countries," Peskov said, adding that was the chief mission of any ambassador to any country. At the same time he pointed out that the decision who will lead the U.S. embassy in Russia was entirely Washington’s internal affair. "We have no intention to meddle in these internal affairs," Peskov said. He recalled that no official statements regarding likely candidates for the post of the U.S. ambassador in Moscow had been made yet.  Source: TASS

09 марта, 12:31

Бывший противник политики перезагрузки наладит отношения с Москвой

Бывший губернатор штата Юта, экс-посол США в Китае и кандидат в президенты от республиканцев на выборах 2012 года Джон Хантсман принял предложение главы Белого дома Дональда Трампа стать послом в России, сообщает телеканал NBC News со ссылкой на источники в администрации США. В конце февраля господин Хантсман несколько раз встречался по этому вопросу с госсекретарем Рексом Тиллерсоном, а также связывался с помощниками президента.Как сообщил телеканал NBC News, 56-летний экс-губернатор штата Юта Джон Хантсман согласился стать новым послом США в России, приняв соответствующее предложение президента Дональда Трампа. Поскольку согласие было дано в устной форме, господин Хантсман должен отправить в Белый дом бумаги с подтверждением своей готовности занять этот пост. По данным телеканала Fox News, президент США Дональд Трамп лично позвонил Джону Хантсману, который пока отказывается давать комментарии по поводу своего назначения. Кандидатуре бывшего губернатора штата Юта предстоит пройти процесс утверждения в Сенате. Телеканал CNN со ссылкой на свои источники в Вашингтоне отмечает, что выбор кандидатуры Джона Хантсмана связан с его выдающейся политической и дипломатической карьерой. Источники назвали его "блестящим и жестким парнем", который знает, чего хочет Дональд Трамп. По данным газеты Politico, предложение возглавить американскую дипмиссию в Москве господину Хантсману поступило в начале этой недели.Убежденный республиканец Джон Хантсман, родившийся в Калифорнии в семье мормонов, начал карьеру госслужащего еще в администрации Рональда Рейгана, поработав в Белом доме помощником по персоналу. А уже при следующем президенте - Джордже Буше-старшем - стал помощником секретаря в Управлении международной торговли США. В 1992 году в возрасте 32 лет он возглавил американскую дипмиссию в Сингапуре. При президенте Джордже Буше-младшем был назначен заместителем торгового представителя США. Будучи в 2005-2009 годах губернатором штата Юта, имел высокие рейтинги одобрения - 80-90%. Pew Center называл Юту "самым хорошо управляемым штатом".В 2009-2011 годах - в период очень непростых отношений между Вашингтоном и Пекином - Джон Хантсман, владеющий китайским языком, занимал пост посла США в КНР. Ему не раз приходилось разрешать разного рода дипломатические конфликты. В феврале 2011 года политик оказался в центре скандала - его заметили прогуливающимся в торговой зоне пекинской улицы Ванфуцзин, где анонимные активисты призывали организовать массовые митинги за демократию. Многие в Китае стали обвинять США в подготовке антиправительственного переворота. В апреле 2011 года Джону Хантсману пришлось уйти в отставку с должности посла в Пекине.В 2012 году господин Хантсман решил баллотироваться на пост президента США от Республиканской партии. Вложив немало сил и средств в победу в штате Нью-Гемпшир, он финишировал там третьим и объявил о выходе из предвыборной гонки, во время которой выступал с жесткой критикой стратегии перезагрузки в отношении России, предложенной президентом Бараком Обамой. В частности, Джон Хантсман сравнил усилия администрации по налаживанию связей с Москвой с "потемкинской деревней", в которой США "делают вид, что Кремль - партнер в большей степени, чем на самом деле, больше уважает права человека, чем на самом деле, и меньше угрожает соседям, чем на самом деле".Отец Джона Хантсмана - долларовый миллиардер, основатель крупнейшей в США компании по производству полистирола. По данным издания Salt Lake Tribune, семья Хантсман владеет шестью предприятиями на территории РФ, включая заводы по производству пигментов и полиуретанов, а концерн Huntsman International имеет крепкие деловые связи с Россией со времен развала СССР. Впрочем, в 1990-х годах производство было свернуто, после того как Россия резко повысила налоги и штрафы в отношении иностранных компаний. В 1994 году Джон Хантсман, будучи вице-президентом компании, заявил Salt Lake Tribune: "Мы ставили задачу создания в Советском Союзе среды для процветания свободного рынка. Сейчас ситуация слишком сложна, чтобы продолжать это дело".В декабре 2016 года СМИ сообщили, что Джона Хантсмана рассматривают на пост госсекретаря США. Политик неоднократно критиковал Дональда Трампа за нелестные высказывания в адрес женщин. Но после победы республиканца на ноябрьских выборах поддержал его.В настоящее время господин Хантсман возглавляет влиятельный научно-исследовательский центр The Atlantic Council, занимающийся внешней политикой. У него семеро детей, двое из которых приемные.   (http://www.kommersant.ru/...)

09 марта, 11:27

Former Utah governor to become U.S. ambassador to Russia

The former Utah governor John Huntsman has agreed to become U.S. ambassador to Russia, NBC television channel reported on March 8 at its Twitter page. According to the source of the channel, Huntsman "has accepted offer to be U.S. ambassador to Russia." FULL STORY: Jon Huntsman accepts offer to be President Trump's ambassador to Russia https://t.co/1LsgHplBC9 pic.twitter.com/wn5uJfL0lW — NBC News (@NBCNews) 9 March 2017 Last week, the former governor met with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, he also contacted aides of U.S. President Donald Trump and possibly Trump personally as well. U.S. newspaper Politico reported on March 8 that Huntsman was offered to become U.S. ambassador to Russia and was "in the process of submitting paperwork to accept the position." John Huntsman was the U.S. ambassador to Singapore in 1992-1993, the governor of Utah in 2005-2009. In 2009-2011, he served as U.S. Ambassador to China. During the presidential race, which ended in November 2016, Huntsman supported Trump after a series of critical speeches against him. Source: TASS Read more: Is the Russian ambassador a spy, as CNN claims?

09 марта, 09:56

Экс-губернатор штата Юта согласился стать послом США в России

Бывший губернатор штата Юта, баллотировавшийся в 2012 году в президенты США, республиканец Джон Хантсман принял предложение президента Дональда Трампа стать новым послом США в России вместо Джона Теффта.