Some Trump Tower Tenants Didn’t Pay Their Rent, Including The Company Behind Ivanka Trump’s Shoe Line, Report Says

  • Multiple tenants became behind on rent at Trump Tower, according to a Washington Post report.
  • The Trump Organization sued the maker of Ivanka Trump’s shoe line earlier this year for $1.5 million in unpaid rent.
  • One tenant that consistently pays its bill is a PAC for Donald Trump, according to The Post.

Kabul Animal Rescue Tried To Save Pets Who Couldn’t Get Out Of Afghanistan


Scenes around the abandoned airport area where civilians were processed for evacuations now that the American forces have completed their withdrawal, Aug. 31, 2021.Marcus Yam/LA Times via Getty Images

 

A Kabul-based animal rescue tried to get dozens of dogs and cats out of the Taliban-controlled locale before American troops left but they weren’t allowed on military aircraft, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Internationalwrote in a news release. 

The Kabul Small Animal Rescue, a veterinary clinic and rescue in the Afghanistan capital, had at least 130 dogs under their care and an additional number of cats but weren’t able to get them out of the country when numerous private charter aircrafts couldn’t gain access to the airport. 

“Most of the KSAR dogs had to be released into the airport on August 30 as the airport was evacuated — turning once rescued shelter dogs into homeless strays,” SPCAI wrote in the release. They were not given access to the flight we had secured to transport them out of the country. They are within the airport in an area used for housing employees at the far end of the flight line. We haven’t been able to confirm the number of dogs released,” the group continued.

During her departure from the airport on August 30, Charlotte [KSAR rescuer] requested the U.S. Military open the bags of dog food she was able to bring into the airport and scatter their contents in the area where the dogs had been released,” the statement said.

All military working dogs with the US armed forces left with their handlers ahead of the Aug. 31 deadline, but the stray animals with KSAR couldn’t leave because of issues with “customs,” the Department of Defense told USA Today and the Washington Examiner

“The U.S. priority mission was the evacuation of U.S. citizens, SIV, and vulnerable Afghans. However, to correct erroneous reports, the U.S. military did not leave any dogs in cages at Hamid Karzai International Airport, to include the reported ‘military working dogs,’” a DOD spokesperson told the Washington Examiner, referencing a viral photo showing dog cages at the Kabul airport. 

“Photos circulating online were animals under the care of the Kabul Small Animal Rescue, not dogs under the care of the U.S. military. Despite an ongoing complicated and dangerous retrograde mission, U.S. forces went to great lengths to assist the Kabul Small Animal Rescue as much as possible,” the spokesperson said.

Dozens of dogs and cats weren’t allowed on military aircraft.
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The SPCAI said a new policy from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that suspended the transport of dogs from Afghanistan and more than 100 other countries “was another terrible impediment, despite our negotiations and pleadings.” 

“We applied for an Emergency Exemption so that Charlotte and the dogs could get out on our chartered flight this week. But the CDC’s adherence to its import policy during this time of crisis put animals and people at risk,” SPCAI wrote. 

“We are alarmed that leaders at the CDC are not bringing a more balanced perspective to the importation of dogs, especially after the U.S. House of Representatives rebuked CDC on this issue and passed an amendment to restore a proper screening process,” the group continued. 

“If Charlotte and her staff had been allowed to take their animals – with the support of private animal rescue groups that had paid for and organized a charter flight – they’d be safe, and so would the animals. Now she’s still in Kabul, desperately working to bring these animals into a safer space.”

SPCAI said the animals and KSAR’s primary rescuer Charlotte are safe for the moment and efforts to get the animals out are continuing. 

“Moving forward, KSAR’s primary objective is to return to the airport — when it is safe and with the hope of Taliban cooperation — to try and retrieve or re-rescue the animals who were released at the airport,” SPCAI said.

KSAR posted a brief update on their Facebook page late Tuesday local time saying they are “busting their tails” to save the remaining animals. 

“Charlotte here! I want to apologize for the quiet social media. We are busy making plans, checking them twice, sorting out details, and keeping things quiet to maintain our own and the animals’ security,” KSAR wrote.

“We know it’s not the most satisfying feed to follow, but please know that behind the scenes we are busting our tails to do everything we can to save our furry friends, and we deeply appreciate everyone’s continued concern and support.”

Biden Repeatedly Implies He’s Not In Charge Of When, Where He Can Take Questions From The Press

 CHECK OUT THIS PATHETIC BIDEN VIDEO FIRST SAYING HE WOULD TAKE PRESS QUESTIONS THEN SAYING, HE WON’T TAKE QUESTIONS…. HE’S OUR “COMMANDER & CHIEF”?????……..PM

 

 

President Joe Biden has repeatedly implied that his handlers set the rules and determine when and where he’s allowed to take questions from the press, leading observers to ponder who is actually calling the shots behind the scenes. 

The trend began with Biden’s first formal White House press conference as president in January. Following his remarks about his “Made in America” manufacturing initiative, a member of Biden’s staff was heard calling on specific reporters to ask their questions to the president, something that was similarly done during the 2020 presidential election and the transition period. However, the president has since escalated the practice and Biden has repeatedly suggested he’s not in the driver’s seat when it comes to handling the press.

BIDEN TAKES QUESTIONS FROM MOSTLY PRE-SELECTED REPORTERS AT FIRST FORMAL PRESS CONFERENCE AS POTUS

Biden declared Sunday he wasn’t “supposed to take any questions” during a visit to the National Response Coordination Center at FEMA headquarters as Hurricane Ida slammed Louisiana.

I’m not supposed to take any questions, but go ahead,” Biden said to a reporter before quickly changing his mind when he was asked about Afghanistan. 

“I’m not gonna answer Afghanistan now,” he said before turning his back to the press and walking away. 

 
 
 

While presidents have often relied on pre-set lists of reporters to call on at formal press conferences, his phrasing that he was “instructed” to choose a certain journalist drew attention.

“Ladies and gentlemen, they gave me a list here. The first person I was instructed to call on was Kelly O’Donnell from NBC,” Biden said. 

 

 
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Joe Biden says that he “was instructed to call on” specific reporters for questions. Who is calling the shots here?……BE SURE TO WATCH THIS BIDEN TWEET
 

“As usual… they gave me a list”

Biden was mocked for “saying the quiet part out loud” in June when he admitted at the outset of his press conference in Geneva he would only be calling on reporters from a prepared list. 

“I’ll take your questions, and as usual, folks, they gave me a list of the people I’m going to call on,” Biden told the press following his anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Observers wondered whether the “they” Biden referred to was his communications team. 

It’s unclear whether Biden is trying to be folksy when he uses that kind of language.

A Record-Breaking 44 Container Ships Are Stuck Off The Coast Of California

Freight ships sitting off the coast of California in January. US ports have experienced some of the worst bottlenecks in more than a decade throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images

Forty-four freight ships are stuck awaiting entry into California’s two largest ports, the highest number recorded since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Marine Exchange of Southern California reported on Saturday.

The queue is a result of the labor shortage, COVID-19-related disruptions, and holiday-buying surges. Port of Los Angeles data indicated that the ships’ average wait time had increased to 7.6 days. 

“The normal number of container ships at anchor is between zero and one,” Kip Louttit, the executive director of the Marine Exchange of Southern California, told Insider in July.

California ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach account for about one-third of US imports. These ports operate as a primary source of imports from China and have experienced heavy congestion throughout the pandemic.

“Part of the problem is the ships are double or triple the size of the ships we were seeing 10 or 15 years ago,” Louttit said. “They take longer to unload. You need more trucks, more trains, more warehouses to put the cargo.”

While the container ships are forced to anchor and await berth space, companies importing and exporting goods to and from Asia expect additional shipping delays.

This comes during one of the busiest months for US-China trade relations, as retailers buy ahead in anticipation of US holidays and China’s Golden Week in October, Bloomberg 

“To give you a real-life example of the kinds of challenges we’re seeing, one of our dedicated charters was recently denied entry into China because a crew member tested positive for COVID, forcing the vessel to return to Indonesia and change the entire crew before continuing,” Michael Witynski, Dollar Tree’s CEO, said on a Thursday earnings call. “Overall, the voyage was delayed by two months.”

Witynski added that a freight forwarder in San Francisco said in a recent transportation webinar that “the transit times from Shanghai to Chicago had more than doubled to 73 days from 35 days.” Another carrier executive estimated “that voyages are now taking 30 days longer than in previous years due to port congestion, container handling delays, and other factors,” Insider’s Áine Cain reported

“Industry experts expect the ocean shipping capacity will normalize no later than 2023, when many new ships come online,” Witynski said.

“Despite record levels of ships in port and at anchor and in drift areas, the Marine Transportation System in LA and LB remains safe, secure, reliable, and environmentally sound, while not being as efficient as it should be due to COVID protocols in these uncertain and unsettled times, and record levels of cargo,” the Marine Exchange of Southern California wrote in a statement

 

President Biden Says He Was ‘Instructed’ To Call On Reporters From List At Presser Following Kabul Attacks

 

Critics asked ‘Who the hell is in charge here?’ in reaction to the viral moment

President Biden raised eyebrows on Thursday as he began taking questions from reporters for the first time since the Kabul terror attacks.

Hours after two suicide bombings outside the airport that left at least 13 U.S. servicemen dead, Biden broke his silence and offered a somber message to the nation amid the military withdrawal from Afghanistan

While it has become normalized for the president to rely on a list of pre-selected reporters, he made a rather stunning admission in the process. 

 “Ladies and gentlemen, they gave me a list here. The first person I was instructed to call on was Kelly O’Donnell from NBC,” Biden kicked off the press conference. 

Joe Biden says that he “was instructed to call on” specific reporters for questions. Who is calling the shots here?
 
 

 

 
 

 

Among the others called from the list were Reuters correspondent Trevor Hunnicutt and Associated Press reporter Aamer Madhani, who was ridiculed for his softball question that invoked the memory of the president’s son, Beau Biden. 

Biden then appeared to go off-script by calling on NPR correspondent Franco Ordoñez, RealClearNews reporter Philip Wegmann and he even sparred with Fox News’ Peter Doocy. 

However, the press conference was overshadowed by the “instructed” remark, which became a viral moment.

“What is going on?” BlazeTV host Jason Whitlock reacted.

Special Forces Vets Launch Their Own Mission To Get Afghan Allies Out Amid Biden’s Chaotic Withdrawal

US special forces vets launch mission to get Afghan allies out amid Biden’s chaotic withdrawal: Pentagon pushes on with evacuation of 8.5K despite threat of ANOTHER ISIS attack after suicide bomber killed 13 American troops and 170 other people

  • A group of American Afghanistan veterans are in Kabul on a volunteer mission getting people to the airport 
  • They include retired Green Berets and SEAL Team commanders who want to help the Afghan commandos that helped them in the war 
  • They have been going out at night to escort Afghans to the airport on foot under the cover of darkness
  • They have also teamed up with soldiers at the airport who are defying orders to let them in
  • The vulnerable Afghans were using the password ‘pineapple’ to identify themselves at airport gates
  • They have changed the password after speaking to the media about the operation
  • It comes as the US government scrambles to evacuate up to 1,000 Americans and thousand more Afghans from Kabul by Tuesday night
  • On Thursday, the mission became even more dangerous when ISIS launched a suicide bomb attack
  • 170 civilians were killed along with 13 US troops by a suicide bomber in a vest and a car bomb 
  • Biden – whose handling of the withdrawal has been widely condemned – said evacuations would continue
  • On Thursday it emerged he had given a list of the names of vulnerable Afghans to the Taliban 
  • His administration thought naively that the Taliban would help evacuate the people on the list 
  • Former President Trump called it  ‘kill list’ that will seal their deaths  

A group of American war veterans in Kabul are secretly saving hundreds of Afghan Special Forces troops and their families who helped them in the war but have now been left for dead as the US withdraws from Afghanistan.  

The group of special op soldiers includes retired Green Berets and SEAL Team commanders who launched the mission, which they are calling Pineapple Express, after one of the Afghan commandos they served with contacted them to say he was on the run from the Taliban. His visa had not been approved when the Taliban took over on August 14 and thousands ran for the airport. 

The special ops soldiers first devised a system with US troops at the airport where they sent their comrades to a gate and told them to identify themselves with the password ‘pineapple’ to be put on a plane by the Marines on the ground. Some also showed the troops pictures of pineapples on their phones. 

After successfully getting hundreds through that way, the special ops teams started going into Kabul, behind enemy lines, to rescue more of their comrades and their families in the cover of darkness.   

It’s unclear how long they have been in Afghanistan and how they got there but some of those involved spoke to ABC News about the mission on Friday, explaining they simply could not leave their comrades behind.  

‘I just want to get my people out,’ said one of the retired troops involved while another said the Afghan allies they were saving had a prouder sense of Democracy than some Americans. 

Their astonishingly courageous efforts have saved hundreds while Biden and his team have bungled the evacuation mission by haphazardly telling some US citizens and allies to go to the airport while rejecting visas for others and leaving any Americans to fend for themselves. They are one of several ad-hoc volunteer groups on the ground that are frantically trying to save people before time runs out. 

The disastrous government rescue mission became even more tragic on Thursday when ISIS bombers targeted the crowds at the airport, slaughtering 170 people with a suicide bomb that also killed 13 US troops. 

It has since emerged that Biden’s administration also gave a list of Afghan allies’ names to the Taliban in the naïve hope they would then help get them out.  Former President Donald Trump called it a ‘kill list’ that all but guaranteed their deaths.  

The US now one of the only nations still evacuating from Kabul amid increasing threats of another ISIS attack. 

A group of volunteer Afghanistan veterans smuggled into Kabul this week to save hundreds of Afghan Special Forces troops and their families by getting them to the airport to be put on flights out of the city. The men made their own way into Kabul after watching the bungled evacuation from afar. The ad-hoc group have been able to get more than 600 vulnerable Afghans to the airport to be put on flights

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Marine Battalion Commander Fired After Blasting ‘Inept’ Military Leadership Over Afghanistan Withdrawal

So is BIDEN going to be fired or RELIEVED of his duty???????…..Papa Mike

 

• August 27, 2021

A sitting Marine battalion commander was fired Friday after he slammed the “ineptitude” of U.S. military leadership over the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal, saying he was willing to risk losing his 17-year career and future retirement pension in order to “demand accountability” from top military brass.

Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller said in a Facebook post that he was relieved for cause after he posted a video Thursday saying military leadership let service members down during the bungled Afghanistan withdrawal. His video post came after a terrorist attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport on Thursday that killed 13 U.S. service members, including someone with whom Scheller had a close relationship.

I have been relieved for caused based on a lack of trust and confidence,” Scheller wrote.

In his Thursday video post, Scheller said that military leadership should take responsibility for the situation in Afghanistan.

“The reason people are so upset on social media right now is not because the Marine on the battlefield let someone down. That service member always rose to the occasion and done extraordinary things,” Scheller said. “People are upset because their senior leaders let them down and none of them are raising their hands and accepting accountability or saying, ‘We messed this up.'”

The scathing public rebuke is a sign of the growing anger among U.S. service members over the pullout and evacuation effort, which has led to a Taliban takeover of the country, left departing Americans vulnerable to deadly terrorist attacks, and stranded thousands of at-risk Afghan military allies.

“I want to say this very strongly. I have been fighting for 17 years. I am willing to throw it all away to say to my senior leaders: I demand accountability,” said Scheller.

On Aug. 18, Gen. David Berger, commandant of the Marine Corps., issued a public letter in an attempt to reassure Marines who were venting their frustration on social media, telling them that their service was “meaningful, powerful, and important.”

Scheller said the letter missed the point and failed to address the actual concerns of his fellow Marines.

He argued that the withdrawal was a major policy failure from the highest levels of military leadership, calling out Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and the joint chiefs of staff.

“I’m not saying we’ve got to be in Afghanistan forever. But I am saying, did any of you throw your rank on the table and say, ‘Hey, it’s a bad idea to evacuate Bagram Airfield, a strategic airbase, before we evacuate everyone’? Did anyone do that? And when you didn’t think to do that, did anyone raise their hand and say, ‘We completely messed this up’?” asked Scheller.

Scheller acknowledged that his critique would almost certainly cost him his job three years before he would qualify for a retirement pension.

“I thought through, if I post this video, what might happen to me—especially if the video picks up traction, if I have the courage to post it,” Scheller said. “But I think what you believe in can only be defined by what you’re willing to risk. If I’m willing to risk my current battalion seat, my retirement, my family’s stability to say some of the things I want to say, I think it gives me some moral high ground to demand the same honesty, integrity, and accountability from my senior leaders.”

Update 4:12 p.m.: This post has been updated to reflect that the Marine Corps relieved Scheller of his duty.

U.S. Warns of Islamic State Threat to Americans in Afghanistan…….”ISIS RETURNS“

 

By Andrew Restuccia

Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—The U.S. warned that Islamic State poses a threat to Americans in Afghanistan as the Biden administration seeks to evacuate thousands of U.S. citizens and Afghan allies.

“The threat is real. It is acute. It is persistent. And it is something we are focused on with every tool in our arsenal,” Jake Sullivan, President Biden’s national security adviser, told CNN on Sunday when asked whether crowds at the Kabul international airport are vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

President Biden, speaking from the White House, said: “We know that terrorists may seek to exploit the situation and target innocent Afghans or American troops. We’re maintaining constant vigilance to monitor and disrupt threats from any source.”

Mr. Austin, in his interview with ABC, confirmed that the U.S. had conducted limited operations in Kabul to get Americans to the airport.

Ms. Ernst also said that Mr. Biden, before withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, should have arranged for stronger coordination with other countries to vet Afghan partners of the U.S. and move them to safety. “This is where President Biden, unfortunately, has really, he’s messed it up,” she said, describing the U.S. withdrawal as haphazard and “one of the biggest debacles we have seen in the last several decades.”

“If we had been working with those allies, those partner countries, this would have been a lot easier. He knew this day was coming, and yet again he was very slow to respond,” she said of the president.

National security adviser Jake Sullivan said the U.S. is committed to evacuating Afghan interpreters and others who assisted Americans.

PHOTO: LEAH MILLIS/REUTERS

Concerns over Islamic State attacks were one reason the U.S. Embassy warned Americans on Saturday to avoid traveling to the airport in Kabul and to avoid airport gates, defense officials have said.

Islamic State is among several terrorist groups present in Afghanistan, each with a different relationship with the Taliban. The Taliban had harbored al Qaeda before that group’s terrorist attacks on the U.S. in 2001, and reports have surfaced that the Taliban have freed al Qaeda fighters from prisons as they gained control of the country this month.

ISIS and the Taliban have sometimes fought over control of territory in Afghanistan. The Taliban, after taking over Kabul, executed the former head of Islamic State in South Asia, who had been in a government prison.

Assisting the U.S. evacuation effort, roughly two dozen countries have agreed to take in Afghan evacuees while they are processed. The Biden administration has also ordered commercial airlines to help evacuateAfghans from Europe and the Middle East after they are moved from Afghanistan.

Mr. Sullivan was one of several U.S. national security officials to appear on Sunday morning news programs to discuss the evacuation effort. The White House also announced that the leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations will hold a virtual meeting on Afghanistan on Tuesday.

U.S. officials said they were committed to evacuating every Americanwho wants to leave the country. The Biden administration hasn’t publicly provided a precise number of Americans who remain in Afghanistan, estimating that figure to be several thousand.

 

Sen. Joni Ernst (R., Iowa) said the U.S. should send convoys into Kabul to bring Americans and Afghan partners of the U.S. to the airport for evacuation.

“The Taliban needs to understand quite clearly that we have the right to get our American citizens out of Afghanistan. And if that means we need to escort them to our airport to get them out, then we will do so,’’ said Ms. Ernst, an Iraq war veteran, in an interview on ABC.

In Iowa, Marjorie Taylor Greene Tests Her National Appeal

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., does a pull-up at a U.S. Marine recruiting booth during a visit to the Iowa… (Charlie Neibergall / The Associated Press)

DES MOINES, Iowa. — She rattled off pullups at the Iowa State Fair, trailed by a pack of reporters and onlookers. She dodged questions about her political future. And she railed against government restrictions at a town hall, promising the crowd of hundreds a return trip was on the books.

In short, Georgia U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s debut political trip to Iowa was much like the visits of other national Republican figures. Only Greene is trying to build her nationwide profile as a first-term lawmaker whose far-right views and past beliefs in the QAnon conspiracy theory has made her a pariah to many.

The Republican’s visit Thursday to the state fair — long a rite of passage for politicos jockeying for higher office — was quite a spectacle.

She spoke with Iowans, listened to explanations about tractors and glided down the “Giant Slide,” a staple of the event. She drew protesters, including one who wore a derisive mask who was taken away by security officials. And she attracted a curious crowd of Iowans confused and bemused by the politician at the center of so much attention.

“Who is she?” one teenager asked, pulling out his smartphone to Google the Georgian, just as Greene completed eight pull-ups at a booth promoting the U.S. Marines.

Greene, who represents northwest Georgia, was stripped of committee assignments shortly after taking office, for her history of bigoted comments and promotion of violent conspiracy theories. But she’s also a popular figure to some conservatives who praise her attacks on Democrats and fellow Republicans, as well as her unflinching loyalty to former President Donald Trump.

Among them was Brei Johnson, a member of an anti-vaccination online group, who immediately greeted Greene as she visited the state GOP booth. Johnson told the Georgian that she was an inspiration to her daughters.

“She definitely has a strong voice in D.C., and I would champion a lot of her policies and get behind her for sure,” said Johnson.

In remarks to the media, Greene insisted that her constituents in northwest Georgia “absolutely” support her nationwide travel, which has also included recent stops in other Republican-controlled states.

“My district supports me big time,” Greene said of the territory, which was drawn by lawmakers to be a safely conservative House district. “The Democrats wish they could beat me, but they just can’t.”

Aware her visit stoked speculation of a run for higher office, Greene didn’t specify her future plans. Instead, she said her “sole purpose is putting America first” and promoting Trump’s return to the White House in 2024.

“We’re taking our America first message across the country because we have to do everything we can to take our country back,” Greene said.

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