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Trump ‘grasps at straws’ on campaign website

August 1, 2019

Slightly more than half (51%) of U.S. voters already think that President Donald Trump is a “man of straw,” according to a poll released this week by Fox News. Now, the other half can buy a box of ten plastic straws—laser-engraved with the name, TRUMP—on  the Trump/Pence campaign website for $15.

This marketing ploy is being used at a time when environmentalists are trying to wean the public off plastic. Several major U.S. cities have moved to ban single-use plastic straws from restaurants and coffee shops. A number of businesses have switched to paper alternatives —or have adopted a policy only to provide plastic straws upon request.

The campaign website says, “Liberal paper straws don’t work. STAND WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP and buy your pack of recyclable straws today.”

What’s more, it’s working. The U.S. president’s re-election campaign has raised nearly $500,000 selling the red plastic straws, alone, according to a report by Canada’s National Post.

In fact, in a July 18 tweet, Brad Parscale, the U.S. president’s 2020 campaign manager, said they had to restock the merchandise after selling out with their first several thousand orders.

The move comes after Parscale tweeted about his frustration with paper straws, when one he was using ripped: “I’m so over paper straws. #LiberalProgress. This is exactly what [Democrats] would do to the economy as well. Squeeze it until it doesn’t work,” read the tweet.

Research contact: @nationalpost

Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg is granted immunity by federal prosecutors in Cohen probe

August 27, 2018

Just when President Donald Trump might have thought it was safe to look at the news again, Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, has been granted immunity by New York federal prosecutors in their investigation into the POTUS’s former personal attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen—in which Trump already has been implicated, The Wall Street Journal  and MSNBC reported on August 24.

Cohen pleaded guilty on August 22 to violating campaign finance laws at Trump’s direction, when he paid hush money to prevent the stories of Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, two women who allegedly had extramarital affairs with Trump, from going public during Trump’s 2016 campaign.

According to the Journal’s report, Weisselberg was called to testify before a federal grand jury in the investigation last month—however, the details of that testimony remain unknown. It is unclear whether the CFO knew, or talked about, Trump’s knowledge of the payments.

However, a former Trump organization executive told the news outlet that Trump would sometimes point out to him how loyal Weisselberg had been to him for decades.

A spokesperson for the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment to the Journal about Weisselberg’s  role in the investigation—and a spokesperson for the Trump Organization didn’t respond either.

According to the news outlet, “The subpoena illustrates that investigators are seeking input from Trump’s closest colleagues in the Trump Organization, particularly those with knowledge of the company’s financial dealings.”

The Huffington Post reported on August 24 that “No one knows Trump’s finances better than Weisselberg.” Aside from Trump himself, the HuffPost said, Weisselberg is the longest-serving employee of the Trump Organization. He has worked for the company since the 1970s, beginning as an accountant with Fred Trump, the president’s father, and working his way up to chief financial officer.

A poll of registered voters released by Fox News on August 23 shows approval of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian intervention in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is at 59%, up 11 points from July. What’s more, 40% expect the probe will find President Donald Trump committed criminal or impeachable offenses.

Research contact: @foxnewspoll