Posts tagged with "Melania Trump"

Trump Administration: Reopen college campuses or lose your international students

July 8, 2020

From the University of Florida to Northern Arizona University to Cal State, many institutions of higher learning have not so much chosen to go digital this fall—as have been forced to, by health concerns for staff and students during the spread of COVID-29. Even Harvard University will deliver lectures online to all classes but those for incoming freshmen.

However, in another invective against immigration, the Trump Administration has prohibited international students from taking their classes fully online. The new guidance could force colleges and universities to offer in-person classes during the pandemic to keep their international students enrolled, Politico reports.

The risky policy was introduced as “a temporary final rule” by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Monday, July 6.

According to Politico, the changes apply to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program for non-immigrant students on F-1 and M-1 visas for academic and vocational coursework. The State Department won’t issue visas to students in online-only programs and Customs and Border Protection will not allow these students to enter the country, according to the press release.

If their school shifts online, international students in the United States will have to leave the country or transfer to a school with some in-person learning.

While colleges and universities wanted more clarity on how to keep their international students enrolled, the new guidance will “sow confusion and ncertainty,” Brad Farnsworth, vice president of the American Council on Education (ACE), told the news outlet. “There’s going to be a scramble for interpretation and colleges will be craving that certainty and they’ll be asking the U.S. government to help clarify to get additional details on interpretation.”

In concert with the press release, Politico noted, President Donald Trump and FLOTUS Melania Trump planned to participate in a “National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America’s Schools” at 3 p.m. in the East Room at the White House on Tuesday, July 7. On Monday, Trump tweeted: “SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!”

The president later followed up with a jab at former Vice President Joe Biden and Democrats, tweeting that they “don’t want to open schools in the Fall for political reasons, not for health reasons! They think it will help them in November. Wrong, the people get it!”

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos also hopped on Twitter, and agreed with Trump, adding: “Learning must continue for all students. American education must be fully open and fully operational this fall!”

Research contact: @politico

Soon, we’ll know Melania ‘like a book’: Unauthorized bio due out in June

April 9, 2020

Get ready for some hot new literature to enliven your shelter-in-place experience. An unauthorized biography of America’s First Lady, entitled “The Art of Her Deal”—which draws upon more than 100 interviews with people who claim to know “the inside dirt”–will be released on June 16 by Simon & Schuster.

The real Melania Trump is far more interesting than the image that many people have of her,” says Mary Jordan, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and national political correspondent for The Washington Post, who just finished the life story of the relatively tight-lipped FLOTUS. .

According to an interview with Jordan posted by USA Today and The Associated Press, the author says the president’s wife is all-in on our husband’s re-election and future legacy. “[Melania] is already gearing up for 2020, and she wants to win as much as her husband does .”

“The picture is one of a woman who is savvy, steely, ambitious, deliberate, and who plays the long game,” according to an announcement on April 8 from the publisher. “With the help of key people who speak publicly for the first time and never-before-seen documents and tapes, ‘The Art of Her Deal’ paints a surprising portrait of a determined immigrant and the life she had before she met Donald Trump.”

Interestingly enough, Jordan began working on the book in 2015, USA Today reports—well before Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the presidential election. She investigated everything from Melania Knauss’ childhood in Slovenia to her years as a model to her relationship with her husband. Jordan said in a statement that she found Melania Trump, often portrayed as a reluctant first lady, far more ambitious politically than commonly believed.

A Simon & Schuster spokesperson told the news outlet that, while Jordan has interviewed Melania Trump in her capacity as a Post reporter, the White House declined her request to speak with her for the book or to respond to written questions.

Research contact: @USATODAY

Familiar face: Trump’s ex-wife Marla Maples appears in HBO televangelist comedy

September 13, 2019

She’s Tiffany Trump’s mom and the Donald’s ex-wife—and Marla Maples finally has returned to the spotlight in a new television role, her first since she divorced the now-president in 1999.

The 55-year-old actress was down in South Carolina earlier this year, according to a report by CNN, where she shot her part in the HBO comedy series, The Righteous Gemstones.”

The show, starring Danny McBride and John Goodman, centers around a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed, and charitable work — all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Maples declined to comment through a spokesperson, but she posted an on-set photo, writing that she “couldn’t be happier.” The Georgia-born Maples said the last time she worked in the Carolinas, she was 18 years old, playing a small role in Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive.

Months before the 2016 election, Maples hit primetime as a contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. However, she has taken a low profile since Trump moved into the White House; as has Tiffany, who currently is studying law at Georgetown University.

Maples appeared in roles on several television programs while she was married to Trump, including Spin City and The Nanny.

Research contact: @CNN

Manufacturer capitalizes on controversy over Melania’s jacket

June 25, 2018

When First Lady Melania Trump made a humanitarian trip to Texas on June 21—in order to check on the welfare of children separated from their immigrant parents at the southern border—she wore a simple Zara jacket in transit that set off huge confusion and controversy among members of the press and the public.

At the airports in Texas and Washington, DC, she was photographed from the back—clearly showing a statement in printed white graffiti on her olive drab windbreaker. What it said was, “I really don’t care, do U?”—and those who saw it struggled to understand the message she was trying to convey.

According to a report by The New York Times, “’Insensitive,’ ‘heartless’ and ‘unthinking’ were some of the words hurled through the digisphere about the choice.”

“It’s a jacket,” her Communications Director, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement to reporters. “There was no hidden message.”

However, that’s hard to believe, because although little is known about the FLOTUS, what we do know is that she dresses carefully.

Now, a company is capitalizing on the windbreaker controversy by manufacturing a version of the jacket that has a carefully curated message: The new outerware collection, made and marketed by the feminist brand, Wildfang, puts its own spin on the wording, with “I really care, don’t U?” written on the front of a black tee-shirt and the back of two bomber jackets, as well as a sturdier Army-green jacket. The tee-shirt sells for $48; and the jackets, for $98.

With 100% of proceeds going to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), the line was created and put into production shortly after the photographs of Melania went viral

Within a few hours we decided as a team we wanted to do something —this could not go unnoticed —so we put our heads together and went with impact,” Emma McIlroy, the co-founder and CEO of Wildfang, said.

According to the brand, the army green jacket sold out in one hour, was already restocked and will be shipped out in three weeks. All proceeds go to RAICES immediately.

“Our customers have gone bananas over this,” McIlroy said. “The support is overwhelming and we couldn’t be more proud to align with them in support of these families.”

Melania has enjoyed greater popularity than Donald Trump since he was sworn in as president in January 2017. Based on findings of a CNN/SSRS poll conducted this week, her favorability rating among Americans stands at 51%. Whether or not a piece of clothing can change her image is yet to be determined.

Over the weekend, the First Lady supposedly let it be known that the message on the jacket referred to her husband, and not to the immigrant children or the media.

Research contact: @wearewildfang

Men favor Trump more after seeing Stormy Daniels on ’60 Minutes’

April 4, 2018

President Donald Trump’s approval rating has gone up three points—from 50% to 53%—among male voters in the wake of the Stormy Daniels controversy, based on findings of a Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll of 1,340 U.S. adults released on April 2.

Among women, not so much: Their support fell from 41% to 35%, in what the poll’s co-director Mark Penn labeled as the “Stormy Effect.”

Specifically, the president’s approval rating rose following allegations by the adult film star—on 60 Minutes on March 25—that she spanked Trump and had unprotected sex with him shortly after his wife Melania gave birth to the couple’s son, Barron, in 2006.

While Trump has denied the allegations made by the adult film star, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, she insisted that the pair had an affair and that she had been silenced via a non-disclosure agreement and threatened by the billionaire’s team prior to his election.

Daniels has filed a lawsuit to get out of a non-disclosure agreement, claiming that it is not valid because the document was not signed by Trump.

According to Newsweek report, she also has offered to give back $130,000 in “hush money” that she was paid by Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen as part of the non-disclosure agreement.

The case has now been moved to closed arbitration, although Daniel’s lawyer has opposed the move—saying that the suit should be decided “in an open court of law owned by the people.”

Research contact: @MarkPenn

Melania Trump ditches Davos meeting

January 25, 2018

Just as President John F. Kennedy quipped, ”I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris,” during the couple’s trip abroad in 1961, current President Donald Trump might have commented about FLOTUS Melania Trump at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week. However, the First Lady—who is more popular than her husband, according to findings of a poll released on January 20 by CNN—will not be at the conference, her office says, because of “a last-minute change of plans.”

Melania Trump enjoys a 47% favorable rating, while the POTUS’s approval number stands at 40%, according to the CNN poll conducted by SSRS.

Although her office offered her regrets, the First Lady has kept an extremely low profile this month, since news surfaced that her husband’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, made a $130,000 payment to ensure the silence of adult actor Stormy Daniels just before the 2016 electionwho nonetheless took the opportunity to talk about several hook-ups with Trump.

According to a story by the UK’s Independent newspaper, “After the story broke, [Melania Trump] accompanied the president to his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in [Palm Beach] Florida, but she did not attend two dinners he hosted—one [for] former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and and another with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.”

On  January 20, the first anniversary of her husband’s inauguration, she shared an image of herself with a military escort before the swearing-in ceremony. The FLOTUS said the past year had been filled with “many wonderful moments” but did not mention President Trump.

Research contact: @KateBennett_DC