War hero Scott O’Grady receives Trump salute for defense post, embarrassed by critics
WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has nominated Texan Scott O’Grady, who once campaigned for the State Senate, as assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs.
Following his nomination, the Dallas resident known for his career as a fighter pilot and war hero was quickly set on fire on social media.
O’Grady made headlines in 1995 when his F-16 fighter crashed over Bosnia. He survived in enemy territory for about a week before being rescued by the US Marines. O’Grady’s story inspired his book, Back with Honor, which was one of the New York Times bestsellers, and the film Behind Enemy Lines is loosely based on his experiences.
The war hero also received a bronze star and a purple heart for his service.
O’Grady moved to Texas about 20 years ago, and he ran as a Republican in a primary election for a state Senate seat in Collin and Rockwall counties in 2012 against Attorney General Ken Ken Paxton. O’Grady later suspended his bid, even after receiving support from former presidential candidate Ross Perot, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach and retired Army General Tommy Franks, who led the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. He now serves as co-chair of the Veterans for Trump.
Almost immediately after his nomination was announced Tuesday, O’Grady took to Twitter with critics.
In response to a reporter writing on Twitter that he “thought Trump did not like the pilots being shot,” an allusion to Trump’s criticism of former Arizona Sen. John McCain war hero D’Grady dared to “tell me in person “.
He later made contact with Lincoln Project advisor and veteran Fred Wellman, who had criticized O’Grady on Twitter.
Yashar Ali, a freelance journalist who contributed to various publications, such as Huffpost, NBC News and New York Magazine called the war hero for killing two elephants on a hunting trip in 2014 to Zimbabwe.
The Obama administration issued a blanket ban on all Zimbabwean elephant trophies in 2014 because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was unable to determine that hunting elephants for sport would increase conservation efforts. O’Grady testified before the House of Commons Committee in favor of lifting the ban, arguing that hunting elephants for sport helps elephant populations in Africa.
In his testimony, O’Grady argued that “the American hunter is part of the solution to protect and conserve African elephant populations” and said that the “biggest source” for conservation efforts was the American hunter.
He provided documentation that he had killed two elephants as part of his testimony.
The Trump administration caused a public uproar on social media when it changed the ban in 2017. Opponents of the legislation posted pictures of Trump’s sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, posing with the animals they had hunted.
The Trump administration later lifted the silence ban in 2018.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows rules out a possibility for his political future
WASHINGTON White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who represented North Carolina at the U.S. House of Representatives, said Friday he would not run for the U.S. Senate in 2022.
Senator Richard Burr, a Republican, has said he would not run for a fourth term in 2022, creating an open U.S. Senate seat in North Carolina for the first time since 2004 that is likely to pull a crowd of candidates.
Meadows, a co-founder of the House Freedom Conservative Group, moved into the Trump administration earlier this year. He has often been cited as a potential candidate for the country.
“I love the people of North Carolina. But not only do I have no plans, I do not intend to run for the Senate in 2022,” Meadows said in a phone call.
“I’ve had a number of people talk about running for office if Sen Burr really retires. My conversations have involved some of the House members sitting down, as well as Lara Trump, and, to my knowledge, no one did. “a final decision whether to throw their hat in the ring or not. But as for my hat, it will not be in the ring.”
Lara Trump, the daughter-in-law of President Donald Trump, is considering a candidacy, The New York Times reported Thursday. Lara Trump is from Wilmington and graduated from NC state.
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Cuomo wins Emmy for his COVID-19 conferences, says he shares honor with New Yorkers and journalists
NEW YORK And this year’s award for heartfelt tragedy-drama goes to … Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo, the governor of New York, gave the impression of an Emmy on Friday after learning that he would receive the International Emmy Founders Award for his COVID-19 focused press conferences.
Cuomo became a national sensation for his measured, sometimes funny, sometimes sad announcements as the coronavirus engulfed the nation and as Americans sought a steady voice to guide them through the trauma.
“I thanked the academy,” he said. “Flatter flattering. I accept it on behalf of the people of the state.”
Cuomo is expected to receive the public service award and deliver an unrecorded acceptance speech during a virtual ceremony Monday.
During a phone call to reporters Friday, Cuomo could not help but worry about the honor, giving a point of thanks to the capital’s press corps, the Association of Legislative Correspondents.
“The LCA helped train my presentation skills and acting skills,” he said. “Some of the most dramatic performances during COVID presentations were thanks to the encouragement of the LCA.”
“It was a joint production, let’s say,” he added. “The LCA deserves a lot of credit for that Emmy because the value of entertainment grew tremendously from your questions, provocations, stimuli. What other word can I use that is a beautiful word?”
Germany marks 75 years since the Nuremberg Trials demanded accountability from the Nazis
NUREMBERG, Germany Friday marks the 75th anniversary of the start of the Nuremberg Trials, a marathon of mourning for Nazi officers responsible for the atrocities of World War II and paving the way for future war criminals to be tried under international law.
Germany commemorated the anniversary with an event in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, at which President Frank-Walter Steinmeier delivered a speech.
“The main Nuremberg war crimes trial was a revolution. He not only wrote legal history, he also wrote world history,” Steinmeier said, according to a transcript of his speech made available before the event.
The event was not public, but was broadcast live online due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On November 20, 1945, Nuremberg made world history when the Allies tried 21 senior Nazi officials, including Adolf Hitler’s deputy Rudolf Hess and military leader Hermann Goering, in an international criminal court.
It was the first time that representatives of a state were put on trial.
“Until the trial opened 75 years ago, international law was a matter for states, not individuals,” Steinmeier said.
The Nuremberg trials laid the foundations for international criminal law and an international criminal justice system, he added.
“Without the main war crimes trial in Nuremberg, the International Criminal Court in The Hague would not exist today.”
The trials lasted almost a year and ended in the 12 death sentences handed down.
Twelve more trials took place until 1949, putting other Nazis on trial for crimes committed by the German state under Hitler.
Along with Steinmeier, Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder and Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, would also attend the anniversary event.
Now 100 years old, Benjamin Ferencz, the chief prosecutor of the Nuremberg trials, lives in Florida.