Rapper and fashion designer Kanye West was seen entering Trump Tower in New York City on Dec. 13 for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. After a 15-minute encounter, the pair posed for a photo and West went on his way while Trump wished him well. The reason for the visit is unclear, and they did not take questions from reporters.
Meanwhile, Trump has yet to indicate who he intends to nominate as his Veterans Affairs secretary or take the time to personally meet with any veteran service organizations since he was elected.
Regarding his campaign promise to overhaul the VA, Trump instead passed the VSOs off to his transition team, which held a “listening session” on Dec. 1. In all, more than 30 veterans groups attended the meeting at the headquarters of the American Legion in Washington, D.C., and no conclusive plans have resulted.
Paul Rieckhoff, the executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, took to Twitter to voice his concern about Trump’s lack of attention to veterans issues.
Wow. Time for Kanye. But still, a month after the election, and no time for a single leader from a national veterans service organization? https://t.co/z921uneK8e
He’s not the only one. Veterans across the country are waiting for news about who might fill the role of VA secretary once Trump takes office. Rumors continue to circulate about the possible nomination of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, and Pete Hegseth, who was, until recently, the chief executive of Concerned Veterans for America, a group funded by the Koch brothers.
Those involved with veterans organizations seemingly don’t want to see a Trump nominee at all. Thus far, leaders of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America and Amvets told Trump’s transition team that they would not support any of the candidates that have been mentioned. They would rather see current VA Secretary Robert McDonald retain the post.
“We all want McDonald,” said Joe Chenelly, the executive director of Amvets. “He has a good business mind, he is experienced and we feel we can trust him.”
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.