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A conferma che questa presidenza di Donald Tramp galleggia in una bolla di mala sorte ci si è messo di mezzo anche un piccolo David, al secolo David Hogg, diciassettenne studente del liceo di Parkland in Florida teatro della strage di 17 studenti e insegnanti avvenuta sotto le raffiche di in Ar 15, mitragliatore da guerra di facile acquisizione nella maggioranza degli Stati della Federazione. Sono bastati 20 secondi di una dichiarazione fatta alle principali televisioni nazionali nella quale chiamava in causa come testimone oculare della tragedia abbattutasi su i suoi compagni i politici dello Stato della Florida e lo stesso presidente Donald Trump. Il ragazzo ha bucato lo schermo con il suo "Enough is Enough", facendosi portavoce di tutti gli altri compagni della scuola ferita che chiedono, quanto meno, che se non è possibile smantellare il Secondo Emendamento della Costituzione pilastro fondamentale per la cultura delle armi negli Stati Uniti, che almeno si vieti la vendita al pubblico di un'arma come lo Ar15, mitragliatore semiautomatico e armi similari. Sono partite le bordate a palle incatenate dei media conservatori con in testa la corazzata Fox News che hanno accusato il giovane David di essere un attore prezzolato dalla propaganda democratica con l'aggravante di avere un padre ex agente dello FBI. In mezzo a questa canizza urlante di esagitati estremisti ci si è messo anche Donald Jr. figlio di tanto padre il quale parlava evidentemente per conto dell'aulico genitore. Definire cialtronesco e idiota il comportamento di tanta parte del partito repubblicano e del mondo dell'estrema destra americano è fare a questa componente di una società irrimediabilmente polarizzata un complimento. Nella capitale della Florida, Tallahassee, un centinaio di studenti del liceo Stoneman Douglas di Parkland ha tentato inutilmente di farsi ricevere ed ascoltare dai parlamentari rinchiusi nel Campidoglio locale. A Washington altri studenti del liceo traumatizzato hanno manifestato davanti al Campidoglio insieme a molti cittadini della capitale degli Stati Uniti. Ma ci potete giurare che tra qualche giorno anche questo grave episodio di una società imbarbarita sarà presto dimenticato. E ci metteranno una pietra sopra anche quei parlamentari del partito democratico che ricevono sostanziosi aiuti dalla NRA. L'importante è che non si parli col manovratore e quanto al giovane David che si dia una calmata anche perché sicuramente tra qualche anno avrà di fronte a sé un ottimo futuro come giornalista televisivo.
Oscar
PS: Donald Trump ha ricevuto una delegazione degli studenti, professori e genitori del liceo di Parkland che hanno chiesto al presidente di impedire almeno la vendita al pubblico delle armi semiautomatiche.
"Sono il padre di una ragazza che non puo' parlare questa sera perche' e' stata uccisa da nove colpi di un'arma da guerra" ha detto un genitore circondato da tre figli adulti . Aeroporti, ambasciate, istituzioni sono sotto sicurezza meno le scuole. Lei deve trovare una soluzione a questa situazione." Samuel Zeif, piange mentre chiede a Trump come sia possibile dopo questa tragedia continuare a vendere al pubblico un'arma da guerra.







Trump: se Manafort parla Donald ha due settimane per dimettersi


Palmer Report

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has spent months trying to force former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to flip on Donald Trump in the Russia scandal. Now that Manafort’s sidekick Rick Gates is cutting a plea deal against Manafort, it very much appears that Manafort will end up having to cut a deal of his own in order to avoid dying in prison. Now one MSNBC contributor says that if Manafort does flip, Trump will run for the exits. Gates is expected to officially plead guilty this week, and he’s already given his proffer interview, which means that Mueller now has the goods on Manafort. We’ll see how quickly this translates into a seemingly now-inevitable plea deal from Manafort. What is known is that Manafort has intimate knowledge of Trump’s political and financial life. Manafort ran Trump’s presidential campaign. In addition, Manafort, whose finances are one big international money laundering scheme with a heavy focus on Russian banks and Russian oligarchs, has bought real estate property from Trump. Here’s how Democratic Coalition co-founder and MSNBC on-air contributor Scott Dworkin is now characterizing the situation: “If Mueller gets Manafort to flip, Trump would likely resign within 2 weeks after a plea deal goes public. Manafort knows too much. About everything. Especially Trump, the campaign & Russia. They’ve known each other since as early as 1980. 38 years of scamming.” This analysis is apt. Paul Manafort does indeed have the goods to send Donald Trump to prison. If and when Manafort flips, even the ever-delusional Trump will understand that he’s hosed. He’ll try to negotiate some degree of criminal leniency in exchange for his resignation. Of course, even if Robert Mueller and the Feds are willing to give Trump a plea deal, he’ll still end up facing criminal charges brought by New York State the minute he leaves office.

Codice rosso per la democrazia americana


New York Times

Our democracy is in serious danger.

President Trump is either totally compromised by the Russians or is a towering fool, or both, but either way he has shown himself unwilling or unable to defend America against a Russian campaign to divide and undermine our democracy.

That is, either Trump’s real estate empire has taken large amounts of money from shady oligarchs linked to the Kremlin — so much that they literally own him; or rumors are true that he engaged in sexual misbehavior while he was in Moscow running the Miss Universe contest, which Russian intelligence has on tape and he doesn’t want released; or Trump actually believes Russian President Vladimir Putin when he says he is innocent of intervening in our elections — over the explicit findings of Trump’s own C.I.A., N.S.A. and F.B.I. chiefs.

In sum, Trump is either hiding something so threatening to himself, or he’s criminally incompetent to be commander in chief. It is impossible yet to say which explanation for his behavior is true, but it seems highly likely that one of these scenarios explains Trump’s refusal to respond to Russia’s direct attack on our system — a quiescence that is simply unprecedented for any U.S. president in history. Russia is not our friend. It has acted in a hostile manner. And Trump keeps ignoring it all.

Up to now, Trump has been flouting the norms of the presidency. Now Trump’s behavior amounts to a refusal to carry out his oath of office — to protect and defend the Constitution. Here’s an imperfect but close analogy: It’s as if George W. Bush had said after 9/11: “No big deal. I am going golfing over the weekend in Florida and blogging about how it’s all the Democrats’ fault — no need to hold a National Security Council meeting.”

At a time when the special prosecutor Robert Mueller — leveraging several years of intelligence gathering by the F.B.I., C.I.A. and N.S.A. — has brought indictments against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian groups — all linked in some way to the Kremlin — for interfering with the 2016 U.S. elections, America needs a president who will lead our nation’s defense against this attack on the integrity of our electoral democracy.

What would that look like? He would educate the public on the scale of the problem; he would bring together all the stakeholders — state and local election authorities, the federal government, both parties and all the owners of social networks that the Russians used to carry out their interference — to mount an effective defense; and he would bring together our intelligence and military experts to mount an effective offense against Putin — the best defense of all.


What we have instead is a president vulgarly tweeting that the Russians are “laughing their asses off in Moscow” for how we’ve been investigating their interventions — and exploiting the terrible school shooting in Florida — and the failure of the F.B.I. to properly forward to its Miami field office a tip on the killer — to throw the entire F.B.I. under the bus and create a new excuse to shut down the Mueller investigation.

Think for a moment how demented was Trump’s Saturday night tweet: “Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign — there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!”

To the contrary. Our F.B.I., C.I.A. and N.S.A., working with the special counsel, have done us amazingly proud. They’ve uncovered a Russian program to divide Americans and tilt our last election toward Trump — i.e., to undermine the very core of our democracy — and Trump is telling them to get back to important things like tracking would-be school shooters. Yes, the F.B.I. made a mistake in Florida. But it acted heroically on Russia. What is more basic than protecting American democracy?

It is so obvious what Trump is up to: Again, he is either a total sucker for Putin or, more likely, he is hiding something that he knows the Russians have on him, and he knows that the longer Mueller’s investigation goes on, the more likely he will be to find and expose it.

Donald, if you are so innocent, why do you go to such extraordinary lengths to try to shut Mueller down? And if you are really the president — not still head of the Trump Organization, who moonlights as president, which is how you so often behave — why don’t you actually lead — lead not only a proper cyberdefense of our elections, but also an offense against Putin.

Putin used cyberwarfare to poison American politics, to spread fake news, to help elect a chaos candidate, all in order to weaken our democracy. We should be using our cyber-capabilities to spread the truth about Putin — just how much money he has stolen, just how many lies he has spread, just how many rivals he has jailed or made disappear — all to weaken his autocracy. That is what a real president would be doing right now.

My guess is what Trump is hiding has to do with money. It’s something about his financial ties to business elites tied to the Kremlin. They may own a big stake in him. Who can forget that quote from his son Donald Trump Jr. from back in 2008: “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross section of a lot of our assets.” They may own our president.

But whatever it is, Trump is either trying so hard to hide it or is so naïve about Russia that he is ready to not only resist mounting a proper defense of our democracy, he’s actually ready to undermine some of our most important institutions, the F.B.I. and Justice Department, to keep his compromised status hidden.

That must not be tolerated. This is code red. The biggest threat to the integrity of our democracy today is in the Oval Office.

Rancore sociale

Guido Colomba

Se ne è accorto anche Paul Krugman, il premio nobel americano, fortemente anti-Trump. A dieci anni dalla crisi l'Europa si è ripresa ed ha salvato l'euro. Nel 2008 quasi nessuno negli Stati Uniti avrebbe scommesso un dollaro sulla sopravvivenza dell'euro. Ed ha citato le famose tre parole di Draghi che hanno salvato l'euro: "Whatever it takes". Il mutamento si è riflesso anche sullo scenario pre- elettorale italiano. Forse per la prima volta, tutti gli osservatori, di destra, di centro e di sinistra, stanno facendo le pulci alle promesse elettorali, quasi tutte destinate in caso di attuazione ad aggravare il debito italiano. Sarà bene ricordare che, in soli tre anni, il debito è aumentato di 120 miliardi di euro ad un ritmo medio di quaranta miliardi l'anno (nonostante ciò gli investimenti pubblici sono crollati del 30 per cento...). "Vi è stata una svalutazione interna - osserva Paul Krugman -da parte di Paesi che negli anni precedenti alla crisi sono stati sopravvalutati a causa degli imponenti afflussi di capitali e dell'inflazione". A cominciare dalla Spagna, seguita da Grecia, Italia e Portogallo. Di fatto l'Europa meridionale ha pagato un prezzo altissimo. Alla fine, dopo una transizione dolorosa, la svalutazione interna ha funzionato. "La vera sorpresa - afferma Krugman - é stata di natura politica: la volontà delle élite al potere di pagare questo prezzo anziché rompere con l'euro". Con il risultato che, a distanza di dieci anni, l'Europa è tornata ad essere un sistema economico funzionante con la valuta che si sta rafforzando nei confronti del dollaro. Cosa ci riserva il futuro postelettorale? Secondo Jacques Attali, economista e consigliere di quasi tutti i presidenti francesi, "le decisioni importanti della vita si prendono nell'interesse dei figli. L'economia è positiva solo quando va a beneficio delle generazioni future oltreché della nostra". L'economia sociale (sostenibile) rappresenta oggi il 10% dell'economia mondiale ed è in rapida ascesa. Inoltre, Attali prevede che il "crowd funding" (finanziamento diretto alle imprese dei singoli risparmiatori) salirà a 1000 miliardi di dollari già entro il 2020. Per l'economista Lucrezia Reichlin "un governo ha due modi di incidere: (1) investendo sulla qualità del sistema educativo, grande assente nei programmi elettorali. (2) Formulando un programma che favorisca l’adozione delle nuove tecnologie basato su incentivi, azione regolamentare ed infrastrutture". Su questo il governo uscente si è cominciato a muovere con la cosiddetta “Industria 4.0”. Ed è significativo che Confindustria, abbandonando per la prima volta le richieste di nuovi sgravi fiscali, abbia proclamato a gran voce alle assise di Verona, l'esigenza di una seconda stagione di riforme per l'Italia trovando piena concordanza con il premier Gentiloni. Dunque, un "soccorso" tempestivo degli imprenditori in presenza di una politica che non funziona. Tutto bene? Non proprio. La recente riunione del Gruppo dei Venti, presieduto e animato dall'economista Luigi Paganetto, ha fatto emergere due verità. (a) la politica di bilancio è sempre vista, sia con governi di destra che di sinistra, sul lato delle entrate. La dinamica e la struttura delle spese vengono dopo confermando così la occasionalità delle decisioni di spesa; (b) ciò porta alla seconda verità, quella legata alla precarietà della finanza pubblica spesso giudicata sull'"orlo del precipizio". Un elemento che spiega il perché dei costanti ritardi nei pagamenti della P.A in tutte le direzioni persino verso i rimborsi per le spese relative all'accoglienza degli immigrati. Un affanno che alimenta il "rancore sociale" richiamato dal sociologo De Rita.

Giovanni Faleg (fossero tutti come lui)





e’ forse anche un bravo ragazzo con delle belle intenzioni, e’ nel partito sbagliato. 
Un partito di imbecilli, che hanno fatto una legge elettorale di merda , al servizio dei mafiosi e di Berlusconi.
Caro Oscar sei lontano e male informato.
Vincenzo Grasso
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Mi faccia capire: ma lei puo' intervistare un candidato e non gli altri? Con lei la legge della par condicio non si applica?
Luca Palazzotto
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Caro Oscar,
Non ho capito bene dell’intervista cosa sia il progetto elettorale di Faleg (il Fiorentin Fuggiasco), un giovanotto interessante, preparato, ma ignaro della realtà degli italiani all’estero, in particolare di quelli del Centro e Nord America ( la sua circoscrizione). 
Ho notato tra l’altro il tono paternalistico e accondiscende che ha caratterizzato i famosi 5 minuti di notorietà che gli hai benevolmente concesso. Un tono che fa parte, io credo, di un filone politico che ha distrutto, con il suo perbenismo, l’Italia e gli italiani. Mi rincresce che ancora una volta il Pd abbia perso un’occasione per redimersi, almeno tra noi “poveri emigranti”. 
Con stima.
Domenico Delli Carpini 








Birel ART India Continues to Shape Careers of Young Indian Drivers


The Citizen
DARSHAN CHOKHANI | 17 FEBRUARY, 2018
Lack of infrastructure is the biggest issue
It has been two years already since Birel ART made its presence in the Indian shores in 2016. The popular Italian manufacturer committed itself to the Indian National Karting Championship by setting up a factory team through partners Marco Bartoli and Preetham Muniyappa.

The goal was to provide a platform for young Indian hopefuls, dreaming of Formula 1 and professional racing. With the Birel ART having a significant ladder until the FIA Formula 2 Championship – the F1’s foremost feeder series, it remains an enticing manufacturer to join hands with.

Over the years, the Indian arm has seen a good number of drivers competing with them, and last year the team’s driver Ruhaan Alva made his first appearance internationally in the Easykart Championship in Italy, which is run under the Birel ART banner.

The 11-year-old from Bangalore finished as the vice-champion in the 60cc class despite missing the first round and was fifth overall in the Easykart International Finals. He was also second in the Micro Max class in the Indian championship, while he finished 12th in the Rotax World Finals, before he was disqualified for being underweight.

Alva will graduate to the 100cc class in the Easykart series and to the Junior class in the national series. Joining Alva in the 100cc and the Junior category respectively will be Rishon MR, who finished third in the Micro Max class in 2017.

Among others, Micro Max 2017 champion Arjun Rajiv will move up to the Junior class together with Vivaan Chiripal, joining Alva and Rishon. Chiripal and Mihir Avalakki will do several rounds in Easykart too, eying a spot in the International Finals.

The Micro Max class will be formed by Yashas Morae, Aadi Karande and Kunal Vinod, with Shreyansh Jain returning full-time in the Senior class. It is expected that more drivers could join the team before the season starts later in the year.

“Ruhaan's performances in Europe showed that Indian drivers can definitely compete and succeed at the top level of go-karting in Europe,” said Bartoli, when asked on Indian racers capabilities. “Ruhaan gained a lot of respect among Italian and foreign drivers who competed in Italy.

“After witnessing Ruhaan's performances, a lot of people in Italy started to look at India differently. They realised, to their surprise, that India can be a great source of talented drivers, who can compete at the International level.”

Despite the improvements made in the Indian motor racing sector, the drivers still face troubles in matching up to the competitors at the world stage. A lack of proper medium which includes practice, finance and exposure has hit the racers hard.



These are the few reasons for which we have only seen Narain Karthikyan and Karun Chandhok make it to F1. Indeed, there are guys like Armaan Ebrahim, Aditya Patel, CS Santosh, Aravind KP, Sarath Kumar, Rajini Krishnan, etc, who have made their names in different streams, but budget wise they still struggle.

“If you consider that India has a population of 1.3 billion people, you would expect to have a lot more drivers and engineers climbing through the ranks of International motorsport,” said Bartoli. “The past and current results just don't match the law of the numbers.

“Lack of infrastructure is the biggest issue as there are not enough go-kart tracks to enable kids in major cities in India to start a career in motorsport, whereas Europe has thousands of tracks, enabling a larger pool of athletes.

“Lack of awareness is another thing, where in Europe the media coverage is huge, but Indian sports have traditionally been dominated by cricket,” explains Bartoli, who adds that even though other sports have gained some popularity in recent times, but it still is limited when compared to cricket.

While Bartoli admits that the problem of cost of racing is common everywhere, but he feels the population in India actually puts it in an advantageous position which it doesn’t reap benefits from. “If you estimate the wealthiest 20 percent of the population who could afford to pay for their children's racing, it would still leave you with a market of 260 million people, which is huge pool of potential athletes.”



In terms of experience, Bartoli says that while in Europe, a driver can compete in 30+ races, in India it is only limited number with just the five National Championship’s rounds along with one Open Cup event. Even though, the 2018 season may see an additional two-stroke event, but it still less opportunities for the Indian racers.

“It may take Indian drivers five years to accumulate the same amount of experience that a European driver can gain in a single year,” which he feels is hugely contrasting. “In addition to experience, practicing also becomes an issue.

“For some reason, and I don't know why, a lot of drivers in India don't practice that much during off days. If anybody has serious aspirations of competing against the best drivers in Europe, he/she should practice extensively to improve his/her racing skills,” which was key for Alva to succeed in his first year of Easykart run.

Along with practice, Alva’s performances were also down to continuous driver coaching as per Bartoli. “There’s misconception that coaching can be a one-time event, but in reality, to succeed in any sport at the international level, an athlete needs constant and on-going training.

“[That’s why] we have a program of 10 to 15 days of coaching per month, where we work on racing drills, racing skills, race simulation, qualifying simulation, chassis set-up knowledge, data analysis, as well as mental and physical training.”



In terms of set-up, the Birel ART squad had a challenging time to start with since India is still a developing nation when it deals with motor racing. Bartoli and Muniyappa had to think ‘out of the box’ to find solutions to the issues, but overall they were happy with the progress made.

The idea to move Indian drivers to Europe was formalized when the Birel ART India heads met up with Ronni Sala, the President of Birel ART. It was then decided that in order to gain further experience, they need to start with the Easykart Championship, which ‘creates a true level-playing field’ for drivers.

Despite the difficulties, Bartoli says he wasn’t surprised when he entered India since Muniyappa undertook market research prior the launch which gave a better picture. Being in the country for over a year now, the challenges seem common to him.

“There is definitely scope for improvement,” he said. “Last year, Akbar Ebrahim, who was responsible for the initial growth of the Indian go-karting industry and for bringing the Rotax Championship, was elected President of the FMSCI. So, now India has a FMSCI President who is deeply passionate about go-karting. This can definitely help the go-karting's growth in the country.”

Che succede se Donald e Melania divorziano?

Melania Trump climbing steps towards an airplane.

  CheatSheet




Marriages are all very different. However, when it comes to observing couples in major positions of power, especially the United States Presidency, the American public is used to seeing a united front. The first couple is typically bound together to be admired and to further reinforce the stability of the nation. However, like everything else that has to do with his presidency, Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump don’t have a traditional marriage. The couple, who has been married since 2005, constantly seem at war with one another. From strange body language, hand-swatting, allegations of sexual harassment, rumored affairs, and rude treatment, we wouldn’t be shocked to learn that the Trumps were headed to divorce court. The latest news of the president’s affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels might have put the final nail in the coffin. Even before Trump’s presidency, the first couple seemed content on living separate lives. Recently, after the whole Stormy Daniels affair hit the media, the first lady canceled at trip with the president to Davos and rode to the State of the Union address apart from him. According to The New Yorker, Mrs. Trump said, she’s “not a nagging wife.” Since Melania is used to doing her own thing, being forced into the role of first lady probably didn’t do much to help her marriage. If there is one thing we know about Melania Trump, it’s that she’s a devoted mother. Obviously, her husband’s presidency has sent her life and her son Barron Trump’s life into a tailspin. We don’t need a body language expert to tell us that the president and the first lady aren’t exactly warm with one another. However, body language expert Susan Constantine says that the couple’s relationship has deteriorated since they’ve been in the White House. I think [Melania’s] a very unhappy person, and I think their marriage is in deep, deep trouble … You can see that this is all show, there’s no connection. I just cannot imagine that these two are going to stay married; they don’t have even the elementary foundation of couple love and compassion and physical-ness between them. There’s none of that; I don’t see it. I wish there were but, this might be the first presidential candidate in office that goes through a divorce at the same time during his candidacy. At present, half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce, so a White House divorce wouldn’t be a shock to the public’s system. After all, Trump himself has been divorced twice. Ronald Reagan was the first previously divorced person ever to elected to the presidency. However, there has never been a sitting president to pull the plug on his marriage. Still, we all know that Trump doesn’t do anything by the book. He could also call his dear friend, Russian President Vladimir Putin, to get pointers. After all, Putin split from his ex-wife while running the country. In both of Trump’s previous marriages, he had prenups in place, but both of his ex-wives contested them. His first ex-wife Ivana Trump (mother of Ivanka, Donald Trump, Jr., and Eric) was awarded a hefty $14 million and several properties. Tiffany Trump’s mom, Marla Maples, was awarded $2 million after contesting. If the Trumps do dissolve their marriage while the president is in office (which hopefully won’t be for much longer), Trump will probably be advised to handle the situation with grace and dignity. Prominent divorce lawyer Sandy Ain told the Washingtonian, “I suspect if they got divorced, he would pay her a lot of money, and it would be done in an appropriately dignified way. You don’t say ‘you’re fired’ to your wife.’ You say ‘here’s a really nice severance package—and it’s gonna be more than $130,000.’”So how much money would Mrs. Trump actually get if she left her husband? We don’t know what exactly is in their prenup, but we can assume that she’s going to get a hefty amount of money.Jacqueline Newman, a managing partner at Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, explained to Town and Country Magazine, “In this situation, if she has $50 million, she can afford to buy something. But $50 million, while it’s definitely a lot of money, in New York City, for what she’s used to, she wouldn’t be able to replicate what she has now. He probably had a good sense of what kind of lifestyle they’d be living, so I would imagine the payout would be fairly generous.” Unfortunately, Trump rarely does anything quietly. According to Newman, it’s very hard to get a New York state prenup overturned. However, if Trump is smart (or if he listens to his advisors), he’ll probably pay Melania much more than the prenup indicates.
After all, he would want her silence. We already know that The White House isn’t equipped to handle a scandal of this magnitude, they’re barely hanging on as it is.We all know that the first lady adored her life in NYC. She lived in Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and took care of her young son. Mostly keeping to herself, she spent her time taking her son to and from school at Columbia Prep. If there is one thing we know about Melania Trump, it’s that she’s a devoted mother. Obviously, her husband’s presidency has sent her life and her son Barron Trump’s life into a tailspin. We don’t need a body language expert to tell us that the president and the first lady aren’t exactly warm with one another. However, body language expert Susan Constantine says that the couple’s relationship has deteriorated since they’ve been in the White House. I think [Melania’s] a very unhappy person, and I think their marriage is in deep, deep trouble … You can see that this is all show, there’s no connection. I just cannot imagine that these two are going to stay married; they don’t have even the elementary foundation of couple love and compassion and physical-ness between them. There’s none of that; I don’t see it. I wish there were but, this might be the first presidential candidate in office that goes through a divorce at the same time during his candidacy. At present, half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce, so a White House divorce wouldn’t be a shock to the public’s system. After all, Trump himself has been divorced twice. Ronald Reagan was the first previously divorced person ever to elected to the presidency. However, there has never been a sitting president to pull the plug on his marriage. Still, we all know that Trump doesn’t do anything by the book. He could also call his dear friend, Russian President Vladimir Putin, to get pointers. After all, Putin split from his ex-wife while running the country. In both of Trump’s previous marriages, he had prenups in place, but both of his ex-wives contested them. His first ex-wife Ivana Trump (mother of Ivanka, Donald Trump, Jr., and Eric) was awarded a hefty $14 million and several properties. Tiffany Trump’s mom, Marla Maples, was awarded $2 million after contesting. If the Trumps do dissolve their marriage while the president is in office (which hopefully won’t be for much longer), Trump will probably be advised to handle the situation with grace and dignity. Prominent divorce lawyer Sandy Ain told the Washingtonian, “I suspect if they got divorced, he would pay her a lot of money, and it would be done in an appropriately dignified way. You don’t say ‘you’re fired’ to your wife.’ You say ‘here’s a really nice severance package—and it’s gonna be more than $130,000.’”So how much money would Mrs. Trump actually get if she left her husband? We don’t know what exactly is in their prenup, but we can assume that she’s going to get a hefty amount of money.Jacqueline Newman, a managing partner at Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, explained to Town and Country Magazine, “In this situation, if she has $50 million, she can afford to buy something. But $50 million, while it’s definitely a lot of money, in New York City, for what she’s used to, she wouldn’t be able to replicate what she has now. He probably had a good sense of what kind of lifestyle they’d be living, so I would imagine the payout would be fairly generous.” Unfortunately, Trump rarely does anything quietly. According to Newman, it’s very hard to get a New York state prenup overturned. However, if Trump is smart (or if he listens to his advisors), he’ll probably pay Melania much more than the prenup indicates.
After all, he would want her silence. We already know that The White House isn’t equipped to handle a scandal of this magnitude, they’re barely hanging on as it is.We all know that the first lady adored her life in NYC. She lived in Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and took care of her young son. Mostly keeping to herself, she spent her time taking her son to and from school at Columbia Prep. If there is one thing we know about Melania Trump, it’s that she’s a devoted mother. Obviously, her husband’s presidency has sent her life and her son Barron Trump’s life into a tailspin. We don’t need a body language expert to tell us that the president and the first lady aren’t exactly warm with one another. However, body language expert Susan Constantine says that the couple’s relationship has deteriorated since they’ve been in the White House. I think [Melania’s] a very unhappy person, and I think their marriage is in deep, deep trouble … You can see that this is all show, there’s no connection. I just cannot imagine that these two are going to stay married; they don’t have even the elementary foundation of couple love and compassion and physical-ness between them. There’s none of that; I don’t see it. I wish there were but, this might be the first presidential candidate in office that goes through a divorce at the same time during his candidacy. At present, half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce, so a White House divorce wouldn’t be a shock to the public’s system. After all, Trump himself has been divorced twice. Ronald Reagan was the first previously divorced person ever to elected to the presidency. However, there has never been a sitting president to pull the plug on his marriage. Still, we all know that Trump doesn’t do anything by the book. He could also call his dear friend, Russian President Vladimir Putin, to get pointers. After all, Putin split from his ex-wife while running the country. In both of Trump’s previous marriages, he had prenups in place, but both of his ex-wives contested them. His first ex-wife Ivana Trump (mother of Ivanka, Donald Trump, Jr., and Eric) was awarded a hefty $14 million and several properties. Tiffany Trump’s mom, Marla Maples, was awarded $2 million after contesting. If the Trumps do dissolve their marriage while the president is in office (which hopefully won’t be for much longer), Trump will probably be advised to handle the situation with grace and dignity. Prominent divorce lawyer Sandy Ain told the Washingtonian, “I suspect if they got divorced, he would pay her a lot of money, and it would be done in an appropriately dignified way. You don’t say ‘you’re fired’ to your wife.’ You say ‘here’s a really nice severance package—and it’s gonna be more than $130,000.’”So how much money would Mrs. Trump actually get if she left her husband? We don’t know what exactly is in their prenup, but we can assume that she’s going to get a hefty amount of money.Jacqueline Newman, a managing partner at Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, explained to Town and Country Magazine, “In this situation, if she has $50 million, she can afford to buy something. But $50 million, while it’s definitely a lot of money, in New York City, for what she’s used to, she wouldn’t be able to replicate what she has now. He probably had a good sense of what kind of lifestyle they’d be living, so I would imagine the payout would be fairly generous.” Unfortunately, Trump rarely does anything quietly. According to Newman, it’s very hard to get a New York state prenup overturned. However, if Trump is smart (or if he listens to his advisors), he’ll probably pay Melania much more than the prenup indicates.
After all, he would want her silence. We already know that The White House isn’t equipped to handle a scandal of this magnitude, they’re barely hanging on as it is.We all know that the first lady adored her life in NYC. She lived in Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and took care of her young son. Mostly keeping to herself, she spent her time taking her son to and from school at Columbia Prep.
Looking from the outside, it’s quite clear who is the more hands-on parent with Barron Trump. The elder Trump has also been vocal about his role as an aloof parent, with the first lady doing the bulk of the child-rearing. Since the president would be presumably busy doing whatever it is that he does each day, we’d assume Barron would live with his mother full-time.Newman told Town and Country Magazine
, “It’s handled by the courts. Given what I’ve read in the tabloids, it doesn’t seem as if there’s going to be much question as to who the primary caretaker is. My guess is that she would get primary custodial rights and he would get access whenever he happens to be in town.”Newman told Town and Country Magazine
, “It’s handled by the courts. Given what I’ve read in the tabloids, it doesn’t seem as if there’s going to be much question as to who the primary caretaker is. My guess is that she would get primary custodial rights and he would get access whenever he happens to be in town.”
Divorce attorney Cheryl New told the Washingtonian, “[Trump] would not be able to do this in a way that would be quiet. I don’t think he’s constitutionally capable of that. He’s so cocksure that he would put this out there for everybody to see. I think he underestimates Melania totally. She is a chess player. He is a checkers player.” We wouldn’t exactly call the first lady well-liked. After all, she’s complicit in her husband’s horrendous behavior and policies, but we would guess that the majority of the public would be on her side.
With a decent lawyer, we’d be willing to bet the Melania Trump walks away from her marriage to Trump with a decent check. (At least we hope so.) Even if she doesn’t get a hefty cash payout, Barron Trump will be well taken care of.When Trump divorced Marla Maples in 1999
, she only got $2 million in cash, but she received money for Tiffany Trump’s private school tuition, payments for nanny costs, and coverage for medical expenses.
Though Trump would most likely unleash all of his thoughts and feelings about the demise of his marriage to the world (he’d probably find a way to try and blame immigrants), we’d expect the first lady to keep it classy.The court systems would also be on her side
, and any reasonable judge would seal any agreements in an attempt to protect the privacy of the first couple.
If we’ve learned anything from Melania Trump’s body language in the past couple of years, we know that her husband’s presidency is a circus that she did not sign up for. (Neither did we.) However, something is keeping her at the president’s side, and love doesn’t seem to be it.As Attorney New told the Washingtonian
, “If he wants to keep her around for the remainder of his presidency, she could say, ‘You want me to be quiet? We need to do a little postnup.’”
After reports of Trump’s infidelity hit the media, the first lady’s secretary tried to dismiss them, but the facts are that she wasn’t seen publicly with her husband for over a month. Melania Trump might not be ready to pull the plug on her marriage just yet, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t plotting her way out.Until then the president is probably going to play nice with his wife until she “gets over it.” According to Life & Style
, “Trump risks losing favor with his supporters if Melania was to leave him, which could hurt his chances of getting reelected in 2020. We expect Trump to do whatever he can to ensure that Melania doesn’t leave him.”It might seem astounding now, but we’re pretty sure the moment Melania Trump got fed up didn’t actually have anything to do with her marriage, at least not directly. In fact, it all stemmed from some comments made by the president’s first wife, Ivana Trump. According to CNN
, Ivana has been calling herself the real first lady in her new memoir.
The president didn’t respond to the comment, probably because he and Ivana are still friendly, but the first lady wasn’t having it and she came out swinging. Her communications director, Stephanie Grisham, released a statement calling the comments, “attention-seeking and self-serving noise.”
Clearly, Melania isn’t letting everything blow over her head.