People Think Jim Jordan’s Weird Tweet About Fauci And Christmas Is A Spoof. It’s Not.

UK Maritime Trade Operations says aware of attack on vessel off Yemen coast

CAIRO (Reuters) – The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) naval authority said on Saturday it was aware of an attack on a vessel off the coast of Yemen.

The authority later updated the advisory notice on its website to say the “incident is now complete. Vessel and crew are safe.”

The UKMTO cited vessels in the vicinity as the source for the incident. It did not provide any further details.

U.S. Ends Exchange Programs With China It Says Are Propaganda

The U.S. Department of State has terminated five exchange programs with China which it said “are fully funded and operated by the PRC government as soft power propaganda tools,” Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said in a statement.

He added that the U.S. welcomes reciprocal and fair exchange of cultural programs with Chinese officials and people but said that one-way programs such as these are not mutually beneficial.

These terminated programs include the:

  • Policymakers Educational China Trip Program
  • U.S.-China Friendship Program
  • U.S.-China Leadership Exchange Program
  • U.S.-China Transpacific Exchange Program
  • Hong Kong Educational and Cultural Program

Earlier this week, the U.S. also moved totighten visa rules on members of the Chinese Communist Party. The State Department said the action was part of ongoing efforts to protect the country from the party’s “malign influence.”

— With assistance by John Harney

U.S. ends exchange programs with China, calling them 'propaganda'

The U.S. State Department said on Friday it has ended five cultural exchange programs with China, calling them "soft power propaganda tools."

The Department said on its website it had "terminated" the Policymakers Educational China Trip Program, the U.S.-China Friendship Program, the U.S.-China Leadership Exchange Program, the U.S.-China Transpacific Exchange Program and the Hong Kong Educational and Cultural Program.

It said that the programs had been set up under the auspices of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act – a 1961 law signed by President John F. Kennedy and aimed at boosting academic and cultural exchanges with foreign countries.

"While other programs funded under the auspices of the MECEA are mutually beneficial, the five programs in question are fully funded and operated by the (Chinese) government as soft power propaganda tools," the statement said.

The Chinese Embassy in Washington did not immediately return a message seeking comment on the move. Attempts to reach representatives for the programs singled out by the State Department were not immediately successful.

Tesla Ordered to Pay Chinese Model S Buyer For Concealing Damage

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Tesla Inc. was ordered by a Beijing court to compensate the buyer of a used Model S car after concluding the electric automaker concealed structural damage on a vehicle it sold on itsofficial website.

The court ruled that Tesla should pay more than 1.1 million yuan ($168,420) to compensate the buyer, after it was discovered that part of the vehicle had been cut and welded back together, according to online media outletSina on Friday.

Tesla confirmed the decision in a statement to Bloomberg News, and said it would appeal the ruling to a higher court.

The Tianjin-based buyer purchased a used Model S for 379,700 yuan last year which the automaker guaranteed had no “significant” damage, according to the report. He then sued the automaker after the vehicle had multiple breakdown issues and subsequently discovering that part of the body had been cut and welded.

— With assistance by Daniela Wei

Lara Trump Hit With The Cold, Hard Truth After Latest Reality-Denying Election Claim

Lara Trump was fiercely criticized Friday after her latest reality-denying declaration that the 2020 election “is not over” and President-elect Joe Biden would not be taking office next month.

“We’re fighting all the way to the very end,” Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law, who is married to the outgoing president’s son Eric Trump, told Fox News host Sean Hannity.

“I want to make it very clear to the American people. This is not over,” she continued. “So, don’t for a second think that Joe Biden is going to be sworn in on January 20th.”

Check out the video here:

Lara Trump made a similar claim to Fox News host Martha MacCallum on Monday as the president and his allies continued to baselessly claim mass voter fraud, the election was rigged and that he’d actually won.

“I still think that the president will get four more years in office,” she said. “I think it will be the next four years because this thing is far from over.”

MacCallum shot down Lara Trump’s suggestion then, and Twitter users took her to task Friday over her latest comments. Some even likened them to the black knight scene from 1975 movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

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People Think Jim Jordan’s Weird Tweet About Fauci And Christmas Is A Spoof. It’s Not.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) attacked Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, on Twitter Friday with a post that many critics mockingly suggested could be a parody.

Jordan latched on to Fauci’s warning that Americans should “avoid travel” over the holidays in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus that’s raging across the country to ask:

“What will he cancel next? Saying Merry Christmas?”

Jordan’s salvo in the so-called “war on Christmas” stunned many. 

Critics reminded Jordan how COVID-19 has now killed more than 273,000 Americans with daily case counts, hospitalizations and death toll all rising.

Public health experts fear another dire surge in the figures after data suggested travel was not really avoided nationwide over Thanksgiving.

“It’s like a right-wing mad libs,” one Twitter user said of Jordan’s post.

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