BRUSSELS has refused the help of the UK military after Brexit with British staff being told their current roles with the European Union will not continue after the UK leaves the bloc.
Currently, 13 British personnel have been assisting EU military staff as part of a secondment arrangement with Brussels, while another has been on loan to the crisis management and planning directorate of the European External Action Service
However they have now been told by Brussels will not have their roles with the EU automatically renewed after Brexit.
The Ministry of Defence said British secondments are now being considered by Brussels on a case-by-case basis in a bid to stop conflicts of interest in potentially sensitive areas.
But joint military missions could face issues after Brexit and a top British official urged negotiators to “find a way to keep the door open”.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, the chief of the UK defence staff, told the Financial Times: “At times like this the military to military relationships matter more than ever.
Source: Brexit news: Brussels refuses UK military staff over ‘conflict of interest’ | UK | News | Express.co.uk
Maryland and D.C. didn’t disclose the focus of their litigation, but The Washington Post reported that it involves foreign payments to Trump’s businesses.
Source: ‘Major Lawsuit’ Against Trump Promised by D.C., Maryland Officials – NBC News
Of all the ways to measure Trump, judging him as a chief executive would seem to be fairest.
Source: Would You Let Trump Run Your Company? – Bloomberg
impeachment certainly should be pursued, and certainly cannot wait.
Source: Impeach Trump for Right Reasons
The president continues to treat the world stage like his personal playground for profit
Source: This week in Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest: Everything is coming up Trump – Salon.com
We need to have a talk about the emoluments clause, among other things
emoluments clause of the Constitution in full (Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8): “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”
CNN Breaking News
The news flew fast between Trump Tower and Capitol Hill today as President-elect Donald Trump held his long-awaited news conference during confirmation hearings for his Cabinet picks.
In D.C., New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker gave an impassioned and unprecedented plea to the Senate to vote against Trump’s nominee for attorney general and his fellow senator, Jeff Sessions.
Flanked by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Booker became the first sitting senator to testify against a fellow sitting senator at a confirmation hearing for a Cabinet position.
Meanwhile, Trump’s nominee to be US envoy to the world broke with his future boss on a number of key foreign policy issues. Former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, speaking at his Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing, backed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, denounced Russian aggression in cyberspace and Ukraine, and affirmed his belief in climate change.
But on other issues, like whether Russia has committed war crimes with bombings in Syria, Tillerson said he’d need more information to offer an opinion.
When the media spotlight swung to Trump himself, he announced he will transfer his business holdings to a trust run by his sons, and he won’t sell his stake — stopping far short of what ethics lawyers say would eliminate conflicts of interest.
Of course, there was so much more, including the moment when Trump refused to take a question from CNN reporter Jim Acosta, calling him “fake news.” Don’t stop there, though — real news awaits:
On Russia, the intelligence community and his business, Donald Trump’s relentless self-interest will be crippling
Source: This will not end well: President-elect Trump’s first press conference was a total disaster – Salon.com