WITH LEGS ON THE SOFA, PHONE IN HAND, KELLYANNE CONWAY BREAKS THE INTERNET

WITH LEGS ON THE SOFA, PHONE IN HAND, KELLYANNE CONWAY BREAKS THE INTERNET

This is the photo that’s getting all the attention: Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to President Trump, sitting with her feet up on a couch in the Oval Office on Monday, reviewing photos on her phone in comfort as a crowd of people join the president for a photo behind his desk.

“Kellyanne Conway has been a trusted advisor and strategist who played a crucial role in my victory. She is a tireless and tenacious advocate of my agenda and has amazing insights on how to effectively communicate our message. I am pleased that she will be part of my senior team in the West Wing. -Donald Trump

Kellyanne Conway was named Donald Trump’s campaign manager Aug. 17, 2016, making her the first woman to ever run a Republican presidential campaign. She traveled with Trump throughout his campaign in its last months and advised him, as well as appeared frequently on TV to speak on his behalf.

Conway, 49, is a veteran political operative, who’s spent the last three decades advising Republicans on how to appeal to female voters. In fact, she was already doing this for the Trump campaign before he tapped her to be his campaign manager. On Dec. 22, 2016, Conway was named counselor to the president.

  1. She is very well-educated.

Conway graduated magna cum laude from Trinity College in Washington, D.C., earning a degree in political science, according to CNBC. She then studied at Oxford University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, a prestigious honors society, and later earned a law degree with honors from George Washington University Law School.

  1. She’s a former pageant winner.

Conway grew up in Atco, New Jersey, a town in the southern part of the state, not far from Atlantic City. In 1982, she won the New Jersey Blueberry Princess pageant, according to the conservative news site Newsmax. But, as Conway told Newsmax in 2008, she was not only a pageant winner but also named the World Champion Blueberry Packer, because she spent eight summers packing blueberries on a farm. She was known as the fastest packer.

  1. She’s married with four children.

Conway married George T. Conway III, a New York lawyer, in 2001. The couple has four children, according to CNN, including twins. Prior to marrying Conway, she was romantically linked to the late Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, according to New York magazine, a Republican lawmaker and actor who starred in Law & Order as well as numerous movies.

  1. She’s worked extensively with Republican lawmakers.

Conway is president and CEO of the Polling Company, which she founded in 1995. Her company often works with Republican candidates to appeal to female voters and the client list, according to CNN, reads like a who’s who of conservative politicians and organizations: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Newt Gingrich’s former presidential campaign, Reps. Steve King and Michele Bachmann, FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, the Heritage Foundation, National Rifle Association, and Family Research Council.

  1. She was raised by women.

Conway’s parent divorced when she was 3 years old, according to Newsmax. “I grew up in a house with my mom and her mom, and two of my mother’s unmarried sisters,” she explained. “So four Italian Catholic women raised me.”

  1. She’s known Trump for a decade and is now described as “the Trump whisperer.”

Conway met Trump in 2006, when she was living in one of his buildings, according to the Washington Post. She even served on the condo board of the Trump World Tower in Manhattan. Trump, she told the Post, was surprisingly hands on, even showing up to meetings to hear residents’ concerns. Over the years, the Post continued, Trump would call her to say he’d seen her on TV and ask her opinion on a topic.

The pair met again in March 2015 to discuss his presidential bid. She said Trump offered her a job on his campaign, but she declined over fears of how the public would view the partnership.

  1. She worked on behalf of Ted Cruz before joining Trump’s campaign.

After rebuffing Trump, Conway went to work running a Ted Cruz super PAC, Keep the Promise 1, which sought to raise money in support of the candidate, according to CNN. The super PAC was later rebranded in June to Defeat Crooked Hillary, Rolling Stone said. Conway also made the maximum personal donation allowed to Cruz last fall: $5,400, CNN reported.

  1. She wrote a book titled What Women Really Want.

In 2005, Conway co-authored the book What Women Really Want: How American Women Are Quietly Erasing Political, Racial, Class, and Religious Lines to Change the Way We Live along with Democratic strategist Celinda Lake. “By delving beneath the radioactive, hot-button issues,” the book’s Amazon description reads, “Lake and Conway discovered common causes with which women are inventing a new age of opportunity — doing it their way and, in the process, improving life for all Americans.”

  1. She employs terms like “fake news” and “alternative facts.”

Conway uses terms like “fake news” and “alternative facts” regularly to obscure the truth. She appeared on Meet the Press on Jan. 22 to say that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer lying about the crowd size at the inauguration was just him presenting an “alternative fact.”

  1. She is strongly anti-abortion.

Though she told the Washington Post she knows women who have had abortions and doesn’t judge them, Conway has long been associated with the anti-abortion movement. As a consultant, she advised clients to focus on what they saw on an ultrasound in talking about their positions. “The out-of-sight, out-of-mind mantra that propelled the pro-choice movement for decades is forever gone,” she told the New York Times. She spoke at the 2017 March for Life, an annual anti-abortion rally.

On February 6, CNN tweeted that she had been offered to them as a guest on State of the Union, but they passed. Conway disputed that claim, saying she couldn’t do Sunday shows because of family obligations.

On February 15, 2017, the Washington Post reported that Conway would no longer be booked on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “We know for a fact she tries to book herself on this show,” Co-host Mika Brzezinski said. “I won’t do it, ‘cuz I don’t believe in fake news or information that is not true. And that is — every time I’ve ever seen her on television, something’s askew, off or incorrect.”

 

8 FACTS ABOUT AMINA MOHAMMED, THE NEW UN DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL

8 FACTS ABOUT AMINA MOHAMMED, THE NEW UN DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL

The immediate past Minister of Environment, Ms Amina Mohammed, has been sworn-in as the fifth Deputy Secretary-General of the UN at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres administered the oath of office to Mohammed.

The Deputy UN chief, after her swearing-in, immediately swung into action by declaring open the 2017 Economic and Social Council Segment on Operational Activities for Development.

Her speech at the ECOSOC event was her first official engagement, followed by a brief press encounter with the UN Correspondents. Mohammed, who was appointed by Guterres on December 15, 2016, as his deputy, was supposed to have assumed office on January 1, 2017.

8 Facts about Amina Mohammed

Amina Mohammed was born in Gombe State, North Eastern part of Nigeria in 1961.Her mother is British, while her father is a Nigerian. She was educated in Kaduna State. She has six children.

Amina Mohammed was a key player in the Post-2015 development process, serving as the Special Adviser to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Post-2015 development planning.

Mohammed served as Founder and CEO of the Center for Development Policy Solutions and as an Adjunct Professor for the Master’s in Development Practice program at Columbia University.

Previously, she acted as the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the Millennium Development Goals after serving three presidents over a period of six years.

In 2005, she was charged with the coordination of Nigeria’s debt relief funds toward the achievement of the MDGs.

From 2002-2005, Mohammed coordinated the Task Force on Gender and Education for the UN Millennium Project.

Amina Mohammed was Founder and Executive Director of Afri-Projects Consortium, a multidisciplinary firm of engineers and quantity surveyors.

Amina Mohammed received the National Honours Award of the Order of the Federal Republic in 2006 and was inducted in the Nigerian Women’s Hall of Fame in 2007.

FG TO ENFORCE BUYING OF ‘MADE IN NIGERIA’ PRODUCTS

FG TO ENFORCE BUYING OF ‘MADE IN NIGERIA’ PRODUCTS

The Federal Government says it has put plans in motion to enforce the buying of Nigerian products by government agencies.

The Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said that the Act establishing the Bureau of Public Procurements would be reviewed to enforce the buying of Nigerian products which would, in turn, boost the economy.

Mohammed was speaking at a townhall meeting in Umuahia on Monday and said the measures put in place by the Federal Government include the approval given to the Bureau of Public Procurement to increase the patronage of Made-in-Nigeria good and services through a review of its Act.”

He added that the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council, which is presided over by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, had approved a 60-day national action plan for ease of doing business in Nigeria.

 

How exactly can the Minister of Information compel NIgerians to buy “Made in Nigeria” goods?

MEMBERS OF HOUSE OF REPS CLASH OVER BUHARI’S HEALTH STATUS

MEMBERS OF HOUSE OF REPS CLASH OVER BUHARI’S HEALTH STATUS

Members of the House of Representatives exchanged words today over the health status of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The lawmakers quarrelled over the use of the word “sickness” in referring to Buhari or explaining his reason for being away from the country to the United Kingdom since January 19.

The disagreement became more pronounced among members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, the President’s party. The House Majority Leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila started the argument when he tried to stop the Chief Whip, Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, from describing the President as a sick man.

Both Gbajabiamila, who is from Lagos State, and Ado-Doguwa, who is from Kano State, are members of the APC. (more…)