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Trump's Proposed Budget Defunds All State Department Programs For Women

The Trump family double teamed their lies about women's rights with the proposed elimination of Hillary Clinton's Global Women's Issues Office, a State Department office that fights for the rights of women all over the world, with a special focus on defending those who are in the most precarious and vulnerable situations in impoverished countries.

This office is far more than a do-gooder initiative, which is clearly how one of both Trumps see its mission.  How ironic that this news broke hours after Ivanka Trump tried to persuade a skeptical audience in Berlin that her father is a "tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive." In fact, most terrorism experts and the highest ranks of the US military know that women's empowerment programs are vital for America's national security.  Women Are the Best Weapon in the War Against Terrorism wrote Foreign Policy in this 2015 article. When we heard Trump declare that he has no interest in soft power, we knew the Global Women's Issues Office was on the chopping block. Just as the cuts to preventive medical care and birth control for women will enhance greater risks of terrorism, the inability of the Trump team to educate themselves on the opinions of their own generals on this matter is reckless and puts America at increased risks for decades. 

In her recent Georgetown speech, Hillary Clinton reminded us that women's rights are the first targets of fundamentalists. AOC reminds us that Hillary is correct and that -- no matter what Ivanka Trump has to say -- Washington DC is also in the hands of the most conservative administration in decades. Cutting back women's rights is their prime objective as well.

Note that many Senators -- including Republican senators -- do not abide by these deep cuts in the State Department. So we can't say for certain if the office will actually be abolished in the end, since it is their decision about how to fund the government, not Trump's. Still, the so-called support for women by the Trump administration is a joke. ~ Anne

World's Leading Women Look At Ivanka With Incredulous Silence! A Few Booed!

First daughter Ivanka Trump found herself in the hot seat, trying to explain to a group of the world's leading women that her father Donald Trump is doing good work for women. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Managing Director Christine Lagarde gave her a polite stare -- although Lagarde's facial expression -- and her 'my head hurts' gesture pictured above -- is one for the history books.  

Fresh from Monday's Financial Times joint op-ed with World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, focused on empowering women in developing nations, Ivanka Trump faced an enlightened women reality check at the 3-day W20 Summit in Berlin. Hosted by Angela Merkel, Ivanka was invited after the White House West Wing placed her -- then with no official role in the administration, other than Presidential daughter -- next to the global powerhouse Merkel in a round-table discussion. Rather than sulk over the insult, Merkel extended a hand to Ivanka Trump. You want to play female empowerment? Come to Berlin. 

Moments after taking her place beside Chancellor Angela Merkel and IMF Lagarde on a panel at the W20 summit, Trump found herself discussing her own motives for being there.

“You’re the First Daughter of the United States, and you’re also an assistant to the president,” the panel’s moderator, Wirtschaftswoche editor-in-chief Miriam Meckel, began. “The German audience is not that familiar with the concept of a First Daughter. I’d like to ask you, what is your role, and who are you representing, your father as president of the United States, the American people, or your business?”

“Certainly not the latter,” Trump replied. “I’m rather unfamiliar with this role as well … It has been a little under 100 days and it has just been a remarkable and incredible journey.”

Trump could not say precisely what her new job as a senior White House official entailed. She defined her goals as “empowering women in the workplace” and achieving “incremental positive change.” Speaking to an audience of largely women who have walked their talk in policy development in the face of fierce criticism around female empowerment, Ivanka found them not so totally interested in the Trump daughter's personal journey.  

“I’m very proud of my father’s advocacy,” she said of the president’s official (but, so far, entirely passive) support for paid family leave, before calling her father “a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive.”

Limited boos and hisses ensued.

We don't have the details yet of Melinda Gates' five-minute video addressing the group at 11:15 am Berlin time.  AOC assumes that Melinda Gates spoke about the need for contraception in developing countries, given that she is adamantly campaigning against the Trump administration's total decimating of international women's health programs. The Trump administration is eliminating about $600 million worth of US federal funding for women's health clinics if they even mention the word abortion in countries where it is legal. Note, these clinics do not perform abortions; nor do they advocate for abortions. If a woman asks where she can obtain an abortion and they hand her a phone number, they are defunded under Trump's expanded Mexico City policy -- or global gag rule -- rules.

These clinics DO provide contraception services. Most in the Republican party in Congress -- not Republicans generally -- want contraception eliminated for all women, and certainly women in poor countries. As Melinda Gates says every day of her life, there is no more effective way to advance women in developing nations than to provide birth control.

For Ivanka Trump to speak of her father's empowerment of women in the shadow of this assault on women's health globally is more talk garbage than most dedicated feminists can stomach. 

Melinda Gates was just named one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People. We assume that her five-minute Berlin video in advance of Ivanka Trump's panel appearance was similar to this one, just produced for TIME. 

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Ivanka Trump's Feminist Failure Was Sharply Evident in Berlin by Lizzie Crocker The Daily Beast

The appearance was arguably her biggest public failure yet in her new role in the White House. She failed to propose concrete policies for implementing change as assistant to the president. She failed to clearly articulate how women’s economic empowerment can be achieved on a global level. She failed to stray from the script when standing up for her father—and the audience at the G20 summit rightly called bullshit on her rote defense. 

She launched into a discussion about the United States’ lack of paid family leave by championing the Trump administration's proposed paid leave policy and affirming her allegiance to her father (“I’m proud of [his] advocacy”), before reciting objectively false statements about him being “a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive” during his campaign.

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