SPLASH! Recap of December 19, 2016

News Making A Splash Today Will Have Ripple Effects Tomorrow

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Donald Trump is Officially President-Elect

Politico – Despite weeks of discussion and advocating for the Electors to be unfaithful and vote against Donald Trump for president, the Electors did their duty. Most Electors voted as they should have, with the will of the people of their states. The only Electors to vote against Trump were two from Texas. This officially makes Donald Trump our President-Elect.

Unexpectedly, more Electors voted against Hillary Clinton than voted against Donald Trump. Four Electors from Washington state voted for someone else (three for Colin Powell and one for Faith Spotted Eagle, a champion for #NoDAPL) and one Elector from Hawaii voted for Bernie Sanders.

Chinese Media Speaks Out Against Trump, Says He Doesn’t Know How to Lead

The Guardian – Monday morning’s edition of China’s Global Times paper had an editorial that struck back against President-Elect Donald Trump, who tweeted his opinions about the recent naval drone incident last week and this weekend. At first calling China’s seizing of the drone an “unpresidented” act, Trump later appeared to change his mind, tweeting, “We should tell China that we don’t want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!”

Global Times, considered to be state-run and thus reflective of the government’s thinking, stated in its editorial that Trump “bears no sense of how to lead a superpower” and was not “behaving as a president.” The newspaper went on to say, “But if he treats China after assuming office in the same way as in his tweets, China will not exercise restraint. The Chinese government should be fully prepared for a hardline Trump.”

This latest interaction with the Chinese government comes after Trump’s controversial phone call to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on December 2.

IMF Chief Christine Lagarde Found Guilty of Misuse of Public Funds

New York Times – On Monday, a French court (the Cour de Justice de la République) found Christine Lagarde guilty of misuse of public funds while serving as France’s finance minister from 2007-2011. The court did not impose fines or a sentence and the directors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) stated that they have “full confidence in the managing director’s ability to continue to effectively carry out her duties.”

Written by Raven Payne

Recently awakened progressive in pursuit of truth in all things.

Raven Payne is an Editor and Writer for Progressive Army, and a member of its Editorial Board.

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SPLASH! Recap of December 19, 2016