Readers sound off on Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich

Hardy har har Los Angeles: Re the caption on the Dec. 6 photo of the fog-shrouded Statue of Liberty and the single bird: Could you educate me as to how you ascertained the bird’s marital status? Alan J. Hardy Trump is such a Prima Donald! Saratoga Springs, N.Y. : Stop listening to Donald Trump! The man was never going to run for President, and he knows the birther issue is bogus but keeps it alive. He is an arrogant gasbag, in love with himself and ignorant of what an absolute jerk he is. Please ignore him, Daily News, and give us what we really want: more Kardashian news! Bob English Brooklyn : Donald Trump refers to Ron Paul as a clownlike candidate. If he really wants to see what clownlike is, he should take a good look in the mirror. Clare Butts Brooklyn : Does Donald Trump know how awful his smile is?Joyce F. Gordon What’s in a name? Astoria: The GOP has a Newt and a Mitt running for President. What kind of names are these for a President of the United States? We might as well put Ren and Stimpy on the ticket, too. Robert J. Biliski Varying degrees of vile Garden City, L.I.: To Voicer Ronald Cohen: Most, if not all, people of power engage in eyebrow-raising behavior. The difference between Newt Gingrich’s behavior and Bill Clinton’s concerns conducting sexual activity in the Oval Office with a young intern and then lying about it. Gingrich cheated on his spouses with mistresses. Ho-hum. Andrea Malone-Polydor Good goin’, gov Staten Island: Gov. Cuomo, you’re in error. There is a way to close the deficit without increasing taxes on anyone. It’s called spending cuts. It took you slightly more than a year to break your “no tax increase” pledge. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. You are definitely your father’s son — a tax-and-spend liberal. R.A. Lessin Post-humous I Kearny, N.J.: Good news! I just finished sending out all my Christmas cards. Continue Reading

President Donald Trump to lay wreath at Andrew Jackson’s tomb

President Donald Trump will lay a wreath at the tomb of former President Andrew Jackson at The Hermitage Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Monday.Spicer's comments came on the same day The Hermitage announced it will be closed to the public Wednesday. Trump is scheduled to host a rally at Municipal Auditorium in downtown Nashville.The historic home of former President Andrew Jackson, is celebrating the 250th birthday of the nation's seventh president, whose populist politics have resonated with Trump.He will be the 14th president to visit the Jackson home, and the first since Ronald Reagan participated in the birthday commemoration ceremony in 1982, according to The Hermitage in a statement.“We’re pleased that the president has an interest in Andrew Jackson,” said Howard J. Kittell, president and CEO of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. “The Hermitage is the best place to learn Jackson’s story. We’re looking forward to showing the president and his staff around.”Upon moving into the White House last month, the new president hung a portrait of Jackson in the Oval Office.During his Nashville visit, Trump will tour Jackson's home.Jackson was born March 15, 1767, and The Hermitage had a full day of events previously scheduled for the date. The Hermitage was expecting 3,000-4,000 visitors Wednesday, said spokesman Jason Nelson, though weather could vary the amount.Half-price admission was scheduled Wednesday for Jackson's birthday.The grounds will now be closed to the public and will reopen Thursday with half-off admission.Tickets and tours purchased for Wednesday can be redeemed for admission Thursday, and tour groups can reschedule with another preferred date, The Hermitage said in a statement.More activities and events are set for March 16-18, which are still scheduled as planned, Nelson said.They include hickory pole racing, chocolate sampling, birthday cake, a concert performed Continue Reading

How the White House Russia secrets endanger Donald Trump

At Potsdam, on July 24, 1945, Harry Truman revealed one of the most classified secrets of the United States government to Russian Dictator Joseph Stalin: the existence of the atomic bomb. Truman decided that it was in the national interest to make the disclosure and was reportedly disappointed when Stalin seemed entirely unimpressed. The Stalin shrug was due to the fact that the Russians already knew about the bomb due to spies in our atomic program. Like Truman, Trump has the authority to reveal classified information when he deems it to be in the national interest. Hopefully, it is not done to impress the Russian guys in some chest thumping moment but the motive is not relevant to the inherent power.In what could prove to be the boast heard around the world, The Washington Post reported that, in the controversial meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, President Donald Trump revealed highly sensitive intelligence related to the Islamic State. According to the report, the disclosure came in the midst a Trump boast about the unbelievable intelligence he has seen. Yet, it is not the disclosure that is so dangerous for the administration.Trump tweeted the next morning that "As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety.”  He is right about the right to do so. However, he also has a power to do any number of things from launching an attack on Luxemburg to sharing the launch codes with Putin on his birthday next month.As a legal matter, it is not the disclosure that is so dangerous for the administration. Any blow, if it comes, would be the result of the official denial of the disclosure. Washington is full of people who dwell in that damp, musky space between truth and lies. This scandal has now entered the area most feared in the Beltway where Continue Reading

President Donald Trump to hold rally in Nashville next week

President Donald Trump plans to hold a Nashville rally on Wednesday at downtown's Municipal Auditorium, making his first visit to Tennessee as president just weeks after entering the White House.The event is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m., with doors to open at 3:30 p.m.An invitation for the Trump rally is posted on Trump's campaign website, but the purpose of the gathering is still unclear. The White House has not responded to inquiries about the event.Trump has spoken at several rallies in recent weeks, and Nashville is a natural fit in the wake of the president's promise of a "full-court press" on behalf of Republican-backed legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. The debate surrounding the health care bill is reaching a fever-pitch and Nashville is one of the nation's health care hubs, boasting a near-$40 billion industry.Trump's arrival Wednesday would also fall on the same day The Hermitage, the historic home of former President Andrew Jackson, is celebrating the 250th birthday of the nation's seventh president, whose populist politics have resonated with Trump. Upon moving into the White House last month, the new president hung a portrait of Jackson in the Oval Office. Related:  What to expect from Trump's Nashville visit: Traffic, protests and more During his Nashville visit, Trump is expected to tour Jackson's home, but The Hermitage on Thursday could neither confirm nor deny the scheduling.White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked twice about the Nashville event at a Thursday briefing with media but declined to discuss details, instead directing questions to to the campaign.Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden welcomed Trump's decision to return to a state that overwhelmingly voted to send the brash businessman to the White House."In November, Tennesseans decidedly aligned with his America First agenda giving him a 26-point margin of Continue Reading

Economic downturn? Donald Trump startles fellow passengers on economy JetBlue flight to Palm Beach

Who needs in-flight TV when you've got Donald Trump (and his endlessly amazing hair) on your flight? JetBlue passengers on Flight 39 from JFK to Palm Beach on Monday were slack-jawed with disbelief when the real-estate mogul boarded the economy flight. A source who was on the flight says many fellow travelers spent much of the trip trying to determine if Trump really was on board, and whether that meant the double-dip recession had officially begun. One passenger even requested to sit by The Donald, who chatted easily with fellow fliers and seemed in a great mood. Not to worry, says a Trump insider, who tells us Big T isn't counting pennies these days. His private Boeing 727 was already in Palm Beach and, the source explained, it was quicker to hop on JetBlue than have the jet return to NYC. Celebs and Wall Street execs go head to head in money matters  Wall Street upstaged Hollywood at the recent T.A.G. Research and Action Awards for AIDS treatment. After guests at the fund-raiser learned that Elizabeth Taylor had donated $20,000 to the charity, Morgan Stanley board chairman John J. Mack sweetened the pot considerably by announcing that he and wife Christy would donate $60,000. (The night brought in more than $250,000 in donations.) Sharon Stone was supposed to attend the event at the Astor Center, but was a no-show, prompting Kenneth Cole to say, "We're doing just fine with ["Lombardi"] actress Judith Light here." She's the boss! Christmas all the time? If you're not yet in the Christmas spirit, follow the North Star to Nora Ephron. The "I Remember Nothing" author told "Merry Christmas, America!" scribe Bruce Littlefield that she keeps her Christmas lights on year-round. Maybe she forgot to take them down. Butler's quite the gentleman's man Gerard Butler is a ladies' man, but he's also a guy's guy. The "Bounty Hunter" star was spotted on a little shopping excursion Friday afternoon at the French Connection in SoHo, buying matching Continue Reading

Star Jones backs Donald Trump on a Presidential bid, while Melissa Leo’s dad gets fired

Star Jones wasn't going to let anything get in the way of a good time at the American Heart Association's premiere party for "Celebrity Apprentice" on Sunday night. Thanks to her plunging red Marc Bouwer dress, the extremely svelte Star suffered more than one nipple slip during the evening's festivities at Opia on E. 57th St. But when a handler rushed to cover her up in the middle of a conversation, the "Apprentice" contestant (and former co-host of "The View") merely laughed off the wardrobe malfunctions and continued enjoying the party. When we asked Jones what she made of Donald Trump's supposed political ambitions, she told us that should he "decide to run" for President, she would make a great "chief of staff" and praised him as "very organized." She might have to put together a more demure wardrobe, though. Bobby Zarin must be kvelling over the gift wife Jill Zarin gave him for his 65th birthday last Tuesday. The "Real Housewives of New York City" star presented her hubby with a pricey Audemars Piguet watch at her book- signing for "Secrets of a Jewish Mother" at the Borders bookstore in Columbus Circle. Zarin, there with her co-authors, sister Lisa Wexler and mother Gloria Kamen, said she is "overwhelmed by the response" she's gotten to the women's advice book, which sold out at the event. Lou Reed may not have said it was a "Perfect Day," but an insider tells us he did proclaim his 69th birthday party, at the Trilby on Saturday, his "best ever."  That's practically delirious praise from one of our favorite curmudgeons. Then again, we could see where being serenaded with "Happy Birthday" by a group that included Lou's wife, Laurie Anderson, and Antony and the Johnsons' Antony Hegarty  would qualify as a nonpareil moment. Among those who also feted Reed at the Cooper Hotel's new hot spot were artist/filmmaker Julian Schnabel (whom we hope was not singing) and his girlfriend, Rula Jebreal; author A.M. Homes, photographers Ralph Gibson and Continue Reading

From Donald Trump to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, more memories of George Steinbrenner

George Steinbrenner was laid to rest Saturday in Tampa, but his memory lives on in just about every way you can think of and from all corners of The Boss' universe. From Ron Guidry's description of the Bronx Zoo to Willie Randolph's account of becoming the first African-American Yankee captain to Diana Munson's poignant remembrance of Steinbrenner's compassion in the wake of her husband Thurman's tragic death, the Yankee owner's friends and foes, players and managers, associates, acquaintances and, of course, his fans share their favorite Steinbrenner stories with the Daily News.DONALD TRUMP: Real estate mogul & reality TV starThe Apprentice' five or six years ago and it hadn't been on TV yet, and nobody knew it was going to be this big hit that it turned out to be. When I called George he said please come right down, and this was during the World Series. I thought he was going to talk to [the contestants] for 15 minutes, but he spoke about winning for an hour and a half. They will never forget it. George was willing to do this for a friend. And 'The Apprentice' became the No. 1 show. Everything he touched turned to gold. He was a great believer in the star system, but more importantly he recognized talent." BOB GUTKOWSKI: Former president of MSG and MSG NetworkI remember one Yankee game in particular. We had an executive producer, Pete Silverman, who absolutely was totally frightened of George Steinbrenner. His biggest fear was that George was going to come in (the production truck) and yell at him.We were up at a Yankee game and I was sitting with Marty Brooks (an MSG executive). And I told Marty we should have some fun with Pete. I went into George's office. He was sitting in his big chair and I said, 'George, I want you to do me a favor, I have an executive producer who is so frightened that some day you're going to call him and yell at him. I want to have some fun with him. Will you play along?'George said, 'Yeah, what do you want me to do?'I said, 'In Continue Reading

PX: NBC’s Cris Collinsworth shows how to eloquently criticize Donald Trump

That was our guy passionately and professionally calling out foul-mouthed Donald Trump on a global stage Sunday night."He should apologize," Emmy-winning analyst Cris Collinsworth said before NBC's Sunday Night Football game kicked off. "They're not SOBs. They're smart, thoughtful guys. They really are."Thank you, Cris. Eloquent, as always.Collinsworth, the Greater Cincinnati resident and former Bengals receiver, jumped right to the issue of the weekend in the pregame show – Trump vs. NFL players.The Republican president doesn't like that some players are taking a knee in protest during the national anthem. Trump made that clear during a rally in Alabama on Friday, saying: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b---h off the field right now, out. He’s fired!' "After a day of protests across the NFL, Collinsworth said an apology "would go a long way." The long-time Fort Thomas resident preceded that by saying NFL players “want exactly what the president wants. They want a better America."  More: Bengals on anthem demonstration: 'Divisive words won't divide us.' Collinsworth added: "Their version of how to get there is different than the president’s, I understand that, but I guarantee you if the president invited – I can make a list of 10 guys – to the White House and heard their stories, and heard their thoughts and heard how concerned they are about America, they would find the common ground, and they would move this forward.”Collinsworth has never been afraid to call out someone during his nearly three decades on network television. Yet he's never been mean about it. He doesn't call people names. He's not a loudmouth like so many others in his business. That style has helped make Collinsworth one of the best NFL analysts. He's won 15 Emmy awards.But Collinsworth's critical comments had been mostly aimed Continue Reading

President Donald Trump pardons former Sheriff Joe Arpaio

President Donald Trump has pardoned former Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his criminal contempt conviction, removing the only legal consequences the lawman faced stemming from a long-running racial-profiling suit.The White House announced the pardon Friday evening in a news release that recounted Arpaio's lengthy career of "admirable service" in federal and local law enforcement and called him "a worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon."Reached moments after the announcement, Arpaio said he had not spoken toArpaio told The Arizona Republic he learned of the president's action from his lawyer, who visited him Friday at about 4 p.m. at Arpaio's Fountain Hills home. The lawyer delivered Arpaio's wife, Ava, a birthday gift, and "the other gift was the pardon," said Arpaio, who added that he and his wife planned to celebrate over a dinner of spaghetti with calamari and red wine at a favorite Italian restaurant.Arpaio, who lost a 2016 re-election bid ending 24 years in office, hinted the pardon could set up a political comeback: "I told my wife that I was through with politics. But now I've decided I'm not through with politics because of what's happening. I didn't ask for a pardon. It has nothing to do with a pardon. I've been saying this for the last couple of months. I've got a lot to offer."He said he would hold a news conference early next week to discuss the "abuse" of the justice system.Arpaio, 85, was convicted of criminal contempt on July 31, and was scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 5. He faced up to six months in jail. But Trump hinted that a pardon would be forthcoming.Trump and Arpaio have enjoyed a warm relationship since the early days of Trump’s presidential campaign. They share a hard-line stance on immigration, and Arpaio was one of the earliest public figures to offer Trump his full-throated endorsement.Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt on July 31, broached the topic of a presidential pardon himself two Continue Reading

Readers sound off on the FALN, Donald Trump and the NYPD

The FALN murdered my father Glen Rock, N.J.: Albor Ruiz’ column “Freedom time” (June 8) was a compilation of lies, distortions and propaganda designed to create sympathy for a second clemency grant to Oscar López Rivera, a leader of the Puerto Rican terror group, the FALN. I empathize with Lopez’ daughter and understand the pain of anyone who grew up without their father. You see, on Jan. 24, 1975, Lopez’ FALN murdered my 33-year-old father, Frank Connor, while he was peacefully eating lunch with clients at Fraunces Tavern. It was supposed to be the day we would celebrate my brother’s 11th birthday and my 9th birthday. An FALN communiqué that day took credit for the attack, which it called a blow against “reactionary corporate executives.” In fact, my dad was born to immigrants and raised in working-class Washington Heights, not far from some of the terrorists themselves. The FALN continued its reign of terror until the early 1980s, when 11 of its members were arrested, tried and convicted of (among other serious felonies) weapons possession and seditious conspiracy. The entirely appropriate prison terms were to run from 55 to 70 years. The group twice conspired to break Lopez out of prison. Plans involved the killing of prison guards and the use of plastic explosives, automatic weapons and a helicopter. The FBI foiled the plot — and Lopez was tried and convicted for his involvement, with 15 years added to his original sentence. This is the felon whose release Ruiz advocates. Ruiz and other terror supporters are willing to lie, distort and obfuscate to win Lopez’ freedom. They know the truth shall not set him free. Joe Connor Call terror by its name I Brooklyn: It was a January day in 1975. I was on my lunch break in a shop located across the street from the historic Fraunces Tavern located in the downtown financial district. When the bomb exploded, four innocent Continue Reading