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Weekly Washington Wrap
- This week, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton continued their march toward clinching their party’s presidential nominations. On Tuesday, Clinton won Kentucky and Trump won Oregon. While avowed socialist Senator Bernie Sanders won the Democratic contest in Oregon, Clinton still picked up a significant amount of delegates in the state. According to the Associated Press, Clinton needs just 90 more delegates and Trump needs just 77 to win their nominations. There are six states still up for grabs on both sides, and Democrats will also hold contests in DC, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico before primary season ends on June 7.
- The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday which would allow victims of terrorism – including those on September 11 – to sue foreign governments for involvement in terrorist acts against Americans. The bill, which passed the Senate on a voice vote unopposed, now heads to the House. White House press spokesman Josh Earnest said it would “be difficult to imagine” the president signing the bill into law.
- Last night, the House passed the $602.2 billion National Defense Authorization Act after considering 181 amendments on a 277-147 vote. The White House has put out a 17-page veto threat to outline the administration’s objections to the bill.
Monday With Mattamy
Your former US Ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins, began his week up in Toronto, with a meeting of the Mattamy Homes board. While he was there, it was great to catch up with two great friends, Frank McKenna and Ron Joyce.
After a couple days in terrific Toronto, Wilkins winged it down to Washington, DC.
On Wednesday morning, it was a meeting of the “David diplomats” when Wilkins got together with (newish) Canada Ambassador to the United States David MacNaughton, at the Canadian Embassy. (Editor’s note: CCC readers know the Canadian ambassadorship is one of the best gigs in DC at one of the most picturesque and strategically located addresses in all of Washington, just sayin’.)
Anyway, David Wilkins and Ambassador David MacNaughton had lots of bilat bidness to chat about and what’s not to enjoy about a visit to the beautiful Canadian Embassy?!
Raindrops and Rooftops
One of the few DC venues rivaling that of said Canadian Embassy is our own Nelson Mullins office at 101 Constitution Avenue – especially when one is perched up on the roof!
The spectacular view is what makes our annual Rooftop Party the talk of the town and a must-attend event. While rain threatened all day and even lightening popped once or twice, when the party was in full swing, it went off without a hitch.
The view of Capitol Hill from our Nelson Mullins rooftop.
Faithful CCC readers know that this is the time we love to drop big names of the VIPs we see up on the roof. Need proof? Here we go!
David Wilkins and Senator Lindsey Graham.
Congressman Jeff Duncan, Elizabeth Dial Pinkerton and your former US ambassador to Canada.
Here he is with Congressman Mick Mulvaney!
And with Congressman Joe Wilson, too!
Making legislative fixes up on the roof!
Former US Consul General in Toronto, Jim Dickmeyer, made it to the rooftop! (He’s now at the Woodrow Wilson Center, by the way.)
It was also great to see Senator Tim Scott as well as lots and lots of top staffers for lawmakers like Congressman Jim Clyburn. We were also delighted to catch up with friends like Diane Francis and David Biette, and spend time with the estimable David Rochester and Tucker and Lisa Eskew!
They Said What?
- “It’s the New York Times. What did you expect? “ – Dr. Ben Carson, a top Trump adviser and former presidential candidate commenting in The Hill on blowback the New York Times is receiving from women quoted in a Times’ story on Donald Trump. The women claim the reporting is distorted or untrue.
- "If this is the best that the Times and the press can do, trying to create scandal around Donald Trump, it's time to plan for the inauguration," – Washington Post columnist and FOX News analyst Charles Krauthammer on the New York Times so-called "hit piece" on Trump.
- “Does the Washington Post also have 20 reporters investigating Hillary Clinton?” – FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace question to legendary Post investigative reporter Bob Woodward after Woodward revealed the newspaper has 20 reporters looking into the past of presumptive GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.
- “Talks to reporters and his ‘echo chamber’ but not Congress. Disappointing but typical,” – Tweet by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) after the White House refused to allow Obama’s top foreign policy adviser, Ben Rhodes, to testify before a House Committee on the administration’s narrative regarding its controversial deal with Iran. This comes after Rhodes did an interview with the New York Times Magazine that ran last Sunday where he is quoted at length boasting about the administration’s strategy to mislead a compliant media and the public on its Iran dealings.
- "When, when, when staff people in the Sanders campaign is feeding into this, people feel empowered to behave this way. Not only were people talking while we were trying to run the convention, and yelling and rushing the stage and throwing chairs, and yelling for my death in the crowd, those are the kinds of things that have to be stopped. I have not received an apology, you know... I haven't seen anything that says this should stop... This isn't okay," – Nevada Democrat Party Chairwoman Roberta Lange on CNN explaining why she ended the Nevada State Party Convention early on Saturday infuriating Bernie Sanders' supporters and fueling a major ruckus that included chair throwing, fights and threats.
If you are interested in the possibility of having Ambassador Wilkins speak at an event, please contact Christy Cox at Christy.Cox@nelsonmullins.com or call 803.255.9470.
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