SPECIAL THANKSGIVING ISSUE
Carolina-Canada Connections — Vol. 8, No. 53
A weekly outreach to our friends and colleagues in Canada
On behalf of all of us here at Team Wilkins, here’s wishing all our Carolina-Canada Connections readers a peaceful, warm and wonderful Thanksgiving Day holiday! We’re grateful for all of you!
Weekly Washington Wrap
Mighty Markets – There is obvious consternation from some regarding the election of Donald Trump. Be that as it may, the financial markets certainly seem upbeat. On Monday, the three major indexes closed at record highs simultaneously for the first time since this past summer. The Dow Jones industrial average rose around 88 points and the S&P 500 topped its all-time intraday high. Markets are fired up in anticipation that the new Trump administration will boost growth, focusing on business and deregulation. The indices have been on a record breaking spree — their first time since 1999 – in the wake of Trump’s unexpected election.
Taking on TPP – Also on Monday, President-elect Trump released a video updating his policy plans for his first 100-days in office on everything from trade and energy to ethics reform and national security. Specifically on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Trump said he’s going to issue notification of intent to withdraw from the Obama-negotiated deal. Trump also pledges to “cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy – including shale energy and clean coal – creating many millions of high-paying jobs.”
New York Digs – The future First Lady Melania Trump won’t be trading her penthouse for the people’s house anytime soon, according to reports out this week confirmed by the Trump camp. Mrs. Trump and the their 10-year-old son Barron are not moving to Washington, DC – nor the White House – immediately after Donald Trump‘s inauguration in January so as not to disrupt Barron’s education. The reports say mother and son will move into the White House at the conclusion of this school year and until that happens, the First Lady will travel back and forth for her official duties.
Challenger in Chief – Unlike past presidents who have quietly left the White House and refrained from commenting on their successor’s policies, President Barack Obama is making no promises to follow such diplomatic procedures. While Obama acknowledges former President George W. Bush “could not have been more gracious” to him when he assumed office and Bush has never commented on Obama’s policies, Obama told reporters this week that if he thinks it’s “necessary” or “helpful” he is leaving the door open to challenging President Trump.
Workin’ in Winnipeg
Last week Team Wilkins was proud to wing it up to Winnipeg where it was unseasonably warm and the folks always gracious and in good spirits. In the, dare we say, aftershock, of the US election results, your former US ambassador did a whirlwind of Manitoba media, chatting with CTV Winnipeg, Global News Winnipeg, and Geoff Currier over at CJOB radio. Check out these snaps:
Talking the Trump transition on CTV Winnipeg last Wednesday.
Winnipeg Global anchor Shannon Cuciz asked everything from climate change to trade in the wake of the US election results.
CJOB Winnipeg radio host Geoff Currier talks TPP, KXL and NAFTA with David Wilkins.
Following his morning round of media, Wilkins was honored to participate in lunch and evening panels sponsored by the CanadaWest Foundation focusing on what to expect from the new US administration.
The evening discussion, “Beyond the Ballot: The US election’s impact on Manitoba” took a two-hour deep dive into the just finished campaign for the White House and President-elect Trump’s expected policies and their potential bearing on the bilateral relationship. The discussion was moderated by Shannon Sampert, the perspective and politics editor of the Winnipeg Free Press. In addition to Wilkins, the panel featured John Rash, senior editorialist with the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Carlo Dade, director of the Centre for Trade & Investment Policy for the CanadaWest Foundation.
While the panel agreed to disagree on some issues, all agreed on the importance of trade and enhancing our cross-border partnership.
CanadaWest Foundation’s Carlo Dade and David Wilkins talk US politics and policy at the spectacular Winnipeg Art Gallery last week.
The panel discusses the surprising end to the surreal 2016 US election.
The wing up to Winnipeg capped a busy-as-usual week for Wilkins that began in Dallas, Texas and a meeting of the North America Competitiveness Working Group at the George W. Bush Institute and Presidential Library. The working group consists of policy, industry and governmental leaders from Canada, the US and Mexico who are tackling a number of trilateral issues. Among the distinguished leaders attending this session was Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and former Canadian Ambassador to the US Gary Doer. President George W. Bush addressed the group as well.
Shakin’ the Southland
So this Saturday the mother of all football games is fixin’ to happen in South Carolina – the annual University of South Carolina – Clemson University showdown. Faithful CCC readers know here in South Carolina, this is second only to Christmas in being a dang big deal and take it from us, the Gamecock-Tiger divide gets people way more cray cray than the Trump-Clinton divide (and considering what we’re seeing on the news and from the news – that’s sayin’ something…)
You can bet conversations around the Thanksgiving table in South Carolina not centered on politics will be all about Saturday’s rivalry which dates back to the 1880s. The “Palmetto Bowl” as it’s official known now will be played in Clemson’s Death Valley this year and at stake is the most important trophy of all – 365 days of intra-state smack talk!
The University of South Carolina Gamecocks under new head coach Will Muschamp have secured themselves a bowl bid by winning six games this season. (Editor’s note: By the way, USC superstar alum and country singer awesomeness Darius Rucker (love!) committed last summer to performing a free concert at his alma mater if the football team scored a bowl berth. He’s keeping his promise and doing a concert sometime this spring at his beloved university. He really does rock, just sayin’…)
At any rate, speaking of beloved, Wilkins’ Clemson Tigers are also kicking some fanny having clinched the ACC title last week in their big win against Wake Forest. (Editor’s note: The Tigers, gulp, lost by one point the week before at home against the University of Pittsburg, but in keeping with our strict CCC editorial policy, we don’t have anything to say about that.) We do, however, have some cool photos from that game, so go ahead and check ‘em out:
Susan Wilkins and Ottawa’s own Rob and Joanne Nelson get ready to cheer on the Tigers!
Clemson student Will Cox and David Wilkins down on the Death Valley field.
The good news is that Clemson’s 10-1 record with the Pittsburg heartbreaker ain’t too shabby and the Tigers are ranked #4 in the country. So a trip to the championship is still in the cards…stay tuned!
They Said What?
- “I have always had a good relationship with Chuck Schumer. He is far smarter than Harry R and has the ability to get things done. Good news!” – President-elect Donald Trump’s tweet regarding New York Senator Chuck Schumer taking over Democratic leadership in the Senate with the retirement of controversial Nevada Senator Harry Reid.
- “Donald Trump is going to try to do things his own way. We know he has already used Twitter to his advantage in that sense and try to get out his message without the filter of the press. That way Donald Twitter can say what he wants to say. Sometimes, spin the truth in his favor,” – MSNBC’s Katy Tur on how she thinks the new president might use mainstream media.
- "But why do you care? Focus on what he did this week as your president-elect. You're assigning malice and wrongdoing to him where it doesn't exist. I think we should have all learned the lesson from this election that that doesn't fly with the voters…This network and others will always be focused on division. How about accepting the election results and letting him form a government?"—Trump transition senior advisor Kellyanne Conway taking on CNN’s Chris Cuomo who is critical about the president-elect’s use of social media.
- “We hadn't made any major appointments at this point in 2008. I don't remember being criticized for it,” – Tweet from former Obama senior advisor David Axelrod regarding media storm of criticism into Trump transition.
- “Now we're seeing the story written before our eyes of a media that not only hasn't learned a thing from its election coverage where it completely embarrassed itself to the point it may never recover from an integrity perspective. Call the (New York) Times "The Media That Cried Wolf." And we all know what happened to the boy who cried wolf too often: People stopped listening,” – The Hill media reporter Joe Concha urging vigilant – but fair – coverage in place of negative drumbeat of stories regarding Trump transition.
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