U.S. Secretary of state Peng Peio used taxpayer money to host dinner parties and entertain politicians, business people, media and entertainers after he was revealed as secretary of state Tuesday. Some US media believe that these dinners are held by pompeio to realize his personal political ambitions. After this incident was exposed by the media, the public opinion rebounded greatly and there were four criticisms.
“Madison dinner” of pompeio Edition: only 14% of the invitees are from the diplomatic community
According to novel coronavirus pneumonia, NBC has held a dinner with his wife Susan since 2018 as secretary of state, and has been held 24 times until March, due to the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia. The dinner was not disclosed on the public agenda of pompeio. An internal schedule from the State Department before the outbreak obtained by NBC shows that the dinner will last at least until the end of October.
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These dinners are called “Madison dinners.”. James Madison is the fourth president and the fifth Secretary of state of the United States. During his tenure, he has the habit of inviting foreign diplomats to exchange ideas at dinner parties.
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△ invitation letter of “Madison dinner party” of pompeio Edition (picture source: NBC)
The database of dinner invitees obtained by NBC details the name, title, spouse, eating habits of each invitee and the date of invitation and acceptance. The database will be operational from July 2018 until the beginning of 2020.
According to the report, at the “Madison dinner party” in pompeio, about 29% of the invitees were from the business community, including Texas real estate tycoons and hedge fund managers. About 23% of the invitees are from the media and entertainment industry, of which conservative media accounts for the majority and about 39% are from Fox News.
About 30% of the invitees are political related. They are current or former government officials, judges and their spouses. The invited members of the Senate and the house of representatives are Republicans. Only 14% of the invitees are diplomats or foreign officials, and nearly two-thirds of the invited ambassadors are from European and Middle Eastern countries, while only a few are from Asian, Latin American and African countries.
In November last year, President Trump’s impeachment hearing was in full swing that month, and Trump’s main defenders in the impeachment process were also on the invited list.
The cost of each dish could be as high as a few hundred dollars, and so far the total cost of the dinner has been about six figures, the source said.
The dinner also bypassed the normal process of holding formal events for the Secretary of state, but was arranged informally between the office of the chief of protocol and the office of pompeio, which meant there was no coordination with State Department regulators.
U.S. State Department officials question: the dinner is for the benefit of pompeio
Pompeio’s way of hosting these dinners has raised many concerns, such as the use of taxpayer funds. According to NBC, the cost of the dinner is paid for by the State Department’s emergency diplomatic and consular services. Current and former State Department officials said that in order to comply with the funding requirements, State Department officials usually ensure that a considerable proportion of foreign dignitaries or officials are present.
But historians point out that no Secretary of state has hosted such a frequent dinner, funded by the State Department and attended by political and business leaders.
State Department officials at the dinner said they were concerned that the activities were essentially using federal resources to build contacts for pompeio’s political ambitions. Forbes magazine’s website also believes that the move “is clearly to win influential friends in the future political campaign.”.
In addition, the outside world also questioned pompeio’s wife, a non-governmental official, but became the leader of the “official dinner party”. Susan’s previous appearance at the State Department’s official visit also raised questions. Susan plays a central role in the Madison dinner, where she communicates directly with State Department officials, lists guests and dates, and arranges menus.
All information obtained during the invitation process, including the name and contact information of the guest, will be sent to Susan’s personal email account, officials said. Some congressional officials worry that if Mr. pompeio runs for office again, the information could become a list of potential donors. According to NBC, pompeio is considered a potential presidential candidate in 2024.
On the 15th, State Department inspector general Steve lenik was dismissed suddenly. The White House didn’t give the specific reasons for his dismissal, but Elliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee of the Congress, said in a subsequent statement that lenik had launched an investigation into pompeio, suggesting that lenik’s dismissal was related to the investigation of pompeio.
NBC reported that it was not clear whether lenik was also investigating the “Madison dinner party”, but two government officials said that lenik had made some investigations to the concierge in charge of the dinner party before being dismissed, and the office of pompeio was informed later.
Several congressional committees are also reportedly investigating the dinner.
A senior trump administration official said: “if the president knew that, he would have fired pompeio a few months ago.”
Novel coronavirus pneumonia was issued by the WHO’s European Regional Office on 24 April. The group of experts jointly sent by who and CDC arrived in Italy to help Italy control the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia. The expert group will mainly provide support in clinical management, infection prevention and control, epidemic monitoring and crisis communication. The statement said that the focus of the current work is to control the further spread of the virus between people. The statement also said that while the rapid growth of confirmed cases in Italy over the past two days was worrying, it should be noted that 80% of these cases had no symptoms or only mild symptoms.
On the evening of November 16 local time, the final of “Ma Yun African entrepreneur competition” was held in Ghana. After fierce competition, 10 entrepreneurs stood out from more than 10000 competitors from more than 50 countries in Africa, and received a $1 million prize from Ma Yun African entrepreneur fund. Ghanaian President Akufo Addo and former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon attended the competition to cheer on African entrepreneurs.
13 years ago, Ma Yun served as the judge of winning in China, the most popular entrepreneur competition in China. Since then, he has aroused a wave of entrepreneurship in China. Today, Ma Yun also hopes to inspire the entrepreneurial enthusiasm of young Africans through such a competition.
It is worth mentioning that the shortlisted players are from all walks of life in Africa, and their original intention is to solve social problems. Temie GIWA tubosun, the founder of the champion life bank, is a mother who has experienced dystocia. In order to solve the problem of blood shortage in African hospitals, she founded the “life bank” to help hospitals find healthy blood sources in Nigeria and build a logistics system for efficient distribution. Since her start-up, she has tried to use cars, boats, drones and other means of transportation to deliver blood bags, saving thousands of lives. The second and third place entrepreneurs are dedicated to helping African scientists build scientific laboratories and providing clean water for Africans.
In the final of more than four hours, Ma Yun, together with CAI Chongxin, huntslav mashiwa, the telecommunications giant of Zimbabwe, and ibukun awahica, a Nigerian female banker, served as judges, giving a lot of pertinent suggestions to 10 entrepreneurs.
In his comments, Ma Yun said that participating in the competition will give him more confidence in the young people and entrepreneurs in Africa. He hopes that these “African heroes” will become the seeds of hope in Africa, inspire more people and awaken more people. African entrepreneurs are the hope of Africa.
Ghanaian President Akufo Addo attended the Ma Yun African entrepreneur competition in the morning and rushed to the final in the evening to cheer for African entrepreneurs. Akufo Addo once again thanked Ma Yun for launching the Africa entrepreneurship fund to encourage and encourage African entrepreneurs to develop African economy.
Ban Ki Moon, former Secretary General of the United Nations who served as the consultant of the competition, said that encouraging entrepreneurship and training young people are of great significance for the development of a more prosperous, inclusive and sustainable Africa, which is what Ma Yun does.
The Central Bank of Russia cut interest rates by 25 basis points to 7% (five and a half years low), in line with market expectations, for the third consecutive meeting. The central bank said further interest rate cuts could be made at future meetings. The dollar fell to 65.86 against the Russian rouble USD/RUB short-term.
The Central Bank of Russia expects CPI to be 4.0% – 4.5% in 2019, compared with 4.2% – 4.7% previously. GDP growth is expected to be between 0.8% and 1.3% in 2019, up from 1.0% to 1.5%. GDP growth is expected to be between 0.8% and 1.3% in 2019, up from 1.0% to 1.5%. Based on the expectations of the central bank and considering the monetary policy position, the annual inflation rate is expected to remain near 4%. In the interest rate decision, the central bank will consider real inflation and inflation expectations, as well as economic development.
Reportedly, the Central Bank of Russia did not mention neutral interest rates in its statement.
As global economic growth slows down, central banks around the world have been cutting interest rates to stimulate economic activity. Among developed economies, the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan expressed their willingness to further relax monetary policy, while the Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time in 10 years in July. In emerging markets, central banks in the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia have cut interest rates this year.
Russia’s Economic Challenge
Russia’s economy is facing double challenges: global uncertainties such as trade wars and sanctions from the United States.
Over the past five years, Russia has been working hard to deal with the economic sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies on Russia. Some of these sanctions include restrictions on Russian banks’access to international capital markets.
Andrei Costin, chairman of Moscow’s VTB Bank, said the sanctions had “dramatically changed our financing policy” and that his bank found it difficult to continue borrowing large amounts of dollars and euros.
“We learned how to raise money, which is helpful in times of crisis.” He said.