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Michigan GOP officials were pictured drinking champagne in the lobby of Trump’s luxury DC hotel after meeting the president to discuss attempts to overturn the election result



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  • Michigan GOP officials were pictured drinking Dom Perignon champagne in the lobby of President Trump’s luxury Washington DC hotel on Friday night. 
  • Hours earlier, the officials met Trump at the White House, amid the president’s campaign to pressure state officials to overturn the election result. 
  • In a joint statement after the meeting, state GOP leaders said they were not “made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan.” 
  • The lawmakers told CNN they had paid their own bills at the hotel. 
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Michigan Republican Party officials were pictured enjoying champagne in the lobby of President Donald Trump’s luxury Washington DC hotel after being hosted by the president at the White House.

Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield and other members of his group were pictured at Trump International Hotel in Washington DC Friday evening drinking Dom Perignon champagne in a lobby bar, in images acquired by the Detroit Free Press. 

Both Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey stayed overnight at the hotel, located a few blocks from the White House. Trump had earlier held a meeting with the lawmakers, reported CNN. 

 

The following morning, Shirkey and state Republican official Dan Lauwers were pictured leaving the hotel by Detroit News’ Washington correspondent Melissa Nana Burke. They did not answer any questions from her. 

In a tweet, a staffer for Democratic Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee accused the lawmakers pictured in the lobby of violating coronavirus guidelines, with none of the group wearing masks or observing social distancing. 

 

Spokespeople for Chatfield and Shirkey told CNN that the lawmakers had paid their own expenses at the hotel. 

 

The lawmakers did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider. 

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Earlier on Friday, the lawmakers met Trump at the White House. Trump has continued his long-shot bid to overturn the election result by pressuring state Republican officials to delay certifying vote counts. Biden was projected winner in Michigan by media organizations more than two weeks ago. 

After the meeting, Chatfield and Shirkey in a joint statement said that they had not been “made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan” and said “as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors, just as we have said throughout this election.”

They claimed that a coronavirus relief package for Michigan was the focus of their talks with the president. 

In response to the statement, Trump said in a tweet Saturday that evidence of fraud would be shown in court. 

“This is true, but much different than reported

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Commonwealth Hotel Collection Appoints Jennifer Porter Vice President of Operations

COVINGTON, Ky., Nov. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Commonwealth Hotels is pleased to announce the addition of  Jennifer Porter to their team as the Vice President of Operations at Commonwealth Hotel Collection, LLC. affiliated with Commonwealth Hotels, LLC. and Corporex.

Jennifer Porter joins Commonwealth Collection as Vice President of Operations

Commonwealth Hotel Collection Appoints Jennifer Porter Vice President of Operations

Prior to joining the company, Porter spent 25 years in the hospitality industry in many roles.  Most recently Jennifer was a Vice President of Operations at Winegardner and Hammons/Pyramid Hotels.  During her tenure at Winegardner and Hammons Jennifer had regional responsibility over multiple full-service hotels as well as opening and transitioning hotels for the company. Porter’s experience spans lifestyle, all-suite and conference style hotels in urban, suburban, airport and resort locations across the country. She was influential in growing the revenues, ensuring excellent customer satisfaction, and developing the leadership team. Prior to her Vice President of Operations role, she was the General Manager of multiple full-service hotels with Marriott, Hilton, IHG and independent/boutique hotels.  She is a graduate from Kent State University with a degree in Business Administration.  

“We are thrilled to have Jennifer join our team,” said Bryan Hayes, Managing Director at Commonwealth. “Jennifer’s  depth of hospitality experience and skills strengthen Commonwealth and our properties, better enabling us to face the ongoing market changes of delivering world class organization for our guests and financial returns for our owners.”

About Commonwealth Hotels, LLC
Commonwealth Hotels was founded in 1986 and is a proven partner in providing hotel management services with superior financial results.  The company has extensive experience managing premium branded full service and select service hotels. Commonwealth Hotels currently manages 45 properties with over 4,500 rooms. Additional information may be found at www.commonwealthhotels.com.

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Vice President Mike Pencels cancels Florida vacation

Vice President Mike Pence won’t be checking out seashells by the seashore after all.

Pence has apparently canceled his planned trip to Sanibel, Florida. According to a Federal Aviation Administration advisory, Pence was expected to arrive Tuesday evening and stay through Saturday.

But the advisory was lifted, meaning the trip is off.

The Washington Post reports that the (likely much anticipated) vacation had to be canceled, or at least put off, so Pence can help his boss, President Donald Trump wage his war against alleged voter fraud.

But the weather looks terrible as Hurricane Eta is brewing in the area and expected to make landfall on the Florida Gulf Coast sometime Thursday.

Pence knows the scenic island off of Fort Myers well, having visited various times over the years. The 61-year-old Indiana native and second lady Karen Pence often attend services at Sanibel Community Church.

Hurricane season ends after Nov. 30, and Florida shouldn’t have any storms if he re-books after Jan. 20, 2021.

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Court Imposes Travel Ban On Ousted Peru President Amid Protests

A Peruvian judge on Friday banned ousted president Martin Vizcarra from leaving the country days after his dismissal by Congress as the nation’s political crisis spilled over into street clashes between protesters and police.

The announcement came after thousands of people took to the streets in the capital Lima and cities across Peru late Thursday to protest Vizcarra’s impeachment over corruption allegations.

At least 14 protesters were wounded in clashes with police, the National Human Rights Coordinator said.

Demonstrators confront riot police during a protest in Lima against the ousting of popular president Martin Vizcarra by Congress Demonstrators confront riot police during a protest in Lima against the ousting of popular president Martin Vizcarra by Congress Photo: AFP / ERNESTO BENAVIDES

Judge Maria Alvarez said she was imposing an 18-month travel ban on Vizcarra at the request of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, investigating allegations that the 57-year-old received more than $600,000 in kickbacks from developers while a regional governor.

“We have said that we will stay,” Vizcarra assured journalists Friday, once again rejecting the charges against him and questioning the legality of his removal.

“We have the truth and the support that backs us up,” he said.

Congress voted Monday to impeach him, while Congress Speaker Manuel Merino assumed office as Peru’s third president in four years.

Thousands of people took to the streets in Warsaw and outside courts in dozens of other towns Thousands of people took to the streets in Warsaw and outside courts in dozens of other towns Photo: AFP / Wojtek RADWANSKI

Tense protests that began Tuesday continued into Friday, when hundreds of young people marched to the residence of Prime Minister Antero Flores-Araoz in Lima, after the 78-year-old conservative challenged them to come to his house because he did not understand their demands.

With signs saying “Merino is not my president” and “Rats out of Congress!” they marched dozens of blocks to the house, where they were stopped by a police barricade.

In the capital Lima late Thursday, police used tear gas and pellets to disperse a group trying to reach the Congress building while protesters threw sticks and stones at the officers.

Demonstrators run away from tear gas during a protest in Lima Demonstrators run away from tear gas during a protest in Lima Photo: AFP / ERNESTO BENAVIDES

Those wounded in the clashes included two young men hit “by firearms,” said Jorge Amoros, a doctor at Almenara hospital in Lima where both are hospitalized.

An AFP photographer was struck by pellets in his arm and leg during the march in Plaza San Martin.

Riot police fire tear gas as they try to disperse supporters of ousted Peruvian president Martin Vizcarra in Lima, November 2020 Riot police fire tear gas as they try to disperse supporters of ousted Peruvian president Martin Vizcarra in Lima, November 2020 Photo: AFP / ERNESTO BENAVIDES

The South America office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called on authorities to guarantee the right of Peruvians to protest, saying it had received “disturbing information” about police behavior.

The Ombudsman’s Office demanded security forces “immediately cease the use of tear gas and pellets against citizens who exercise their right to demonstrate.”

Vizcarra said protests must be allowed and called on the people to express themselves peacefully.

“We also appeal to the national police to respect the demonstrators,” he said.

Interim president Merino urged calm.

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South African president says travel to all countries will be allowed

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa will open up travel to all countries in an effort to boost the tourism and hospitality sectors, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday, despite having the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the continent.

Africa’s most advanced economy, which has recorded more than 740,000 COVID-19 cases and over 20,000 deaths, has seen infections rise since it eased lockdown restrictions in September to their lowest levels.

Ramaphosa, in a televised national address, said normal trading hours of alcohol would be restored too, after sales were restricted on weekends in an effort to reduce pressure on hospitals due to alcohol-related accidents.

“We are also opening up international travel to all countries subject to the necessary health protocols and the presentation of a negative COVID-19 certificate,” he said.

“By using rapid tests and strict monitoring we intend to limit the spread of the infection through importation,” he added. “We expect that these measures will greatly assist businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors.”

The president did not give further details, or a specific date for the reopening. A presidency spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.

South Africa opened its borders to some international travellers at the beginning of October after a six-month ban, but restricted entry from high-risk countries, with the latest list including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Brazil and India.

The country depends heavily on tourism, which prior to the pandemic contributed nearly 9% of its gross domestic product and employed over 4% of the workforce.

The economy was already in recession before the pandemic struck, and one of the world’s strictest lockdowns has exacerbated its woes with millions of its citizens losing their jobs or being pushed deeper into poverty.

Ramaphosa, however, warned of a potential resurgence in infections, saying the number of new cases in the Eastern Cape province was 50% higher than the week before, with higher infection rates also seen in the Northern Cape and Western Cape regions.

“We have also seen in other countries how a resurgence can dash hopes for a swift economic recovery,” he said.

(Reporting by Tanisha Heiberg and Wendell Roelf; Editing by Chris Reese and Pravin Char)

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Vice President Mike Pence cancels vacation in Sanibel, Florida

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Vice President Mike Pence motorcade leaves Sanibel Island in June 2019.

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A planned visit by Vice President Mike Pence to Southwest Florida has been canceled.

Pence was expected to arrive Tuesday evening at Southwest Florida International Airport before heading to Sanibel and stay through Saturday. But a Federal Aviation Administration advisory was lifted, indicating the trip was off. 

The Washington Post reported that the trip was canceled so the vice president can remain in Washington while President Donald Trump challenges his apparent loss at the ballot box.

Vice President Mike Pence attending a morning service last year at Sanibel Community Church. (Photo: Gail Corbley)

WINK News is also reporting that Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno has confirmed that the trip has been canceled for an unknown reason.

Pence’s office has not commented on the trip or its cancellation. 

Pence and Sanibel: He likes mahi, cookies and vacations on Sanibel Island

Pence last visited in January. He made several trips to the island in 2019. The year before, he stayed for a week and celebrated Easter at Sanibel Community Church.

The trip would have come one week after Election Day. As of Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden was projected to have won 290 electoral votes to Trump’s 214 so far, according to the Associated Press, which has called the race for Biden.

A total of 270 is needed to win. A victor in Georgia, North Carolina and Alaska has not yet been declared.

Earlier this year: Mike Pence lands in SWFL ahead of weekend stay on Sanibel

And:Is Vice President Mike Pence headed to Sanibel?: Big clue says ‘yes’

Neither Trump nor Pence has conceded the race yet.

Pence tweeted Monday that he and Trump would “keep fighting until every legal vote is counted.”

Frank Gluck is a watchdog reporter with The News-Press and the Naples Daily News. Connect with him at [email protected] or on Twitter: @FrankGluck

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Vice President Mike Pence going to Florida on vacation

Being vice president is a tough job. Especially one who has just been voted out of office and is fighting to stay in it.

So we can’t blame Mike Pence for wanting a little R&R.

Where is he going? Florida, of course.

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VPOTUS isn’t heading to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach or Disney World near Orlando. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the 61-year-old Indiana native is headed to Sanibel on Tuesday and will stay through Saturday.

Pence has reportedly vacationed in the area before, but not likely when a tropical storm is hanging around.

The VP’s office didn’t immediately comment about the getaway on Monday, so we will have to assume what he’ll do on his trip. We also aren’t sure if his wife, teacher Karen Pence, will be along for the ride.

We can be certain the itinerary will not include soaking up sun on the beach. Unfortunately, the weather on the Gulf Coast isn’t looking too hot. According to local weather reports, Tropical Storm Eta brought heavy rain, high winds and some downed trees to Southwest Florida on Monday.

A forecast for Lee County, where Sanibel is located, shows continuing showers and overall poor conditions through at least Thursday.

“Go ahead and secure anything you may have in your property that may be blown away, an umbrella, furniture, any signage, and just be prepared for about three days of poor weather,” Keith Williams, Sanibel’s director of community services, told Fox 4.

On Saturday, when Pence is set to return home to Washington, the sun will be back out in Sanibel.

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Vice President Pence to reportedly vacation in Florida

Vice President Mike Pence is preparing for some much-needed rest and relaxation.

The vice president will travel Tuesday to Sanibel, Fla., and is scheduled to stay put until Saturday, according to flight logs from the Federal Aviation Administration.

News of the trip comes two days after Pence and President Trump lost their 2020 re-election effort to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

While Biden and Harris have claimed victory, Trump has refused to concede the race, vowing to fight the election outcome in court and questioning its legitimacy.

Pence has not commented on their 2020 loss yet, and his representatives did not respond to The Post’s request for confirmation of the Florida vacation.

It is not clear if second lady Karen Pence will be joining the vice president, who has vacationed on the island off Florida’s Gulf Coast several times before.

While Pence will be soaking up the sun in a state he and Trump carried in their 2020 fight, Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said he will be filing up to 10 lawsuits alleging election fraud.

Speaking to Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” the former NYC mayor argued, “At this point, it would be wrong for him to concede.”

Besides a single example alleged by the Trump campaign of voter fraud in Nevada, which would not have been enough to sway an entire election outcome if proven, the team has not provided evidence of widespread fraud.

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Can The Next President Of The United States Save The Travel Industry?

Election Day 2020 is here, after a seemingly endless and contentious campaign disrupted, like everything else in America, by COVID-19. Will the next President try to save the travel industry from the consequences of coronavirus?

Although talks on a second stimulus package broke down along partisan lines before the election, the new President will find that nearly 90% of Americans support one. That’s the conclusion of a new survey of registered voters commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, whose member hotels have been battered by the coronavirus. Some 89% of respondents said Congress should remain in session until reaching an agreement on economic stimulus package.

The travel industry has been particularly devasted by the virus. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, the global travel and tourism industry will lose 174 million jobs this year if current travel and quarantine restrictions continue.

In the US, a report produced for the US Travel Association found that the Leisure & Hospitality sector accounted for 11% of pre-pandemic employment in the United States. The sector, which includes public transportation, (such as airlines, Amtrak, buses) auto transportation, lodging, foodservices, recreation/amusement, retail and travel planning, has lost 36% of its jobs so far this year. Travel sector job losses dwarf the next hardest hit sector, professional and business services which has lost 13% ,and health services, off 10%.

The airlines are perhaps the most public example. In April, airline traffic was down more than 95% over the previous April. On one day, April 14, 2020, just 87,534 people walked through TSA checkpoints across the US, compared to 2,208,688 on the same weekday in 2019, a decline of just over 96%.

Faced with such stark numbers, Congress and the President signed off on a $25 billion bailout, a mix of cash and loans. The bailout saved most of the airlines, although they reportedly cut worker hours and encouraged employees to take voluntary leave or early retirement. More than 14,000 Southwest employees took buyouts or temporary leaves, while 17,000 workers at Delta opted for early retirement.

On October 18, 2020, TSA scanned the most passengers in a single day since March. More than 1,031,000 passengers went through TSA check points across America. But while this is impressive, on the same weekday a year ago, 2,606,266 passed through the checkpoints, still a decline of 60%.

The airline recovery has seemingly hit a plateau. With the coronavirus epidemic raging, quarantines set nationally and internationally, and no vaccine yet approved, 2020 airline travel numbers

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‘Living Statues’ Mock The President In Front Of Lincoln Memorial And Trump Hotel : NPR

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For a few interesting hours on Tuesday, a street artist covered in metallic gold paint stood on a pedestal at the Lincoln Memorial. He was painted to resemble a statue, but his pose was unlike any of the other statues installed around the nation’s capital: Hands in front of his crotch, he appeared to be peeing into a chair beside him.

“Fill That Seat,” the pedestal read. “Donald Trump: Destroyer of Civil Rights and Liberties, 2016-2020.”

The provocative art project-slash-protest took aim at Trump’s decision to fill Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s former seat a week before the 2020 election. Congress confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday. Barrett is the third Trump appointee to be confirmed to the country’s highest court.

It was organized by filmmaker Bryan Buckley, a two-time Oscar-nominated director and longtime left-leaning activist, as part of his Trump Statue Initiative.

Buckley first installed a handful of anti-Trump living statues around the District in July. One, called “The Poser,” depicted Trump holding a Bible as law enforcement officers beat a Black Lives Matter protester in front of him. Another showed Trump ordering a child in a face mask to go back to school.

“Don’t Be Afraid” takes aim at the Trump administration’s response to COVID-19 and the West Coast wildfires.

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“I noticed that Trump was obsessed with statues,” Buckley told AdAge in July. “I felt like the best thing we could do was to create these very honest statues of the legacy he’s living right now, that let the world see exactly who he is.”

Buckley has since taken his work on the road, organizing pop-up exhibitions in cities across the country.

Tuesday’s exhibition included four different statues: “Fill That Seat” and “The Poser,” as well as one addressing Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the West Coast wildfires.

A fourth living statue, set up in front of the Trump International Hotel, critiqued Trump’s “lame attempt to put fear into suburban female voters,” according to the artist’s statement. Titled “Safety for the Suburban Housewife,” the piece depicted Trump looking up the dress of a woman perched on a ladder.

Each statue was accompanied by a performer dressed as a guard. Nearby, a violinist played songs that pop musicians have asked not to be played at Trump rallies.

Though the art installation only lasted for a day, the artist is also petitioning to make “The Poser” a permanent installation in D.C. However, the change.org petition does not make immediately clear whether the permanent version would be a real statue or involve live performers.

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