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Weekly Washington Wrap
- Congress remains on August recess.
- Meanwhile, President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania and their son Barron were three of the millions of Americans who took time out of their day Monday to watch the solar eclipse. The First Family viewed the heavenly show from the Truman Balcony at the White House.
- Later that evening, President Trump gave his first prime-time address covering the war in Afghanistan. He also spoke about national unity, love of country, and the fears America has faced since the 2001 terror attacks. Trump vowed the US strategy in war-torn Afghanistan would produce “an honorable and enduring outcome” while announcing his decision to approve a new surge above the 8,400 US forces there now. On Tuesday, the President held a campaign-style rally in Arizona.
Today your former US ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins, is in Washington where he met with Canada’s Ambassador to the US, David MacNaughton, and other provincial envoys working the softwood lumber file. (Editor’s note: Savvy CCC readers know that Wilkins represents New Brunswick in its softwood lumber doings.) The other provincial envoys include David Emerson, representing British Columbia; Jim Peterson, representing Ontario; Raymond Chrétien, representing Quebec, and Gary Doer, representing Alberta. Following the meeting at the picturesque Canadian embassy in DC, the leaders held a news conference to discuss the critical importance of reaching a new SLA deal.
By the way, if you think the US and Canada have been going round and round about softwood lumber for what seems like centuries – you’d be right! A little historical gem Team Wilkins learned about while attending last month’s Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) conference in Portland, Oregon came by way of the Charge d’Affairs of US Embassy Ottawa Elizabeth Aubin.
Aubin told the PNWER crowd that if you look closely at a photo of President Abraham Lincoln giving his now very famous Gettysburg Address in 1863, you will see a Canadian diplomat amongst the crowd. Turns out the Canadian was there not so much to hear what would go down as one of the most epic speeches in all of history, but rather to catch a sidebar discussion with the President following his remarks. He hoped the two could reach some accord on that nagging softwood lumber issue!
Okay all you wild and crazy Canadian Clemson Tiger fans (all tens and tens of you!!) We know it seems like years (read: maybe two days?) since you’ve read about Clemson football here in your Carolina Canada Connections. But we (read: David Wilkins) are champing at the bit to let you know that last year’s National Championship football team (that would be Clemson) is ranked #5 in the country pre-season.
And when does that glorious season start? Why, we’re glad you asked.
The Clemson Tigers get to work defending their national title on Saturday, September 2 with a home game against Kent State.
So in honor of looking ahead to that, we’ll throw it back to this – one of our favorite pics from a few years back.
David, Robert, Clary and Whit Wilkins are wearing purple in honor of the US military
and always showing their Tiger pride!
They Said What?
- “Three thousand years ago a man in Israel wrote: ‘The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.’ That man didn’t have a telescope or a Brittanica, but he saw something many of us today still do not see. He saw a God behind it all. It may be true that seeing a Grand Designer behind these breath-taking events requires what we call a leap of faith; but it may also be true that seeing mere coincidence behind them requires an even greater leap of faith. In my mind, much greater. But on Monday, you may be the judge,” – Author Eric Metaxas, writing for Fox News on the solar eclipse.
- “My original instinct was to pull out, and historically, I like following my instincts. But all my life, I've heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office…so I studied Afghanistan in great detail and from every conceivable angle,” – President Donald Trump in his prime time address this week explaining why he has decided to commit additional US troops to Afghanistan when as a civilian, he had vigorously opposed a troop surge.
- "I couldn't get the job done. And I’ll have to live with that for the rest of my life,” – former Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in an excerpt released from her upcoming memoir “What Happened.”
- “Look, we have to use this as an educational moment. We have to take some of the statues that were put up more recently, for example, during the Civil Rights Movement and perhaps move them to museums where they can be used to teach young students about how statues are intended sometimes for bad purposes, to glorify negatives and to hold back positive developments. But the idea of willy-nilly going through and doing what Stalin did: just erasing history and re-writing it to serve current purposes, does pose a danger, and it poses a danger of educational malpractice, of missing opportunities to educate people, and of going too far,” – prominent legal scholar and former Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz on tearing down historic monuments.
- "It's a loud party statute, that's what it's used for,” – Barnstable (Massachusetts) Police Lt. John Murphy, regarding the weekend arrests of Matthew "Max" Kennedy and his daughter Caroline Kennedy on disorderly conduct charges. (Editor’s note: Max Kennedy is the ninth child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy. He and his 21-year-old daughter were charged after police say repeated attempts asking them to quiet down their party went unheeded.)