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January 8, 2018 6:35 pm

Leaping to Trump’s Defense, World Jewish Congress Chief Says ‘Intelligent’ President ‘Confuses’ Critics

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Donald Trump – at the time president-elect – bids farewell to WJC head Ronald Lauder at his Mar-a-Lago, Florida estate in December 2016. Photo: Reuters / Jonathan Ernst.

The head of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder, came to the defense on Monday of his embattled boyhood friend, US President Donald Trump, as the angry public debate provoked by Fire and Fury, author Michael Wolff’s controversial account of the Trump White House, rumbled on.

In an unsolicited statement, first reported by The New York Times, Lauder — a cosmetics fortune heir and life-long Republican — emphasized that he “had known Donald Trump for fifty years, dating back to his time as a student at the University of Pennsylvania.”

Lauder said he had enjoyed “the privilege” of working with Trump on “some of the most complex diplomatic challenges imaginable.”

“The President I have seen is a man of incredible insight and intelligence,” Lauder continued. “But he is not a politician and that confuses his critics.”

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Lauder concluded: “When President Trump refuses to speak in stale political platitudes, his critics think he is missing something. But the truth is President Trump speaks to the country in an authentic and genuine way that Americans understand and appreciate.”

Lauder has previously defended Trump from complaints that the president’s communications style is crude and needlessly provocative. In an interview last April with journalist Phil Boas, Lauder observed that the “America that carried Trump to victory is a very different America.”

“It’s not the America that we see around us. It’s an America that we don’t see,” Lauder said. “And it’s a critical element.”

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  • Truth1953

    My portfolio was doing well under Pres. Obama and would have done well under any President because our economy is and was on solid footing before Pres. Trump took over. So I don’t plan to return any capital gains. I am more worried about moral authority to lead. Please don’t respond with whataboutisms re: Hillary. She definitely had her big problems too. It was a terrible choice of candidates in 2016. But Trump is a daily embarrassment on the public stage (and in private as well, apparently). How is it ‘hysterical’ to be upset about the ridiculous and often dangerous, and certainly untrue, things our president has said both publicly and privately (if there is such a thing as the latter).

  • Truth1953

    Now that is funny.

  • Truth1953

    Where is the poll that says “most Jewish leaders truly appreciate Pres. Trump.” I don’t think one exists. I would believe that most Jewish leaders appreciate his stance on Jerusalem and the Middle East in general (which is where your applause lines come in), but most Jewish leaders in the US would be appalled at just about everything else he does. “Common sense”? “Mensch”? OMG no.

  • Erica Ling

    Ever thought perhaps his public face is the real one ? Something to be applauded in this age of veneer and uniform , accepted mendacity. Do we really want the pretty mannered boy, like Canada’s PM, who pushes his agenda despite the people’s wishes, much like Merkel and smooth Obama ? Ever considered the fact that those who have known Donald Trump the longest and can still vouch for his intelligence and humanity may be better informed than someone who sees him on the media, hears him (often misinterpreted ) in a press which in the majority, supports the liberal / left of our society ? The sheer ugliness of the campaign of vilification is already backfiring. What he is achieving will far outweigh the pathetic, posturing, drums and parades brigade. They are behaving like spoilt 2 year olds, acting up, because everything didn’t go their way. Santa brought the wrong pressies ! They asked for Barbie and got Action Man. Bwaaaaa !

    • Truth1953

      Yes. I very much believe his public face is his real one. That’s why he is so appalling. I reject that statesmen should lie in public, make up ridiculous facts, and put innocent people lives in the balance for an unproven end. Most people don’t want 800,000 dreamers to be deported. Most people don’t want the biggest, widest, most beautiful wall when so many other security measure along the border could be implemented to greater efficiency. His campaign promise (and continued calls) was and is pure jingoism.

      Trump is pushing his agenda despite the peoples wishes, is he not (check the polls on both topics I mentioned)? He’s just doing it in a boorish, childish and publicly embarrassing way.

  • abbushuki

    Didn’t you know that the alternative called Hillary is one of most foul mouthed women in the US? But in private. You also forgot about Whitewater, didn’t you? Until modern media, rulers got to do their thing mostly in private and the public only got to see them in full regalia waiving and smiling. Fact is that leaders are rough and tumble with their many opponents or they’d fall. All that a Jew should care about is what’s good for the Jews. The Goyim won’t. Trump is good.

    • Truth1953

      OMG. “All a Jew should care about is what’s good for the Jews.” OMG! Jews are supposed to be a light unto the nations, not selfish, “it’s all about me” beings. We are supposed to be leaders and models on how to feed the poor, clothe the naked and provide health care to those who otherwise don’t have access to it. There are poor Jews and very needy people who need the very programs that Trump is gutting. I believe you believe the statement “All a Jew should care about is what is good for me (meaning ‘you’)”, but that is not a very Jewish statement. (This arguments cannot be resolved by saying “Hillary would have been worse.” Trump is president and should be applauded for his good deeds and chastised for his bad, evil and mean spirited ones. Send 800,000 dreamers ‘home’ because he wants a wall. Come on now.

      • abbushuki

        You’ve been brought up on ‘Tikun Olam’, which really means doing repentance for the everlasting future, not helping Uganda. The light to the nations comes from each individual being a model Jew who observes the laws of Torah. It leads to a happy life for generations. That light is not a flashlight looking for problems elsewhere to fix, but as a lighthouse that is fixed. FYI 83% of Israelis are pro-Trump. How’s that grab you? If you can’t figure that out, then it’s an indicator you are missing something. US Jews have one vote at a time. Given that Jews are maybe 1% of the US population, don’t you think that issues related to Jewish survival should be the concentration and purpose of that vote? Israelis think so. But most Jewish Democrats put their Judaism somewhere in the basement of priorities. It’s reflected in 73% outmarriage and a .9% fertility rate. The ‘dreamers’ is not a Jewish issue; Iran’s bomb is.

  • abbushuki

    Ha ha ha