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Kushner cancels interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell after saying Abraham Accords is ‘not Middle East peace’ – Fox News

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner canceled his interview with MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell as he continues to tout the historic peace agreement between Israel, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain.

Kushner has been hitting the media circuit following the signing of the Abraham Accords as he has been largely credited for leading Middle East peace talks on behalf of the Trump administration.

However, Mitchell told her viewers on Wednesday that despite scheduling his interview on her show days prior, Kushner canceled just hours before he was set to appear on-air.

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“We had planned to have White House senior adviser Jared Kushner on our program today, an appearance that had been booked for several days and widely promoted,” Mitchell began. “This morning, the White House informed us that Mr. Kushner’s schedule has been reshuffled and he had to cancel. That is unfortunate. I had of course been planning to ask him about the significant, historic White House breakthrough between Israel and two Arab nations that he helped broker.”

The NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent later suggested, though stopping short of an accusation, that Kushner canceling his interview may have been linked to the ABC News town hall President Trump participated in on Tuesday evening.

However, the canceled interview also followed Mitchell’s reporting of the Abraham Accords on “NBC Nightly News” that seemed to downplay the foreign policy achievement.

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“With pomp and circumstance, the president is heralding the first Arab nations to recognize Israel since 1994,” Mitchell reported. “Both countries have quietly dealt with Israel for years, sharing intelligence against Iran, a common enemy.”

She continued, “But today’s agreements open the doors for trade, travel, and tourism. But it is not Middle East peace.”

She went on to describe how Palestinians were “abandoned by their Arab neighbors” and how they were left “powerless to do anything except protest.”

Mitchell called Trump and Netanyahu, who she referred to as “two embattled political leaders” as the “big winners” from the agreement.

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“And the president can portray himself as a peacemaker, he says worthy of a Nobel Prize, 49 days before the election,” Mitchell concluded her report.

The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Sources: MAC Cancels Fall College Football Season – Stadium

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  • August 8,2020

The Mid-American Conference has canceled its football season this fall because of player health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19, sources told Stadium.

The 12-member MAC is the first Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conference opting not to play this fall. On Wednesday, UConn, an independent, became the first FBS school to announce it would not play this year. The MAC intends to try to play in the spring, sources said.

The MAC reached its decision Saturday morning in a vote by the league’s presidents, sources said. The conference presidents initially met Thursday to finalize the league’s scheduling format. However, Northern Illinois president Lisa Freeman, a former research scientist at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, indicated her school would not play this fall because of the health and safety concerns, sources said.

“The league didn’t like the look of NIU going out on their own and not playing,” said a source, explaining the MAC’s non-vote on Thursday.

The Huskies have made a league-record eight MAC title game appearances and won four of the last nine MAC titles. After the league didn’t reach a decision Thursday, it voted Saturday not to play this fall, sources said.

Besides the health and safety concerns, the MAC was one of the leagues most impacted financially by the Power Five’s decision to eliminate or reduce non-conference games. The MAC had 11 games canceled against Big Ten members, costing MAC schools a combined $10.5 million. Bowling Green State lost $2.2 million, Central Michigan lost $2.15 million, Kent State lost $1.5 million and NIU lost $1.1 million.

After the Big Ten announced its conference-only format last month, Bowling Green State athletic director Bob Moosbrugger called the decision “the tip of the iceberg. Ten FBS conferences have signed a college football playoff agreement with an expectation that we will work together for the good of college football. If we are to solve these challenges and be truly dedicated to protecting the health and safety of our student-athletes, we need to do a better job of working together.”

At the time, MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said the league’s intent “was in playing a full schedule. [Those non-conference games] are very valuable. We’ll now have to step back and contemplate what that means for us.”

The MAC was established in 1946. The current membership consists of Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green State, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, Ohio, Toledo and Western Michigan.

Several smaller Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) conferences also have canceled their fall football seasons. The NCAA announced Wednesday all Division II and III fall sports championships would be canceled.

The question now is this: Will other FBS leagues follow suit and cancel their seasons?

“A Group of Five league canceling would make our presidents more nervous in an already nerve-racking time,” a Group of Five athletic director said.

Added a Power Five AD: “Everyone understands the financial implications without a football season, but will the other conference presidents want to take the chance of something happening on campus — [like] a major COVID outbreak that shuts down the football program and the campus? That would be a major PR hit and then there’s the liability concerns.

“Who knows? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.”

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Trump cancels N.J. trip, says Murphy’s quarantine was not the reason – NJ.com

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President Donald Trump raises his arm up as he boards Air Force One at Morristown Airport on June 14, 2020.AP

President Donald Trump called off his weekend trip to his Bedminster golf club on Friday, just hours before he was to depart aboard Air Force One, saying he wanted to “make sure law and order is enforced” in the nation’s capital.”

“The arsonists, anarchists, looters, and agitators have been largely stopped,” he tweeted. “I am doing what is necessary to keep our communities safe — and these people will be brought to Justice!”

Trump has highlighted the outbreaks of violence following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, even though most of the protests were peaceful and polls said they were strongly supported by majorities of Americans.

He has threatened to veto House-passed legislation that responds to the Floyd killing and the deaths of other unarmed Blacks at the hands of police by making it easier to hold law enforcement officers accountable for their actions, bans racial and religious profiling and prohibits chokeholds.

The White House initially did not give any reason for the cancellation, which was announced in an updated schedule.

But spokesman Judd Deere said the decision had “nothing to do” with Gov. Phil Murphy’s decision to quarantine visitors arriving in the Garden State from coronavirus hot spots, according to White House pool reports.

Murphy joined Govs. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Ned Lamont of Connecticut on Wednesday in requiring from nine other states to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The list included Arizona, where Trump held a campaign rally on Tuesday.

Deere earlier said the order would not apply to Trump, who regularly is tested for the coronavirus with his aides and anyone else in close proximity.

“The president of the United States is not a civilian,” he said. “With regard to Arizona, the White House followed its COVID mitigation plan to ensure the president did not come into contact with anyone who was symptomatic or had not been tested.”

Murphy agreed that Trump was not included in his order.

“There is a carve out for essential workers and I think by any definition the president of the United States is an essential worker,” the governor said on CNN. “And I know the folks get tested around him all the time.”

At his daily coronavirus briefing Friday, the governor repeated his earlier assertion and said he did not know why Trump canceled the trip.

This is the second time Trump has called off a planned trip to Bedminster at the last minutethis month. He also canceled a weekend visit on June 5.

Trump did visit his golf club two weeks ago, when he dined with Murphy, raised money for his re-election committee and national and state Republican parties, and marked his 74th birthday.

Since becoming president, Trump has spent many weekends in Bedminster during the warmer months and at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, during the colder months.

He has spent 94 days at Bedminster during his presidency, behind only the 133 days at Mar-a-Lago, according to NBC News.

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