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Thu Nov 15, 2018, 01:17 PM

tRump names a handbag designer for ambassador to South Africa...

I have no words.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his intention to nominate Lana Marks, a luxury handbag designer, as the U.S. ambassador to South Africa. She is also a member of the presidentís exclusive Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, multiple outlets reported.

Marks has no prior diplomatic experience. She was born and raised in South Africa and, according to the White House, speaks Afrikaans and Xhosa, two languages spoken in the nation.

The post, which requires Senate approval, has been vacant since former Ambassador Patrick Gaspard resigned in 2016.

Marks launched her eponymous handbag label after she was unable to locate a red alligator handbag to match the suit she planned to wear aboard the royal yacht Britannia for Queen Elizabeth IIís birthday celebration in 1984, according to her website.


https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-south-african-ambassador-mar-a-lago-lana-marks_us_5bed856de4b0dbb7ea682f1c

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Reply tRump names a handbag designer for ambassador to South Africa... (Original post)
cynatnite Nov 15 OP
montanacowboy Nov 15 #1
jberryhill Nov 15 #2
libdem4life Nov 15 #3
JawJaw Nov 15 #4
struggle4progress Nov 15 #5
zeusdogmom Nov 15 #6
Glimmer of Hope Nov 15 #7
no_hypocrisy Nov 15 #8
jberryhill Nov 15 #9
no_hypocrisy Nov 15 #10

Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 01:22 PM

1. So she murders & skins innocent

animals so the rich can parade them around on their arms. PATHETIC!

never heard of her fucking handbags either

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 01:22 PM

2. That's what sucks about being invited to the Queen's birthday party


I can never find just the right velvet snotrag.

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 01:25 PM

3. Whew! I thought it might be Ivanka. n/t

 

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 01:27 PM

4. With Special Responsibility...

....for scouting/hustling nice locations for Trump golf resorts...

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 01:32 PM

5. "Buy a Mar-a-Lago membership and we'll enter you in our free drawing for an embassy!"

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 01:36 PM

6. At least she knows where the country is

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 01:37 PM

7. I have never heard of her handbags . They are ugly and disgusting.

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 02:51 PM

8. Sure, like she's even conversant with the history of apartheid and the unlawful

imprisonment of Nelson Mandela . . . . .

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 03:12 PM

9. She speaks English, Afrikaans and Xhosa


For what it's worth, it appears that she is a 1953 native of South Africa and lived there for quite a number of years, so one might imagine that she is directly familiar with the relevant time period.

While any Trump appointee is virtually guaranteed to come with baggage, the characterization of her as "handbag designer" appear to be somewhat less than her actual qualifications, whatever they may be.

"She served on the Womenís Leadership Board at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Womenís International Forum for more than a decade. Ms. Marks attended the University of the Witwatersrand and the Institute of Personnel Management in Johannesburg, South Africa. She speaks Afrikaans and Xhosa."

https://wappp.hks.harvard.edu/women-leadership-board

http://womensinternationalforum.org/

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 05:25 PM

10. Your points are taken.

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