$52,000 curtains for Trump’s U.N. ambassador? Team Trump is blaming Obama, of course

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One of the perks of being the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is a sweet New York apartment—for years it was in the Waldorf-Astoria, but now it’s in a new building on First Avenue. And current U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has gotten some amazing—or at least amazingly expensive—curtains to go with that amazing apartment:

The curtains themselves cost $29,900, while the motors and hardware needed to open and close them automatically cost $22,801, according to the contracts. Installation took place from March to August of last year, during Ms. Haley’s tenure as ambassador.

According to a Haley spokesman, the Obama administration planned to buy the curtains and Haley had nothing to do with it. This may or may not be true—as we’ve learned, the first story the Trump administration tells isn’t always 100 percent accurate—but the Obama administration was not responsible for the context in which the curtains were bought:

While Ms. Haley’s curtains were being ordered and installed, Rex W. Tillerson, the administration’s first secretary of state, had frozen hiring, pushed out many of the department’s most senior diplomats and proposed cutting the department’s budget by 31 percent. In embassies around the world, projects were eliminated, jobs were left unfilled and the delegation to last year’s United Nations General Assembly meeting was slashed.

Whatever the arguments for the curtains, if the Obama administration planned the purchase, it did so in the expectation that the State Department would continue being funded and run as if diplomacy mattered. Instead, even if we buy that there are good reasons for the U.N. ambassador’s apartment to have elaborate mechanized curtains, the question becomes whether this project was more important than all the projects that were scrapped and jobs that weren’t filled. Unlikely. But this is the one that went through. And that’s if the Trump administration’s explanation is accurate and truthful.

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5 Comments on "$52,000 curtains for Trump’s U.N. ambassador? Team Trump is blaming Obama, of course"

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Robert Burnett
Robert Burnett

If it came from Trump then it’s a damn lie. Trump does not tell the true. And I’m sure Haley could have turned them down. So she’s not little miss innocence that she puts on.

Dick Panico
Dick Panico

..How could you say that ?
He’s the ,pee resident of the count tree !
Or so he’s been saying,
..(I AM THE GREATEST) , in his best ,
…MOHAMMAD ALLE , impression!

Little Eddie
Little Eddie

If any of you would take the time to do some simple research you will find that these expensive curtains were DEFINITELY ordered and PAID FOR from the Obama Administration.
If you want to hate President Trump, fine !
But , Laura Clawson, please don’t make a lie out of story by leaving out very important details like that one.
I’m not a journalist, but I do have my facts together.

Dick Panico
Dick Panico

..What are those facts?
And why did Obama order and pay for curtains .
Talks cheap , show your hand.!

Dick Panico
Dick Panico

…Of course it’s always the ODDI , defense forTrump . “THE OTHER DUDE DID IT “defense .
…He’s practicing up for his “jailhouse rock “,
.. in stripes.
..,Yes , the “boy named” (SUE),
Donald J . Trump says he Trump ,said he’s going to Sue , every Democrat, and everyone who votes against his
..2020 ( erection ) campaign.
..Trump says ,he’s a ramrod ,that’s can’t be stopped by mortal folks , only
“GOD CAN STOP me now “ and of
..course his x wives.
..Who say ,”he’s more of a
Numb-rod , than a Ram -rod
…And they would know!