DC Daily: Delta, United join companies cutting ties with NRA after calls for boycott

Posted at 8:36 AM, Feb 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-24 11:36:01-05

What's happening in the political world:

Delta, United joins list of companies cutting ties with NRA

-- Delta and United airlines have joined several large companies that pulled benefits offered to National Rifle Association members, following calls to boycott the organization following their response to the Parkland, Fla., school shooting.

Delta tweeted that they have requested to be removed from the NRA's website: "Delta is reaching out to the NRA to let them know we will be ending their contract for discounted rates through our group travel program. We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from their website."

"United is notifying the NRA that we will no longer offer a discounted rate to their annual meeting and we are asking that the NRA remove our information from their website," United similarly tweeted Saturday.  

Metlife, Symantec, and Enterprise are just some of the companies who announced they will cut ties with the NRA this week. None of the companies have given details about why or when they decided to cut ties, but the news comes as the hashtag #BoycottNRA has circulated widely on social media.

Manafort indictment alleges secret payments to European politicians

-- An indictment filed in mid-February alleges former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of secretly retaining a group of former European politicians to take positions favorable to Ukraine as part of illegal lobbying.

“Although the former politicians would appear to be providing their independent assessments of Government of Ukraine actions, in fact they were paid lobbyists for Ukraine,” the indictment reads, according to The Hill.

The unsealed indictment follows former Trump campaign official Rick Gates pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud against the US and making false statements — as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's wide-spanning investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The Hill reports Manafort wired more than $2 million from his offshore accounts to pay the former politicians. 

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Ivanka Trump: "Maximum pressure" is on North Korea

-- White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump says the U.S. and South Korea are waging a "maximum pressure" campaign on North Korea during the 2018 Olympic Games.

Trump said she wanted to reaffirm the partnership between the U.S. and South Korea and the "maximum pressure campaign to ensure that the Korean Peninsula is denuclearized," during dinner with South Korean President Moon Jae In, ABC News reported.

Trump is traveling with the US delegation in South Korea, where she and other officials will continue rooting for Team USA and attend the games' closing ceremony on Sunday.

The White House says there are no plans for a meeting between U.S. and North Korean officials at the games. 

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