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Wed Sep 14, 2022, 09:23 PM

Cosmetics Billionaire Convinced Trump That the U.S. Should Buy Greenland

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/14/us/politics/trump-greenland.html?campaign_id=190&emc=edit_ufn_20220915&instance_id=71972&nl=updates-from-the-newsroom

Ronald S. Lauder, the Estée Lauder heir, offered himself up as back-channel negotiator to purchase Greenland from Denmark, a new book says. Denmark said no.

WASHINGTON — One of the odder moments of Donald J. Trump’s presidency came when he publicly floated the idea of buying Greenland. It caused a predictable furor, generated gales of late-night television jokes and soured relations with Denmark, which rejected the idea of selling the giant Arctic territory.

But it was no passing whim. While many assumed at the time that it was just Mr. Trump being Mr. Trump, expressing a far-fetched thought that came into his head, in fact the idea had been planted by one of his billionaire friends and became the subject of months of serious internal study and debate that flabbergasted cabinet secretaries and White House aides.

The notion came from Ronald S. Lauder, the New York cosmetics heir who had known Mr. Trump since college. “A friend of mine, a really, really experienced businessman, thinks we can get Greenland,” Mr. Trump told his national security adviser. “What do you think?” That led to a special team being assigned to evaluate the prospects, resulting in a memo that laid out various options, including a lease proposal akin to a New York real estate deal.

This account of the Greenland escapade is based on interviews with a wide array of figures close to the former president for a forthcoming book by this reporter and Susan Glasser of The New Yorker magazine called “The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021,” to be published by Doubleday on Tuesday. The portrait that emerged of Mr. Trump was of a mercurial commander in chief with a retinue that struggled to manage him, baffled by his flights of fancy and fearful that he would launch a war or violate the law long before his drive to overturn the 2020 election led to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

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jmowreader Sep 15 #4
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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Wed Sep 14, 2022, 11:46 PM

1. Yeah, that one was a real hoot!

Even better than the magic marker hurricane path in my book.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Thu Sep 15, 2022, 01:44 PM

2. Is he the one who sold Trump his orange face paint?

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Thu Sep 15, 2022, 01:52 PM

3. Dumbfucks.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Original post)

Thu Sep 15, 2022, 02:03 PM

4. If you'd like to get back at this asshole...

He is currently Chairman of Clinique Laboratories, so not wearing Clinique would be a good start.

The whole Estee Lauder portfolio contains:

AERIN (home furnishings)
Bobbi Brown (makeup) (all makeup brands also sell fragrance)
Clinique (makeup)
DECIEM (skincare)
Dr Jart (Korean skincare)
Estee Lauder (makeup)
GLAMGLOW (skincare)
La Mer (skincare and makeup)
Lab Series (men's skincare)
MAC Cosmetics (makeup)
Origins (skincare)
Darphin Paris (skincare)
Smashbox (makeup)
Too Faced (makeup)
Tom Ford (makeup)
Aramis (fragrance)
Kilian Paris (fragrance)
Frederic Malle (fragrance)
Jo Malone (Fragrance)
Le Labo (fragrance)
Aveda (haircare)
Bumble and bumble (haircare)

If you wear makeup at all and you are past the Maybelline/Revlon/Cover Girl thing, it's EXTREMELY hard to get away from this company.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #4)

Thu Sep 15, 2022, 03:04 PM

5. Oh no, not Aveda !!!:((. Thanks for list! nt

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