A Response to Neera Tanden from Ravi Batra

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Washington, DC – With the President-elect Donald Trump winning the 2016 US Presidential election, there has been a lot of criticism from some democrats, especially Indian American Neera Tanden, President and CEO of a major think tank, the Center for American Progress (CAP). We reached out to Ravi Batra, a Democrat, who now supports Trump as the US elected President.

Here are the comments of Ravi Batra followed by one from Tanden.

Ravi Batra:

New York – The Hillary-sycophant that is Neera Tanden can take a break from continuing to play poisonous partisanship. As a Democrat, my first obligation of citizenship is to serve the best interests of these United States. And given the choices in the 2016 election, judged by the record and the rhetoric, I chose to vote for Donald J Trump as the lesser of two evils and to avoid dealing with Hillary’s impeachment. I never imagined that soon after victory, candidate Trump would give way to President elect Trump who seems to be giving a run for the money to one of our greatest presidents: Abraham Lincoln. I look forward to applauding President elect Trump as he assembles a cabinet that is both uniquely talented and will help him deliver on his core promise to every American: that they will be citizen of a confident capable America that is respected across the globe, and American jobs will not be given away in trade deals as we give money away as foreign aid to needy countries.

As Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said, which I wholeheartedly support, it is time for every American, of every stripe and political persuasion, to help our next president succeed in making America the best that she can be. The peanut gallery that Neera Tanden belongs to needs to find a new occupation, lest she too discovers the joys of peanut butter. We need to give president elect Trump a chance to succeed; nay, we owe him our support so that he may succeed to form a more perfect union.

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Earlier one statement from Neera Tanden:

Trump is Rigging the System With the Likes of Treasury Secretary Nominee Steven Mnuchin, Says CAP’s Neera Tanden

Washington, DC — CAP President and CEO Neera Tanden released the following statement today regarding President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Steven Mnuchin to serve as the next secretary of the treasury:

For a candidate who pledged to not let Wall Street “get away with murder” and decried the financial industry’s influence in Washington, President-elect Trump has betrayed numerous promises by selecting wealthy former Goldman Sachs partner and hedge fund founder Steven Mnuchin as his choice for secretary of the treasury.

Trump talks about a “rigged system,” but the American people deserve to know that the system has been rigged by people exactly like Steve Mnuchin. Among his many notorious accomplishments, Mnuchin’s hedge fund purchased a distressed mortgage lender accused of using grotesque practices, including redlining, robosigning, and fabricating documents to churn out foreclosures. While homeowners, communities, and the American economy suffered deeply during the financial crisis, the lender—under Mnuchin’s leadership—was able to walk away unscathed with billions in profits, much of which was reaped on the backs of taxpayers. Simply put, Steve Mnuchin harmed homeowners, and that is exactly the wrong kind of person to lead the US Department of the Treasury.

President-elect Trump campaigned aggressively on his promise to repeal the Dodd-Frank Act, the financial reform law intended to prevent the big banks from dragging the US economy into another financial crisis. It’s no surprise then that he’d pick a Wall Street financier to help him lead the charge on this front—someone who, like the president-elect, is positioned to personally benefit from the very deregulatory and tax giveaway plans he will put forward. Frankly, Steve Mnuchin lacks any demonstrable track record of working on behalf of the public interest.

The treasury secretary is the leading cabinet official responsible for our economy, our tax revenues, and the stability of our financial system. The average middle-class family saw 49 percent of its wealth destroyed between 2001 and 2010, and American families cannot afford to have that happen again. Putting another Wall Street financier into the Cabinet—especially in the leading economic post—isn’t draining the swamp. Instead, it is a slap in the face to all Americans that want our government to represent everyone—not just those at the top.

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Ravi Batra is the head of a boutique law firm in Manhattan that handles complex constitutional, sovereignty, torture, civil and criminal cases, representing governments, corporates and individuals, with landmark legal victories, including, libel in fiction, in “Batra v. Dick Wolf.” He is Chairman & CEO, Greenstar Global Energy Corp., King Danylo of Galicia International Ltd., Mars & Pax Advisors, Ltd., Chairman of National Advisory Council on South Asian Affairs, and since September 2021, Advisor for Legal and Humanitarian Affairs to the Permanent Mission of Georgia to the United Nations. He is invited by various governments to address High Level Ministerial events, including, on Counter-Terrorism, including, Astana (Nur-Sultan), Dushanbe, Minsk and Delhi. He has testified in Congress as an invitee of the Chair, U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, and interacted with U.S. Department of State from 1984 -1990, and then again, from 2006, during the tenures of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Rex Tillerson, Mike Pompeo and Antony Blinken.

He has served as Commissioner of New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE), Trustee on New York State IOLA Board, New York State Judicial Screening Committee for the Second Judicial Department, City Bar’s Judicial Committee, Vice-Chair of Kings County Democratic County Committee’s Independent Judicial Screening Committee for the then-2nd Judicial Department of Brooklyn and Staten Island, Chair of NYSTLA’ Judicial Independence Committee, with many more bar leadership roles, including, NYSBA’s House of Delegates for four years. He has served as Advisor for Legal & Human Rights Affairs to the Permanent Mission of Ukraine post-annexation of Crimea till 2021, and Legal Advisor to numerous nations’ permanent missions to the U. N. since 2009, including, India, Pakistan, Honduras and Malta. He has served: as Global Special Counsel to The Antonov Company in Ukraine, a state-owned company, and was registered with the Justice Dept pursuant to FARA; and as Special Global Advisor to Rector/President of both - National Aviation University of Ukraine and National Technical University of Ukraine/KPI. He remains involved in geopolitics and public policy since the mid-1980's, starting with being on House Speaker Tip O’Neill’s Speaker’s Club and appointed member of NACSAA during President Ronald Reagan’s tenure. In 1988, he was part of U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese’s Delegation to Japan to resolve bilateral trade imbalance. He regularly interacts with the multilateral diplomatic community, and during the High Level UNGA Debate, with heads of State/Government. He is sought for his views as a speaker and writer. Starting September 11, 2021, he is now a publisher of The America Times Company Ltd.

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