Trump has been vocal about his disapproval of many of Obama’s policies, often voicing his disagreement or engaging in public disputes with the president on Twitter. Most recently, Trump lashed out over hypothetical comments Obama made that he would beat Trump if they ran against each other in a general election. Over the holidays, Trump accused Obama of throwing up “inflammatory” roadblocks during the transition of power and his administration of treating Israel with “total disdain.” Obama acknowledged it’s been an “unusual” transition, adding, “I suspect the president-elect would agree with that.” “We are moving into an era where a lot of people get their information through tweets and soundbites and some headline that comes over their phone,” the president said. “There’s a power in that. There’s also a danger what generates a headline or stirs up a controversy and gets attention isn’t the same as the process required to actually solve the problem.” He warned people not to “underestimate the guy” and urged congressional Republicans and Trump supporters around the country to be sure “that as we go forward, certain norms, certain institutional traditions don’t get eroded, because there’s a reason they’re in place.” Obama said there needs to be a focus on “making sure that our democracy stays healthy, and making sure that we maintain that sense of solidarity.” With that, he said he’s been “disturbed” about intelligence reports over Russia hacking the U.S. election. “I have been concerned about the degree to which, in some circles, you’ve seen people suggest that Vladimir Putin has more credibility than the U.S. government,” he said. “You’re not going to be able to make good decisions without building some relationship of trust between yourself and that community.” Obama also reflected on his approach to the civil war in Syria, as it approaches its sixth year with hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced around the world. The president acknowledged that his “red line” declaration about the use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government wasn’t in his 2012 speech and that he didn’t have to use those words. They later prompted harsh criticism, since the U.S.
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Philadelphia University is going to expand the program campus-wide in the spring. interview handling skills pptThe pilot was integrated into our classes and student USGBC [U.S. Green Building Council] chapter, and it was exciting to see how a well-designed app can raise the way students think about their everyday choices, said Rob Fleming, architect and director of the university’s masters program in sustainable design. MilkCrate for Communities has great potential because it targets the culture of an organization by helping to create a community of like-minded individuals who can leverage their impact on the world.” In the spring, Comcast Corp., the city’s biggest publicly traded company, will begin using MilkCrate for six months to engage a portion of its local workforce in sustainability initiatives and track those efforts. Berman called it an opportunity “as significant as you can imagine, and more so.” “To have the biggest corporation in Philadelphia that also happens to be the biggest tech company say, ‘Your technology is going to solve a pain point for us,’ that’s so incredibly validating,” she said. Comcast is just as thrilled, Susan Jin Davis, the company’s chief sustainability officer, said in remarks at a candlelit party Jan. 12 at MilkCrate’s offices at Benjamin’s Desk in the Curtis Center. The event was to mark the one-year anniversary of MilkCrate’s business pivot, and to celebrate securing Comcast as a client. Neither would disclose the dollar value of the deal. Comcast employees “are very passionate about making a positive impact on the communities in which they live and work. They drive us to do better as a company and as a corporate citizen,” Davis told a few dozen party guests, including investors and others working in sustainability.
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