News World Donald Trump attacks Meryl Streep, makes son-in-law ‘senior advisor’

Donald Trump attacks Meryl Streep, makes son-in-law ‘senior advisor’

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Donald Trump has ripped into Meryl Streep for her Golden Globes speech. Photo: AAP
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In a series of tweets Monday, President-elect Donald Trump renewed his attack on Meryl Streep, calling her “one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood” in response to her criticism of him at the Golden Globes on Sunday.

“Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes,” Mr Trump wrote, adding that Streep was “a Hillary flunky who lost big.”

The three-time Oscar winner, who received the Cecil B. Demille Award at the Globes, used her speech to decry Trump’s “instinct to humiliate.”

Without naming him, Streep said she was horrified when Mr Trump mimicked a disabled reporter during a campaign rally.

“It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter, someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back,” Streep said.

“It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.”

Mr Trump denied that he had imitated the reporter.

“For the 100th time, I never ‘mocked’ a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him ‘grovelling’ when he totally changed a 16-year-old story that he had written in order to make me look bad,” Mr Trump tweeted. “Just more very dishonest media!”

Earlier, Mr Trump called Streep a “Hillary lover” in an interview with The New York Times following the awards ceremony and said that, although he had not seen the show, he was not surprised he had come under attack from “liberal movie people.”

However, in a 2015 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Mr Trump was asked to name the actress he “loved”.

“Meryl Streep is excellent,” he responded. “She’s a fine person, too.”

Streep has more Academy Award nominations and more Golden Globe nominations than any actor in history.

Trump appoints Ivanka’s husband

Meantime Mr Trump will appoint his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to the position of senior adviser to the president, two media outlets reported on Monday.

The appointment of Mr Kushner, reported by NBC and The New York Times, had been anticipated but it was unclear what his official role would be. The Times reported that his title could be adjusted.

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Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Tiffany Trump smile as Donald Trump speaks on election night. Photo: Getty

Mr Kushner, like Mr Trump, is a major New York-based real estate developer with a wide net of business dealings that could pose potential conflicts of interest.

Mr Kushner, who married Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, in 2009, helped guide Mr Trump to victory over Hillary Clinton in the November 8 presidential election.

Mr Kushner, 35, emerged as an important voice early in Mr Trump’s campaign and was involved in almost every aspect of it, from key personnel decisions to strategy and fundraising.

Mr Kushner spearheads his family’s real estate development company, Kushner Companies, and is the publisher of the New York Observer weekly newspaper, which he acquired at age 25.

It was unclear how any Mr Kushner appointment would be affected by a federal anti-nepotism law that prohibits a president from hiring family members to serve in his administration.

Mr Kushner is working with lawyers on how he would have to divest and distance himself from his family’s business if he were to take a role in the Trump administration, The New York Times reported.