As President Donald Trump met with foreign heads of state at the NATO conference, his Democratic rivals continued their primary tussles. 

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg has been criticized by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)  for private fundraisers. 

Speaking to reporters in Boston last week, Warren said Buttigieg should “open up the doors so that anyone can come in and report of what’s being said.”

“Those doors shouldn’t be closed, and no one should be left to wonder what kind of promises are being made to the people that then pony up big bucks to be in the room,” she added. 

Buttigieg has asked his previous employer, McKinsey & Co., to release internal documents — including his full client list — from his time at the firm. He summarized his work as assignments in Michigan, Toronto, Canada, Chicago, Connecticut, California, Afghanistan, Iraq and Washington. 

In his autobiography, “Shortest Way Home,” Buttigieg wrote he left the firm questioning its mission.

“And so it may have been inevitable that one afternoon, as I set Bertha to sleep mode to go out to the hallway for a cup of coffee, I realized with overwhelming clarity the reason this could not be a career for very long: I didn’t care,” Buttigieg wrote. 

Bertha was the nickname Buttigieg gave his computer at McKinsey & Co. Buttigieg worked at the firm from 2007-2010. 

WHW has contacted the media relations department at McKinsey & Co. seeking comment for this column. 

Meanwhile, Buttigieg and Warren are part of a field of 15 major candidates in the running for the Democratic party’s nomination. Also running are former Vice President Joe Biden — tied to Trump’s impeachment trial via Ukraine — U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Michael Bennet of Colorado, Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, billionaires Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, spiritual author Marianne Williamson, former housing secretary Julian Castro, former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick and former Maryland representative John Delaney.

The sixth DNC debate, moderated by PBS and Politico, is scheduled for Dec. 19 in Los Angeles. The debate field has yet to be announced. 

Elsewhere, Trump returned from England where he called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “two-faced.” His administration awaits a House Judiciary Committee vote to send impeachment proceedings to the House floor.

LGBT Notes: Daniel L. Foote, the U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, has asked the African nation to adopt a softer stance on homosexuality. In a press statement recognizing World AIDS Day, Ambassador Foote denounced blowback over proposals to decriminalize same-sex conduct. 

“I was shocked at the venom and hate directed at me and my country, largely in the name of “Christian” values, by a small minority of Zambians.  I thought, perhaps incorrectly, that Christianity meant trying to live like our Lord, Jesus Christ.  I am not qualified to sermonize, but I cannot imagine Jesus would have used bestiality comparisons or referred to his fellow human beings as “dogs,” or “worse than animals;” allusions made repeatedly by your countrymen and women about homosexuals.  Targeting and marginalizing minorities, especially homosexuals, has been a warning signal of future atrocities by governments in many countries.  In my heart, I know that real Zambian values don’t merit your country’s inclusion on that list, ever,” Foote said.

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