How Trump fused his business empire to the presidency

He has spent one out of every three days as president visiting one of his luxury resorts, hotels or golf courses. He has leveraged his powerful international platform to promote his developments dozens of times. And he has directed millions of dollars from U.S. taxpayers to his businesses around the globe.

Trump’s early decision to maintain his grip on his sprawling real estate empire — despite his pledge to put his business aside while in the White House — has created a vast web of potential conflicts of interest, accusations about his policies being driven by his business interests and even possible violations of the law, according to documents and interviews.

The intersections between Trump Inc. and President Trump are everywhere: A Chinese state-owned company was awarded a multimillion dollar contract to help develop a Trump golf course in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, amid a U.S.-China trade war. T-Mobile executives stayed at Trump’s Washington hotel while seeking a green light from the federal government for a merger. The IRS commissioner, who refused to release Trump’s tax returns to Congress, collects rent from a pair of Trump condos in Hawaii.

And in recent weeks, even Trump’s staunchest allies bluntly acknowledged that the president had left his own properties vulnerable to attacks by Iran after his order to kill the country’s top general.

“The level of this is shocking and deeply disturbing,” Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), a member of House leadership who serves on the Judiciary Committee. “This president has a habit of doing things out in the open, which are completely improper or even illegal and somehow … the average person thinks, ‘Well, if he’s doing it out in the open it must be OK; I must not completely understand the rules.’ But it’s not.”

The House launched an investigation last year, demanding the administration and Trump’s company release details about Vice President Mike Pence’s 2019 stay at a Trump resort in Ireland that came at the president’s suggestion. While they refused, new records obtained by POLITICO show the Irish police spent at least $4,000 at Trump Doonbeg while covering Pence’s visit — on top of $145,000 for other visits.

“President Trump is openly enriching himself by encouraging government entities to spend money at his businesses, and foreign entities appear to frequent his business to curry favor with this administration,” said House Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y). “President Trump must be held accountable for his blatant disregard for the Constitution.”

Trump has responded to repeated criticism by denying he is using the presidency to boost spending at his resorts, insisting people frequent them because “they’re the best” and calling the emoluments clause “phony.”

“It’s not a big deal — you people are making it a big deal,” he told reporters in December 2016. Trump joined others in his administration who argued that voters don’t care. “They all knew I had big business all over the place.”

There is much more information at the link above about how tRump is diverting taxpayer funds, the US treasury funds into his own pockets via his own properties.   This is a clear theft of our money into his pockets.   He is a total con man grifting the US for all he can get.   It seems he has never made as much money as he is now, all from both foreign governments want to bribe him and stealing from the US treasury.    Read the article please.   Hugs


5 thoughts on “How Trump fused his business empire to the presidency

  1. Dennis Cole January 23, 2020 / 18:47

    Scottie – why do you think he’s fighting so hard to not get removed? He ultimately wants to be The Richest, Most Powerful Man in the World, and I’m sure he’s promised his cohorts and lackeys that he will richly reward them, if only they “fight the good fight” for him and with him, and lie, cheat, steal and hustle to get him re-elected. They don’t seem to understand his MO – screw people over after you’ve used them to advance your own purposes, and just dump them by the wayside. He began 2 years ago by hinting about running again and winning in 2024, and even 2028, and since then it’s become more of a gloat and boasting than anything else. It’s got me worried as hell, because IF it happens, (and it just might, followed by 8 yrs of Jr. Mintz, and then 8 yrs of Ivanka, can you imagine?), then I’m fucked, because I can’t leave the country – the State Dep’t. has permanently revoked my passport for participating in the anti-Iraq War, back in 2003. We got arrested for being in the proximity of the Military Recruitment Center,which was firebombed. Not by me or my associates, we were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. But at least I didn’t have to do any hard time – a few nights in the Alameda Co lockup, and we posted bail, and were released.


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    • Nan January 23, 2020 / 18:54

      Unfortunately, many of us are also unable to leave … for far lesser reasons than yours, but formidable, nonetheless.

      At this point, I think all we can do is hope his supporters begin to get a clue of what he’s doing to them should he stick around another term. I’m not going to hold my breath, but hope does tend to spring eternal. 😊

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    • Scottie January 24, 2020 / 04:34

      Hello Dennis. Ron and I are too low income to leave the country, but we may apply to Canada for refugee status if the evangelicals take over and out law us.

      I doubt tRump will live long enough to even finish another term much less more. Jr doesn’t have the draw his dad does so he will lose the base with in a month or two.

      Sorry about your passport, Ron and I have to get ours. We let ours expire, which we realize was a big mistake. Hugs


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