Trump fails conflict of interest test

Within a few days Donald Trump will be the President of the United States of America. His conflicts of interest are his Albatross. They have the potential to destroy his administration.

The big story at the press conference on January 11, 2017 was supposed to be about how the President-Elect is dealing with his conflicts of interests. Donal Trump is a master of diversion, and the subject took second place to his arguments with the press. And they fell for it.

Trump is not putting all his businesses into a blind trust, as is the precedent. His sons are going to continue running the business. His only concessions are: “no foreign deals while he is President” and “an ethics adviser to be appointed to the management board of the trust to oversee any potential conflicts of interest.”

The Office of Government Ethics said Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest plan is “meaningless” and sets up the incoming administration for constant controversy.

The plan does not match the “standards” of US presidents over the last 40 years.

Trump’s lawyer questioned that he should be expected to give up his businesses interests. Well yes, that goes with the job.

If Trump doesn’t like the conditions of employment, he’s free to resign.

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Tramping on democracy

Donald Trump, the president elect, recently made racist comments about a federal judge presiding over a federal lawsuit against Trump. He challenged the judge’s independence because of the judge’s name is of Mexican origin. The judge is American, not Mexican, making Trump’s charge nonsense, but the episode establishes that Trump understands the concept of conflict of interest.

Trump has substantial business interests, which could benefit from decisions that he makes as the President of the USA.

He has promised to separate himself from his business interests by putting his family in charge of the business. Most professionals would not consider this to be adequate separation. But even then, the family remain politically involved at the deepest level. Trump’s son in law, Jared Kushner, is completely involved in the selection of the cabinet.

Chris Christie, the presumptive Attorney General, was recently fired from Trump’s transition team on Kushner’s insistence. Christie was the federal prosecutor who jailed Kushner’s father.

This is the epitome of nepotism and conflict of interest.

Trump is tramping in the pillars of democracy.

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Is Donald Trump America’s Jacob Zuma?

20161126 MAC315Abraham Lincoln believed that you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time. But in a democracy, it’s only necessary to fool them long enough to get elected.

Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest as a president would disqualify him from standing for congress. It’s paradoxical that the law applying to lesser positions does not apply to the world’s most powerful job.

That’s a mistake.

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