After the recent announcement by the Justice Department of the appointment of a special counsel to look into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign, it appears Donald Trump fears that his only friends are the ones he shares dinners with at Mar-a-logo, in Saudia Arabia, and the ones who wear table-shirts to dinner at the white house.
Trump’s trip, which also includes stops in Italy and Belgium.
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy has not been a fan of Trump. He said:
“We see that Trump has a narcissistic personality and dismisses anyone who doesn’t support him. ”
“Then again, who wasn’t supporting Clinton? ”
This trip by Trump is particularly troublesome in light of the financial dealings of he and his family members with foreign countries. Mr. Trump has officially handed his businesses over to his eldest sons and his executives. But even with that distance, Mr. Trump continues to be the face of the company that bears his name, adding an unusual dimension to his foreign tours and diplomatic outreach. In fact, Mr. Trump has registered or applied for a number of trademarks in both Israel and Saudi Arabia in the last decade, according to a review of international trademark databases, in categories that cover both potential real estate development projects and consumer goods. Also, Jared Kushner, his senior adviser and son-in-law, who is expected to be part of the presidential delegation, has his own deep ties to Israel as a real estate developer and investor. His company had joined with one of Israel’s wealthiest families to buy dozens of New York apartment buildings and has borrowed money from Israel’s largest bank.
The inescapable conclusion is that Trump is traveling abroad, while he faces possible impeachment here at home. The indication is that Trump may be taking advantage of his recent election to bolster his financial relationships with these foreign powers before he is run out of office.