Trump’s Profits Trump the United States’ Interest

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When Donald Trump campaigned for office, he proudly declared that he was “really rich.

A study showed that the fact that Trump was financially successful translated into voters supporting Trump because they thought Trump’s financial success would translate into financial success for them.  Trump voters had little interest in altruism.  They sought power over others,  and were motivated by wealth.  In fact an online survey of 1,825 American adults, found that Trump supporters tended to have little interest in supporting social welfare programs, a strong desire for power over others, a strong desire to make money, a preference for financial risk taking, and a preference for strictly adhering to social traditions.

Trump supporters were more likely to agree with statements such as “People who are poor just need to work harder”, “In life, winning is the only thing that matters”, “A company’s main focus should be profits”, “Art shows are boring”, and “Dress codes are good and should be followed strictly.”

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However supporters seemed unconcerned with HOW Trump made his money.  Whether it was money laundering in his real estate business, money laundering in his casinos, fraud committed on average Americans seeking an education, or stiffing contractors and workmen, it is clear that Trump has profitted repeatedly by exploiting the average American.  The Wall Street Journal explained and documented that  “Donald Trump’s Business Plan Left a Trail of Unpaid Bills.” That story was reported and confirmed by such media outlets as Fox NewsReutersNBC News, and New York Magazine.

Since Trump has been president, he has made more money than ever.  In their recent financial disclosure forms, Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner reported more than $500 million in income.  That income came from their hotels, golf courses, clubs and merchandise sales. It came from long-established businesses and newly formed ones.  No modern president has profited this way during his time in office.
During his first 514 days in office, he visited Trump properties on 159 of them.  Not only have Trump’s predecessors divested and disclosed, but the Founding Fathers wrote protections into the Constitution in the form of emolumentsclauses making it illegal for the president to receive gifts from foreign governments or, domestically, from the federal and state governments. Trump faces several lawsuits based on the claim that he is violating these clauses through his businesses.
It is no secret that Trump has had close business relationships with the Saudis.
“I get along great with all of them,” Trump said of the Saudis at a 2015 campaign rally in Mobile, Alabama. “They buy apartments from me. They spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much!”
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Given the President’s financial interests with the Saudis, America’s response to the disappearance of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi — a US resident — from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul has come into question.  There are renewed questions about the potential conflicts posed by Trump’s long-standing ties to the kingdom’s royal family.
“Having a President with global business ties means we’ve got ongoing worries that policy is going to be affected by his business interests. “We know that historically the Saudis have spent huge money on Trump properties and we know that since he became a candidate and was elected they have targeted discretionary spending at his hotels.”
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In recent days Turkish authorities have obtained audio and visual evidence that Mr. Khashoggi  was murdered inside the consulate.  Khashoggi’s disappearance has triggered a wave of top political and business leaders severing ties with the kingdom pending further details of what happened to him.
But the President and his top aides have also indicated reluctance to take concrete action, including bowing to congressional pressure to walk back planned arms sales.
The US signed a major defense deal in Saudi Arabia in May 2017.  So far, however, Saudi Arabia has made only $14.5 billion in such purchases.
Trump sold the 45th floor of Trump World Tower to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for $4.5 million.  The Saudis received permission from the New York City Department of Buildings to combine the residential units into a single space to house the Saudi Mission to the United Nations.  At the Trump International Hotel in Washington a lobbying firm for Saudi Arabia paid more than $270,000.  Trump also appears to have explored potential deals of his own in Saudi Arabia.  In August 2015, two months after the launch of his presidential campaign, Trump registered eight limited-liability companies that appeared tied to possible deals in the country. All of the companies contained “Jeddah,” the name of a Saudi Arabian port city, in their title.
Given Trump’s history of being willing to exploit workers for his personal financial gain, and his lavish income from the Saudis, it is clear that Trump’s personal financial interest in Saudi Arabia clouds any judgment he makes regarding American foreign policy.  The response of America to the murder of one of our own is just another obvious example of the many times that Donald Trump has violated the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution without being held accountable.  With his recent appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, there is every reason to believe he will never be held accountable.
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3 thoughts on “Trump’s Profits Trump the United States’ Interest

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  1. Do Kavanauh’s daughters know their dad slapped his penis in the face of girls just a handful of years older than them? And that it is erased because their dad is a christian and a tribalist?


  2. Even during the campaign I found it so pathetic that many of the, shall we say, not well-off Trump supporters seemed to really believe that their personal finances would start to gleam with gold if Trump were president. In particular, I remember one lower working-class woman who was interviewed on television saying that she liked Trump because he was rich and, for that reason, she’d be able to become rich. The interviewer did not ask why the woman was so sure that Trump’s wealth would “rub off on her” so to speak. I would love to have heard the response. . . .


  3. 60 minutes interview with Donald J Trump, a documented clinically proven dangerous narcissist. A man that is oddly evil and deranged. The FEC did not vet him. The FBI did not do a background check. His lying eyes are a give away. Mr. Mueller got another part of evidence from trump. A direct interview on national tv showing trump lie directly to the camera. Many Dr. are analyzing him. USA citizens witnessed the evil in this mans eyes, the hate in his voice, the empty soul and dangerously hateful agenda. Trump must be forced to resign now today, and be charged with treason, obstruction, espionage and taxing the American people without representing them.


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