It seems as though in spite of his much-hyped campaign mantra of “Drain the Swamp”, President Donald J. Trump is doing anything but. As reported by NPR and all other major news outlets, it has been disclosed that China’s Foreign Ministry approved three new trademarks for her business on April 6, the very day that Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and close adviser and her husband Jared Kushner, also a top advisor to the president, sat next to Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife at dinner at her father’s Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida, according to The Associated Press.
Of course, the Chinese Foreign Ministry is defending the approval of the trademarks as normal and, in fact, Ivanka did apply for the trademarks before the U.S. presidential election. However, ethics hawks are pointing to the unusualness of how quickly the trademarks were approved. Normally, it takes roughly 18-24 months for trademarks to be approved in China, Ivanka’s were approved in less than a year and we will reiterate, on the very day that she sat next to the president of China at her daddy’s swank resort.
This goes well beyond the appearance of impropriety, this is impropriety at its most ignoble and inglorious best. The conflicts of our national interest here are too blatant and just too many to name.
Both Ivanka and The Donald made much ado of putting their businesses in blind trusts, but those trusts are run by their family so does anyone really believe that they aren’t still running those business? And in this instant case, one has to ask even if we fear the response, what did the Trump’s promise China in return for expediting the approval of those trademarks?
It’s clear that the Trump’s are making the governing of our nation a family business. But the people wanted a “seasoned businessman” running our nation. A man who has a history of settling lawsuits against him, who just paid more than $25 million to be done with he Trump University scandal. Who has a history of not paying the people he owes, of conning whole cities into funding his projects only to file bankruptcy. But this is what the people wanted, a business man. Well, he’s giving those who hired him exactly what they asked for. He is undoubtedly about his business … man.
More as this story develops.
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-A. Lawrence Haskins
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