9-15: Newsweek Outs the Trump Organization

[I write about politics because of the direct link I see between the words and actions of politicians and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. America’s political class manipulates our military as though they were pawns in a global game of chess. To them, PTSD is merely an unfortunate cost of war.]

According to this week’s issue of Newsweek magazine, “(Donald) Trump’s global deals would make it impossible for him to conduct foreign policy in many countries without padding or depleting his wallet.” Is this why he won’t release his tax forms?

The weekly’s argument:

If Donald Trump is elected president, will he and his family permanently sever all connections to the Trump Organization, a sprawling business empire that has spread a secretive financial web across the world? Or will Trump instead choose to be the most conflicted president in American history, one whose business interests will constantly jeopardize the security of the United States?

These questions are particularly poignant in light of all the mud being thrown at the Clinton Global Initiative.

Throughout this campaign, the Trump Organization, which pumps potentially hundreds of millions of dollars into the Trump family’s bank accounts each year, has been largely ignored. As a private enterprise, its businesses, partners and investors are hidden from public view, even though they are the very people who could be enriched by—or will further enrich—Trump and his family if he wins the presidency.

On the other hand the CGI discloses every donor–no matter who, no matter how much the donation. This is what “transparency” looks like. Apparently, that unwritten rule does not apply to Trump.

 Newsweek … reveals an enterprise with deep ties to global financiers, foreign politicians and even criminals, although there is no evidence the Trump Organization has engaged in any illegal activities.

Yet! I, for one, am waiting anxiously for the next foot to fall.

It also reveals a web of contractual entanglements that could not be just canceled. If Trump moves into the White House and his family continues to receive any benefit from the company, during or even after his presidency, almost every foreign policy decision he makes will raise serious conflicts of interest and ethical quagmires.

But he “tells it like it is,” admirers chant, mantra-like. He is going to make America–and therefore me–great again.

Organization with Conflicting Missions

The Trump Organization is not like the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, the charitable enterprise that has been the subject of intense scrutiny about possible conflicts for the Democratic presidential nominee. There are allegations that Hillary Clinton bestowed benefits on contributors to the foundation in some sort of “pay to play” scandal when she was secretary of state, but that makes no sense because there was no “pay.” Money contributed to the foundation was publicly disclosed and went to charitable efforts, such as fighting neglected tropical diseases that infect as many as a billion people. The financials audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the global independent accounting company, and the foundation’s tax filings show that about 90 percent of the money it raised went to its charitable programs. (Trump surrogates have falsely claimed that it was only 10 percent and that the rest was used as a Clinton “slush fund.”) No member of the Clinton family received any cash from the foundation, nor did it finance any political campaigns. In fact, like the Clintons, almost the entire board of directors works for free.

The article continues … but the gist is evident above.

Hillary Clinton is an unpopular candidate, although seemingly slightly more palatable than Trump to a vast number of the electorate. It is an election season of false equivalents. In the bizarre world of Trump enthusiasts anything said about their man in an accusatory manner is immediately rejected and redounded to Clinton. Now that Trump’s organization has been outed by a major publication, expect an onslaught of accusations about the Hillary and the CGI.

Truth be damned.

Connection to PTSD

Truth matters.

3 thoughts on “9-15: Newsweek Outs the Trump Organization”

  1. The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I actually thought youd have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could fix if you werent too busy looking for attention.

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