Monday, January 09, 2017

Trump's Conflicts of Interest (COI)

The President-Elect has COI issues that all Americans should be concerned about. The fact that the American people never got to see his taxes which would have given us a better sense of his business interests and relationships is concerning, but nothing can be done about that now. Now the focus should be on how to prevent impropriety and security risks because Trump remains closely tied to his business interests that we do know about. The Trump hotels that he owns will now be frequented by foreign travelers/dignitaries who hope to curry favor from President Trump. The Trump hotel in DC has seen an increase in traffic. Will President Trump engage in dealmaking for his business interests?

Perhaps more concerning is that Trump has licensed his name to hotels and real estate properties around the world. These are likely to be targets of protests and future terrorist attacks. If they are attacked, will the U.S. military be called in to exact revenge/bring justice? Imagine if a U.S. soldier dies because a Trump Tower in the Asia gets hit by terrorists and we end up going into a battle. It is easy to see.

I am not hopeful that there will be distance between Trump's business interests and what he perceives as the interests of the American people. He may feel somehow justified that he gave up personal income to become President, so a little dealmaking or a little extra security provided by the U.S. military may be OK in his mind. Who knows? But we are about to find out.


j, k, and s's d said...

Who knows is right. Sounds like the perfect time to call in Dutch and Rambo!

Rob said...

Funny . . . unfortuantely, given Trump's demeanor he may actually try to do something with special forces or a shadow military group.

Trump is still an executive producer of "The Apprentice" (I am being serious) and he may call on "Dutch" (Arnold) to work some magic.