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Friday, November 01, 2019

Trump's D.C. hotel in the Old Post Office has become the new D.C. hotspot, bringing millions into the Trump Organization coffers. Foreign dignitaries flood the hotel as do and all who seek favor with the president.

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Could there be a more obvious metaphor for the Trump presidency? Lobbyists who once plied their trade in private, in congressional offices and white-tablecloth restaurants near K Street or in the shadows of Capitol Hill, now conduct business proudly in the president's bar, handing over an Amex Platinum card, several blocks from the White House. Trump hasn't drained the swamp as promised, but he has bushwhacked the foliage, as if putting the palm-greasing in full view should make it any less unseemly. If it were wrong for a far right South Korean parliamentarian to organize a pricey dinner in one of the U.S. president's private dining rooms, would he have livestreamed his meal on YouTube?

The MAGA power scene is a movable feast, and it migrates with Trump when he retreats to his other properties. Over the July Fourth holiday, for example, the SEC chair, another financial-services regulator, and an industry lobbyist joined Trump at his Bedminster club. The following week, the show moved to his Sterling, Virginia, golf course where he played a round with three U.S. senators. (All Republicans, need you ask?) And then there's Mar-a-Lago, where members' perks have ranged from watching the president react to a North Korean missile launch to serving as shadow rulers of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Call it Palm Beach Populism: transparent, responsive government for those who can swing a $200,000 membership fee. Foreign-intelligence operatives never had it so easy.

Read the article for more details about how swampy Trump has made the presidency

#1 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-10-03 11:58 AM | Reply

*crickets*

- ! leftcoastoecentrelawyer

#2 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-10-03 06:55 PM | Reply

*crickets*

- ! leftcoastoecentrelawyer

#2 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses

Exactly. The right dismiss the most egregious actions of Trump simply because of the "R" he associates himself with, which Trump only borrowed, having no real political core of his own. He himself is all that matters to Trump.

And the sycophants who excuse his every action are as complicit as the Vichy French were during WW2. But worse is the fact their lives aren't at stake. They just go along. If a "D" had done ONE thing Trump has, they'd be on here all day calling for impeachment.

#3 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-10-03 08:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

If there is no illegal activity, I have no problem with this.

#4 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2019-10-04 06:57 AM | Reply

The Trump Hotel Washington is doing great! That's why we want to sell it!
--Trump sons

#5 | Posted by catdog at 2019-11-01 01:47 PM | Reply

If there is no illegal activity, I have no problem with this.

#4 | Posted by CrisisStills

I have no standards and expect very little from somebody as high profile and important as POTUS.

-CrisisStills

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2019-11-01 01:50 PM | Reply

I have no standards and expect very little from somebody as high profile and important as POTUS.
-CrisisStills

#6 | POSTED BY JPW

CrisisStills is no Trump supporter. In fact, Crisis is center-left. Crisis just isn't rabid like so many of the DR left.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-11-01 01:53 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

And?

A POTUS shouldn't be vested in a company that is directly profiting from his administration.

That shouldn't be a partisan position, but sadly it is like everything else.

#8 | Posted by jpw at 2019-11-01 02:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I'ts like the social clubs the Mafia runs all over NY.

#9 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-11-01 03:18 PM | Reply

I notice an absolute absence of Conservatives having an issue with this... But Obama wrote a book? That's outrageous!

#10 | Posted by Sycophant at 2019-11-01 03:19 PM | Reply

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Conflict of interest is one of the most basic components of any ethics policy, and it's especially important in government. The reason such a standard exists is that a government official's actions should always be in the best interests of the country he is supposed to be serving. Period. It's not "rabid" to demand that the president act in accordance with this requirement. In fact, it's irresponsible not to demand it.

#11 | Posted by cbob at 2019-11-01 03:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Sounds like a target.

#12 | Posted by bat4255 at 2019-11-01 06:42 PM | Reply

Jimmy Carter gave up his peanut farm.

Keep that in mind.

#13 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2019-11-01 07:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Righties think he's weak for it.

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2019-11-01 08:22 PM | Reply

Trump has been a grifter all his adult life. In his world, ethics is for losers and suckers.

As Michelle Obama once said: "The presidency doesn't change a man. It only makes him more of what he already is."

What we see now is the living embodiment of that statement.

#15 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-11-02 06:18 AM | Reply

integrity = weakness

--The Right

#16 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2019-11-02 09:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Jimmy Carter gave up his peanut farm.

Keep that in mind.

#13 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2019-11-01 07:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

Right! And it's not like some peanut farm would have any sway to curry favor with foreign governments.

This is actually a key component of the Ukraine situation. A president with integrity would be eager to avoid situations that create a potential clash between personal interests and the national interest. Even if Joe and Hunter Biden were doing something underhanded in Ukraine, the fact that Joe is running for president should be all the current president should need to butt out. Any normal president would want to steer clear of this matter entirely lest he be accused of putting his desire for reelection ahead of international relations. Ethics policies for governments, corporations, nonprofits and every other conceivable organization make it clear that even the appearance of a conflict of interest jeopardizes the individual's and the organization's credibility and, therefore, its effectiveness.

I cannot stress this enough. It's not a technicality. It's not a rule that only prissy purists support. It's a basic tenet of integrity and trustworthiness. It doesn't matter who the whistleblower is or what anybody else testifies to in regard to the July 25 phone call. The president and his lackeys are already on record. The unwillingness of Trump and his flock to acknowledge this clear conflict of interest should disqualify them from any discussion of what is proper and what is not.

#17 | Posted by cbob at 2019-11-02 01:17 PM | Reply

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