Last week PEOTUS Trump announced his long promised plan to rid himself of his conflicts of interest. Trump is placing his operating companies into a trust and turning over the day to day operations to his two sons. There are a few more details but that’s the gist of it.
Attorneys who specialize in government ethics including lead ethics attorneys from the Obama and Bush administrations Norm Eisen and Richard Painter and Harvard Constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe, were not impressed.
Their opinions and I’m paraphrasing: “You can put lipstick on a pig but its still a pig”.
Continue reading “Trump Fails To Work With U.S. Ethics Czar”
The lack of transparency displayed by President Elect Donald Trump including his refusal to release his Federal Income Tax Returns is unprecedented in modern Presidential history. His failure to uphold his promise to disclose his Federal Income Tax Returns has left the American people blind to conflicts of interest our President Elect may have.
The financial disclosure requirements for Presidential Candidates is inadequate. Last week it was reported that President Elect Donald Trump under reported his debt obligations by almost $1 billion. The Wall Street Journal reported this could represent severe conflict of interest issues for PE Trump. Continue reading “Trump and His Broken Tax Return Promises”
Yesterday, one of the many political talking heads asked if there was a story line emerging on the left to delegitimize Trump’s Presidency. You know something similar to Obama’s birth certificate that could be used to whip up a frenzy of Trump opposition.
Shockingly no one gave the obvious, blaring, glaring answer – Putin’s Puppet.
Continue reading “Putin’s Puppet – Delegitimizing Trump”
We’ve all heard the excuses about why President Elect Trump can not be expected to fully resolve his conflict of interest issues including:
- Ethics and conflicts of interest laws don’t apply to the President
- Trump’s businesses are too VAST
- Trump shouldn’t have to give up everything to be President – it’s just not fair. Besides voters knew Trump owned these businesses.
Here’s the reality –
Continue reading “Trump Selfishly Clings To Conflicts of Interest”
PE Trump met with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg yesterday. His goal was to negotiate the costs of the Air Force One program down. After the meeting Muilengurg pledged to keep the costs under $4 billion. Sounds like a great win for Trump and the American tax payer right? The press thinks so but is it really? No. Continue reading “Trump Gets Nothing From Boeing”
To be sure PE Trump’s owns more real estate than 99% of American but it’s not that great. It actually is a very short list: Continue reading “Trump’s Not So Vast Real Estate Empire”