The only reason Trump wanted to be POTUS was to enrich himself, but no one believed it, apparently. It’s called corruption… Trump is not draining the swamp, he is claiming the swamp. Trump says he will take jobs back from overseas and China; no, he will give more jobs to China. China allows his brothels, hotels, and spas. The reality of the US’s most deplorable president ever, Trump 1st, America 2nd (but only if your face fits) and everyone else an afterthought. Make America a global laughing stock, that’s the America that emerges under Trump, greatness has nothing to do with this charlatan and his band of misfits. Trump is cheapening the office of the Presidency, dealing in cheap business ventures. Imagine the howls of outrage had this been done by Clinton or Obama, the haters would have attacked them with the usual viciousness and hatred. Maybe they can call his escort business, Gropers International China. What can you expect from a reality show host and beauty pageant organiser? Are there any conflicts of interests? You bet, more to be seen, it has been only 1 month, and the signs are not good. With his business skills in running even casinos into the ground, he would even make brothels bankrupt!
Chinese authorities have granted preliminary approval for dozens of Trump-branded businesses, expanding his commercial empire and raising further conflicts of interest, say, lawyers.
The 38 trademarks include new hotels, spas, escort and concierge services, massage parlours, personal security services and insurance, according to public documents.
The President’s lawyers applied for the trademarks in April last year, at the same time the then Presidential candidate Trump was accusing China of “ripping off” the US and deliberately manipulating its currency to its own advantage.
Trump family say they will continue with foreign deals
If there is no objection, the trademarks will be formally registered after 90 days.
Ethics lawyers argue that if the Trump trademarks receive any special treatment due to their association with the President, it would violate the US Constitution, which prohibits those in public office from accepting anything of value from foreign governments unless they are approved by Congress.
Congress has not approved the China trademarks.
Norm Eisen, who served as chief ethics lawyer for former President Barack Obama, told The Independent that the initial registration of a long-denied Trump trademark “certainly seems to run afoul of the foreign emoluments clause” of the US Constitution.
“I anticipate that these issues will enter into our litigation,” he said.
“When Trump is profiting from these valuable Chinese benefits […], how can we be sure he will advance US interests in his engagements with that country, for example by staunching the flow of American jobs out from the US to China?”
Richard Painter, who served as chief ethics lawyer for George W Bush, said a trademark in itself was not likely to be a violation of the constitutional emoluments clause, but he questioned why so many were granted over such a short period, and whether there was “an accommodation in at least some of them.”
They have already filed a lawsuit to challenge the President’s alleged conflicts of interest.
China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce, which oversees the Trademark Office, and Trump Organization general counsel Alan Garten did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Independent.
Spring Chang, a founding partner at Chang Tsi & Partners, a Beijing law firm that has represented the Trump Organization, declined to comment specifically on Trump’s trademarks. But she did say that she advises clients to take out marks defensively, even in categories or subcategories of goods and services they may not aim to develop.
“I don’t see any special treatment to the cases of my clients so far,” she added. “I think they’re very fair and the examination standard is very equal for every applicant.”
The Trump Organisation is being run by Mr Trump’s two oldest sons, Donald Jr and Eric Trump, whilst he is in the White House. He was urged to divest from his businesses and place assets in a blind trust but has not done so. The trust, of which he is the sole beneficiary, is being run by Donald Jr and longtime associate Allen Weisselberg. The President can revoke the trust at any time and stands to benefit financially from it after his term is over.
His sons have continued to expand the Trump brand since Inauguration; in Canada and Dubai. Taxpayers have reportedly spent millions on security costs for the sons on their business trips around the world.
Talk about how foreign countries have “stolen our jobs” is uncomfortable, to say the least. I am writing this to help you see what is actually happening here.
A wealthy man is using rhetoric designed to engender xenophobia. He knows what to say, because he has received complaints from his workers and companies for years. Other countries did not steal American jobs (but saying this does engender a sense of hatred, a sense of betrayal, and a feeling of personal affront). What happened is much more insidious.
Our government, through years of slow and meticulous labor, has sided with corporate interests because of the sheer amount of money at stake. It has slowly loosened tax constraints, such that now most of the tax burden rests with the common folk. It has given companies escape roots from environmental strictures, such that environmental toxicology is dangerously underfunded and hackneyed at best. The government has granted more and more allowances to leave America, nay, DEMANDED IT, of companies. Did you know that if there is an opportunity to make products more cheaply, and cost the shareholders less money, CEO’s are legally obligated to take that course of action if it is agreed to by said shareholders? And in the process the government representatives have received dubious grants of support and funding. In an effort to appear less morally bankrupt, they have changed the laws regarding financing, so that nothing intrinsically illegal has been done.
China did not steal American jobs. Companies utilize their cheap and overworked labor forces to make products so inexpensively that the retail cost is an exorbitant percentage…which they then use to line their pockets. India didn’t steal the American call center. American companies employed Indian contractors for work that would otherwise be done at night (and therefore paid on a different scale to American workers) during their daytime hours. Mexico didn’t invade our country and take all the farming and housekeeping jobs from tax- paying citizens of another color. No. in fact, laws demand that American workers be paid in accordance with their labor, and so undocumented Mexican labor is cheaper, because a farmer can pay whatever he wants or have the person deported. Africans don’t live in squalor because they are “developing”. They’re still developing because the first world holds crippling debt over their heads as a means to cheap labor and as collateral on the resources we see there. This debt and strife breeds discontent, ensures there will be political unrest to further destabilize these sovereign nations. Most of the 9/11 high jackets were Saudi. Tell me why it is that we went into Iraq? Saudi’s control the oil, and as some of the wealthiest people on earth, they also made friends in high places. And so we went into a sovereign nation and stole everything, ravaged the country, “rescued” from a regime no less despotic than Putin, no less militant than North Korea, and we executed its leader. Why? How many billions in corporate defense contracts? How many millions and millions a day toward the war effort?
What has actually happened? Average American income grew after the war. The middle class was born. Companies saw an opportunity to make even more money. Congress selfishly cut a path for their own investment portfolios and career goals. Average Americans were lied to- told their company had to go overseas to cut the high costs of American labor (vilifying the Unions in the process) and more expensive restrictions by “nosy” government agencies designed to protect consumers, when in fact, the company took the jobs overseas because it saw a way it could make even more money. Companies donated some of their newfound wealth to the causes that ensure they are given consideration in law and favorable treatment by their candidates of choice.
The “victim” victimized the rest of the world, and then blamed it for its misfortunes and misconduct. America is a wife-beating psychopath of a businessman. And we blame the people we exploit. That is what really happened to all our “American jobs”. They went to underpaid labor, kept desperate, denied competition by force, held at gun point, and then labeled by the laundry list of disgusting, bigoted epithets of stupid sheep and their bright orange leader with exceptionally tiny hands.
THAT is what happened to American jobs. If you want your jobs back, you must remove the temptation to behave with impropriety. If you want your jobs back, elect men with transparency, no corporate ties. If you want your jobs back, demand campaign finance reform and transparency. If you want your jobs back, then turn all the foreigners doing them into Americans via citizenship, and reap the benefits. If you want your jobs back..stop blaming other people simply trying to live in the climate our government worked very hard to craft. If the situation was reversed, you’d do the same damn thing.
I remember the first time I was sold on Bernie Sanders as a politician. He was in his congressional office and he was ranting about the fact that many of the manufacturing and financial companies who asked him and other members of congress for tax breaks and aid were also in the business of moving American jobs overseas to places like China.
Sanders spent years trying to drum up support for a simple measure that would force any company that came to Washington asking for handouts to promise they wouldn’t turn around and ship jobs to China or India.
That didn’t seem like a lot to ask, but his fellow members treated him like he was asking for a repeal of the free enterprise system. This issue drove Sanders crazy. Again showing his Brooklyn roots, Bernie gets genuinely mad about these things. While some pols are kept up at night worrying about the future profitability of gazillionaire banks, Sanders seethes over the many obvious wrongs that get smoothed over and covered up at his place of work.
That saltiness, I’m almost sure of it, is what drove him into this race. He just can’t sit by and watch the things that go on, go on. That’s not who he is.