Each year, almost all politicians are required to file what are called “financial disclosures” — not their tax returns, since for some reason politicians can simply elect to keep their deepest financial secrets from the public, but at the very least a summary of how much money they made, and from what sources. The purpose is, of course, to at least somewhat ensure enough transparency to let Americans know that the people they elect to represent them aren’t outright criminals.
Unfortunately, what we learn from Trump’s financial disclosures each year is just an exercise in highlighting how unethically he’s performed in office the entire time.
Normally a President would divest themselves from majority ownership in large companies or investments, if for no other reason than to at least avoid the appearance that they’re making money off the presidency.
Donald Trump has no such qualms about people knowing that he is, has been, and will continue to be doing just that to the fullest extent allowable by law.
This year’s, just released by the Office of Government Ethics, shows that Trump made more than $13 million at Trump National Golf Club in Washington, DC, and more than $40 million at the Trump International Hotel in the nation’s capital. Why does that matter? Report after report shows that much of that income is from diplomats and lobbyists staying at the hotel and golfing on those links in an effort to curry favor with the administration.
It plainly looks like Trump is making a profit off of entertaining people who want something from the United States government.
Trump’s National Doral Miami Golf Resort income was down, as well as Mar-a-Lago’s — but not so far down that Trump didn’t invest in property for a mansion adjacent to the Palm Beach “Winter White House.”
We all know this garbage SHOULD be a disqualifier for Trump to even be the President, but Republicans won’t hold him to any sort of account, and the only way Democrats could is if we’d also won the Senate in the midterm election.
If we want a President who answers to the taxpayers and not to his own wallet, we need to either impeach this asshole or defeat him so soundly in 2020 that no future President ever tries this nonsense again.
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