One of the biggest concerns for many people regarding Donald Trump being “president” are his numerous conflicts of interests. Being a businessman with a huge corporation is definitely an issue for someone who’s supposed to put the best interests of the American people above his own interests. To say nothing about how these business ventures, or possible liabilities, could open him up to be blackmailed or bribed.
That’s one of the many reasons why people feel he needs to show his tax returns.
However, one of the less obvious ways Trump could play dumb (which isn’t hard for him to do), while still acting unethically for his own best interests related to his business dealings, is by supporting legislation or policies that benefit him.
After all, what better way to “make some easy money” than by pushing for, and supporting, policies or legislation that benefit your own business interests?
I’m sure a man who settled a fraud lawsuit for $25 million, and has been sued an unprecedented amount of times for shady and unethical business practices, would never do something like that, right?
You really would have to be naive enough to be a Trump supporter to not think that nearly every decision he makes is based upon what’s in his own interests well before anything else.
Case in point, a report by The Washington Post that essentially proves Trump’s supporting legislation that’s going make him wealthier:
President Trump’s budget calls for sharply reducing funding for programs that shelter the poor and combat homelessness — with a notable exception: It leaves intact a type of federal housing subsidy that is paid directly to private landlords.
One of those landlords is Trump himself, who earns millions of dollars each year as a part-owner of Starrett City, the nation’s largest subsidized housing complex. Trump’s 4 percent stake in the Brooklyn complex earned him at least $5 million between January of last year and April 15, according to his recent financial disclosure.
So, his budget calls for drastic reductions for providing shelter for the homeless and other programs dealing with housing for the poor — except the subsidies that are paid to rich landlords like himself.
Let me emphasize how disgusting it is that he’s pushing for a reduction of funding that goes toward helping some of the most vulnerable among us, all while keeping intact the government handouts rich landlords like himself receive. Clearly making rich people even wealthier is much more important than helping the poor and homeless have a safe place to stay and shelter themselves.
To be fair, this isn’t a whole lot of money to someone like Trump. But this is a great example of one of the small, subtle ways he’s using the presidency to support legislation which clearly benefits him. He can “play dumb” and claim “innocence” about these types of moves because there’s likely no way to prove what his intent was when this part of his budget was approved. Trump can simply state that it’s just a coincidence, make up some ridiculous excuse as to why he supports keeping something he benefits from while slashing funding for subsidized housing, and his supporters will believe him — because they believe practically every lie he tells them.
Clearly moves like this would be grounds for ethics violations accusing Trump of abusing his power to make himself a lot of money as “president.”
I have a feeling as time goes on, we’re going to see more and more of these stories. This is one of the reasons (among many) why Trump doesn’t want to release his tax returns. By keeping those documents private, he gets to shield many of his business dealings and investments from people who could use them to expose how much of the legislation he supports directly benefits himself and his businesses.