With all the fuss about how to categorize Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, one thing seems certain. With little over three months in power, the Trump administration is already on track to be the most brazenly dishonest and corrupt in U.S. history.
Of course Trump campaigned as a populist. He was the only non-politician who could “drain the swamp,” otherwise known as Washington D.C. He was going to stop the endless “pay for play.” He was going to operate the most transparent administration in history. He promised to level with the American people.
But with each passing day in office, Trump showed his campaign promises were just ruses to attract angry Americans rightfully fed up with government corruption. Hillary was a crook. He was the billionaire who could not be bought. Remember?
Candidate Donald Trump promised to release his tax returns once in office. A few days ago, his Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, told a room of reporters Trump has “no intention” of releasing his returns. So much for transparency!
Whether it’s vacationing at his own properties or subtly promoting his brand, the 45th president of the United States seems very comfortable enriching himself, his associates and family … in board daylight.
“I’m at a loss,” said Robert Maguire, an investigator with the Center for Responsive Politics, a group that advocates for more transparency in government and campaigns. “This idea that the presidency is something to enrich your private interest to the extent he’s doing, not by going on the speaking tour or getting a big book deal after he leaves office, but while he’s in office, sort of milking the office for all it’s worth ― it’s tacky.”
Ask a Trump supporter about the many apparent conflicts of interest surrounding the president’s affairs and they just shrug. Is there any reason why Trump should be concerned about his profiting from the presidency? No. Not when there is a Republican congress that happily turns a blind eye.
In a just released report, NBC News informs that despite all the claims from Trump and Mike Pence that they had no idea disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had accepted payments from a foreign government, this was a lie. NBC News has learned from sources close to the Trump-Russia investigation that both the Trump transition and the White House did do a background check on Flynn.
It’s just another example of the Trump Administration’s crookedness. They vetted Flynn, found dirt but hired him anyway… then lied about it.
With Trump, the level of corruption is unparalleled.
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