Friday, October 28, 2016

Trump's poor judgments and his conflicts of interest

Trump U hires contrary to Trump's vetting claims

The Daily Star relays an AP investigation showing that Trump U staff included drug trafficker, child molester. Snippets follow.

Donald Trump says he hand-picked only the best to teach success at Trump University. But dozens of those hired by the company had checkered pasts — including serious financial problems and even convictions for cocaine trafficking or child molestation, an Associated Press investigation has found.

As a candidate, Trump has said he will run the U.S. government like he runs his businesses. So his past hiring practices could offer insight into how a President Trump might fill scores of key federal positions.

Half of the 68 former faculty and staff identified by AP had personal bankruptcies, foreclosures, credit card defaults, tax liens or other indicators of significant money troubles prior to teaching Trump University courses promoting "wealth building" and "how to invest like a billionaire," according to AP's review. Many of those hired to teach did not have college degrees and were not licensed to broker real estate.

At least four had felony convictions.

They include Ron P. Broussard Jr., who was hired to the Trump University staff in 2007 after years serving as a motivational speaker at get-rich-quick seminars taught in hotel conference rooms.

Though he has never been licensed as a real estate agent or broker, Broussard is listed as "staff" or "coordinator" for at least five Trump seminars titled "Fast Track to Foreclosure."

Records show the former Army sergeant was convicted at court-martial in 1994 of sodomy and indecent acts with a child. He then served five years in the military prison at Leavenworth, Kansas.

So, either Trump has a weird view of "the best" or suffers from a cavalier approach to vetting his employees. To use Trump-speak about Trump's hand-picking only the best: Dumb, dumb decisions. Careless. Sad.

Trump's investment in Dakota Access pipeline (and vice versa)

Here is an example of the financial entanglements that would immediately cast doubt on a President Trump's ability to avoid conflict of interest in his decision making. From the Guardian's report: "Trump’s financial disclosure forms show he invested in Energy Transfer Partners, operators of the controversial pipeline, and its CEO donated to his campaign." Read more here about Dakota Access pipeline company and Donald Trump have close financial ties.

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