Thursday, December 1, 2016

Trump will quit his businesses to focus on ruining America

Andy Borowitz (New Yorker satirist) reports on how Trump will handle his many conflict of interest problems.

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—President-elect Donald J. Trump will no longer have day-to-day responsibility for driving his businesses into bankruptcy and will instead focus on bankrupting the country, one of his leading surrogates said on Wednesday.

Appearing on Fox News, Kellyanne Conway said that while Trump no doubt could “plunge both his businesses and the country into bankruptcy at the same time,” he feels that he “owes it to the American people to put them first.”

Acknowledging that Trump has no government experience, Conway said that his years of bankrupting a variety of companies would prove “invaluable” as he does the same to the United States.

“>It’s going to surprise a lot of people when they see how great he is at this,” she said.

On a related matter, Conway said that Trump would allow professional managers to oversee his fraudulent enterprises, like the now defunct Trump University, so that he can concentrate on defrauding the entire country.

Steve Benen (MSNBC/MaddowBlog) has identified the “professional managers” as Trump’s children. There is no real news there other than Trump is planning to announce the change in an press conference in mid-December. Benen reports that Trump still doesn’t understand his conflict-of-interest problem. Here is why.

Donald Trump seems to realize he has a conflict-of-interest problem. What the president-elect doesn’t yet understand is how to resolve it.

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that he is drawing up documents that will take him “completely out” of his business operations “in order to fully focus on running the country.”

In early-morning tweets, the real-estate mogul was scant on details about how he plans to remove himself from his self-branded businesses and Trump Organization empire, but said he would hold a news conference with his children on Dec. 15 to talk about his departure.

By way of Twitter, Trump declared, “I will be holding a major news conference in New York City with my children on December 15 to discuss the fact that I will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! While I am not mandated to do this under the law, I feel it is visually important, as President, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses. Hence, legal documents are being crafted which take me completely out of business operations. The Presidency is a far more important task!”

Note, Trump believes it’s “visually important” to avoid conflicts of interest. What a curious choice of words.

… the fact that the president-elect will be holding a press conference – pardon me, he “major news conference” – with his adult children suggests Trump’s operation will be turned over to his kids, which is also in line with everything we already knew.

What we have here, in other words, is Trump trying to respond with a series of conflict-of-interest controversies with … nothing. Aaron Blake joked, “The only real news in those Trump tweets is that he’ll actually be doing a press conference.”

It seems part of the problem is that Trump doesn’t understand the nature of the controversy itself. The concern is the incoming president will use his office to boost his business interests, line his pockets, and build on his vast family wealth. “My kids will oversee my business” is the wrong response to the questions.

Indeed, Trump having his adult children manage his private-sector operations and investments isn’t the answer to the controversy; it’s at the core of the controversy.

As president, Trump should have a blind trust – an independent manager to oversee his holdings while he governs behind a veil of ignorance. Instead, Trump appears content to leave his business in the hands of kids, who happen to be some of his closest advisors, and who happen to be sitting in on meetings with foreign leaders and prospective cabinet secretaries.

Borowitz closes his report:

“There is a big difference between conning a few thousand students at a phony university and swindling a nation of more than three hundred million people,” [Conway] said. “Mr. Trump is well aware that this is going to be a full-time job.”

Whoever said that fiction is stranger than truth. In the alternative universe known as Trumpworld, fiction is truth and truth is fiction. George Orwell might have said that. Actually he did, kind of, in these quotes.

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?

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