Enumerating Emoluments and Conflicts of the Trump Admin
Most of us are pretty aware already. Yet these are different days. COVID deaths and lost jobs are putting the spotlight on the President and his actions. His tweets. His words. His word salads. His horrible ideas about how to attempt to cure COVID. His fumbling attempts to both assert control and displace blame over and to State Governors.
Since day one of the Trump administration, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has been tracking the conflicts of interest that stem from the president’s decision not to divest from the Trump Organization. They fall into five broad categories:
Visits to Trump properties by foreign government officials, members of Congress, state government officials, and Trump administration officials, including Trump himself.
Events that political organizations, foreign governments and foreign government-linked groups, and special-interest groups hold at Trump properties, possibly to buy access to and curry favor with the Trump administration.
Instances in which President Trump and other White House officials have used their platform to publicly promote Trump Organization properties by mentioning or referencing them in official statements or on social media.
Trademarks to Trump businesses given final or preliminary approval by foreign countries since President Trump entered the White House.
Other interactions between foreign or domestic governments and the Trump Organization that defy categorization. Examples range from the president ordering his Bedminster, NJ golf club to give certain administration officials an exclusive discount to a former EPA Administrator trying to buy a mattress from the Trump Hotel in Washington.