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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo - Let's review the stories of the last two days. Trump's DC hotel is soliciting foreign diplomatic delegations to switch their business to the incoming President's new hotel. On Tuesday Trump took a break from transition work to meet with his Indian business partners about expanding the Trump Organization's business in India now that he's president. Trump included his adult children in the meeting -- the ones who will run his 'blind trust'. The news didn't reach the American press until it was reporting in an Indian paper. Now we learn that Trump's Philippines business partner Jose E. B. Antonio has been named the Philippines new trade envoy to the United States.

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When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became the first foreign head of state to meet in person with President-elect Donald Trump, a photograph taken of the official event at Trump Tower in Manhattan showed a curious attendee: Trump's daughter Ivanka. The appearance of Ivanka Trump, who is executive vice president of development and acquisitions for the Trump Organization, raises alarm bells for those concerned about the unprecedented potential for conflicts of interest involving the incoming president. Federal conflict-of-interest laws do not apply to the president, but that does not mean that Trump's business holdings do not create the appearance of conflicts if not actual conflicts. They are, in fact, unprecedented.

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I remember vividly just how apoplectic the "Hillary's a crook" crowd screamed loud and long about her and 'pay-to-play' regarding her foundation. Our President-elect is openly conducting business with foreign contacts and creating proxy assumptions by the inclusion of his children during 'official' meetings.

Praytell what you consider these, when the message from Trump Inc. is this:

The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., hosted an informative session for foreign diplomats this past week explaining how these dignitaries could rent rooms during a Trump presidency, according to The Washington Post. This would, in effect, involve foreign governments putting money directly into the president's pocket while diplomats visited Washington, D.C., to conduct official business.

One anonymous diplomat from an Asian country explained to the Post, "Why wouldn't I stay at his hotel blocks from the White House, so I can tell the new president, ‘I love your new hotel!' Isn't it rude to come to his city and say, ‘I am staying at your competitor?'"

Why not indeed?

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2016-11-20 05:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

The swamp just got 10 feet deeper.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2016-11-20 05:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Of course this will be nothing to the Trumpsters.

Acknowledging he's in it for his own enrichment would mean having to admit they were had.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2016-11-20 05:43 PM | Reply

Yeah. Trump's gonna make a killing. Just 3 weeks ago it was said the brand was so damaged it'll fold up.

The Clinton's are ---- enraged with jealousy.

#4 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2016-11-20 07:04 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Just 3 weeks ago pay for play was a bad thing.
It is funny watching CDS sufferers defend Trump doing everything they condemned Clinton for.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2016-11-20 11:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 9

It's going to be the biggest kleptocratic kakistocracy in US history.

#6 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2016-11-21 06:41 AM | Reply

For a number of years, President-elect Trump and his Argentine partners have been trying to build a major office building in Buenos Aires. The project has been held up by a series of complications tied to financing, importation of building materials and various permitting requirements.

According to a report out of Argentina, when Argentine President Mauricio Macri called President-Elect Trump to congratulate him on his election, Trump asked Macri to deal with the permitting issues that are currently holding up the project.

This comes from one of Argentina's most prominent journalists, Jorge Lanata, in a recent TV appearance. Lanata is quoted here in La Nacion, one of Argentina's most prestigious dailies. Said Lanata: "Macri called him. This still hasn't emerged but Trump asked for them to authorize a building he's constructing in Buenos Aires, it wasn't just a geopolitical chat."

Separately, Trump's business partner on the project, Felipe Yaryura, was there on election night at the Trump celebration in New York City.

Why aren't we hearing about this in the American press? Josh Marshall

Yes, why aren't we reading about this obvious conflicts of interests in the US MSM? And more importantly, do the GOPers still clamoring for Hillary's head on a pike even care about Trump using his elective position for his own personal gains?

#7 | Posted by tonyroma at 2016-11-21 12:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

"It's going to be the biggest kleptocratic kakistocracy in US history."

Some people see a word they don't know and look it up in a dictionary then move on with their lives.

Others see a word they don't know and flip TF out, screaming, "you elitist bastard, how dare you flaunt your education by using words I don't know!"

#8 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2016-11-21 12:45 PM | Reply

#8 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2016-11-21 12:45 PM | Reply

I like when people use words I don't know because hey, new word!

"kak·is·toc·ra·cies. Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens"

Never heard it before but I suspect that with Trump in office, this one will get more play.

When I think of an "elitist" trying to show off with language, it is someone shoehorning an obscure word into a conversation when it doesn't really fit and another word would have conveyed the idea more clearly.

#9 | Posted by Sully at 2016-11-21 01:39 PM | Reply

"When I think of an "elitist" trying to show off with language, it is someone shoehorning an obscure word into a conversation when it doesn't really fit and another word would have conveyed the idea more clearly."

Clearly you use a more small c conservative definition of the word than some here. Smells of north east liberalism.

#10 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2016-11-21 01:51 PM | Reply

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Smells of north east liberalism.

#10 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2016-11-21 01:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

Baby powder and Summer's Eve?

#11 | Posted by Sully at 2016-11-21 02:15 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

(Now) Argentine President Macri says he didn't speak to Trump about the building permits for his new office tower in Buenos Aires. But now we learn from this new report from The Guardian that he did talk to Ivanka during the call. But he didn't talk with Ivanka about the development project either. "He spoke with Ivanka only briefly to say hello because he met her when she was just a kid," Macri's spokesman told The Guardian. "They did not speak about it. The president doesn't speak about city building permits."

In an interview with Japan's Asahi Shimbun, Macri addressed it himself: "In the call, I also talked with his daughter. I have known her since her infant days."

Here's a deep dive on the background of Trump's Buenos Aires development. And here's more on the two families' history going back four decades. Josh Marshall

#12 | Posted by tonyroma at 2016-11-21 07:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Are stories like these going to be ongoing throughout Trump's tenure as President? What do you think....

With a Meeting, Trump Renewed a British Wind Farm Fight

When President-elect Donald J. Trump met with the British politician Nigel Farage in recent days, he encouraged Mr. Farage and his entourage to oppose the kind of offshore wind farms that Mr. Trump believes will mar the pristine view from one of his two Scottish golf courses, according to one person present.

The meeting, held shortly after the presidential election, raises new questions about Mr. Trump's willingness to use the power of the presidency to advance his business interests. Mr. Trump has long opposed a wind farm planned near his course in Aberdeenshire, and he previously fought unsuccessfully all the way to Britain's highest court to block it.

Again, why aren't these stories being reported loud and long by our television news media?

#13 | Posted by tonyroma at 2016-11-22 09:56 AM | Reply

Conway's reply to Trumpf's Twitter comments about Hamilton www.cnn.com

My guess is we're going to hear "why do you care?" quite regularly ...

#14 | Posted by b_al at 2016-11-22 10:02 AM | Reply

Anyone who is surprised at this please post your email address. I have a bridge in California I want to sell you. I'll make you a huge deal!

#15 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2016-11-22 02:59 PM | Reply

Ha! This is chump change. Just wait until Trump tries to sell off US bridges, tunnels and highways for his cronies to privatize. That $0.20 increase in the gasoline tax will start looking pretty good as an alternative, but the GOP members of congress, all of whom posed with a sheep for Grover Norquist, will gladly sell out this country's infrastructure to avoid an increase in any tax...

#16 | Posted by catdog at 2016-11-23 12:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Maybe Trump will finally become the billionaire he claims to be.

#17 | Posted by Jasper at 2016-11-23 12:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There is a lot more to the Trump Argentina story

Foreign press reports -- available only in Spanish -- reveal a tangled web of family, business, and power.

It's all being done in the open and the US media is largely silent while it happens.

Oh, and Merry Christmas to all you Trumpsters:

Trump's Campaign Is Selling Gilded $149 Ornaments!
If there's a buck to be made, Donald and family are on it.

#18 | Posted by tonyroma at 2016-11-23 02:40 PM | Reply

Oh, and Merry Christmas to all you Trumpsters:
Trump's Campaign Is Selling Gilded $149 Ornaments!
POSTED BY TONYROMA

Thanks for the heads up, I have a family member who will love this as a Christmas present.

#19 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2016-11-23 02:45 PM | Reply

oooooooooo but but but Hillary got 250K for a speech!!!

The clowns are such rubes.

#20 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2016-11-23 06:50 PM | Reply

"oooooooooo but but but Hillary got 250K for a speech!!!"

In other words, HRC should be bashed for the same thing Trump and his followers would brag about.

#21 | Posted by Danforth at 2016-11-23 06:53 PM | Reply

In other words, HRC should be bashed for the same thing Trump and his followers would brag about.

Trump Foundation Took Donations From Controversial Ukrainian Clinton Donor

A Ukrainian steel magnate, Victor Pinchuk, paid $150,000 to Donald Trump's charity to book the then-presidential candidate to speak via satellite at a conference held in Kiev in the early days of the presidential campaign.

"Victor is a very, very special man. A special entrepreneur," Trump told the gathering.

In September 2015, when Pinchuk paid the money to Trump's charitable foundation, the Ukrainian billionaire was also one of the largest donors to the Clinton Foundation. The payment to the Trump Foundation went undisclosed until this week, when it surfaced on newly-filed tax records for Donald Trump's charitable foundation, raising alarms from some of the Clintons' most vocal critics.

"I think it is troubling," said Peter Schweizer, author of the book Clinton Cash, which documented the blending of the Clinton's charitable and political interests. "He's somebody that donated to the Clinton Foundation, and this is a problem…I think there's no other way to read it other than they are hoping to get some favor in return."

Yep.

#22 | Posted by tonyroma at 2016-11-23 08:41 PM | Reply

And the beat goes on:

Trump Praised His Turkish Business Partner In A Call With President Erdogan

Dogan Holding, which owns Trump Towers Istanbul, has butted heads with Erdogan's government.

The business of being president-elect must be exhausting.

#23 | Posted by tonyroma at 2016-11-23 10:25 PM | Reply

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