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Thursday, October 26, 2017

President Donald Trump was reportedly on the verge of deporting billionaire Chinese fugitive Guo Wengui, but changed his mind after aides informed him that Guo is a fellow billionaire and a member in good standing at the president's Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago. Much like Trump, the international fugitive is a wealthy real-estate developer with a massive Twitter following and an intense interest in building and promoting his personal brand. Longtime Trump friend and casino magnate Steve Wynn delivered Trump a letter from the Chinese government demanding Guo's extradition. Trump was inclined to take his friend's advice, in spite of the conflict of interest posed by the fact that Wynn is dependent upon China's approval to obtain licenses for his casinos in Macau.

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Guo built a real estate empire in Beijing, but fled China in 2014 after being informed that he was about to be arrested. Since then he has taunted the Chinese government on Twitter, telling sensational -- and possibly apocryphal -- stories about Chinese government corruption.

In June, Trump met with aides to discuss foreign policy toward China. He stunned the group by producing the letter forwarded to him by Wynn and saying that he was inclined to agree to the extradition.

Fearing that the handover would make the U.S. look weak and establish a dangerous precedent with foreign governments, aides urged set about trying to convince Trump not to fulfill China's request.

They informed Trump that Guo "happens to be a member of his Mar-a-Lago resort (a privilege that costs $200,000 in initiation fees plus $14,000 in annual dues)," Thompson said. "The president subsequently changed his mind, exposing a secondary set of even more problematic biases. Apparently, Trump was more than happy to allow a wealthy friend to pressure him on foreign policy -- until he was made aware of an even more pressing concern," the possibility of losing a paying member of Mar-a-Lago.

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the 'above the law and order' president

#1 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-10-26 08:43 AM | Reply

I wonder how the woman who voted for Trump whose husband (who was not a criminal by the way unlike this guy) was deported feels about this.

www.washingtonpost.com

"Trump supporter regrets vote after undocumented husband is deported"

Nothing screams Pay to Play like this.

#2 | Posted by 726 at 2017-10-26 08:54 AM | Reply

So a rich guy who keeps the money flowing into Mr. Trump's coffers gets a break. Who would have guessed that personal enrichment would play a role in the president's decision-making?

#3 | Posted by cbob at 2017-10-26 09:30 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

People illegally coming from mexico has dropped by 60% since trump became president.

who would have thought that the best way to fight illegal immigration was to make america a undesirable place to live.

#4 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-10-26 09:34 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

And they complain about the Clinton Foundation, a charity? This place funnels money directly to The Donald.

#5 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-10-26 10:35 AM | Reply

People illegally coming from mexico has dropped by 60% since trump became president.
who would have thought that the best way to fight illegal immigration was to make america a undesirable place to live.

#4 | POSTED BY KLIFFERD

Actually it hasn't. The immigration numbers over the last 6 months are on the rise again.

#6 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-10-26 10:35 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Gou paid a lot to get into Mar A Lago, and Jared needs more EB-5 investors to bail out his real estate investments, so he stays...
--Dotard

#7 | Posted by catdog at 2017-10-26 11:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#6. Sorry you are right. I was looking at old news from Feb.

found some great stats that are only a few weeks old.

www.nytimes.com

#8 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-10-26 12:28 PM | Reply

And they complain about the Clinton Foundation, a charity? This place funnels money directly to The Donald.

The news has been rather quiet on the Trump foundation front. We have no idea how much pay to play is going on there, do we?

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2017-10-26 12:35 PM | Reply

The news has been rather quiet on the Trump foundation front. We have no idea how much pay to play is going on there, do we?

#9 | POSTED BY JPW

It gets lost in all the other crazy news about Donald.

#10 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-10-26 12:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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It gets lost in all the other crazy news about Donald.

I wonder if it's purposeful that the Trump Foundation seems to be in the calm eye of the Trump turd tornado.

#11 | Posted by jpw at 2017-10-26 12:58 PM | Reply

My recollection is that the self dealing Trump Foundation was barred from receiving "donations".

www.washingtonpost.com

#12 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-10-26 01:33 PM | Reply

We have no idea how much pay to play is going on there, do we?

#9 | POSTED BY JPW AT 2017-10-26 12:35 PM | FLAG:

Well it was never registered as a charity in NY in the first place, so it is now shut down pending the outcome of NYS investigation into it.

#13 | Posted by 726 at 2017-10-26 02:00 PM | Reply

Not a peep from the Trumptards on this.

#14 | Posted by 726 at 2017-10-26 02:01 PM | Reply

Ahhh thanks guys.

Didn't know that.

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2017-10-26 02:04 PM | Reply

Apocryphal - vocabulary word for the day. At least for me...

#16 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-10-26 02:24 PM | Reply

The books of the Bible that got taken out are collectively called the Apocrypha.

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-26 02:28 PM | Reply

Well it was never registered as a charity in NY in the first place, so it is now shut down pending the outcome of NYS investigation into it.

#13 | Posted by 726

Don't hold your breath on that investigation.

Trump personally interviewed the federal judges that would be judging any cases involving Trump to pre-determine what their positions would be on any cases if they were brought before them. You can bet if he did not like their answers they would have suddenly been UN-nominated.

nymag.com

www.cnn.com

thehill.com

#18 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-10-26 04:28 PM | Reply

The Foundation case is a NY State issue, not Federal. He's got to deal with Schneiderman (NY AG), who is certainly no fan.

#19 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-10-27 07:01 PM | Reply

What a vile pos you ----- have hoisted on us

#20 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-10-27 07:13 PM | Reply

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