Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Friday, March 08, 2019

Chinese authorities have granted preliminary approval for dozens of Trump-branded businesses, expanding his commercial empire and raising further conflicts of interest, say lawyers. The 38 trademarks include new hotels, spas, escort and concierge services, massage parlors, personal security services and insurance, according to public documents. The President's lawyers applied for the trademarks in April last year, at the same time the then Presidential candidate Trump was accusing China of "ripping off" the US and deliberately manipulating its currency to its own advantage. Norm Eisen, who served as chief ethics lawyer for former President Barack Obama, told The Independent that the initial registration of a long-denied Trump trademark "certainly seems to run afoul of the foreign emoluments clause" of the US Constitution.



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The Trump Organisation is being run by Mr Trump's two oldest sons, Donald Jr and Eric Trump, whilst he is in the White House. He was urged to divest from his businesses and place assets in a blind trust but has not done so. The trust, of which he is the sole beneficiary, is being run by Donald Jr and longtime associate Allen Weisselberg. The President can revoke the trust at any time and stands to benefit financially from it after his term is over.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-03-08 10:43 AM | Reply

But don't forget that Obama wore a tan suit once.

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-03-08 11:54 AM | Reply

Remember when Obama put his feet on his desk?

Wowzers, those racist GOPers went nuts n bolts on that.

#3 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-03-08 12:05 PM | Reply

This is a two year old article...

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2019-03-09 12:01 AM | Reply

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