Thursday, November 24, 2016

CORRUPT: Trump’s Argentina Hotel Is Approved After He Calls Their President

President-elect Donald Trump is already using his election to act as Lobbyist-in-Chief for the Trump Organization’s interests around the world. Initial reports focused on the massive conflict of interest caused by Ivanka Trump participating in the phone call, but three days later we learned the real reason for the President-elect’s contact with the Latin American leader. Trump’s stalled project in Buenos Aires needed some direct government assistance:
Three days after the phone call between Trump and Macri on Nov.14, Trump’s associates at Buenos Aires firm YY Development Group announced that the construction project would go ahead, in an interview with La Nación (link in Spanish). The tower’s construction had reportedly been held up for years, for various reasons, with YY Development actively restarting construction permit requests when pro-business Macri took over from statist former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in Jan. 2016.
There’s nothing substantive to confirm that the phone call and construction announcement are linked, but local news media have reported that the call itself was arranged in very unusual fashion. Macri, who is son of one of Latin America’s richest men and has reportedly known Trump since beating him at golf in the 1980s, had backed the wrong horse at the election, openly supporting Hillary Clinton. Accordingly, a crisis meeting was called to work out how to put relations on the right track (Spanish language) with Trump’s administration.
The President-elect told the New York Times just yesterday that if he’s inaugurated, there will be no conflicts of interest because he is President. That’s plainly wrong. Trump’s trading on his brand name when he becomes President represents an unconstitutionally illegal form of unjust enrichment.
Also, the entire discussion with Argentina’s President was handled without the State Department and held on an insecure, private telephone line to Trump Tower.  The entire world knows that Trump is conducting official business from his insecure network, leaving all of his conversations open to hackers and snoopers.

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