Monday, November 21, 2016

President Pay For Play: Foreign Diplomats Flock To Trump Hotels To Buy Favors

The electoral college hasn’t even voted yet, and foreign diplomats are already touring the DC Trump Hotel, planning how best to curry favor with the President-elect by funneling him over the table cash. This glaring conflict of interest is permissible by present law, and the appearance of conflict is only intensified by Trump’s placement of his children both in charge of his business and on his transition team’s executive committee, where they could have a hand in selecting their next landlord:
“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?’ ” said one Asian diplomat. In interviews with a dozen diplomats, many of whom declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak about anything related to the next U.S. president, some said spending money at Trump’s hotel is an easy, friendly gesture to the new president.

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