If Donald Trump is elected president, will he and his family permanently sever all connections to the Trump Organization, a sprawling business empire that has spread a secretive financial web across the world? Or will Trump instead choose to be the most conflicted president in American history, one whose business interests will constantly jeopardize the security of the United States?Seriously, read the whole thing. While it's distressing that this essential information is just coming out now, at least it's finally happening. Kudos to Newsweek and Eichenwald for the great journalism and public service.
Throughout this campaign, the Trump Organization, which pumps potentially hundreds of millions of dollars into the Trump family’s bank accounts each year, has been largely ignored. As a private enterprise, its businesses, partners and investors are hidden from public view, even though they are the very people who could be enriched by—or will further enrich—Trump and his family if he wins the presidency.
A close examination by Newsweek of the Trump Organization, including confidential interviews with business executives and some of its international partners, reveals an enterprise with deep ties to global financiers, foreign politicians and even criminals, although there is no evidence the Trump Organization has engaged in any illegal activities. It also reveals a web of contractual entanglements that could not be just canceled. If Trump moves into the White House and his family continues to receive any benefit from the company, during or even after his presidency, almost every foreign policy decision he makes will raise serious conflicts of interest and ethical quagmires.
Just how big is this story? This epic 20-part tweetstorm Hillary Clinton's campaign makes it clear.
This feels like the start of a very bad week or two for The Donald...and the crucial first debate is just 12 days away.20 questions Donald Trump needs to answer about his business—and the national security risk it poses https://t.co/r00MRpyfXc— Hillary HQ (@Hillary_HQ) September 14, 2016
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