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Old 05-15-2018, 01:01 PM   #1
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Trump Orders Help For Chinese Phone-Maker After China Approves Money For Trump Project

Trump will profit from Indonesian resort project that will get $500 million in Chinese loans in a deal sealed days before before his tweet ordering help for ZTE.


WASHINGTON – A mere 72 hours after the Chinese government agreed to put a half-billion dollars into an Indonesian project that will personally enrich Donald Trump, the president ordered a bailout for a Chinese-government-owned cellphone maker.

“President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast,” Trump announced on Twitter Sunday morning. “Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!”

Trump did not mention in that tweet or its follow-ups that on Thursday, the developer of a theme park resort outside of Jakarta had signed a deal to receive as much as $500 million in Chinese government loans, as well as another $500 million from Chinese banks, according to Agence France-Presse. Trump’s family business, the Trump Organization, has a deal to license the Trump name to the resort, which includes a golf course and hotels.

Trump, despite his campaign promises to turn over his businesses and have no involvement with them, has still not fully divested himself of his businesses, and continues to profit from them.

“You do a good deal for him, he does a good deal for you. Quid pro quo,” said Richard Painter, the White House ethics lawyer for former President George W. Bush and now a Democratic candidate for Senate in Minnesota.

“This appears to be yet another violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution,” Painter said, referring to the prohibition against the president receiving payments from foreign governments.

The White House did not respond to HuffPost queries asking if there was a connection between the “MNC Lido City” project and Trump’s directive regarding ZTE.

At Monday’s daily briefing, Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah referred questions about the Indonesian project to the Trump Organization. “That’s not something that I can speak to,” he said.

The Trump Organization on Monday acknowledged its involvement in the resort, but did not respond to questions about how much the company would make from its licensing or management fees.

ZTE phones have already been described as a security risk by the U.S. military and intelligence community. Two weeks ago, the military banned their use on bases for fear they could be used to track the locations of service members.

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The company, which is owned 33 percent by Chinese-government-owned enterprises, had been fined $1.2 billion last year after it was found to be violating U.S. sanctions against Iran and North Korea. After it was determined that ZTE officials had lied about their actions, the U.S. government last month banned it from purchasing U.S. components for seven years — a decision that essentially forced the company to shut down.

Trump followed up late Monday afternoon with a new tweet on the issue: “ZTE, the large Chinese phone company, buys a big percentage of individual parts from U.S. companies. This is also reflective of the larger trade deal we are negotiating with China and my personal relationship with President Xi.”

The new statement, however, still did not address the question of the Indonesian resort and the Trump Organization’s coming profit thanks to Chinese investment.

“This is stunning. They perpetually find new things to surprise me,” said Robert Weissman, president of the open government advocacy group Public Citizen. “The idea of the president intervening in a law enforcement matter to satisfy a foreign government is extraordinary. And it’s extraordinary because it doesn’t happen. Opening that door threatens the integrity of all corporate law enforcement.”

Shah, on other ZTE questions at the daily briefing, appeared to downplay the import of Trump’s directive to “get it done.” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will examine the matter “consistent with applicable laws and regulations,” Shah said.

He acknowledged, however, that the issue is of great concern to the Chinese and its president, Xi Jinping.

“In our bilateral relationship, there is a give and take,” Shah said.

During his campaign, Trump attacked China almost daily for “stealing” U.S. jobs by manipulating its currency and using unfair trade practices. “No one has ever stolen jobs like other countries have taken from us,” Trump told a Nevada rally on Nov. 5, 2016. “We’ve lost 70,000 factories since China joined the WTO,” Trump told a Pittsburgh-area audience the following day.

In recent months, Trump has been trying to craft a trade agreement with China at the same time he is asking for Xi’s help in cracking down on North Korea because of its nuclear weapons program.

At a National Press Club speech Monday, Ross said that the ZTE sanctions were an enforcement action, unrelated to the trade negotiations, but that he would be reviewing the situation “very, very promptly” as a result of Trump’s request.

For ethics advocates, the timing of the ZTE tweet on the heels of the Indonesian development announcement is yet another example of the consequences of Trump’s unwillingness to abide by the emoluments clause.

The Chinese government seems to have figured out a way to manipulate President Trump,” Weissman said. “It’s exactly why this anti-bribery clause of the Constitution is common sense.

Clarification: Language in this story has been amended to clarify Trump’s campaign promises regarding control of his businesses.
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Old 05-15-2018, 01:05 PM   #2
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In-your-face corruption and self-dealing.

Simply the latest episode in The For-Profit Presidency.
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Old 05-15-2018, 02:00 PM   #4
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Trump owns a huge business which he continues to profit from.

He said the business wouldn't build anything overseas while president.

He lied.

He's building something overseas.

China is bankrolling -- aka "subsidizing" -- this $1 billion project in Indonesia to the tune of $500 million. That's about half.

And so: "This is a violation of the Emoluments Clause. A big one."

'See You in Court': With China Funding New Trump Resort Project, President in Clear Violation of Constitution

https://www.commondreams.org/news/20...lear-violation
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Old 05-15-2018, 02:49 PM   #5
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Well his followers don't give a **** and the GOP will bend over backwards to cover for him.

Drumph is going to make a killing off this "president" gig.

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He’s making deals folks... just like republicans always say the role of government is to pick winners and loser.

I can’t believe the gop base isn’t livid over this clown. I think the base has no scrotum no will no backbone. Just a tepid pool of leftover mashed potatoes.
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He’s making deals folks... just like republicans always say the role of government is to pick winners and loser.

I can’t believe the gop base isn’t livid over this clown. I think the base has no scrotum no will no backbone. Just a tepid pool of leftover mashed potatoes.
Nah, cuz tax cuts... ya dig?
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Just goes to show how completely meaningless Congress has become. No "War Powers Act?" No problem. No "emoluments clause?" Sure. What the hell? None of that **** means anything anymore. It's farce.

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This furthers my opinion that Trump will resign before 2020 elections. He will need to retire and get a pardon from Pence. If he goes in and loses 2020 elections he will be open to all sorts of criminal charges.

Donald Trump will not serve a four year term but he will make a ton of money.
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Just goes to show how completely meaningless Congress has become. No "War Powers Act?" No problem. No "emoluments clause?" Sure. What the hell? None of that **** means anything anymore. It's farce.
Obama was mass droning more than a handful of countries most of his administration. Anything goes now.
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Obama was mass droning more than a handful of countries most of his administration. Anything goes now.
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I'm going to pretend that there's not an open investigation on this right now. The Clintons will continue to be protected and I will still worship them.


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How much longer can Mueller run the smokescreen for Sir Edmund Hillary and the community droner remains to be seen. We'll see if the swamp is drained enough yet for this latest investigation to go anywhere.
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Yep, That $500 M from China to Trump Project Looks Like a Pretty Big Deal
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'Nonstop, Habitual, and Compulsive Liar': Poll Shows Just 13 Percent of Americans Consider Trump Truthful

The results follow recent Washington Post analysis that found the president, on average, makes more than six false or misleading remarks each day

https://www.commondreams.org/news/20...icans-consider
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liberals are grasping at straws. Going to be so bummed out when they don't get Trumps head.
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Trump’s corruption is only a symptom of a bigger problem: a G.O.P. that will do anything, even betray the nation, in its pursuit of partisan advantage.

Did China Just Bribe Trump to Undermine National Security? https://nyti.ms/2GtEugi
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Hopefully, while Trump is meeting with China, he can bring up their global warming hoax.
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why do you hate America so much?
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