>>OH, MY GOSH.
>>THAT’S CATCHY. >>BEFORE THE BREAK WE TOLD YOU
ABOUT THE EFFORTS FROM THE STATE OF MARYLAND AND WASHINGTON,
D.C., TO SUE THE PRESIDENT, ACCUSING HIM OF PAYMENTS FROM
FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS. JOINING US NOW FROM CAPITOL
HILL, DEPUTY WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF FOR “TIME” MAGAZINE ALEX
ALTMAN. HIS NEW COVER STORY DETAILS HOW
PRESIDENT TRUMP’S WASHINGTON, D.C., HOTEL IS RAISING AN
INCREAING AMOUNT OF ETHICAL CONCERNS AND HE WRITES IN PART
THIS. THIS IS THE NEW TOWN SQUARE IN
DONALD TRUMP’S WASHINGTON. TOURISTS PERCH ON THE BLUE
VELVET SOFAS IN THE LOBBY, SNAPPING CELL PHONE PICTURES AS
POWER PLAYERS STREAM ACROSS THE DARK MARBLE FLOORS AND CREAM
CARPETS. IN THE PAST, PRESIDENTS HAVE
OFTEN GONE TO GREAT LENGTHS TO ASSURE THE PUBLIC THAT THEY
AREN’T MIXING THE NATION’S BUSINESS WITH THEIR OWN.
TRUMP HAS TAKEN A DIFFERENT APPROACH.
HE HAS STEPPED AWAY FROM THE OPERATIONS OF HIS BUSINESS, BUT
HE HAS NOT RELINQUISHED OWNERSHIP.
CRITICS SAY THE APPROACH FALLS FAR SHORT.
HE IS ONE GREAT BIG EXAMPLE OF EXPLOITING PUBLIC OFFICE FOR
PRIVATE GAIN, SAYS KATHLEEN CLARK, A LAW PROFESSOR AT
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS, WHO TRAINS GOVERNMENTS
AROUND THE WORLD IN ETHICS AND ANTI-CORRUPTION PRACTICES.
OF COURSE IT’S A SCANDAL. >>SO, ALEX, IS THIS A GUY THAT
KNOWS HOW TO GO RIGHT UP TO THE LINE BUT NEVER CROSSES IT OR DO
YOU THINK IN YOUR INVESTIGATING THAT ACTUALLY THERE IS SOMETHING
THAT THESE STATES ATTORNEYS GENERALS MAY BE ABLE TO SINK
THEIR TEETH INTO? >>WELL, ONE QUESTION WITH THE
LAWSUITS IS GOING TO BE STANDING.
THE PRESIDENT HAS TRADITIONALLY HAD A GREAT DEAL OF LATITUDE
FROM THE CONGRESS AND FROM THE SUPREME COURT IN TERMS OF WHAT’S
I THINK THE PRESIDENT’S LAWYERS MAY BE ON SOLID GROUND IN SAYING
NOTHING THAT HE’S DONE HAS CROSSED THE LINE.
THERE’S NOT JUST THE QUESTION OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST BUT THE
QUESTION OF THE APPEARANCE THEREOF.
WE’VE NEVER HAD A PRESIDENT TAKE OFFICE WITH A GLOBAL EMPIRE,
FOREIGN OUTPOSTS AND A TROPHY HOTEL ON PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE
RIGHT IN THE SHADOW OF THE WHITE HOUSE.
>>AND HE GOES TO ALL OF HIS FACILITIES JUST ABOUT EVERY
WEEKEND. THIS WEEKEND.
THERE HAVE BEEN PROMISES THAT HE MIGHT SHOW UP AT WEDDING
RECEPTIONS. THIS WEEKEND HE DID SHOW UP AT A
WEDDING RECEPTION AT ONE OF HIS HOTELS.
>>YEAH. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HE HAS
DONE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF HIS CAMPAIGN.
YOU KNOW, REPORTERS AND HIS PRESS CORPS CAN RECALL BEING
DRAGGED ALONG TO TRUMP PROPERTY AFTER TRUMP PROPERTY.
I MEAN I CAN RECALL VISITING ONE OF HIS GOLF COURSES IN SCOTLAND
RIGHT BEFORE THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION, WHICH STRUCK A LOT
OF PEOPLE AS ODD. AS YOU NOTE, IT IS SOMETHING HE
HAS CONTINUED DURING THE PRESIDENCY.
HE DECAMPS FOR HIS GOLF COURSE IN VIRGINIA AND NEW JERSEY ALL
THE TIME. HE’S BROUGHT FOREIGN LEADERS TO
MAR-A-LAGO, HIS FLORIDA ESTATE, AND IT’S SOMETHING THAT HE’S
>>AND THE DUES ARE UP AT MAR-A-LAGO.
THEY RAISED THE PRICE. >>THAT’S CORRECT.
I BELIEVE THEY RAISED THE INITIATION FEE FOR NEW MEMBERS
FROM $100,000 TO $200,000. >>OKAY.
HOW’S THAT NOT BENEFITING? PRESIDENT TRUMP’S WASHINGTON,
D.C. HOTEL ISSUE COULD BE PART OF A LARGER ETHICS ISSUE.
LET’S BRING IN ANDREW RICE. HIS NEW PIECE ASKS THE QUESTIONS
IS TRUMP INC. HIS GREATEST VUBLNER ABILITY.
EVEN AS REPUBLICANS LIKE LINDSEY GRAHAM STARTED TO TALK ABOUT
INVESTIGATING TRUMP’S FINANCES, IT BEGAN TO OCCUR TO MANY PEOPLE
THAT THE PRESIDENT’S DEFIANT REFUSAL TO SEPARATE HIMSELF FROM
HIS TANGLE OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS INTERESTS MIGHT
REPRESENT SOMETHING MORE OMINOUS THAN MERE STUBBORNNESS, THAT HIS
INVETERATE HUCKSTERISM MIGHT NOT BE A SIMPLE PERSONALITY QUIRK OR
AN IMPLAUSIBLE SELLING POINT OF HIS SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN, BUT THE
FATAL WEAKNESS OF HIS PRESIDENCY.
>>AND THE BELIEF OF A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT HE’S IN IT FOR THE
MONEY. HE’S GOING TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY
AS HE CAN IN OFFICE AND OUT OF OFFICE.
>>THIS GOES TO THE CENTER OF THIS UNPRECEDENTED SITUATION
THAT WE FIND OURSELVES IN AS A COUNTRY, IN THAT, YOU KNOW,
TRUMP HAS NOT DIVESTED HIS BUSINESS INTERESTS.
YOU KNOW, THE CONFLICTS ARE REAL.
I MEAN THERE’S A RECENT REPORT IN “THE WALL STREET JOURNAL” OR
IN “THE DAILY CALLER” SAUDI ARABIA SPENT $270,000 DURING THE
TRANSITION AT THIS WASHINGTON HOTEL.
SO THAT’S AN EXAMPLE OF LIKE A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT PUTTING A
QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS INTO THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION’S
POCKETS. >>THAT’S ACTUALLY WHAT I WAS
GOING TO ASK YOU AND ALSO TO ALEX AS WELL, THIS $270,000 TAB
COINCIDING WITH A SAUDI LOBBYING PUSH AGAINST LEGISLATION TO
ALLOW VICTIMS OF TERRORIST ATTACKS TO SUE FOREIGN
GOVERNMENTS THAT CAME OUT OF 9/11, DIPLOMATS FROM BAHRAIN, WE
WERE TALKING ABOUT EARLIER, THE WAY THE PRESIDENT TALKS TO THOSE
NATIONS AS COMPARED TO OUR ALLIES.
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THERE ARE ALLIES USING THE HOTEL AND HOW
THE PRESIDENT TALKS ABOUT THESE COUNTRIES AND HIS OWN BUSINESS
INTERESTS? >>I THINK CLEARLY, YOU KNOW,
THERE’S A LOT OF EVIDENCE, JUST SMALL THINGS ON SOCIAL MEDIA,
LIKE THE AMBASSADOR OF GEORGIA TWEETING OUT A PICTURE OF THE
TRUMP HOTEL AND SAYING BEST DINING EXPERIENCE I’VE EVER HAD,
ET CETERA. YOU KNOW, THESE SEEM LIKE SMALL
THINGS. BUT WE KNOW THAT TRUMP IS, AS
NORM EISEN, THE HEAD OF CREW, WHO IS BRINGING THESE — THIS
EMOLUMENTS LAWSUIT, HE’S INFLUENCED BY THESE MINOR FORMS
OF TRIBUTE SEEMINGLY FROM THE PUBLIC RECORD.
IF YOU’RE A DIPLOMAT AND YOU HAVE A CHOICE BETWEEN THE FOUR
SEASONS AND THE TRUMP HOTEL, WHY NOT STAY AT THE TRUMP HOTEL.
>>ALEX, THE UNITED STATES’ FOREIGN POLICY, THE PRESIDENT
HAS TREATED OUR ALLIES IN EUROPE BADLY AND EMBRACED TYRANTS IN
TURKEY AND IN THE PHILIPPINES, WHERE TWO HUGE TRUMP PROPERTIES
EXIST. >>THAT’S RIGHT.
NOT ONLY DOES IT RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHY THE PRESIDENT IS
SAYING AND DOING THE THINGS THAT HE’S DOING WITH RESPECT TO
GEOPOLITICAL HOT SPOTS, BUT JUST ANSWER THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.
WE’VE ALSO SEEN POWERFUL DOMESTIC INTERESTS TAKE AN
INTEREST IN PATRONIZING THE PRESIDENT’S PROPERTY.
DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION, THE HERITAGE
FOUNDATION, WHICH IS IS A POWERFUL CONSERVATIVE THINKTANK
HERE IN D.C., PERHAPS ONE THAT’S DONE MORE THAN ANY OTHER TO FORM
THE TRUMP POLICIES, THANKED DONORS WITH A GALA AT THE TRUMP.
WE’VE SEEN A BANQUET, PUT UP POWERFUL INTERNATIONAL CLERICS
AT THE TRUMP HOTEL. THESE ARE ALL CAUSE FOR CONCERN.
>>IT’S UNSEEMLY, IT HAS THE APPEARANCE OF CONFLICT OF
INTEREST. MY HUNCH IS YOU’RE NEVER GOING
TO BE ABLE TO SHOW QUID PRO QUOS SO I DON’T THINK ULTIMATELY THIS
DOG WILL HUNT BUT IT CREATES THE PERCEPTION OF AN ADMINISTRATION
THAT ISN’T DEALING WITH THE WHITE HOUSE, THIS SOUNDS CORNY,
AS CHERISHED AS IT IS. IT’S AN UNBELIEVABLE
RESPONSIBILITY AND OBLIGATION AND HONOR TO BE THERE, AND ONE
JUST JUST SENSES THERE’S BEHAVIOR
THAT’S INCONSISTENT. >>STEVE, WHAT’S SO REMARKABLE
ABOUT THIS, HERE WE ARE AGAIN, SIX MONTHS AFTER A CAMPAIGN,
NINE MONTHS AFTER A CAMPAIGN. FOCUSED ON A POLITICAL CANDIDATE
WHO USED HER POSITION IN GOVERNMENT TO SOME PEOPLE
ACCUSED HER OF GETTING MONEY INTO THEIR FOUNDATION, WOULD
CHANGE POLICIES, HER HUSBAND WOULD GO GIVE SPEECHES, AND
INSTEAD OF GETTING HIS 250,000, AND ONCE SHE BECAME SECRETARY OF
STATE, GET THE 500,000. I’LL BE DAMMED IF WE’RE NOT IN A
POSITION NOW WHERE IT’S THE SAME THING.
HOW DO YOU PROVE SECRETARY CLINTON CHANGED U.S. POLICY, BUT
IT DID JUST SO HAPPEN TO BILL CLINTON GET HALF A MILLION
DOLLARS FOR A 30 MINUTE SPEECH. AND, AGAIN, HOW DO WE PREVIEW
ANYONE IS GOING IN THERE. IT’S SLEAZY ON BOTH SIDES.
>>THE STUFF DONALD TRUMP WAS GOING AFTER HILLARY CLINTON FOR
A LOT OF REPUBLICANS WERE GOING FOR HILLARY CLINTON.
A LOT ARE SILENT NOW WITH STUFF MUCH MORE GLARING.
IT COMES BACK TO THE ELECTION WITH HIM.
HE GOT THROUGH THE CAMPAIGN. NOT PUTTING OUT HIS TAX RETURN.
THUMBING HIS NOSE AT THE CROWD ON THE TAX ISSUE.
HE FEELS HE GOT ELECTED AND IT’S VINDICATION AND SO THIS SAME
ETHICS CROWD COMES OUT OF HIM. DIVESTING, BLIND TRUSTING.
I THINK HE SAYS I GOT AWAY WITH THE CAMPAIGN ON TAXES, I’LL GET
AWAY. >>JOE BRINGS UP A GREAT POINT
ABOUT THE CLINTON PRACTICES WHICH I WILL SAY I WAS KIND OF
ALONE. I BROUGHT IT UP IN REALTIME.
I’VE GOT THOUGHT IT WAS SLEAZY TOO.
THE CLINTON PRACTICES AS IT PERTAINS TO SPEECHES SET THE
PRECEDENT FOR DONALD TRUMP NOW. REALLY HARD TO NAIL DONALD TRUMP
ON THIS. DIALING IT RIGHT BACK TO HOW THE
CLINTONS PRACTICED THEIR FINANCIAL GAINS AND KIND OF PUT
THAT I RECALL GRIPS ON A LARGE SECTOR OF SOCIETY THROUGH THEIR
FOUNDATION. BY USING THE SAME.
>>AS GEORGE STEPHEN WOULD SAY. YOU GIVE THEM MONEY BECAUSE YOU
WANT TO BUY ACCESS. IF HE WAS SAYING THAT, YOU KNOW
FOREIGN LEADERS WERE SAYING THAT.
BY THE WAY, HOW IS THE CLINTON FOUNDATION DOING NOW THAT
THEY’RE OUT OF OFFICE. >>I WOULD SAY THE ONE THING,
THERE’S A SUBTLE DIFFERENCE HERE FROM NORMAL CORRUPTION CASES.
WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE CAUSE OF THE CONSTITUTION.
ABSOLUTE PROHIBITION ON TAKING BENEFITS FROM FOREIGN
GOVERNMENTS. DON’T HAVE TO PROVE HE DID
ANYTHING IN RETURN FOR THIS MONEY, ALL YOU HAVE TO PROVE SU
THAT HE HAS BEEN ACCEPTING. >>WOULDN’T A JUDGE HAVE TO LOOK
AT IT AND SEE HE’S GETTING MORE THAN FAIR MARKET VALUE.
IF THEY BUILD A HOTEL AND PEOPLE GO VISIT HIS HOTEL, YOU CAN’T
GET HIM FOR THAT, BUT IF THERE SEEMS TO BE A PATTERN OR E-MAILS
OR HERE WE ARE LOOKING FOR E-MAILS AGAIN OR EVIDENCE THAT
THERE’S A QUID PROQUO THAT’S FINE.
IF THEY’RE GETTING FAIR MARKET VALUE FOR A HOTEL IN WASHINGTON,
D.C., IT BECOMES DIFFICULT. THE WORDING IS PRETTY CLEAR.
YOU CAN’T TAKE A PROFIT WHATSOEVER.
YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO TAKE PAYMENTS.
>>HE WAS TAKEN. IF HE BASICALLY IS ONE STEP
REMOVED AS OTHER PEOPLE ARE RUNNING THE BUSINESS, DOESN’T
THAT GIVE HIM A CHINESE WALL THAT PROTECTS HIM FROM THIS
ARGUMENT. >>HE SET UP SOMETHING A DONALD
J TRUMP TRUST.
REVOCABLE. HIS KIDS RUN IT.
IT’S NOT PARTICULARLY ARM’S LENGTH.
I THINK THAT’S SOMETHING THAT ULTIMATELY LITIGATION WILL
DETERMINE. THIS IS LIKE WHY CREW AND OTHER
ORGANIZATIONS ARE BRINGING SUITS.
ARE ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THEM. IT WILL ALSO GIVE AN OPPORTUNITY
FOR TRUMP’S OPPONENTS OR ETHICAL ADVOCATES TO GET INTO HIS TAX
RETURNS TO GET INTO THE DETAILS OF HIS FINANCES.
>>IT’S GOING TO BE REALLY TOUGH TO PROVE THIS.
JUST AS TOUGH TOLL PROVER QUID PRO QUO.
>>YOU CAN READ THE HIS PIECE IN THE NEW ISSUE OF “NEW YORK
TIMES.” >>>DEMOCRATS STRUGGLE TOLL GET
ON THE SAME PAGE. STEVE KORNACKI, DEEPENING
DIVIDE. >>>ALSO AHEAD, POLITICAL BATTLE
LINES ARE BEING REDRAWN ACROSS EUROPE.
EMMANUEL MACRON PARTY IS POISED FOR AN UNBELIEVABLE WIN IN
FRANCE. WHILE PRIME MINSTER THERESA
MAY’S FUTURE IS UNCERTAIN IN THE UK.
AND AS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S COMMENTS ABOUT LONDON’S MAYOR
DRAWS BACKLASH S THE WHITE HOUSE CONSIDERING POSTPONING OR
CANCELLING AN UPCOMING TRIP TO ENGLAND.
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Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp are engaged but it hasn’t always been a smooth relationship for the two The 56-year-old actress shared the announcement on her Instagram account on Thursday, writing, “ENGAGED!” next to a sweet and silly cartoon drawing of the two reaching for each other’s hands Get push notifications with news, features, and more. Follow Following You’ll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications The news comes after Ryan and Mellencamp, 67, rekindled their romance in May 2017 The two first dated for three years before calling it quits in August 2014. While the two are now preparing to walk down the aisle, here are the ups and downs of their rollercoaster relationship The actress and singer began dating in late 2011, with PEOPLE confirming the two were quietly dating in January 2011 after Mellencamp split from his wife of 18 years, Elaine Irwin The couple was spotted together at Martha’s Vineyard and New York City, enjoying a coffee together and even going grocery shopping — where observers told PEOPLE at the time the two looked happy and at ease Mellencamp has been married three times before and has five children, including two sons with Irwin Ryan has been married once, to actor Dennis Quaid. They have one son, Jack Henry, 26 The two split in August 2014 after dating for more than three years. A source told PEOPLE at the time “it was the distance” that separated them “She lives in New York and he resides in Indiana,” the insider said. “It was the long distance that ultimately was the cause ” While the pair was dating they kept a low profile, stepping out occasionally for industry events and being spotted every so often on the streets of New York City Despite their romance, Mellencamp previously expressed his unhappiness with living in the Big Apple “I’m too sensitive to live here,” he told Rolling Stone in December 2013. “I can’t see poor people I can’t see suffering. I can’t see the trash on the streets.” When it came to the paparazzi, the “Jack and Diane” singer said, “I don’t give a f— about me, but I don’t like it for [Ryan] ” His true home was Indiana, he added. “I’m not leaving Indiana,” he said. “I’m going to die here ” One month after their split in 2014, Mellencamp couldn’t help but gush about the Sleepless in Seattle actress He spoke about her during an interview in Sirius XM’s The Howard Stern Show, saying, “Meg is an angel She was just an angel sent to me at the right time.” “We tried to have a relationship for three years long distance,” he continued While the distance was what broke them apart, Mellencamp hinted there could still be a chance of a reconciliation “We’ll see what happens,” he said. The “Hurts So Good” singer eventually moved on and began dating model Christie Brinkley for about a year before the two split in 2016 As for Ryan, she told Closer in 2015 she was “taking a little break” from relationships “I’m [in love] with my life right now in a way that I adore, with my kids and my world,” she said “I love my age. I love my life right now. I love what I know about. I love the person I’ve become, the one I’ve evolved into ” She added, “In my life, I’ve been scrappy as hell, but I feel easy with things now I think that comes with age.” While it seemed things between the two were amicable, Mellencamp opened up about the actress again in an interview with Howard Stern on his Sirius XM show in March 2017 “Oh, women hate me,” he said. “I loved Meg Ryan. She hates me to death.“ When Stern asked why Ryan would “hate” the singer, the rock star elaborated, “I think it’s because I’m a child I throw fits, I gripe, I complain. I’m moody. Every bad thing that a fella can be, that’s me ” Mellencamp revealed he tried to make amends with the Kate & Leopold actress, saying, “I’ve done that She just doesn’t want anything to do with me. And I can’t blame her.” In June 2017, two months after the rocker insisted the actress “hated” him, the two were photographed together at the Art Cliff Diner in Martha’s Vineyard One month after their outing, a source told PEOPLE the two were back together, saying, “They have a bond “ Since then, the couple has been steadily dating until the actress announced their engagement on Thursday After the two reconciled, they were spotted together a few times and spent Christmas Day together with their two sons from previous relationships The pair even caught a New York Knicks basketball game with her son Jack and Mellencamp’s 24-year-old son Hud from his marriage to Irwin The outing was a festive one for the blended family as Hud and Jack both dressed up in Christmas gear to celebrate the holiday while sitting courtside Hud opted for a green shirt mimicking an elf’s uniform while Quaid went with a red, white and dark blue Christmas sweater with reindeer print Mellencamp and Ryan are now engaged with the actress announcing the news on Instagram just hours after photos surfaced of her out and about in New York City on Wednesday wearing an engagement ring
This is your cardboard shelter? Yeah, this is my cardboard shelter. Yes, it is. How long have you been here? In this particular spot? Yeah. Oh, maybe a month or two. That’s about the longest I’ve been in
one spot, you know, a long time out here. And you built this? Yeah, yeah. This isn’t the first one I’ve built. I’ve actually built about four of them,
five of them. Can you talk about living out here under the
freeway? Why are you here? Well, I found myself in, a year or two ago,
a couple years ago, in an unfortunate situation, and I ended up on the street. And so, I kind of flocked to this group of
people and found a little bit of a safety net here with them, because it’s the only
way to really live out here in any kind of security. And I just been kind of going day by day to
get everything. It’s extremely difficult living on the streets,
being homeless, especially in the — I don’t know if it’s different elsewhere, but here
it is. So, just at the moment, trying to get things
together so I could get off the streets. Where were you born? I was born here. It’s very odd to being homeless in the city
you’re born in. How long have you been homeless? About two years. Do you see yourself getting out of this situation? What could help you get out of it? I see — I do see myself getting out of the
situation. Once you get into the situation, it’s extremely
difficult to get out. It’s kind of like a pit drop. They’ll wake you up at 4:30 in the morning,
every morning for two weeks. Who is “they”? The police? The police, DPW, people that work for the
city. They’ll wake you up every morning, 4:30
in the morning. And if you don’t move fast enough, they’ll
take your things, and then you have to get your things all over again. Can you get them back? No. No, you can’t. They say you can, but you can’t. I have several, several friends — all of
my friends out here have tried to go get their things back, and never, ever have I seen anybody
successful at it. What kind of services are provided for you
to help you get out of this situation? Well, they have — supposedly have navigation
out here, but — that they can take you and give you a stay. Last time they offered me a seven-day stay,
which a seven-day stay doesn’t help me at all out here. In a shelter? In a shelter — because then I’m just back
out here and on the street.