Trump’s Businesses May Lead To His Undoing | Morning Joe | MSNBC


>>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
ILLEGAL.
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
DONE.
>>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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100 Replies to “Trump’s Businesses May Lead To His Undoing | Morning Joe | MSNBC

  1. The sooner your Self Serving, Self Profiting, Double Talking, Smokescreen, Manipulating & Self proclaimed Cult Leader/ Snake Oil Salesman Trump go million miles from Oval Office, the better it will be for US & the Free World.

  2. Check Kazakhstan I'll find out how much cracked that family is I mean all of trumps and soninlaws it bad to take a bribe to fup our country

  3. Trump v emoluments clause …. Trump 1 – Emoluments clause 0 so either it should be enforced or repealed and if its enforced he should be impeached and the sooner the better !!

  4. American Taxpayers … Paying Costs for Trump's Expensive Golfing Weekends and Supporting his Love For Pootin

  5. forget Clinton and Obama they old news everybody has some form of corruption … Donald is just blatantly Openly Conning the Money out of Americans

  6. What about so many crimals entities point toward trump, who is leading our nation. Clinton has been investigated, answered to Congress 13 hours, ect…..millions wasted. NOW look into the real criminal, the corruption, ties to russia, money laundering found through his hotels, Putin involved,foreign people hurting our democracy attached to trump and family. In and on……

  7. Trump has been broken all the rules of ethics and judicial system, has gotten away with it, and everyone knows it, talks about it, but no body does a dumb thing about it!!! In the meantime he is enjoying it, and each time he doubles down even more!!

  8. Joe and Mika can't get over with the Clinton's,!! It seems like they hate the Clinton's more than they hate Trump's wrongdoings, knowingly aware of how terrible corrupted this man is.!! As bad as the Clinton's have had been, there's not comparison from either one of them. Joe I like your show and sometimes you are right, but many others you are wrong, and certainly you make a full of yourself!!!

  9. A stark reminder that after Trump was in office for a few months he still had the support of Morning Joe. How else do you explain that during a segment on DJT taking foreign bribes through his Washington hotel hotel, Joe and Mika both cannot stop talking about Hillary and even brought up the emails.
    Remember this my friends, that while many republicans now criticize Trump, they are aching to go back on the attack against any democrat or progressive who promotes fairness and democratic principles. Vote Blue!

  10. Why is Joe still sooooooo obsessed with Bill Clinton? Dude it's been like 20 years now and I've yet to see Bill Clinton say a word about that murdered intern you allegedly had an affair with. Get over yourself.

  11. April 2018: This just came over my feed & listening I'm thinking how sweet & simple the first news on Trump USED to be … Gee…. using his Hotels for his business gains? ….. hahahaha – My oh My. how things have changed … !

  12. Trump and his family should be required to pay back the people, for the abuse of the system, and if provable for political gain, and self interest. It's the people's White House, and a lot of Trump's spending was unnecessary.

  13. Trump is dirty and dishonest person so it's not surprising he use the Presidency for financial gain

  14. I wish Presidents demand that there are no scandals with their team but also that there are no appearances of a scandal
    trump is guilty of both.

  15. Look the bottom line Trump is a Russian stooge and crook. Period,, he's profiting by holding the office of the presidency plus he give himself a Hugh tax cut. NOW, this bird makes the mafia look like altar boys.

  16. Track the way the purchases of the businesses were obtained from loans and deals that were from European Banks with international money in obtaining a business also money made from the businesses sent back to the loan then money transferred back to others through offshore directors and then being paid out to possibly the combined Russian and European with American Mafia that is now world wide,

  17. Trump or his family still own their businesses and while they are working and on state visit to another country tries to conduct personal business. They can't do the right thing. Must be pages of conflict of Interest. Emoluments are over the place.

  18. God bless Mr. Gowdy. Does Mr Trump knows how to listen, or even try to understand how Washington works. He does have a lot of "Swamp" to drain.Starting with himself & his family would be an excellent way to start. "Clean your windows,before you start talking & looking @ your neighbors".

  19. Putin never disclosed his taxes in Russia prior to his election the first time, I think Putin is instructing Trump how to get away the same way.

  20. Saw this coming from day one and I'm sure I wasn't the only one. Isn't technologically great, the only real stumbling block is getting someone within the Justice Department to look at this without political bias. The LAW IS THE LAW – – -NOT WHAT DONALD TRUMP SAYS IT IS. I've said His actions and word's prove Donald Trump is a COMMUNIST. We have a COMMUNIST in Our White House.

  21. Those businesses have been there even before he became president. What you leftists want is to have him give up his properties. That is unfair. He is doing his job as President & he is not even taking a salary. What you people want is to impoverish him by depriving him of his legal possessions!!!!!!!

  22. Well, it's been been fairly clear, that trump has refused to show his tax records, because he isn't as rich as he claims, as well as who he's doing business with, overseas! He was just charged in NY, with using his charity foundation, to pay for his campaign and other personal expenses. If he has to use his foundation to pay expenses or anything else illegally, he doesn't have the money he would like us all to believe. The man is a fraud, of the highest order, using his office to enrich himself. He clearly believes he is above the law, because of his position as the POTUS. He may be safe now, but when 2020 rolls around and he is voted out of office, if he's not impeached by then, he's fair game. He should be made an example of, what you can't do, as the most powerful man on earth and be tossed in prison to live out his pathetic life as a washed up con mam, along with his kids!

  23. The GREED of a man who thinks to gain by taking from the AMERICAN PEOPLE, while learning to be the POTUS and the CONFLICTS OF INTEREST to actually be an HONEST COMMANDER AND CHIEF. In reality he is NAMESHAMING, LYING, COVRRING UP & MISLEADING only to CAPTALIZING on the GROWTH to his FOUNDATION. Overall, this confirm FRAUD, EMBEZZLEMENT & ABUSED OF POWER.
    NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW.

  24. Joe, I know u used to be a die hard and had no mercy for none Republicans. Trump is ur president. Why are u not doing anything about ur crooked, souless, heartless, and ruthless leadet (Trump & his administration) and ur Law Makers?

    ..

  25. Joe, please do some thing about Trump's Mobesterisms. I don't understand why ur Republicans' Law Makers are doing nothing about Trump's Mobesterisms.

  26. the  same   things  that  played  out  in  1983  EVERYBODY'S  A  CROOK  AND  LIAR  BUT  ME,  A MAN  WAS  KILLED,  ALL  WRONG  DOING  WENT  ON  THE  24TH  FLOOR  OF  trump's  towers,  but  I  never  met  anybody,  I  don't  know  anybody,  I  don't  remember  ever  meeting  any  of  these  people.  but  you  and  your  children  are  in  pictures  with  all  of  them,  but  I  don't  know  them,  and  yes  RUSSIA  was  involved  then  too !

  27. Republicans must take full responsibility for supporting a deeply flawed man for the sake of their own agendas. A spineless group of hypocrites!

  28. No laws being broken here folks, Russian investments in the buffoon his parents named donald (Initial cap intentionally omitted) are just starting to pay off for Putin. They own him, and repubic scum have no spine to recover our republic, who knows, they may be looking for handouts from Putin too! Sad times are just starting folks… this will not be stopped, if it were it would have happened during campaign. They're all using two hands to trick out America!!

  29. Trump and his follower want to build Walls, all that want to build Walls end badly, from the Romans, Chinese to the Russians in Berlin all where vanquished and never in safety behind their Walls?!
    Walls do not protect but isolate and so make one’s more vulnerable.

  30. If he really wanted to put America first he would of started by bringing his own business to be made in America by Americans ….. yet he didn't … he complained that Obama wasted so much money from American taxpayers yet he wastes more in one year than Obama did in 8 years not to mention his vacation day … now he embraces dictator and all his so called American followers don't even care….. well all I have to say now is good luck to everyone's future hope it doesn't hurt any ones life ….. god bless you all…….

  31. Why has not trump not been forced to release his taxes and business ! Every other president has done it so why should he get away with this CRAP? Why is he allowed just what he wants like a petulant child?

  32. Trump’s advertisement was “no pay check”. But, he is setting himself up to get as much money as he can to secure for later, right before America.
    Why, didn’t anyone pressed for tax return before he ran for presidency? There should have been mandatory to show tax return before running for presidency. I hope, there is, lessons learned and make changes to show tax return for any public position run.

  33. He should have to pay back every cent that he makes with his tangle of American businesses, private , properties such as Mari-largo, and also he should have to pay the price to move back and forth to summer WH,
    Trump Hotels Steaks. Ties….not made by Americans, for Americans, etc. The leech is Rolling in money that should go on his Tax Return, and into public coffers to build the country ! But he even cheats on that by not submitting returns, a f finding loopholes that others can’t. If he was Presidential material, he would be proud to set an example and follow the laws….surely he can be penalized for all his dishonesty and cheating !

    E

  34. Trump's Businesses May Lead To His Undoing —–Justice Department lawyers say President Trump can accept hotel bills and office rent on his properties without violating the Constitution. Alex Altman and Andrew Rice discuss ethical concerns.

  35. Democrats have to take a hard look at themselves…. Clinton blew it when she thought she could undermine Barack's presidency by purposefully doing shady things as secretary of state…
    All the underhanded behavior (Bernie Sanders) etc has made them unable to gain credibility
    Potus Trump is now capitalizing on the bad behavior of the Dems….
    I am determined to continue to now really study any future candidate for Office…
    I hope we can take more time out of our busy lives and really study these people whom want us to
    vote for them.
    STOP BICKERING AND VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!! NOVEMBER WILL BE HERE SOON!!!

  36. Donald Trump is such a nasty guy. He has to create chaos where ever he goes. He revs up his base until they can no longer listen to reason. I am concerned about the children who are listening to him and quoting his rhetoric in class as truth. At some point, someone is going to have to totally relearn all this false information and lies they have gotten from Trump.

  37. Trump and all his enabling cronies keep up a laughable charade that they naively. “Choose To Believe” that Dotard Don will be more then willing to return curtsies from this flim flam man demonstrates “A complete stupidity verdict “with a no contest rebuttle defense .

  38. all presidents profit after office.the problem is trump profits while in office and is changing policies to profit even more after office for him and his family.

  39. OPINION:

    THE DEMOCRATS HAD GONE BANKRUPT DURING OBAMA'S PRESIDENCY.

    NOW, HE PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIIS REPUBLICANS HAVE TO FIGHT TO GET MONEY FOR HIS BORDER WALL PROGRAM THAT HE,( TRUMP AS PRESIDENT) CANDIDATE , HAD AS ONE OF HIS PROMISES DURING THE 2016 ELECTION , IN WHICH HE WON OVER HILARY, B. SANDERS, OBAMA, ( THE PAST PRESIDENT ), WHO CAMPAIGNED FOR THEM , SO THAT COMEY AND MUELLER WERE GIVEN AS THE DEMOCRATS SECOND CHANCE NOW TO GET HIM , AS THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT , WANTING AND FIGHTING TO MAKE AMERICA RICH AND GREAT AGAIN.

  40. I can't imagine this but as a german I must assure you, that monarchist's tendencies are not going to do you a favour… If you have a leader, who is favouring his interests over this of your nation, you will find yourselfs as the loosers in the great scheme of events! Please just once look at histories lessons!

  41. Golfing alone at trumps resorts he has been paid over$ 13 million dollars. Not counting all the other millions. Trumpuppets will say he doesn't take a pay check. $400,000 a year. Four golf trips alone paid to his resorts is that.

  42. What happens if Terrorist storm one of his properties and decide to hold his customers hostage or even worse start killing, would that change how other countries see an opening for revenge, for say a war or leaving the Kurds blowing in the wind?

  43. I talk because I care. I care about our planet. most of you don't give a crab. you ar e sink in politics , or just v simply getting rich. stop!!!!!*! our planet is in big trouble . SIMPLE , we need to care ! all off that fuel . , coals , can't be good !, period .I am just a person thar cares. I am not for any party. let's gate that clear . all this news ? and no think . I t ell you all. here is something you can do. you can fight for yo r freedome . because if trump is in it. you all are screwed .

  44. How can we still be talking about the same thing, 2.5 years later?!? This "man" is a disgusting excuse for what the honor of the presidency looks like!

  45. IT DOES'NT TAKE ROCKET SCIENCE TO FIGURE OUT THAT TRUMP IS PRESIDENT FOR FINACIAL GAIN, PERSONAL PRESTIGE AND POLITICAL CLOUT FOR HIS OWN PERSONAL DYNASTY ! DID ANYONE THINK OTHERWISE ? HE HAS BEEN ENABLED WITH HIS OBNOXIOUS BEHAVIOR AND ATTITUDE FOR TOO LONG ! WE OUGHT TO EXPECT BETTER FROM THE ONE WHO IS THE PRESIDENT !

  46. Hope the bad guys get their comeuppance starting with president pusseygrabber….would dearly love to see all trump’s lies stifled and ground into the dirt

  47. America's Founders constructed a really solid values based constitution which has survived a civil war, two world wars, the Great Depression, protracted Cold War, Korea, civil rights, feminism, contraception, free love, Vietnam and social awakening, extreme capitalism, 13 days where the world stared into the abyss, assassination and death of innocence, stunning advances in every field and so much more. One constant steered America by force of moral authority: the Presidency. Some fell short of the intense expectation of Americans; perhaps the fault lay in a nation which moved by individuality and morphed into avoidance of responsibility for the pursuit of happiness. What is the value of something given compared to something earned? How do people square our role in determining the means with which happiness is pursued? The pursuit is integral to the ever evolving nature of happiness – as we earn and cherish the fruit of our personal effort?

    Until now, Presidents were leaders who bound any divisions within society to enable Americans to move as one. It's unworkable to move any society forward when we satisfy our needs while ignoring those most in need. Perhaps we forgot, for a moment, the bonds which unite people form when we lend a hand at the right moment. Everyone will need encouragement, will appreciate direction. As we pass it forward, community bonds strengthen and we unite in pursuit of happiness for ourselves and our communities.

    Trump has no idea about the intrinsic value of being American nor does he bother to unite, to cooperate, to set goals which are worthy and goals that are just out of reach, today. Maybe by being American, by accepting of neighbours, we can achiee those things that were impossible earlier. What corruption is to be found by crawling over other peoples dreams? Trump has no space for god, no interest in passing forward, because his heart beats only by taking from everyone.

    America has a manifest destiny because americans can move towards it together. Sadly, Trump is consumed by achievement through exploitation. As such, he won't be rememered for uniting people because he can more easily take from those who have been deceived and relatively isolated from their communities. He is perfectly incapable of being President of America; his heart is an empty husk; and he must attone for his hubris. I suspect he will be quite busy getting square with God.

  48. The orange occupant of the oval office has proven his disloyalty to the US, but he is quite loyal to despotic rulers and adversaries of the US. Is there any way for Congress to expedite the process of the impeachment inquiry and remove this traitor from the oval office?!! Let's get this done today, people!! What's the hold up? Let's go!!

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