I thought it would be a while before President Elect Donald J. Trump's potential and real conflicts of interest became newsworthy. I was wrong.
The primary reason Americans have in the past wanted to see, and got to see candidates running for the Offices of the U.S. President and Vice President tax returns was to be able to determine any potential conflicts that may arise while carrying out the duties of those offices.
Conflicts of such a nature that have the potential to jeapardize both the domestic and foreign financial, economic and security of the United States government and the citizens thereof.
Donald Trump's refusal to make his tax forms available to the public has resulted in journalist digging through public records to learn a portion of the financial interest Donald Trump holds in this country as well as foreign country's. Trump has financial interest and holdings in more than 50 countries abroad, and as such getting information about those interest and holdings is a long and tedious process.
However, right off the bat we have a perfect example of what Congress, American's and our country will be dealing with for the next 4 years.
Last week Turkey's President Erdogan, made a call to Trump to congratulate him on his win. During the conversation Trump (not Erdogan) mentioned the recently built Trump twin towers in Istanbul. Trump does not own the towers, Turkey's Dogan family owns them. However, The Trump organization receives multi mllion of dollars annually from the Dogan Company, that borrow Trumps name for the towers (a licensing contract) and the Trump organization's management of it's hotel.
Trump in his congratulatory conversation with Erdogan, gave over the top flattering praise of the retired founder of the Dogan Company multi billionaire Aydin Dogan, and his son-in-law currently the Dogan company's CEO.
What happened a week later? Erdogan had both the CEO and his father-in-law arrested and imprisoned for participating in this year's recent military coup attempt in Turkey (that was likely the brainshild of by Erdogan himself to solidify his position of power).
So now we have a President Elect with financial interest in Turkey whose two close associates owning one of the Trump organization's money pits, arrested and imprisoned. And an obvious pissed off Turkish President.
Why would Erdogan, who just made a congratulatory call to the next U.S. President, immediately turn around and have two of the incoming President's money making associates arrested?
Well...earlier this year Erdogan tried to get Trump's name removed from the towers citing Trump's Islamaphopic campaign rhetoric. Additionally, Erdogan has been trying for years to get the Obama Administration to extradite an American citizen residing for decades in Pennsylvania, Islamic Imam Gulen. Whom in years past was closely allied with Erdogan. It's speculated that Gulen has information about the workings of Erdogan's political inner circle, and influence in Erdogan's political opposition in Turkey that could be politically detrimental to Erdogan
To justify his demand of extradition, Erdogan accuses Gulen of political interference in Turkey's government, although Gulen was never arrested, charged or convicted of any crime in Turkey or elsewhere. As there is no legal reason to extradite Gulen, an American citizen the U.S. Government cannot comply.
I think this is only the beginning of the many Trump conundums to come. What to do.....what to do....??
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