In a disturbing but unsurprising turn of events, President Donald Trump’s son Eric has admitted that despite previous denials, he will be sharing Trump Organization financial information with his father. The level of corruption and the brazen willingness to own up to it is astonishing.
Trump has failed to fully divest his assets into a blind trust, receives royalties from his businesses, and has a clear interest in benefiting his family members who are involved with Trump Organization – most notably Eric and Donald Jr. who now head the company.
Trump Organization is privately owned, so its finances are not publicly disclosed and the only way Trump can access them are through family members – who had pledged to keep him in the dark for the sake of government ethics.
“Yeah, on the bottom line, profitability reports and stuff like that, but you know, that’s about it. … Yeah, probably quarterly.”
This directly contradicts what he said literally two minutes earlier about the hallowed separation between politics and businesses:
“There is kind of a clear separation of church and state that we maintain, and I am deadly serious about that exercise. I do not talk about the government with him, and he does not talk about the business with us. That’s kind of a steadfast pact we made, and it’s something that we honor.”
This brash openness about a deep breach of ethics that throws the decision made by Trump into question must stem from a sense of arrogant invincibility.
Trump has gotten away with reprehensibly unethical practices so far, and nobody in our Republican-strangled Congress seems interested in holding him accountable for anything. Trump has told so many lies and has been accused of so many conflicts of interest that an admission not involving treason is shrugged off.
Trump’s willingness to flout ethics rules and engage in undisguised nepotism should worry every American as much as his Russia ties.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.