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Donald Trump: From Bad Businessman to Worst President

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    Trump's ties to Saudi Arabia are a lot closer than you think.

    For one thing, the Saudi government purchased the entire 45th floor of the Trump Tower in 2001. After he turned the Trump Princess back to his creditors, it was purchased by a Saudi prince who is a stake holder in Trump's Plaza Hotel. After his inauguration, the Saudi government “spent $190,273 at the Trump hotel [in Washington D.C.] in early 2017, as well as an additional $78,204 on catering,” according to The New York Times.

    https://truthout.org/articles/saudi-arabia-owns-the-45th-floor-of-trump-tower-and-it-shows/

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    From a National Review article in 2016: Trump, Lies, and Bankruptcy

    "He borrowed too much money, at rates he could not afford. And in much the same way that he has contemplated putting his abortion-loving sister on the Supreme Court, he made his then-wife, Ivana, president of the Plaza. Once again, Trump was unable to make his debt-service payments. Once again, he lost much of his ownership stake — 49 percent went to Citibank — and, once again, he found himself having to run for the doors as parties with deeper pockets and more managerial acumen took over to clean up his mess. In the case of the Plaza, that was CDL Hotels International, of Singapore, and Prince Walid bin Talal, of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi prince laments that he was twice forced to “bail out” Donald Trump, whom he describes as a “disgrace to the United States.”"

    I bolded that last line. As I wrote in my blog post, it appears that the Saudis need Trump to succeed, and therefore keep sending business his way. If Trump fails as president, the Saudis can be caught holding Trump's loans that could become worthless if he declares bankruptcy after his presidency is over. Trump, in return, treats the Saudi government kindly giving them everything they want politically and militarily. "I scratch your back...you scratch mine." However, maybe it's more about the politics and military toys for the Saudis than the actual money.

    In summary, that's the way it works with Trump the businessman and now Trump the president. The Saudis and Trump need each other, and the Saudis are willing to trade money for political gain. You could say the same about Putin and Russia...the Russian oligarchs are there to loan Trump money for Putin's political gain. Both the Russians and the Saudis "own" Trump....their puppet on a string.

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    Yes Schmidt, your last para says it all;, Indeed the stupid people here just keep on sleeping and go bravely to church and don't care if he's an puppet of both Russia and the Saudi's. The next one will be China and may be Boris. They are working at it. Yes Humpty Dumpty can't be fixed not even with super glue. La la land for sure, with the worst antique outdated laws ever compared to other well run countries.
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    At least 22 foreign powers have spent money at Trump-owned properties to curry favor with the administration. Unlike past presidents, Trump refused to divest from his businesses, so those foreign dollars land in his bank account. Now he’s talking about hosting the multi-million dollar G7 Summit at a Trump-owned property. Foreign officials would have to cut massive checks to him personally in order to attend.

    Trump and his family are using their government positions to funnel foreign cash into their pockets. It’s unethical, it’s illegal, and it’s grounds for impeachment. The House has opened a formal impeachment inquiry. We need every member of Congress to speak up in support of it and make sure Trump is held accountable

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    Trump has said that he always hires "the best people".

    A story from NPR in April revealed that an 18-year White House employee told congressional investigators that she and other career staffers denied security clearances for 25 Trump administration officials, including three "very senior" officials, only to see most of those recommendations overturned.

    https://www.npr.org/2019/04/01/708726227/whistle-blower-says-white-house-overturned-denials-of-25-for-security-clearances?fbclid=IwAR0si7L0NnTmJ1n6kz6hzEU3PGMZn7kVmGeqZzsQo6QlOERwPuwxxyLX7PA

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    Yes but there is much more; loves dictators; loves "tariffs" on others; ruins our national parks; scolds all our "partners"; Only wants people around him who are "loyal" to him and adore him whatever nonsense comes from his mouth.

    Has no respect for any "living" thing except himself; no respect for nature; the environment etc.

    Has only respect for himself and his "wallet"

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    Trump actually seems to get crazier by the day.

    This morning, he held a cabinet meeting that quickly dissolved into 71 minutes of grievances.

    “The Democrats went crazy,” Trump said, commenting on criticism that he was using the presidency to enrich himself. “You don’t think I get enough promotion? I get more promotion than every human being that has ever lived. I don’t need promotion. It would have been the greatest G-7 ever.

    “You people with this phony Emoluments Clause,” Trump said, commenting on the clause in the Constitution that bars federal officials from taking emoluments, or forms of payment or profit, from any “king, prince or foreign state” as an ethics guideline.

    https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-10-21/trump-impeachment-inquiry-cabinet-meeting-emoluments

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    John Cassidy, The New Yorker, May 8, 2019: As a Businessman, Trump Was the Biggest Loser of All

    Okay I came across this article and didn't know which thread to post it in, so I went back to the bad businessman thread. Cassidy regurgitates many of the points we have made in this website so I'll refrain from repeating them here, but simply copy and paste his last paragraph:

    "Even now, there are a lot of Americans who believe that the President is a savvy and successful businessman who knows what he is doing. The actual record, which, thanks to the Times, we now know a good deal more about, suggests the exact opposite. It reveals Trump to be a reckless conman who burned money and relied on his father, even as he was fashioning a myth that eventually took him all the way to the White House. No wonder he is so averse to allowing the American public to see any more accurate information about his financial history."

    Amen.

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    The latest property to be put up for sale is the D.C. Hotel near the White House. Although the government actually owns the buildings, Trump has a 60 year lease on the property - and that is what he would like to sell. The big pitch for the new owner is the one thing that the Trump family insists it didn't take advantage of: profiting off foreign governments.

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/11/14/1899367/-Trump-tries-to-sell-D-C-hotel-promising-big-profits-from-foreign-visitors-and-government-business?detail=emaildkre

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    The Daily Kos reminded us today why Trump is STILL a bad businessman.

    Trump once had 19 companies paying him to use his name on their products. By this year, just 2 were left. Now, it might be one.


    Panamanian company HomeStudio S.A., which sold Trump-branded bed linens in Latin America, has shut website and stopped answering the phone.

    You can still buy overpriced products on the Trump store website if you are so inclined, but I would not recommend it.

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    Do you remember when Trump said that windmills cause cancer? The story below may explain why he thinks that way:

    https://bipartisanreport.com/2019/11/12/trump-loses-scotland-legal-battle-forced-to-pay-big-time/

    Shortly after Trump bought his golf course in Scotland, he became aware of the fact that the Scottish government wanted to build a wind farm off the coast, which would "spoil his view" - so he sued.

    After a 4 year battle, he lost, and was required to pay the Scottish government almost $300,000 in legal fees.

    One of the local people who fought hardest to get the windmills erected was awarded "Scot of the Year" by Glenfiddich whiskey - so he banned the brand from his golf course.

    One of the local people who fought hardest to get the windmills erected was named "Scot of the Year" by Glenfiddich whiskey - so it banned the brand from his golf course. When I read that little tidbit, I immediately switched my preferred brand of scotch from Johnnie Walker to Glenfiddich.

    Due to his "toxic views", his golf club was banned from hosting the British Open.

    https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/18/sport/donald-trump-turnberry-british-open-golf-spt-intl/index.html

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    Al Jazeera provided even MORE proof that businessmen don't necessarily make good presidents:

    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/trump-proves-businessmen-president-200318084549803.html

    Here'a a few key paragraphs:

    "America's latest CEO president's tardy, blundering and truth-allergic response to the global COVID-19 pandemic has, once again, exposed how absurd and damaging to the public good this simplistic thinking about the nature of governance and leadership has been."

    " Clearly, Donald Trump is not the first president to have leveraged the vaunted neo-liberal title of "businessman" into president.

    Armed with a Harvard Business degree, a stint as an oil executive and co-ownership of the Texas Rangers baseball club, former Republican President George W Bush, rode first into the Governor's mansion in Austin, Texas and then into the White House.

    Bush's tenure as president is defined by one calamity after another. Each one was a repudiation of the sophomoric notion that running a business is remotely akin to running a government with complex, nuanced duties and responsibilities at home and abroad. "

    Incidentally, Herbert Hoover was also a successful businessman before he became president.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Hoover

    Here's how that turned out:

    See the source image

    http://depts.washington.edu/depress/images/hoovervilles/hooverville3.jpg

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    There have been articles on why businessmen make bad presidents. They simply think differently. From my old blog article:

    "Furthermore, history has shown that even very successful businessmen make bad presidents because they are captives of their own corporate experiences and have difficulty conceptualizing and implementing a broad vision and purpose extending beyond the clichés of the business world. “Providing for the general welfare” in the Constitution is the antithesis of corporate governance where “maximizing profits and enhancing shareholder value” are deeply ingrained in the corporate mind."

    "Trump’s stated mission is to “make America great again”, a corporate sounding fictional cliché or slogan to appeal to the base of his supporters. Behind that slogan one will not find any substantive strategy, plan and proposals like those of the Hillary Clinton candidacy. His big campaign promises have an emotional appeal to certain demographics but are void of thoughtful insight."

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    Trump the con artist, however, was great at messaging. All he ever did was tell lie after lie with a strong authoritarian threatening tone. He is an entertainer always and never ever was presidential material. For that I have to give him a gold star for the best bull shitting, pathological lying, con artist ever.

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    How can you say all of that? Half the country still thinks "god" did sent him; so what could go wrong. Also Pence was sent from heaven to help him and washes his feet everyday and then kisses his "bone" spur damaged feet.

    Too bad his "pappy" can't hand out the money anymore, but he found plenty of other ways; like robbing the whole country and getting all the kickbacks from his awful deals. But yeah he washed his hands clean from 4 years of lying and cheating as well murder. So the "god" thing must be proud of him. Bless the King.

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    Now it's official. Trump is THE WORST president in our county's history:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/05/worst-president-ever/?fbclid=IwAR0uYA0woscPTqGVP93fg2vwf07rXizIXuKyPLrDAcplFpe7mUTcoePgYzM