The potential conflict of interests between President-Elect Donald Trump and business mogul Donald Trump are piling up faster than dirty linens in housekeeping.
While Trump has claimed that he will relinquish all control of his billion dollar company when he enters the White House, it appears that the self-proclaimed king of deals may be already using his newfound power over the IRS to enrich himself, and his family.
Just six days after Trump won the presiential election, the federal government finalized a key step towards a tax subsidy worth as much as $32 million for a Trump property that is in the process of turning the Washington D.C. landmark known as the "Old Post Office Building" into a Trump luxury hotel. Experts are already using this subsidy as proof that the conflict of interest between businessman and president will continue to cast a shadow over Trump's presidency.
Steven Schooner, a professor of government procurement law at George Washington University School of Law said, "This is a classic or textbook example of a conflict of interest." Adding, "The decision-maker here, the National Park Service, works for the party that stands to benefit from a favorable decision."
Trump has made laughable attempts to distance himself from his business, using his favorite social media platform to say that the job of President is much more important than his previous position.
Hence, legal documents are being crafted which take me completely out of business operations. The Presidency is a far more important task!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2016
While supporters will no doubt applaud him for his sacrifice, the transfer of business from Trump to his children does not clear up conflict of interest concerns in the slightest, even if you consider only the things that have happened since he won the election.
Trump has owned the D.C. property since 2012, and up until this point had only obtained "Conditional Approval" for what is called "Part 2" of the 20% subsidy. The company had submitted six amendmants since 2012 and all had received "conditional approval." It was not until November 14th that the Park Service approved "Part 2" of the tax credit. Despite this, Jeremy Barnum, a National Parks Service spokesman denied any connection saying, "Certainly, by the National Park Service standpoint, this would not have been impacted by the election in any way."
Regardless of what Barnum claims, many are clearly concerned by the approval, wondering if other federally funded programs will be pushed, or encouraged to approve things that may benefit Trump's business in the future.
Not to mention, the hotel immediately sold out rooms to foreign dignitaries, who enjoyed a tour from the President-Elect himself, after he won the election. Coincidence? Absolutely not.
Just one more thing for the millions who voted to keep Trump out of the White House to worry about for the next four years.
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