Seth Meyers Takes Aim at Trump's Business Conflict of Interest: 'We Might End Up With a Woman President After All'


Two days before Thanksgiving, comedian Seth Meyers took another "closer look" at President-elect Trump in transition. To sum up, when Trump's not scolding the media or assembling a Cabinet like an "Apprentice" cast, he's making the kinds of deals that could soon get him impeached. 

“Because Donald Trump refused to release his tax returns, we know very little about how his financial dealings might affect his presidency, but Trump has been able to distract from those questions by spurring speculation about his Cabinet picks,” said Meyers.

"As much as Trump may try to bully the media, we need an aggressive free press to try to hold him accountable—specifically on his promises to separate his business empire from his administration,” said Meyers. “During his campaign, for example, he claimed that if he won the presidency, he would have nothing to do with his business.”

“If I become president I couldn’t care less about my company. It’s peanuts. I want to use that same—up here, whatever it may be [pointing to his head]—to make America rich again, and to make America great again," Trump semi-comprehensibly said in a January 14th GOP debate. 

But so far, Trump hasn't separated his business from his government work. 

"Trump’s new hotel in Washington D.C., was pitching itself to foreign diplomats as a place to stay while those diplomats are in town doing business with Trump’s government,” Meyers recalled. 

“Then, there was also Trump’s meeting with Indian business partners while he was supposed to be running his transition," Meyers continued. "And then there was the fact that his daughter Ivanka, who Trump said would run his business while he governs, sat in with him on an official meeting with the prime minister of Japan.”

Trump's 150 companies do business in 25 countries. And during this meeting Trump reportedly received from Japanese PM Shinzo Abe a golf club worth nearly $4,000. 

“A bullying authoritarian who meets in secret with foreign leaders and receives gifts of gold? We’re probably a month away from Trump growing out a Saddam Hussein mustache,” joked Meyers.

But that's not all. Trump also conducted meetings with Brexit mouthpiece Nigel Farage and a call with the Argentinean president Mauricio Macri, regarding his Scottish golf course and Trump Tower project in Buenos Aires. And once again, Ivanka Trump was in attendance at the meeting with Farage and on the call with Macri.

“I’m starting to think that we might end up with a woman president after all,” joked Meyers. 


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