This Week in Donald Trump’s Conflicts of Interest: Serious Gifts to the Trump Family

From Chinese trademarks to more plugs by Ivanka Trump, the conflicts just keep on coming.

Donald Trump Jr, Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump at The Fashion Group International's Night of Stars, Cipriani Restaurant 42nd Street, New York, October 27, 2005
Photo Credit: Everett Collection/Shutterstock

Once again, the political headlines have focused on matters other than President Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest. When it comes to Trump-related matters, Russia of course dominated the news cycle, but that doesn’t mean Trump’s problematic actions are limited to that country.

China is granting even more trademarks to the Trumps

As the Associated Press reported on Wednesday, the Chinese government has granted preliminary approval to nine trademarks related to Trump’s business empire that it had previously refused. The AP also reports that Ivanka Trump’s brand has won approval for four new trademarks of her own since April 20.

Students for Trump is also promoting Ivanka Trump’s products

The non-profit political organization Students for Trump posted a Twitter promotion on Tuesday that mentioned something which, in theory at least, should have nothing to do with Trump’s political campaigns.

https://twitter.com/TrumpStudents/status/874683375591841792

Yes, apparently students who support Trump are incorporating Ivanka Trump’s fashion line into their cause.

Trump’s private lawyer is giving instructions to government employees

Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, has been giving instructions to White House aides even though he is only supposed to represent Trump’s individual interests, according to a report by the New York Times. Kasowitz is not a government employee, so if he has indeed told aides that they should discuss the Russia probe as infrequently as possible or advised them on whether they should hire their own lawyers, that is troubling to say the least.

Trump can’t stop mingling with guests at his New Jersey golf club

Students celebrating their eighth-grade graduation and a wedding party both received surprise visits from the president, according to a report by the Washington Post. Considering that it’s highly unlikely these people attended Trump’s golf club for free, there is something unsettling about the message this sends regarding how the affluent can pay large sums of money to a president’s private business in order to obtain access to him.

 

Matthew Rozsa is a Ph.D. student in history at Lehigh University. His editorials have been published in “The Morning Call,” “The Express-Times,” “The Newark Star-Ledger,” “The Baltimore Sun,” and various college newspapers and blogs. Email him at [email protected].

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