Remember when Trump said he was going to isolate himself from his businesses to avoid conflicts of interest?
You didn’t actually believe him, did you?
ProPublica has found that changes to Trump’s trust documents allow him to draw money from his business anytime he wants. They report:
Trump can draw money from his more than 400 businesses, at any time, without disclosing it.
The previously unreported changes to a trust document, signed on Feb. 10, stipulates that it “shall distribute net income or principal to Donald J. Trump at his request” or whenever his son and longtime attorney “deem appropriate.” That can include everything from profits to the underlying assets, such as the businesses themselves.
Essentially, Trump is attempting to stay with his business even while in presidency. He will still benefit from its profits and any “separation” from his business he has set up is pure illusion. As the article explains, “The surest way to see what profits Trump is taking would be the release of his tax returns — which hasn’t happened. Income has to be reported to the IRS, whether it comes from a trust or someplace else.”
Trump has claimed that it was simply “smart business” to take advantage of the tax code as reflected in his 1995 returns. Okay, fine. But this deal is just shady. This attempt to hide his money just shows that Trump isn’t throwing himself wholeheartedly into the duty of being president. Trump’s never truly been about “making America great again,” whatever that means. He’s all about the Benjamins.
And with that, here’s a song for the rest of us, the Killing Joke classic “Money Is Not Our God”: