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Watchdog Report Cites 3,400 Conflicts Of Interest During Trump Presidency


A new report from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a non-partisan ethics watchdog that has prolifically documented alleged misconduct in the Trump administration, accuses President Trump of engaging in 400 new conflicts of interest since February, for a total of 3,400 during his presidency.

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Trump has long drawn scrutiny for frequent visits to his private properties and resorts during his presidency, with Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold estimating the Secret Service has paid as much as $1.1 million to the Trump Organization.

The report counts 503 visits to Trump properties during his presidency, including 74 visits just this year, but it also found the seemingly permeable barrier between the federal government and Trump’s businesses gets significantly deeper.

Executive branch officials made 885 trips to Trump’s properties and members of Congress visited them 344 times, with 69 state officials and 145 foreign officials also making trips for a total of 2,014 visits by U.S. and foreign officials.

The report also notes 231 events held by special interest groups and another 88 events held by political groups – mostly Trump-affiliated ones – at Trump properties, with the political events garnering his private business $23.2 million in revenue since his 2015 campaign announcement including nearly $10 million since his presidency began.

Trump and White House officials have used their official platforms to promote or mention Trump businesses 426 times, the report says, with foreign governments granting the Trump Organization 67 trademarks – including 46 from China – despite Trump’s pledge not to pursue foreign deals while in office.


“The extraordinary numbers in this report paint a picture of a president who is fixated on the personal financial benefits he might derive from his public service—and a whole ecosystem of officials, special interests and governments that exploit that fixation in order to curry favor and advance their own interests,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement. “From foreign governments and industries throwing lavish events at his properties to donors and customers buying their way to ambassadorships and top political offices, corruption surrounds this president literally every day.”


$1.9 Billion. That’s how much Trump’s businesses made in revenue during his first three years in office, Forbes’ Dan Alexander reported. Of that, $2.3 million comes directly from payments made by the Trump campaign.


When donors give to the Trump campaign and various other Republican groups, they are giving in part to Trump’s business through events held by those groups at Trump properties. In addition to the $2.3 million spent by the Trump campaign, an $2.3 million was spent by Trump’s joint fundraising committee with the RNC, Trump Victory, and $2.4 million by the RNC itself. Other big spenders include America First Action at $600,000, the Republican Governors Association at $400,000 and House and Senate GOP groups at over $300,000.


“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

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