Trump’s Presidency: Corruption, Conflicts and Conspiracies

New stories from over the weekend give a snapshot into the Trump presidency — historic corruption, concerns over Trump’s conflicts of interest, and a boatload of baseless conspiracies Trump has designed to sow distrust for his own political gain. See for yourself:


  1. Ivanka Trump’s new Chinese trademarks raise conflict of interest questions about whether Trump’s family’s businesses impact his foreign policy decisions.


Associated Press: “Ivanka Trump's foreign-trademark victories raise conflict of interest questions”


New York Times: “China this month awarded Ivanka Trump seven new trademarks across a broad collection of businesses, including books, housewares and cushions. At around the same time, President Trump vowed to find a way to prevent a major Chinese telecommunications company from going bust, even though the company has a history of violating American limits on doing business with countries like Iran and North Korea.”


  1. Trump put a top industry lobbyist in charge of his drug pricing plan,  who didn’t obtain an ethics waiver, raising questions of whether he violated ethics rules (and explaining why the drug industry loved Trump’s plan).


Politico: “The White House official who will shape a large part of the administration's drug price plan worked on many of the same issues as an industry lobbyist, raising questions about whether he violated President Donald Trump's ethics rules. Joe Grogan — who has sweeping authority over drug pricing, entitlement programs and other aspects of federal health policy at the Office of Management and Budget — didn't obtain a waiver from a directive Trump issued during his first week in office that imposed a two-year cooling-off period between lobbying and regulating on the same ‘specific issue area.’”


Vox: “Drug company stocks really liked Friday’s Trump speech on drug prices”


  1. Trump continues to push “baseless stories” and spread conspiracies in order to erode public trust in institutions and undermine the idea of objection truth for his own political gain.


New York Times: “With ‘Spygate,’ Trump Shows How He Uses Conspiracy Theories to Erode Trust”


New York Times: “Now that he is president, Mr. Trump’s baseless stories of secret plots by powerful interests appear to be having a distinct effect. Among critics, they have fanned fears that he is eroding public trust in institutions, undermining the idea of objective truth and sowing widespread suspicions about the government and news media that mirror his own.”