Trump keeps proving to everyone who was worried about a businessman stepping into the highest office in the land that they had something to be concerned about.
While Donald Trump was running for president, many raised the concern that as a business tycoon, there could be ethical issues involving his dealings with foreign governments.
To calm fears, or really just to garner votes, Trump pledged that his businesses would not make any new deals with foreign entitles while we was in office. He said that the Trump name would only be associated with foreign governments through arrangements made before his presidency.
Trump's brand-name real estate empire was meant to be kept separate from his political position, but he has never been fully apart from those interests. His holdings are currently in a trust, holding his assets which he can access at any time.
It wasn't just the American people of today concerned about the potential conflicts. In a bizarre twist, the founding fathers saw the possibility of a Trump, and left us some guidelines:
“The Emoluments Clause in the U.S. Constitution says officials may not accept gifts, titles of nobility or emoluments from foreign governments with respect to their office, and that no benefit should be derived by holding office.”
What's Happening Now:
In a decision that shocks absolutely no one, Trump has violated his promise to keep his business from forming new bonds with foreign governments and now has a direct connection to the Chinese government.
The Trump Organization is partnering with DAMAC Properties to build a golf club development in Dubai. DAMAC properties hired China State Construction Engineering Corporation, a Chinese construction company that is majority government-owned, to build a six-lane road connecting to the Akoya Oxygen golf course.
The Trump organization has licensed the golf course the Trump brand name and has a contract to operate the course.
The contract was given to CSCEC in the first two months of 2017: after Trump was elected, as he was about to enter or was already in the Oval Office.
Not only is CSCEC tied directly to the Chinese government, which puts money from their pockets directly into Trump's, the company has other issues:
“The company, which has had a presence in the United States since the mid-1980s, was one of several accused by the World Bank of corruption for its role in the bidding process for a roads project in the Philippines and banned in 2009 from World Bank-financed contracts for several years.”
CSCEC can also be spotted in the Panama Papers, which focused on unveiling offshore companies that can be used for both legitimate purposes and money laundering.