Serious questions about Trump, wife, daughter & July 4th

Donald & Melania Trump “showing off” at the Lincoln Memorial on July 4th.

Too much of the emphasis during this long July 4th weekend focused on America’s fake and phony president and his equally-duplicitous wife.

One can raise serious doubts over whether or not Melania Trump can be declared America’s “first lady.”  Her husband, accidental president Donald Trump, appears to share those doubt since he often substitutes his first daughter, Ivanka Trump, as the woman in waiting in presidential events.

We should not forget that Melania came to America from her native Slovenia as “model” who removed her clothes for any photographer willing to pay the price.  One of her first “major” jobs came as the woman who stripped down to pose nude in and on then-boyfriend Trump’s private jet.

She also proved to be as much of a liar as Donald, accepting payments for “jobs” without a valid work visa to be in the United States and also lying to the U.S. Immigration Authorities in her citizenship applications, actions which should have led to a denial of that citizenship and a one-way ticket back home to her native home in the former Soviet Republic.

But Trump married her, helping to circumvent the very immigration laws that he now vows to enforce as president.  Melania produced a son and later went on TV at the Republican National Convention and lied about a college degree “with honors” that she never earned in a speech where she cribbed part of the wording from a speech by former first lady Michelle Obama.

Hubby Trump promised to explain any inconsistencies about wife Melania’s short-circuiting of the immigration process with a press conference that, in his usual style, never occurred.

Melania became a Barbie doll presidential wife, visiting disaster scenes in spiked high heels and showing enough cleavage to draw the attention of photographers.

On this past week’s July 4th “extravaganza” in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Melania showed up on a sheer white dress that turned transparent in the wet, humid conditions and revealed her only real “assets” — the surgically-enhanced hooters that stood out for all to see.

It wasn’t her first “nip slip” as the wife of a president and we doubt it will be the last.

Such displays are not limited to the presidential wife.  Ivanka had a run as a young model who liked to “let it all hang out.”  Her father even laughed when shock jock Howard Stern called Ivanka a “great piece of ass” and said, “I know.”  That acknowledgment left more than a few tongues wagging about Trump’s relationship with his voluptuous daughter.

According to the web site Bustle:

Trump commented on Ivanka’s physical appearance on an episode of The Howard Stern Show, singing her praises to the infamously vulgar radio host. “You know who’s one of the great beauties of the world, according to everybody?” Trump asked. “And I helped create her. Ivanka, my daughter, Ivanka. She’s 6 feet tall, she’s got the best body.”

In 2015, Trump told Rolling Stone:

“Yeah, she’s really something, and what a beauty, that one,” Trump was quoted as saying. “If I weren’t happily married and, ya know, her father…”

Adds Bustle:

In Touch magazine was preparing to release a lengthy 2011 interview with adult film star Stormy Daniels in which she claimed the president, who she allegedly had a sexual affair with years ago, compared her to his daughter. That detail already has attracted a tremendous amount of attention, and it would be far from the first time a Trump quote about Ivanka has focused on his oldest daughter’s physical appearance.

Appropriate behavior by a father towards his daughter?  How about this behavior by a president?  Or his wife?  Or his daughter?

Ivanka Trump at age 15 dancing on her father’s lap at a concert at Mar-a-Lago. (Photo: Getty Images)
Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump,
Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, Florida 1996. Once again, she was 15.
Trevor Noah on The Daily Show.
Trump with an even younger Ivanka: Proper behavior with a child?
Trump with Ivanka: A father groping his own child?

Watchdogs say Ivanka Trump violated federal law

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

An ethics watchdog group asked the Justice Department on Friday to investigate whether President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka violated federal conflict-of-interest law by promoting an Opportunity Zone tax break program from which she could potentially benefit.

The complaint from the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington follows an Associated Press investigation last month. The AP found that Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, both White House advisers, could benefit from the Opportunity Zones program they pushed that offers tax breaks to developers who invest in downtrodden communities.

AP reported Kushner owns a $25 million to $50 million non-management stake in Cadre, a real estate investment firm which has announced plans to invest in several cities under the Opportunity Zones program. Separately, the couple has interests in at least 13 properties held by Kushner’s family firm that may qualify for the tax breaks because they are in Opportunity Zones in New Jersey, New York and Maryland.

The CREW complaint says that, under federal law, Kushner’s financial interests are considered of value to Ivanka Trump as well.

In a 12-page letter sent to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said that as a result of the 2017 decision by Ivanka Trump and Kushner to “retain a sprawling portfolio of investments after entering government,” the couple “assumed responsibility for exercising due diligence to avoid participating in any particular matter that directly and predictably affects the interests of the companies they retained.”

Ivanka Trump, Bookbinder wrote, “may have failed to live up to this responsibility.”

Bookbinder told the AP that CREW’s complaint focused on Ivanka Trump because “there is so much public information about her role in the Opportunity Zones program.”

The AP report noted that Ivanka Trump publicly promoted the program and coordinated with its main congressional sponsor, Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina. President Trump lauded his daughter last February for “pushing this very hard.” Hours after the AP story ran last month, Ivanka Trump tweeted her public support for Opportunity Zones and appeared at a White House event promoting the program.

AP reported that Kushner also backed the program, but had more limited involvement behind the scenes.

A spokesman for Abbe Lowell, the couple’s ethics lawyer, dismissed the CREW complaint as “meritless.” Ivanka Trump “adheres to the ethics advice she has received from counsel about what issues she can work on and those to which she is recused,” said the spokesman, Peter Mirijanian.

The Justice Department declined to comment, a spokeswoman said.

The White House did not provide a response to the complaint. Last month, administration spokesman Hogan Gidley said the White House had “nothing to do with” the designations of the zones.

The zones, which channel where investments are made, were chosen by state governors and agencies and then approved by Treasury Department officials.

Bookbinder said that if the Justice Department looks into the complaint, it would most likely be probed as a civil matter. But he cautioned that the department is “not obligated to tell us what they’re doing.”

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Another Trump con job? You betcha

President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Donald Trump met with Republican members of Congress at the White House Wednesday to tell them to back off on attempts to scrap his attempts to help Chinese telecom firm ZTE, claiming his efforts to help the company is part of a “broader geopolitical negotiating strategy.”

Some close to Trump say his claims are just another lie.  He really wants to help ZTE to help Chinese president Xi Jinping, who in turn granted a profitable string of trademarks that mean millions in new business for daughter Ivanka.

In question too is Chinese government support of an Indonesian real estate development that will include several Trump-brand properties.  The Chinese government issued $500 million in loans to the project just a few days before Trump announced his support for ZTE.

Trump ordered the Commerce Department to water down sanctions and penalties against ZTE right after Ivanka Trump got the trademarks and after the Chinese boss lobbied him for help with ZTE.

David J. Apol, acting director and general counsel for the federal government’s ethic office says Trump’s business dealings “raise serious concerns” but adds that he does not have the power to launch any investigations.  Such investigations are the purview of Congress, which is controlled by the party of Trump.

ZTE is also believed to be heavily involved in hacking American government and business operations and was heavily fined and sanctioned by Congress.

The sanctions barred ZTE from buying American products, including semiconductors, for seven years as punishment for violating United States sanctions against Iran and North Korea but Commerce — under orders from Trump — decided to levy a $1 billion fine on the company along with orders to replace senior leadership and install American compliance officers.

Trump also wants to develop real estate properties in China and knows the penalties on ZTE could bring that effort to an unprofitable halt.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, high-ranking GOP leader in the Senate, says lawmakers are willing to compromise.

The House, which marches to any tune Trump issues, has already axed the penalty but the Senate can still leave it in place.

“We came to no conclusion that I could discern,” said Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin. “This type of meeting really isn’t one where you’d think you will really come to any conclusion.”

The decisions will be one where the Senate decides to serve the nation or fatten Trump’s bank account.


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