Trump's extensive overseas entanglements in conflict of American interests?

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    Sep 19, 2016 2:28 PM GMT
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/us/politics/donald-trump-business-reaction.html?_r=0More than 50 former government officials and national security and military figures have signed an open letter to Donald J. Trump, urging him to disclose details of his overseas business investments before Election Day.
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    Michael J. Morell, a former acting director of the C.I.A., and Michael G. Vickers, a former under secretary of defense for intelligence, put together the letter with input from Samantha Vinograd, a former senior adviser to Thomas E. Donilon, a former national security adviser.

    “Donald Trump still has not revealed to the American public his international business relationships, even as it becomes increasingly clear that his overseas ties could well constitute significant conflicts of interest when it comes to charting U.S. foreign policy,” the letter reads. “This is unprecedented for a candidate for the nation’s highest office. As such, we are calling on Mr. Trump to disclose, in full, the nature of his business relationships overseas — to include specifically who his business partners are and what and where are his foreign investments.”

    The signers — who also include prominent Republicans such as Michael Chertoff, who led the Department of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush, and Paul D. Wolfowitz, Mr. Bush’s deputy secretary of defense — add that Mr. Trump should “pledge that he will divest himself of his overseas business interests should he win the presidency.”

    ... he and Mr. Vickers sought the letter after Newsweek reported that Mr. tRump has had business dealings with questionable figures in China, India and Russia, and claimed to have had negotiations with Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi before he was toppled as the dictator of Libya.



    “On the campaign trail, Mr. Trump has repeatedly praised Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian leadership, while outlining policies that read like a Kremlin wish list,” the letter reads, referring to the president of Russia.

    “He has claimed that Putin would never invade Ukraine, suggested permanently ceding Crimea to Russia and placed conditions on upholding our obligation to protect our NATO allies,” according to the letter. “He has floated lifting sanctions against Russia, which would benefit both Putin and the Trump Organization.”

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    Sep 20, 2016 11:10 PM GMT
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    Sep 21, 2016 12:28 AM GMT
    mx5, that's all you have to "say" is that photo?

    This is a serious issue. With Trump not reporting his taxes, while his "Foundation" has been paying him illegally, we desperately need to know what his financial dealings with China and Russia are.

    This can not be dismissed by a Saudi connection to the US, a connection every President has had since at least Eisenhower.
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    Sep 21, 2016 2:55 AM GMT
    Hillary's friend the Sultan of Brunei and other Billionaire Islamic Dictators gave her $150 Million Dollars and $58,000 in jewelry while EXECUTING gays by stoning.

    Name a President who accepted cash and jewelry from those who execute gays.

    You think Trump's finances are more important than gay lives.

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    Sep 21, 2016 8:06 PM GMT
    mx5guynj saidHillary's friend the Sultan of Brunei and other Billionaire Islamic Dictators gave her $150 Million Dollars and $58,000 in jewelry while EXECUTING gays by stoning.

    Name a President who accepted cash and jewelry from those who execute gays.

    You think Trump's finances are more important than gay lives.



    She was not President then. She did not keep any jewelry, as First Lady or SOS.

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    Here’s the the truth:

    It is true that the government of Brunei treats women and LGBT community harshly. But the Clinton State Department and the Obama administration are not the first to maintain relations with foreign governments who social policies Americans generally disagree with. But what makes this truly not credible is that Trump omits the fact that Clinton transferred ownership of the jewelry to the U.S. government, as is custom for U.S. government officials who receive gifts from foreign governments.

    Nor did the they keep the money for themselves from Brunei.

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    "It's unclear whether the Clinton Foundation would consider returning its own Brunei donation, but a statement from the foundation said it does not anticipate any more.

    "The Foundation received a one-time donation from the government of Brunei in 2002. We have not received any additional donations from them since, and we do not expect any in the future," the statement said. "

    I remind you the CLINTON Foundation is a platinum charity with 89% going directly to the cause.

    How does the philanthropic world see the Clinton Foundation?
    They're held in high esteem. There are watchdog groups that judge charities on how they're run, how transparent they are and how much they spend on programs -- some charities raise a ton of money, but spend a large percentage on salaries and bonuses instead of their actual cause.
    Charity Watch gave the Clinton Foundation an A grade, while GuideStar gave it a platinum rating.

    If you take politics out of the equation, the Clinton Foundation does fantastic work (NOT to sound like T.Rump!)

    "Both the Trump Foundation and the Clinton Foundation are filed under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code, meaning they legally cannot engage in electoral activity. In general, they appear to have followed this requirement. There is at least one exception, though. The Trump Foundation made one donation to a political action committee associated with Florida Attorney General Bondi. It is not legal for a foundation to make a donation to a PAC; the Trump Foundation has paid a $2,500 IRS fine for this infraction. The Trump Foundation characterized this as a clerical error although others have described it as a case of "pay-to-play politics." At the very least, this incident indicates insufficient controls and lax managerial oversight. "

    https://trust.guidestar.org/notes-on-the-clinton-and-trump-foundations


    To wit Trump has been found GUILTY and paid a $2500 fine and Clinton ZERO. That was before the $258,000 issue and the TWO paintings, yet to be determined. His charity benefits him!





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    Sep 22, 2016 12:55 AM GMT
    mx5guynj saidHillary's friend the Sultan of Brunei and other Billionaire Islamic Dictators gave her $150 Million Dollars and $58,000 in jewelry while EXECUTING gays by stoning.

    Name a President who accepted cash and jewelry from those who execute gays.

    You think Trump's finances are more important than gay lives.



    Trump benefits from countries with anti-gay laws too. Plenty of Trumps real estate and licensing income comes from wealthy Muslims. He sold his taught to the Saudi Prince (who has a stake in the Plaza Hotel) when his Atlantic City casinos struggled, he leased his suburban New York estate to Moammar Gaddafi and "made a fortune", He has an international golf club in Saudi Arabia that "will set the new standard of luxury in the middle east" ..
    He is only here to appease right wing voters. He will continue to expand his brand throughout Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Qatar etc as long as he gets the votes.