Conflicts and interests

Some people are starting to believe Trump doesn’t even understand what the concept of “conflict of interest” even means.

The other day Kellyanne Conway, our new Secretary of Smiling While Fighting, said Trump will continue his role as Executive Producer of Celebrity Apprentice in his spare time. She said, “Were we so concerned about the hours and hours and hours spent on the golf course of the current president? I mean presidents have a right to do things in their spare time, in their leisure time.”

Leaving aside the idea that the POTUS will have enough spare time to do another job, there are obvious conflicts of interest for both NBC and DJT here. At least they’re conflicts in the sense that the rest of us use the term. The president will have an interest in a show aired by a media company that also reports on his presidency.

But the man-baby understands the idea of conflict of interest very well. It only seems like he doesn’t because the rest of us are misunderstanding what his interest is. We all assumed his interest and that of the American people would be the same thing.

Trump knows there is no conflict of interest between being the president and running his businesses for the obvious reason that being the president is now one of his businesses. See?  Everything he does will be in his interest. Where’s the conflict?

This new paradigm is evidenced in virtually every one of his cabinet picks as well. But it’s interesting to note that the reason given for dropping Rudy Giuliani from consideration for Secretary of State is that the Trump team thought there would be conflicts of interests because of his business ties overseas. He was giving speeches to foreign governments about how evil it was that Hillary Clinton was giving speeches to foreign governments. You can’t make this shit up.

But today we learn that the front-runner for the job is the CEO and Chairman of Exxon Mobil, Rex Tillerson. Giuliani giving some speeches abroad is a conflict but the chairman of the world’s largest oil company doing business in 200 countries isn’t?  No, no, listen. Our national interest is making oil company executives rich, and our foreign policy is based on how best to do that.

It’s not so hard to understand.

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