Once Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States, he’ll be using Air Force One instead of his private jet for travel.
This means that the Boeing 757 Trump Jet, which he owns through a holding company, will be available for use by Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka Trump (sorry Tiffany).
The problem arises if Trump requests secret service protection for his kids, which he’ll most likely get.
The government (U.S. taxpayer) would then have to pay those agents’ airfare, which means Trump would be enriched, particularly as he’s not putting his assets into a blind Trust.
And even if the money goes to his family, it’s still a massive conflict of interest.
Justin Bachman at Bloomberg wrote:
“For any of the Trump or Pence clans assigned a protective detail due to safety risks— and the rancor of the 2016 vote could well produce many — Secret Service travel on a Trump-owned plane means the agency would need to reimburse the aircraft’s owner. In this case, the president.
“’So then you have government money going into the pockets of the president and his children,’ said Brett Kappel, a lawyer who specializes in political finance and ethics at Akerman LLP. The Trump transition team did not respond to email requests seeking comment. The Trump family has also hired private security guards, although it is unclear how Trump’s election will affect the extent of private security used. The Secret Service has assumed full authority for protecting the president-elect and vice-president elect, including a new no-fly zone the Federal Aviation Administration has established until Jan. 21 over Trump’s Manhattan residence.”
It may be hard to believe that Trump would be so reckless and cavalier as to allow this situation ever to happen. Except, he’d already done this.
During his campaign, Trump billed the federal government $1.6 million for giving secret service access to his plane. The only reason the public knows about this is that his campaign had to file its financial details with the Federal Election Commission.
However, Trump’s plane returns to his personal web of privately held companies, and any money he makes from future transactions will not be subject to public disclosure.
To sum it up.
The American public paid for Trump’s secret service protection during the campaign, then paid Trump for the “privilege” of the agents guarding his life to accompany him on his private jet.
And not only does Trump win the election, but he also does so by painting his opponent, Hillary Clinton, as corrupt.
Trump’s future presidency is starting to look like a awful B-movie where the villain wins everything in the end.
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