Donald Trump likes to gloss over the fact that his administration is filled with his buddies and contains more conflicts of interest than any administration we’ve ever seen. This couldn’t be more apparent than his latest appointment of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who is now starting a new job on Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
Why is this a problem? Bondi and Trump have some shady financial and legal ties between them, as was highlighted in the 2016 presidential election when Bondi came under fire for a $25,000 payment in 2013. The Donald J. Trump Foundation had been exposed for a payment that was donated to the pro-Bondi “And Justice For All” PAC – which came two months before Bondi stated that her office would not be investigating Trump’s fraudulent university.
Trump’s fake “university” had ripped off and scammed thousands of people, and Bondi let the investigation slide, obviously encouraged by Trump’s generous donation. Trump denied that the donation was meant to sway her decision in the investigation, but it’s pretty obvious that it did.
Even the donation itself was problematic, as Trump was fined by the IRS for illegally writing the payment off on his taxes, masking the payment to Bondi as a donation to a charitable foundation. Seriously, how unethical can one person possible be? Trump continues to set new, lower standards every day that he’s in office.
The appointment of Bondi to Trump’s administration is a gross reminder that Trump will do anything to get his way and he handsomely rewards anyone who either elevates him or makes his problems go away. This reward system is absolutely unacceptable from a President, and will only ensure that the unethical practices of the Trump administration will get worse.
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