Trump’s victory in the US election has shocked the world. His campaign slogan “To Make America Great Again” has catered to the desires of many Americans and inspired their vote. But these voters, especially immigrants from a country where the government controls the wealth and the markets, and where political elites entitled to accruing massive wealth by forging ties with the business world, would have thought twice for being Trump supporters, had they learned that Mr. Trump is brazenly mixing affairs of state and his own business interests, even as he prepares for his January inauguration.
Trump’s decision to forgo his presidential salaries, and the fact that he relied on his own wealth to run the campaign seems to have convinced many Asian Americans that the wealthy tycoon’s real reason to run for the president was to improve the lives of Americans.
“Given his enormous wealth and massive assets, Trump wont’ be bought by any wealthy individual or organizations, and he won’t make any decision simply for the purpose of advancing their interest,” some Chinese voters said.
“I believe he will make a good president, because he wont’ work for money.”
But these voters may get disappointed even before Trump took office. Trump, who runs a global business empire built on the value of his own name, has refused to place his assets in a blind trust that allows them to be controlled by independent trustees. Trump’s position would lead him into an unprecedented minefield of conflict of interest, creating an ethics nightmare.
Reluctant to give up a business that made him a brand name around the world, Trump had previously argued that he had no need to separate himself from the Trump Organization.
“In theory, I could run my business perfectly and then run the country perfectly,” he said.
Trump’s financial dealings with Deutsche Bank over $120 million in loans to Trump’s properties was a primary example of his financial conflicts he will face as a president, throwing the public into confusion that they won’t know if he is acting as a president or a business mogul. As a president, he will make as many as 300 political appointments at the Department of Justice, which has been in settlement talks with Deutsche Bank – Trump’s financer and closet ally on Wall Street -- over the allegations that the bank sold toxic mortgages before the housing crash.
由川普子女所经营的全球性业务也导致其陷入涉及众多国家的复杂经济利益的关系网中，这其中也包括中国。川普集团瞄准了北京和深圳的一项潜在酒店开发项目。在川普公开的个人财务报告中，，Trump China Development LLC.等公司赫然在列，而中国国有银行中国银行亦是川普大厦的租户之一。尽管宪法条款禁止政府官员接受外国政府或外国政府所有企业的付款，但川普与中国企业的业务关系却会不可避免地导致其违反宪法规则。
Trump’s global business run by his children has left him entangled into a web of financial interest in many foreign countries – including China. They have eyed potential hotel projects in Beijing and Shenzhen. Trump’s financial disclosure lists companies such as Trump China Development LLC. And the state-run Bank of China is a tenant in Trump Tower. Despite clause in the constitution that forbids a government official receiving payments from foreign governments or companies owned by foreign governments, Trump’s ties with China’s business entities would make him unavoidably breach the constitutional rules.
These conflict of interest would certainly raise eyebrows of Chinese Americans who fled a system where political leaders have the privilege to get deeply involved in the business dealings.
“We’ve come to America because in our home country, the powerful leaders have access to vast of financial resources to make the rich richer and the powerful more powerful,” a Chinese American says.
Bending under the pressure, Trump tweeted recently that he would soon leave his great business in total to focus on the presidency, marking a turn from his month-long refusal to distance himself from his private business. However, it remained unclear whether he would follow the experts’ advice to liquidate of all his entire investment stakes, or simply place his business into a blind trust with his children – continuing to allow the business to influence his decision in the Oval Office.
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