5 disturbing ways Donald Trump’s business dealings would jeopardize U.S. national security
“Never before has an American candidate for president had so many financial ties with American allies and enemies.”
Newsweek just released a detailed and disturbing look into how Donald Trump (who could be your next Commander-in-Chief) maintains a global web of financial and business ties that would compromise our national security if he’s elected president.
Here are five things we learned from the piece (that every single voter should know):
1. Trump’s proposed Muslim ban is already having repercussions among our allies across the Middle East—and he’s lashing out against our allies via Twitter.
There’s outrage in the Middle East at Trump’s proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, including from our allies in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. It’s even costing Trump financially: Across the Arab world, there have been calls to boycott Trump properties and products.
Trump is reacting to this financial setback exactly as we’ve come to expect he would: on Twitter. When Prince Alwaleed bin Talal—a one-time friend of his and a member of the Saudi royal family, who are American allies—called Trump a “disgrace,” on Twitter, Trump responded in kind:
Dopey Prince @Alwaleed_Talal wants to control our U.S. politicians with daddy’s money. Can’t do it when I get elected. #Trump2016
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2015
2. Trump sought business dealings with Muammar el-Qaddafi, a known terrorist and dictator.
The United States for decades labeled Qaddafi, the Libyan dictator, a sponsor of terrorism for his role in a German bombing that killed two Americans and the Lockerbie bombing that killed 259 people aboard a Pan Am flight. But as Newsweek puts it:
“For the Trump Organization, Qaddafi was not a murdering terrorist; he was a prospect who might bring the company financing and the opportunity to build a resort on the Mediterranean coast of Libya.”
Trump tried to win him over, working to secure deals that would earn him money through the Libyan Investment Authority. He once even leased his Westchester, New York, estate to the dictator (and although Trump backed out on the arrangement, he kept the cash). Trump isn’t shy about admitting that last detail: “I made a lot of money with Qaddafi. He paid me a fortune.”
3. Trump is business partners with someone close to Iran—which calls into question his ability to be tough on the Iranians.
Trump is president of two Azerbaijani business entities, created as part of real-estate deals the Trump Organization made last year. The Trump Organization’s partner is a holding company controlled by the son of the Azerbaijani transportation minister, Ziya Mammadov, who is believed to have laundered money for the Iranian military.
The development is on hold—but Mammadov’s son could be paying millions to Trump if it goes forward. Newsweek raises the key question:
“If American intelligence concludes, or has already concluded, that his business partner’s father has been aiding Iran by laundering money for the military, will Trump’s foreign policy decisions on Iran and Azerbaijan be based on the national security of the United States or the financial security of Donald Trump?”
4. A Trump presidency would make his already troubling personal alliance and business relationship with Russia even stronger.
National security experts have long been concerned by Trump’s effusive praise for Russian president Vladimir Putin. And Trump has said he is eager to further his business dealings in Russia. The Trump Organization has maintained close ties with Russian oligarchs, including “one of the most politically prominent oligarchs in Russia, with significant interests in real estate and the country’s financial industry, including the Pushkino bank and Sovcombank.”
Just think about this image Newsweek paints:
“If the company sold its brand in Russia while Trump was in the White House, the world could be faced with the astonishing [sight] of hotels and office complexes going up in downtown Moscow with the name of the American president emblazoned in gold atop the buildings.”
5. This is utterly unprecedented—and terrifying. And should disqualify Trump as our next president.
As Newsweek puts it:
“Never before has an American candidate for president had so many financial ties with American allies and enemies, and never before has a business posed such a threat to the United States. If Donald Trump wins this election and his company is not immediately shut down or forever severed from the Trump family, the foreign policy of the United States of America could well be for sale.”
Are we really going to let this man, his business, and his business interests control our country?