On this week’s episode of How To Alienate Everyone Everywhere, we take a look at Donald Trump’s first month in office, and how it is glaringly obvious that he is attempting (and will succeed) to put profits for those who benefit him in their pockets before looking out for the people of this country.
Let’s talk about the comment he made about keeping Iraq’s oil. Minus the fact that this type of action would violate international law, this idea pervaded his campaigning. He felt that if we had just taken the oil to begin with, we wouldn’t have ISIS. Do you know who was a massive supporter of this idea?
He is the former CEO of the defunct corporate mercenary organization, Blackwater, and just happens to be Betsy DeVos’ brother.
I think you recognize that name.
In Trump’s mind, by taking the oil we need, we would end up saving trillions of dollars in military efforts. Want to know what is actually happening? Iraq and Saudi Arabia compete, along with Russia, for oil contracts. Both Russia and Saudi Arabia have been struggling to compete with Iraq as of late, meaning that Iraq has the upper hand in oil selling and production.
On the eve of Trump’s inauguration, eight Trump companies came about with plans to develop luxury real estate in Saudi Arabia, which is a country that Trump has stated multiple times he wants to protect. By taking away Iraq’s dominant ability to sell their oil, Saudi Arabia and Russia rise to the top of the industry, putting his prime real estate he has plans to build in one of the most affluent countries in the Middle East.
On January 24th, 2017, Trump signed an executive order to move forward with the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access pipelines. This was initially halted by President Obama in December after massive protest waves. Trump, however, signed the executive order to continue their construction on the basis that they would create somewhere in the ballpark of 28,000 jobs.
Want to know what’s actually happening?
Trump owns stock in the company building the Dakota Pipeline. Not only that, but Kelcy Warren gave $100,000 to the fundraising efforts for Trump’s campaign. Who is Warren? Why, she’s only the CEO of of Energy Transfer Partners. You know, the company building the Dakota Pipeline. Even if it is true that Trump sold his shares to eliminate the conflict of interest, it still doesn’t erase the campaign contributions and the fact that people around him felt that selling off his shares was an unnecessary move.
Yep. The people Trump is surrounding himself with felt the financial conflict of interest wasn’t important.
Still not convinced? Well, on February 6th, 2017, Melania refiled a lawsuit against Daily Mail for libel. Apparently, they reported rumors that she worked as an escort. What happened was the article run used allegations in a book available on Amazon, among other sources, to insinuate that a modeling agency Melania worked for also moonlighted as an escort service. The article never stated that Melania worked as an escort, only that the modeling agency she was apart of was accused of being as such.
Nevertheless, she sued Daily Mail for $150 million in damages. Yes, damages. Because, apparently, she wanted to launch a “broad-based commercial brand” of things ranging from accessories to fragrance, and the supposed allegation against her damaged her brand and reputation, costing her millions in business, even though she is currently the most photographed woman in the world.
You read that right.
She outright used her title as First Lady in an attempt to secure monetary contracts and sue for millions of dollars in damages.
In Trump’s first month of office, he has managed to prove to us, time and time again, that he is only in this to line his pockets, his family’s pockets, and the pockets of those corporate business giants that lie in wait with him.
Is this how you make America great again?
Because I’m not sure it is.
Watch below for more information on Trump’s most recent conflict of interest.
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