The allegations of Pay-for-Play and conflicts of interest for Donald Trump and his team just won’t go away. Trump has found himself in yet another controversy
NBC News reports on the latest controversy:
The latest controversy revolves around Opening Day, a recently formed Texas non-profit that lists two wealthy Texans, Tom Hicks Jr. and Gentry Beach, along with Eric Trump and Don Trump Jr. as its directors. Without naming its benefactors, organization paperwork says it is raising money for conservation charities by hosting a lavish event with “camouflage and cufflinks” attire in Washington, D.C. the day after the inauguration.
TMZ Obtained a flyer about the event, which you can see below:
As you can see, the more you pay the more access you get to the President of The United States and/or hunting/fishing trips with the Trump sons.
NBC went on to reports:
After questions swirled about the event and his children’s role in it, the Trump transition said Wednesday morning that his sons don’t “plan on being involved” in the fundraiser. The Eventbrite page to register no longer mentions the Trump sons and top donors no longer get to schmooze with the president.
“The Opening Day event and details that have been reported are merely initial concepts that have not been approved or pursued by the Trump family,” said Trump Press Secretary Hope Hicks in a statement Tuesday.
While Trump’s sons have attempted to correct the matter by removing themselves from the event, Lisa Gilbert with Public Citizen, a government watchdog group, said that the circumstances are “inappropriate.”
“The problem is that it continues to blur the line between Trumps’ business dealings and monetary schemes and his new role in running the country,” Gilbert said.
That last line pretty much sums up everything wrong with Trump, doesn’t it? There is no way Trump will be able to separate Trump the businessman/charlatan from Trump the President.
Ironically, on the campaign trail, Trump said “Hillary Clinton’s only allegiance is to herself, her donors and her special interests.” This is the same attitude that led Trump to call for “draining the swamp,” though many critics are rightly pointing out that he seems to actually be feeding the swamp with the appointments he’s making.