Trump’s Questionable Financial Ties to Foreign Influence

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December 10, 2016 by Chris Kite

The article in the link below is a fascinating speculative piece by Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo.

Basically, Marshall is wondering if:

a) Trump sold off all his stock in June because he had to in order to keep his businesses afloat if he was going to forgive the $50M loan he made to his campaign.

b) Trump didn’t have enough cash to meet his other obligations if he forgave the loan and didn’t sell the stock.

c) Trump cannot divest himself of his businesses because the businesses would be financially insolvent if he did.

Again, it is all just speculation. Brought about by Trump’s refusal to release his taxes and his constant exaggeration of his wealth and the success of his businesses.

It brings up a very, very scary point. Which is, if his businesses are in that much trouble, what wouldn’t he do in terms of making international deals to keep it going. In other words, how influential would other countries be in US policy to keep Trump’s businesses humming along.

Again, it is all speculation. But in a country where the next President of the United States lies about illegal voting, makes up stories, attacks Boeing because of a criticism of his potential trade policy, and does all kinds of over the top things, isn’t this fair game? After all, if he would just release his taxes, it would be pretty easy to prove this wrong or right.

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