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MUHAMMAD: President Trump Feathering His Own Nest Nicely

Now that President Donald Trump has tasted his own blood in the very worst political defeat ever suffered by any president in the first 100 days of his term in office — when his terribly flawed health insurance plan was taken off life support and placed carefully in the dustbin of history — he has become like any wounded, dangerous beast: even more dangerous than before.

What I can’t comprehend (never having been a filthy rich somebody myself) is why do so many of these super-rich people who are doing well in life have such an aversion to doing something “good” with their lives?

Trump’s a billionaire according to Forbes, the 544th wealthiest of the earth’s 7 billion (7,000,000,000) people. He has more money than he or his extended family could spend in their lifetimes, if they spent thousands of dollars per minute. Now, he’s president of the United States, only the 45th person to earn that title in the 229-year-plus history of this country. What’s higher than that? Why won’t he let go of his Trump Empire? What does he have to prove in/to the business world now?

Instead, rather than divest his holdings, he’s been blatantly trying to embellish his corporate brand, rather than trying to earn the trust of the world’s people by not telling a lie every time he parts those puckered lips of his. On numerous occasions his bald-faced lies have been exposed to the American people and to the world, but Trump goes on, blaming everybody else for the unforced errors he, himself commits. But he’s making “crazy money” at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, though.

He’s not only an inveterate liar, he’s also a hypocrite. After mocking former president Barack Obama for spending time playing golf, this rascal spent five consecutive of his first eight weekends in office at his own Florida resort, dragging along staff, and a sizeable Secret Service contingent, all of whom must have hotel rooms, at market rates and government expense.

The Secret Service sent a supplemental budget request for $63 million (after less than two months in office) for extra security costs to protect His Nibs and his family in the lifestyle to which they have made themselves accustomed. It costs an extra $1 million per week to secure his wife Melania Trump and 10-year-old son Barron in his New York Trump Tower home rather than in the White House, in order for the child to finish this year at his private New York school. The Service wants another $63 million for the cost of security retro-fits at Trump Tower, at Mar-a-Lago, and for other new expenses.

Trump took Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Mar-a-Lago as his guest recently. Sure, The Donald paid for the prime minister’s room and dining, but all of Abe’s staff and security had to fork over their room and board expenses into Trump’s coffers. In Washington, the embassies are falling all over themselves to book events in the Trump Hotel built at the Old Post Office Pavilion — federally owned land.

Trump insists that conflict of interest laws don’t apply to the president.

Now, he’s given his family members what I call “internships” all over the Executive Office. They are real jobs with real titles, with security clearances and White House access privileges, just no salaries. Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is an adviser who will be dispatched to offer marketplace, business solutions to solve government problems. What??!! The kid is only 36 years old, for crying out loud.

Like his father-in-law, he knows nothing about how any government works. Kushner doesn’t know enough to help some agency govern better. No. What he is doing is receiving some serious on-the-job-training.

The same thing goes for Jared’s wife Ivanka. She has her own office in the White House, and while she gets no salary, she doesn’t deserve one. She too has been given an internship by her dear old dad. Her main professional experience comes from working for her old man, in the reality TV game. But she is so tasteless; she wore a $10,000 bracelet from her own jewelry line during a network TV interview with papa, in order to get a free ad. That’s simply tasteless.

That same kind of cheesy, tastelessness permeates Trump’s very environs. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway made a shameless, cheap plug for the public to buy Ivanka’s stuff during a network interview. Such brazen bootlicking and brown-nosing of The Boss’s Daughter is cheap and disgusting, and went without even a conversation from the White House, after ethics watchdogs told them the cheap remarks were a violation. White House press secretary Sean Spicer is no better.

Let me be the first to tell you: Donald Trump is not presidential material. He’s a not-so cheap hustler, and I suppose he’s just what America deserves.

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Askia Muhammad

WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.

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