It seems like it was only a month ago that Comrade Stupid banned shipments of US tech to ZTE. The Commerce Department said that ZTE violated American sanctions against Iran and North Korea, and their technology, which uses some US parts, actually spied on Americans, including in the armed forces, which is kinda bad.
Baad-a-bing, baad-a-boom! It worked!
ZTE halted major operating activities, which you might have expected that would make Prznint Stupid, you know, happy, because he used National Security as the grounds to impose aluminum and steel tariffs and ZTE was threatening national security.
So maybe it’s only a coinky-dink, but just 72 hours after the developer of a theme park outside Jakarta—with whom the Trump Organization has an agreement to license its name on Hotels, Condos, and a golf course—signed a deal to receive $500M Ameros in Chinese government loans (in addition to another $500M Ameros from government banks), Comrade Trump announced his puzzling decision to help Make China Great Again, and save ZTE from his sanctions. Go figure.
And maybe it’s a coinky-dink that The Trump Organization will grab almost $3.7M Ameros in licensing and consulting fees. The Grifter-in-Chief will also earn management fees, and be “eligible for additional unspecified incentives.”
Which sounds like a straight-up bribe, to me.
There is no evidence of a quid pro quo… yet—someone get Mr. Mueller on the horn, STAT!—but a deal that is inked in the same week that Prznint Stupid lifts a ban on behalf of a sketchy foreign company… well, let’s let Richard Painter, the White House ethics lawyer for Chimpy McStagger, have the last word:
“You do a good deal for him, he does a good deal for you. Quid pro quo. This appears to be yet another violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution.”