Did Trump Use Tariffs To Secure Argentinian Trademarks?

In yet another example of how President Trump is abusing his office for personal profit, ethics watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and ethics in Washington (CREW) says Trump may have used tariffs to strong arm Argentina into granting two trademarks to his business, which he is yet to divest from.

CREW essentially takes issue with the peculiar sequence of events from the time Trump’s business appied for the trademarks to the time they were granted. According to CREW, Trump’s business applied for the Argentinian trademarks in December 2017 while aluminium and steel tarrifs were still in effect.

A few months after that, May 2018, while the trademarks were still pending, the Trump administration lifted the tariffs. In November 2019 with the tariffs still lifted, Argentina granted Trump’s business the requested trademarks. Shortly after securing the trademarks, the trump administration reinstated the aluminium and steel tariffs on Argentina–literally manipulating U.S. foreign policy for personal profit. Sickening corruption!!

You’ll remember similar accusations were made against Trump’s daughter Ivanka regarding the way she secured Chinese trademarks, which Yours Truly wrote about.

Bottom line folks, as Yours Truly has repeatedly stated before, the brazen corruption of the Trump administration is not normal and the only way we can prevent him and his cronies from normalizing it is if we scream about it. Where, as here, tariffs are seemingly being abused to secure trademarks for Trump’s business, Congress and the mainstream media owe it to the public to get to the bottom of it.

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Did Trump Shake Down China For Ivanka’s Trademarks?

As President Trump continues to level corruption allegations against the Biden family in an effort to deflect attention away from his impeachment inquiry, many questions are likewise being raised about the business practices of his adult children chief among them, his daughter and Adviser Ivanka Trump.

Among the most questionable of Ivanka Trump’s trademarks are the three she reportedly received right after dining with China’s President Xi in 2017.

Well according to a CNBC piece citing Ethics Watchdog CREW, we are also finding out that China apparently approved some of Ivanka’s trademarks in May 2018, just a few days before President Trump lifted sanctions on Chinese telecom giant ZTE. Yes, you heard that right–China approved Ivanka’s long-pending trademarks on the same week her father, President Trump, announced that he would be lifting sanctions on Chinese Telecom giant ZTE. The proximity between these two events (trademark approval and lifting of sanctions) have led some to reasonably speculate that Trump essentially shook China down for his daughter’s trademarks.

Ivanka applied for the said trademarks way back in 2016. Reasonable people will agree that it is kind of strange that China decided to approve the long-pending trademarks right before a favorable U.S. government decision on Chinese telecom giant ZTE.

Bottom line as long as Ivanka continues to work at her father’s White House and meeting with world leaders including China’s, her trademarks will continue raising legitimate conflict of interest questions. You don’t have to take Yours Truly’s word for it, listen to what Ethics Watchdog CREW says about this issue; “Since she has retained her foreign trademarks, the public will continue to have to ask whether President Trump has made foreign policy decisions in the interest of his and his family’s businesses….Her trademarks remain a potential conflict of interest as she continues to work on policy in the White House and meet with foreign leaders.”

Sorry Ivanka, the conflict of interest questions will only go away if you either quit your White House job or fully divest from your businesses. Until then, your trademarks are fair game, especially if your dad insists on attacking the Bidens.

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Ivanka’s Questionable Chinese Trademarks

As if her father’s numerous violations of the emoluments clause aren’t enough, we now find out that Ivanka Trump is also doing very questionable business deals while working at the White House. Ethics watchdog CREW reported in November 2018 about how Ivanka is racking up Chinese trademarks from her lofty White House perch–a glaring conflict of interest. The stunning detail in CREW’s report however was that in 2017, the Chinese government approved three of Ivanka’s trademarks right after she dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Ivanka working at her dad’s White House is already problematic in that it raises legitimate questions of nepotism. Her business dealings while working at the White House clearly raise conflict of interest questions, especially now that her father, President Trump, is accusing his chief political rival Joe Biden of using his position as Obama’s Vice President to further the business interests of his son. Reasonable people will agree that if it is okay for President Trump to accuse his political opponent Biden of corruptly using the Vice Presidency to enrich his family, then it is perfectly okay to question Ivanka Trump’s business dealings–especially how she got trademarks approved right after dining with the Chinese President.

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