WASHINGTON — This week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan harboured a referendum in which he narrowly won the ability to claim broad-minded brand-new governmental strengths. The referendum was treated by international observers as a grotesque ability grasp, and the House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman advised” all who price democracy … should be concerned .”
But President Donald Trump didn’t see it that way. Instead, he phoned Erdogan to congratulate him on the prevail. Foreign policy experts may have been amazed at the president’s seeming consolation with sneaking authoritarianism. But soon thereafter, justifications emerged.
It wasn’t just that Trump has an attraction for strong humankinds. His category has direct ties to Erdogan himself. Back in April 2012, the Turkish president met the Trump family at the inauguration of Trump Towers Istanbul.
Never before in U.S. biography have the president and his private business pastimes been so entangled with matters of public affairs. Trump’s affairs have led to accusations that he is hopelessly conflicted, ever more so because of his trust on “their childrens”( themselves actors in the Trump business empire) to help with his administration.
” We’ve seen an unprecedented number of conflicts of interest arising as a result of this administration ,” said Jordan Libowitz, a spokesman for the moralities watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Morality in Washington.” Are the president’s comments toward Erdogan related to his support for a Trump property? We can’t know, but it’s a question we unfortunately are forced to ask .”
In response to criticisms like these, Trump insists that he was able to act independently, accurately because he has accrued enough abundance to manufacture him incorruptible. But the case of the Turkey referendum exposes another way in which Trump’s past life is now complicating his presidency: He has numerous business-related connections with public officials from other countries with whom he now must conduct public diplomacy.
Take, for example, Trump’s schedule for this week. The chairwoman is set to welcome Argentine President Mauricio Macri to the White House in order to discuss” bilateral and regional issues, including the deteriorating situation in Venezuela .”
Macri, the son of a wealthy real estate developer, was well known Trump for more than three decades. He and “his fathers” exchanged Trump real estate in Manhattan in the 1980 s. ” I spent millions of hours with him. How is Trump? He’s like that: a extremely showoff, very exhibitionist kind of guy ,” Macri said in an interrogation last year.” It’s all an ordinance, from morning till nighttime .”
And when Macri inspects the White House, it will be with a specific objective: Argentina is hoping to dramatically expand trade relations with the United States.
Already, the ties between the two leaders have raised questions about Trump’s conduct in power. Last-place time, the Argentine government denied a report that Trump strove help from Macri in accelerating a stalled Trump construction project in Buenos Aires following his ballot in November.
Argentina isn’t the only nation to which Trump has ties that expand his business and political portfolios. The former chairman of Panama , Ricardo Martinelli, is consistent with Trump and Donald Trump Jr. years ago to discuss hosting a Trump-run beauty pageant in the two countries. He was also there for the opening of the Trump Ocean Club, in Punta Pacifica, Panama City, where Trump reportedly referred to him as a “friend.”