Casual corruption, Trump style

Here’s how you do corruption:

On April 6, Ivanka Trump’s company won provisional approval from the Chinese government for three new trademarks, giving it monopoly rights to sell Ivanka brand jewelry, bags and spa services in the world’s second-largest economy. That night, the first daughter and her husband, Jared Kushner, sat next to the president of China and his wife for a steak and Dover sole dinner at Mar-a-Lago.

The Trump’s will argue, if they bother, that this isn’t illegal because … something. I don’t really care because it obviously is corrupt. If you think that China didn’t do this at least partly to get in good graces with President Trump, then you don’t live in the same world I do. And there’s more:

Instead, the first daughter and her husband have emerged as prominent interlocutors with China, where they have both had significant business ties. Last year, Kushner pursued hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate investments from Anbang Insurance Group, a financial conglomerate with close ties to the Chinese state. After media reports about the deal, talks were called off.

Pure corruption.

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