Donald Trump was enraged when he found out that it is illegal for US companies to pay bribes to heads of foreign governments.
There was an enlightening tidbit in The New Yorker’s profile of Sec. of State Rex Tillerson, “In February, a few weeks after Tillerson was confirmed by the Senate, he visited the Oval Office to introduce the President to a potential deputy, but Trump had something else on his mind. He began fulminating about federal laws that prohibit American businesses from bribing officials overseas; the businesses, he said, were being unfairly penalized.”
The exchange between Trump and Tillerson illustrates that the President Of The United States wants to encourage corruption. Trump has no ethical or moral compass. He doesn’t see why it is illegal for US companies to be handing out bribes.
It is unfathomable that a president is raging because his country can’t be more corrupt. Trump’s attitude on the issue should also perk up the ears of the Special Counsel as a businessman president who doesn’t think it is wrong to pay bribes to heads of foreign governments has probably broken the law and paid bribes himself.
As Russia investigators get closer to the truth, look for Trump to start complaining about how unfair the anti-bribery laws are, because he might be looking to change the law to cover-up his own crimes.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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