April 11, 2018

Another Trump conflict of interest

Truth Out-  President Donald Trump is facing a new potential scandal as reports surface suggesting his administration may have pressured the government of Panama into helping one of his businesses in that country.

The issue traces back to a decision in February by Orestes Fintiklis, the majority owner of Trump's hotel business in Panama, to fire Trump's hotel management so that the owners' association could control the property, according to the Associated Press. Although the Trump Organization tried to avoid needing to remove its personnel, the Panamanian judicial branch wound up siding with Fintiklis, sending police officers to order the Trump employees out of the building in March.

All of this would have been standard in terms of the world of business disputes -- but then, on March 22, attorneys representing Trump's hotel businesses sent a letter to Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela and copied Panama’s Foreign Secretary Isabel de Saint Malo, asking the executive branch to intervene on their behalf.

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