When The Trump Family Business Became Politics / by marilyn salenger

"This election is being rigged by the media pushing false and unsubstantiated charges, and outright lies, in order to elect Crooked Hillary!"                           October 15, 2016, Donald Trump tweet

As far as Donald Trump was concerned, positioning Hillary Clinton as crooked and untrustworthy was the key way he could win the 2016 presidential election. "Lock her up" was the chant he encouraged and with which he thrived. Russian interference in the 2016 election is something that Trump has repeated said was a complete fabrication.

Trump lied then, and continues to lie now. The angry grandiosity of his claims remain a great cover up posing a great question mark in itself.

Hillary lost. Donald won. We have intelligence community confirmation that it was more than Trump supporters who helped him win the election. The story of Russian involvement in our election is being revealed almost daily as the result of top notch reporting, continuing investigations, and the Trump family themselves.

Using Twitter, the instant media drug of choice for the Trumps, Donald Trump Jr. has now affirmed his position as a focal point in the Russian saga. On July 11, he released details via tweets of his meeting with a Russian government connected lawyer alleging to have "damaging information about" Hillary Clinton. Donald Jr. came forward with the information as the New York Times was about to break the story. The meeting in Trump Tower took place after his father had won the nomination and included campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. 

Donald Jr. continued to publicly change the facts of this, in perspective, major meeting as the pressure on him increased. He did so like his father, for whom he is positioned at this point to take a significant part of the fall. 

It should come as no surprise that Donald Jr. neglected to report meeting with a Russian lawyer about the presidential campaign to the proper authorities, including the FBI. It's the way the family business has operated. They've never had to report to anyone except the IRS and investors. Reporting information to the outside world has only come when Donald J. Trump deamed it beneficial. 

President Trump has boldly made the presidency an extension of his family business, crossing all boundaries and all lines because nobody has yet stopped him from doing so. Whether his sons are currently ensconced in the White House or not, they're firmly attached to their father's hip running the other family business in New York and reportedly speaking frequently. Daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner are positioned with jobs inside the White House, knowing few boundaries while dealing with affairs of state. The Russia connection has now officially become a family affair by nature of how Donald Trump operates.

President Trump loves being considered the outsider when it's convenient. But he's not an outsider anymore. Trump and his kids knew little about the new family business of politics and governance when they began a quest for the presidency. Obviously they have felt no need to do everything possible to learn all that goes into the jobs of running a campaign ethically and responsibly, let alone running our country. The Trump family as a whole has chosen not to grow into their current positions of authority but rather remain a private corporation. By doing so they are risking the integrity of our country and standing in the world.

This is not the time for the rest of us to become uninterested in politics.