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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Unnamed officials told Newsweek that President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner used a helicopter owned by a Trump business for a personal vacation. Their use of the private aircraft “blurs the line” between the White House and the Trump family’s personal business interests, according to the officials, and appears to be unethical.

Former President George W. Bush’s ethics chief Richard Painter explained to Newsweek that taxpayers were probably shouldering a portion of the couple’s vacation bill.

“Taxpayers are paying for Secret Service to accompany Ivanka and Jared on their trips and vacations. Because they choose to use a Trump Organization aircraft, you’ve got the problem we’ve been dealing with all along: the government is paying the Trump Organization to protect the first family, when it shouldn’t be.”

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington cited conflict of interest in condemning public officials’ use of private planes to the publication.

“Jared and Ivanka’s use of a Trump Organization helicopter for their personal use blurs the line between the White House and the family business,” Virginia Canter, CREW’s executive branch ethics counsel, told Newsweek.

Painter said the couple’s aircraft usage is “fundamentally a tax law issue, and it may actually be part of what’s holding the president’s tax returns up in audit.”

Chris Sosa is a managing editor at AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.

 

15 Responses to Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner Engaged In ‘Unethical’ Helicopter Use: Report

  1. A helicopter for “unethical use”. Does that mean they did the… Nah, could they? Well, maybe, but only the cabin cleaning crew with a UV lamp could tell the truth.

  2. Ethics in the Trump White House are a little different then in the real world. As long as Trump makes money from it it is ethical.

    • The term we use here in the NY/NJ Metro area for Trump is “GRIFTER.” He loves the stardom he gets and all that camera face time in his phony business deals. Too bad every one of his business deals have had lawsuits for nonpayment to those who did work for Trump. Too bad every business deal leaves behind a history and legacy of bankruptcies taxpayers end up footing the bill for.

      Iskanka and Jared best enjoy their fun and grifter games while they can. Kushner is likely going to be indicted for his part in election rigging.

      The bottom line in the US is that we cannot, will not and dare not allow Trumps to think it’s fine and dandy to rig elections. It is a FEDERAL offense.

      If Trump doesn’t like to do the “time,” maybe he shouldn’t do the “crime.”

      • Read a great article in the LA Times this morning about how the Japanese and the Chinese are fawning all over Trump; however, when it comes to getting anything done re: trade….nothing of any substance has been discussed or put into action. They have learned that if they play to his narcissistic side, they can just brush over anything of any importance! Both of these countries are playing him, and he’s just too stupid to realize it! Even Tillerson sees it for what it is, but what can he say? Bottom line, his taking the US out of the Pacific Trade Agreement will cause China to take over the lead in trade in the next several years and the US will be frozen out…..which means that many companies will lose money and jobs!

        • Thanks for that LA Times tip. It appears that North Korea’s Kim Jung Un is also taking a similar opinion of Trump.

          One thing I know about Trump is his great Oscar award winning acting “skills.” He can play the sweet, innocent little boy when his fat gets too close to the fire. Or, he can play the dumbest moron when it’s nothing but an act so he can weasel something out of people he does business with. Trump is the kind of guy who can steal his own mother’s appendix without ever unbuttoning her blouse.

          That doesn’t mean he is a good businessman with excellent business acumen. It just means Trump is a great actor who knows who to get mileage that pays off in huge profits.

          • It’s just really sad AND embarrassing that both Japan and China have learned what pleases our idiot president and have used that to their advantage during this trip. He’s just too stupid to realize it, and this whole trip has ended up being a total waste of taxpayer’s money. Neither Japan nor China have agreed to anything during this trip, and what they HAVE agreed to were the same things that were on the table when President Obama was in charge….not anything that the Trumpster has suggested! Again, they have learned to play him like a violin!! In other words, promise him Arpege, but give him BS! They are fully aware of his narcissistic tendencies and have used them wisely at our country’s expense!

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      • And even moreso if they get the new Senate Tax Plan approved…..more money to Trump; less money to the middle class!! Another lie that he fed to his rabid followers!

  3. Now, if we can just get the thickheaded Republicans in Congress to abandon their misguided effort to revise the Internal Revenue Code, things may calm down.

  4. This is the most crooked crime family government we have ever had. Neither honesty nor intelligence are considered virtues. Integrity was not among the values of the trump voters. When they claim to be Christians, it lowers them even further.

  5. One error – his tax returns aren’t “held up in audit”, they’re held up by Putin’s puppet’s decision to be as opaque as possible.

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