When Donald Trump promised America that he would be the greatest jobs president God ever created, little did we know that he wasn’t only talking about American jobs. Apparently, Trump's also the greatest jobs president God ever created for the Chinese as well.
After pledging last month to punish China for trade abuses and intellectual property theft, Trump barred US companies from doing business with ZTE. This is a company with a dubious past and is so shady that ZTE phones were banned by the Department of Defense over concerns that the phones could be used to spy on Americans.
However, over the weekend Trump apparently had a change of heart when he tweeted that he would work with the Chinese president to help get ZTE “back into business fast” because “too many jobs in China (had been) lost.”
When you consider that his claim to fame was his promise to protect American interests, improve national security, and save American jobs, why would Trump reverse course on an economic policy meant to punish unfair trade? And why, of all nations, would he do so with a Chinese telecom company when we know China has stolen intellectual property and is possibly spying on Americans?
Here's your answer.
Despite claims that Trump did this to protect American farmers from tariffs leveled by China in retaliation to his trade policies, it appears that Trump was motivated by a pay-to-play deal that will line his pockets. In an amazing display of coincidental timing, Trump’s decision to save ZTE jobs came mere days after the Chinese government committed a half-billion dollars to an Indonesian construction project that will feature a Trump-branded golf course and hotels.
Trump’s refusal to divest his business interests, even though he promised to do so during his campaign, is a serious violation of ethics and could possibly be a violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution.
But as we all know, that won’t matter one bit to the Trump cult, will it?