Media dismisses dual conflict of interest in Trump's call with Argentine President


When a news report emerged from an Argentine newspaper alleging that President-elect Donald Trump leaned on a foreign head of state to benefit his own business, it got little more than a raised eyebrow from the American news media. The details, though, reveal all you need to know about the outrageous conflicts of interest facing the incoming Trump administration.

The story of President-elect Donald Trump's congratulatory phone call with Argentina President Mauricio Macri made quite a splash online Monday when Talking Points Memo picked it up, accusing Trump of "cashing in" by demanding President Macri help him get approval for the forthcoming Trump Tower Buenos Aires.

But the story was quickly denied by both the Trump and Macri camps, and it subsequently failed to get further traction.

It is inexplicable why the press would take these denials at face value, especially given the dots connected by Susan Simpson in an excellent tweetstorm:


In addition to the denials from Trump and Macri, part of the reason the story has been dropped is that the initial report itself is based on statements by Argentinian television journalists who did not attribute the information to any sources. As Simpson goes on to explain, however, this should not be an issue:

A major concern that this episode raises is that if it is possible for Trump to use his influence as president to make things go his way business-wise, which is troublesome enough, then the reverse is also true — his businesses in other countries can be used to compromise his decision-making as president. And that is one more reason why Trump is simply unfit to hold the office.