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  • Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump reported between $172 million in breaks and $640 million in outside income while working in the White House, according to an analysis of financial disclosures by CREW. 

  • Remember, no salary — But we paid their expenses in bribes , bad dealsm cons, grifting and made millions.  It is impossible to tell the exact amount as the income is sometimes reported in broad ranges and cover four months of income before Ivanka Trump officially joined her father’s administration and nearly one month before Jared Kushner joined.

  • Both Kushner and Trump announced they would not take a salary while working for the government in an attempt to shut down nepotism concerns. While their supporters marked this as a public sacrifice, the massive amount of money they made on the side undercuts that argument, as government salaries would have been less than 1% of their income.

  • One major factor in their outside profits came from Ivanka Trump’s ownership stake in the Trump Hotel in DC,  all told, Ivanka made more than $13 million from the hotel since 2017, dropping from about $4 million a year between 2017 and 2019 to about $1.5 million last year, at least in part due to the pandemic. On top of the drop in revenue, there’s an unexplained drop in the value of her ownership. Having previously claimed it to be worth between $5 million and $25 million, in her final disclosure she listed it as only worth $100,000 to $250,000. 
    The hotel was far from Ivanka Trump’s only controversial source of income while working in the White House. In 2018, Ivanka announced she was shutting down her namesake brand,  but we discovered that she still made up to $1 million from it in 2019 despite the fact that she claimed it no longer existed.

  • Just a month before her father was elected president, Russia renewedtwo trademarks for Ivanka Trump’s business. This would be the start of a pattern. In 2017, Ivanka’s business won preliminary approval for three Chinese trademarks on the same day that she dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago. 

  • In May 2018, Ivanka’s business was awarded “registration” approval from the Chinese government for five trademark applications, with an additional one getting “first trial approval.”   Ivanka’s business applied for Japanese trademarks the day after her father won the presidency.  Ivanka also met with Abe, along with her father, about a week after her company applied for the trademarks. She won approval for additional Japanese trademarks in 2017.

  • In what would become the defining scandal of her time in office, in October 2018 Ivanka’s brand won 16 new trademarks from the Chinese government, including for voting machines. These approvals came about three months after Ivanka announced that her brand was shutting down, and mark the largest number of new Chinese trademarks she received in a single month during the Trump presidency. Six months after the company officially shut down, it received a new trademark to sell the Ivanka brand in Canada. In all, CREW found at least 28 foreign trademarks approved for Ivanka Trump while in the White House.

  • Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump should never have been allowed to work in the White House. The Department of Justice reversed decades of precedent to grant President Trump’s wish to have his children work in the White House. While taking on enormous responsibilities that they were unqualified to carry out, and debasing their positions with constant ethics scandals, they likely made hundreds of millions of dollars from questionable sources. All that was waived off by the same nepotism that got them their jobs. Some “sacrifice.”  

T-Rump Is A Closet Authoritarian and Facist—  As President, Donald Trump took a series of steps he considered to be pro-Israel, though by the Republican's own admission, he didn't necessarily understand his own policies. Trump nevertheless seemed to assume that he was currying favor with Jewish voters, who'd help with his re-election campaign.

He thought wrong:  President Joe Biden received more than 75 percent of the Jewish vote in 2020, improving on Hillary Clinton's totals from four years earlier.

Predictably, Trump responded with bitterness and resentment, and started lashing out at those who dared to disappoint him.  Over the summer, for example, Trump whined, "Jewish people who live in the United States don't love Israel enough." The former president's proof, of course, was that Jews didn't vote for him in large enough numbers.

The rhetoric was not well received — it's rarely a good idea for politicians to reflect on who and is not a good Jew in their eyes — but the Republican apparently isn't done complaining. CNBC reported:

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Former President Donald Trump, in a newly aired interview, told an Israeli journalist that "the Jewish people in the United States either don't like Israel or don't care about Israel.”   Trump told Barak Ravid, "There's people in this country that are Jewish no longer love Israel.... I'll tell you, the evangelical Christians love Israel more than the Jews in this country."

In case that weren't quite enough, the former president kept going.   “ It used to be that Israel had absolute power over Congress, and today I think it's the exact opposite.... And I think [former President Barack] Obama and Biden did that," he added. "And yet in the election, they still get a lot of votes from the Jewish people. Which tells you that the Jewish people, and I've said this for a long time, the Jewish people in the United States either don't like Israel or don't care about Israel.

For good measure, the former president went on to say, "I mean, you look at The New York Times. The New York Times hates Israel. Hates 'em.   And they're Jewish people that run The New York Times, I mean the Sulzberger family." (For the record, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. is not Jewish.)

So to recap, according to Trump, Jews run the nation's largest newspaper, and Israel used to have control over Congress, but now, thanks to Democrats, Jewish voters are hostile toward Israel — unlike him and his evangelical allies.

Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii responded soon after, "This is overtly anti-Semitic and it's disgusting. Every American Jew of every political affiliation must denounce this.

The Republican Party has been all in on Donald Trump's grift for years now.   But new reporting suggests the party is funneling more money to the former president than previously known.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that the Republican National Committee agreed this summer to pay up to $1.6 million to help Trump — a self-proclaimed rich man — fight investigations into conduct that largely preceded his time in office. The New York Times confirmed the report later Thursday.

The money is meant to help Trump beat back a civil probe of Trump’s business by New York Attorney General Letitia James as well as a criminal investigation into his business by James and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance.

That’s all part of the Trump experience, you see: paying for him and his family of delinquents to fend off legal challenges while they pantomime opulence. 

"The RNC’s Executive Committee approved paying for certain legal expenses that relate to politically motivated legal proceedings waged against President Trump," GOP spokeswoman Emma Vaughn told the Post. “As a leader of our party, defending President Trump and his record of achievement is critical to the GOP."

That sounds a lot like, “I wasn’t robbed, I wanted the thief to have my wallet.” Nonetheless, dig further into the Post's story and you’ll find a hint of truth from unnamed GOP officials: They’re absolutely frightened about potentially being on Trump’s bad side.   Republican Party officials say privately that Trump is the biggest fundraising draw for the party, and they want to keep him in their good graces ahead of the 2022 midterms and 2024 presidential election. RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel regularly talks to Trump, according to Trump advisers, and has in the past warned him against starting a third party. She has managed to keep close ties with him as other advisers have burned out.

Republican Party officials seem completely sold on the idea of being Trump's personal bank — whether it's out of loyalty, fear or both.

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