With its political violence, wannabe autocrat, and corruption, it’s clear that America’s beginning to look more like a Third World country. Unfortunately, all of those elements were found in former President Donald Trump’s administration. I always knew Trump was corrupt, but a new book by longtime Trump biographer David Cay Johnston has the receipts. The book is titled “The Big Cheat: How Donald Trump Fleeced America and Enriched Himself and His Family.”
According to Johnston, Trump ripped off the government to the tune of $1.7 billion. However, it wasn’t just Trump who had his hands in the cookie jar. Presidential son-in-law and “secretary of everything” Jared Kushner managed to erase more than $1 billion in business debt while he was in the White House.
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“‘The Big Cheat’ is a guided tour of the Trump circus in 18 colorful vignettes. There are the ways the first family used the White House to enrich themselves, from the Old Post Office hotel in D.C. where foreign leaders made sure the president knew they were paying handsomely for their rooms, to the Trump Organization’s overseas projects that were greenlighted by favor-seeking governments, to the hundreds of millions of dollars that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner made while serving as administration officials,” according to a Washington Post review.
“Donald did everything he could to make sure the taxpayers were putting money into his businesses. Hundreds of millions of dollars,” said Johnston in a CNN interview.
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