DINNER AT THE TRUMPS MAKES FOR A TORTUOUS DECISION OVER SECRETARY OF STATE
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
It’s the most important post of all (Foreign Ministry in our terms) and it is critical to Trump’s businesses that have taken years to build. It’s not likely that he will divest himself of those businesses at fire sale prices. Trump intends to let his family run the show with himself at arm’s length. But there is not a subject that involves his business that is not potentially compromised by a political conflict of interest. His Secretary of State must be carefully sounded out to ensure he understands this... and without saying so.
With the media still smarting over a Clinton loss and intent on lime-lighting every possible misstep, Trump is attempting to make him and his Administration bullet-proofed from a media attack. And Media see conflicts of interest as the major target of an eager firing squad.
Weekend family dinners at the Trump Tower or the White House over gold plated crockery and the very best of vintaged soda water will necessarily background discussions over how the businesses are travelling without Dad at the helm.
“Geez Pop, we still can’t get approval off those pesky Japs for that Tokyo Tower without lowering the tariff on those ten-legged Bering Sea crabs. Geez it would be good if you could manage that for us Dad.”
“Well” says Dad, extracting his tie from his Vichyssoise soup, “I can’t really do anything about that Kiddo, it’s a conflict of interest thing. The damned Dems will blow me out of the water.”
“Aw, come on Dad, we’re talkin’ a few lousy crabs here!”
“Okay, let me have a chat to my Secretary of State, I will slip him a half mil. if he can find a way to bury the deal so it can never be discovered.”
“Phew thanks Dad, now I’ll let you enjoy your meal.
“Oh by the way Dad, Putin said he will allow us to build that new casino in Vladivostok if he can get his hands on a few of those F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.”
“Hmmm, just eat your Brussels sprouts, son.”
But seriously, only a savvy Secretary of State could assist in what is looming as a major problem for Trump, and he knows it, because no-one could ever reasonably expect his kids not to seek his counsel.
Is Mitt Romney that savvy? No! Giuliani or Gingrich are, maybe.