This week in Donald Trump's conflicts of interest: Deals in the Middle East, just as the president travels there

This week's conflicts of interest, like many others, span the globe

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published May 20, 2017 6:30AM (EDT)

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While the Donald Trump-related scandals this week have mostly centered around the circumstances surrounding his firing of FBI Director James Comey and his alleged ties with the Russian government, that doesn't mean the president's copious conflicts of interest didn't pop up as well.

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Trump's son lunched with a Dubai developer that offered the president a $2 billion deal after the election

During the transition period between the 2016 presidential election and Trump's inauguration, the president-elect bragged that he had turned down a $2 billion deal from Hussain Sajwani, chairman of the Dubai-based Damac Properties, even though he didn't have to (because, as Trump has repeatedly insisted, he doesn't think conflict-of-interest laws apply to him). As this recent picture of Donald Trump Jr. reveals, however, Sajwani is still interacting with members of the Trump family.

A Virginia Republican fundraising event is taking place at Trump National Golf Club

One of the biggest concerns about Trump's presidency is the concern that he is using his political brand to promote his personal businesses. That fear was reinforced on Thursday when White House press secretary Sean Spicer headlined a Virginia Republican fundraiser at a Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia.

Trump's front-runner to replace Comey as FBI Director works at a law firm that has represented Trump

As Trump told reporters on Thursday, the front-runner to replace Comey as FBI Director is former Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. The problem here is Lieberman's work for Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP, a law firm that has represented Trump in the past. Considering the widespread suspicion that Trump may have fired Comey over insufficient loyalty to him, selecting Lieberman would almost certainly raise eyebrows.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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