The financial corruption is a given, but what this author does not explore is the fact that the international properties bearing the Trump name will inevitably be a prime target for attacks of one kind or another. Let’s Imagine for example, that one of his hotels in the Gulf states is hit by a terrorist attack killing some Americans. Bookish at this hotel drop to zero and worse, Trump hotels throughout the world show a startling drop in profits. Does Trump respond with air strikes and/or special forces to defend his property? Suppose his favorite crackpots Alex Jones claims that Iran is behind the attack. Does Trump order a massive air and sea assault on Iran? How about a command to go nuclear based on Jones’ fantasies? Will his millions of followers be okay with their sons and daughters giving their lives on behalf of the Trump brand? How about if they and their entire families are wiped out in a nuclear war?
The most important question to ask General Mattis this morning is how he will set up a mechanism to prevent Trump from issuing any orders whatsoever to the military. In particular, Mattis ahould be asked how he will provide Trump with dummy nuclear codes so that he does not destroy the earth one sleepless night.