Ethics

“They’ve paid me a fortune.”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe traveled to Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort of the weekend where they golfed and discussed national security in plain view of a crowd, but they also spent time schmoozing with people who paid to play.

Trump dragged the prime minister along with him to crash a wedding because they paid him a fortune.

Entering the ornate room, Trump took a photo with the bride and her bridesmaids, who posed in red gowns next to the commander in chief, mimicking his signature thumbs-up.
Then he grabbed a microphone.

"I saw them out on the lawn today," Trump said of the bride and groom, who were standing nearby. "I said to the Prime Minister of Japan, I said, 'C'mon Shinzo, let's go over and say hello.'"

"They've been members of this club for a long time," Trump said of the newlyweds. "They've paid me a fortune."

Even as Trump openly states that he does favors for people as president because they paid him, I doubt this is enough to get Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz excited.

After all, if stories like this concern you, you were probably paid by George Soros to be concerned. Or something.

This is a minor footnote, but my understanding is that referring to Prime Minister Abe by only his first name is considered to be incredibly disrespectful in Japanese culture. Only close friends and family members use first names. But I certainty don't expect caveman Trump to know that.

  • Hell, Trump might know that rule about names and think he’s on those terms with Abe.

    • ninjaf

      Or, like his sexual assault views, knows that others’ decorum means he can get away with what he wants.

  • ninjaf

    Make America Humiliated Again™. And again. And again.

  • muselet

    “I said to the Prime Minister of Japan, I said, ‘C’mon Shinzo, let’s go over and say hello.'”

    With all due respect to Prime Minister Abe, does that sound to anyone else like a high school freshman trying to impress his buddies that he’s on a first-name basis with a porn star?

    It’s going to be a very long four years.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    The Denigration of America®

    Insulting cultural norms while displaying a staggering lack of taste and decorum edition.