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If the president is letting a Chinese madam sell access at Mar-a-Lago to Chinese business people while his friends are getting serviced at businesses she started, he is exposing himself and the country to massive blackmail risk. Surely the IC and FBI are aware of this.
Why aren't alarms going off? Why has it been allowed to progress? Where is the deeper investigation of these relationships and how deep the compromise might have run. This seems like another fun story about our sleaze bag president. But it's more than that.
It is a story of how foreign actors (& perhaps how domestic actors) gain leverage over the president. Consider this for a moment: If the Steele dossier had contained speculation that the president & his family were giving access to a Chinese woman who runs a string of sex spas..
...in Florida, where rich, powerful friends of the president were getting sexual services would it have been any less shocking or disturbing than stories about golden showers w/Russian hookers? In fact, given that it continued long after Trump became president, it would be worse.
Add to that the fact that the Chinese president is supposed to be coming for a summit with Trump at Mar-a-Lago, the site of the influence selling operation of this Chinese madam/Trump crony/GOP donor, and it all makes for quite the tableau doesn't it?
This story will, we can be certain, contain more revelations. But it is not just a shocker in its own right. It is a symptom of one of the many serious ailments with which Trump and his presidency suffer. His sordid predilections have opened him up to blackmail.
Every foreign government knew that just as they knew they could buy his favor with deals and flattery. They knew it before he was elected and there is evidence to suggest that the intelligence community heard chatter to that effect.
Trump has therefore been a national security liability and, to the extent he allowed himself to be manipulated by those who were willing to deal in this kind of leverage--like the Russians, the Saudis and others--he has put the US at risk and severely damaged the office he holds.
p.s. I seemed to have missed the story that, apparently coincidentally, Xi yesterday cancelled the Mar-a-Lago Summit. I regret the oversight. Also the state of US-China trade relations.
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