Forcing Trump to Play Ball

There are no two ways around it: Trump as a business man poses a unique threat to US foreign policy. Will foreign adversaries have Trump over a barrel or is it likely the other way around?


There’s a danger lurking beneath the President’s desk and no, it isn’t a brunette, or Obama searching for his lost dreams and nor is it Trump’s latest hair piece. It’s the hand that may very well hold the President-elect’s, ahem, proverbial balls, when he takes office in January.

More and more concern is rising from the swamplands of Washington, in the shape of concerns for Trump’s pliability when it comes down to nitty-gritty foreign negotiations. It may very well be a smart move on Trump’s part to have ExxonMobil’s CEO, Rex Tillerson, as his secretary of state sidekick, because he may very well require some manipulating to be done with those who hold interests in oil.

Now, I’m not saying this would happen – I’m merely speculating at this point in time, hoping you’ll draw your own conclusions.

On one hand, you have the caution in the use of Trump’s overseas business holdings used as a form of blackmail against him, to sway US decisions and policy. You see, this is where the danger of holding so many dollars and overseas interests lies. Turkish President Erdogan, for example, may have already found this Achilles heel in the form of the Doğan Holding group and a means to extradite Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is considered to be responsible for the Turkish coup.

There is no doubt that there are some leaders out there who would jump at the chance of exerting pressure on a US president, to gain political advantage. For Trump, his rumoured relationship with the Doğan family, who are the owners of the Doğan Holding group, the corporation that is building twin towers in Istanbul bearing Trump’s name, may be the leverage Erdogan needs to get his own way.

Trump stands to earn millions from this ‘little’ deal, however, the lead representative and founder of the Doğan company have recently been arrested on “threadbare” charges. Charges, according to reporter Rachel Maddow, were on the basis of coup-related accusations.

Now, I’m not one to back any mainstream media voiceover, but it may be agreed that Maddow has a valid point. Erdogan knew of the connection, and with these people arrested, Trump loses a lot of money. But the leverage isn’t against Trump, she says, it’s now against the President-elect — and the Americans.

“If Erdogan’s government puts more pressure on the company that’s paying millions of dollars to Trump and his children, revenue flowing from that tower complex in Istanbul could be cut off. That means Erdogan has leverage with Trump, who will soon have the power to get Gulen extradited,” said Kurt Eichenwald, author and journalist, when voicing his concerns over the conflicts of Trump as a business man and as the President of the United States.

And then there’s the Saudi ties…and the other 18 nations Trump has company interests in…what about those?

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  1. Isn’t this just setting everything up for discussion? I’m not a Trump follower at all, but what happens on a regular basis in Wasington? Thinking of their own businesses / re-elections is what is going on for most of the time. Concidering the lobbying and the time the plolticians have to spend on funding their next period doesn’t make it such a big difference. But that is accepted. As blocking peoples wishes by running endless filibusting. I think the Trump will shake up the political system, and I really hope it is for the better. A great wake up call for US democracy!


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