Donald Trump’s various business ventures have been granted 38 new trademarks in China and among those businesses is the profitable sex trade.
Trump’s trademark approvals include branded businesses from hotels to insurance to bodyguard and escort services, public documents have revealed.
The trademarks were filed by Trump’s lawyers in April 2016, the same time Trump was promising to increase trade tariffs against the country while labeling the country as a currency manipulator that steals US jobs.
Critics have chimed in, noting that the increase in trademark filings amounts to a massive conflict of interest for the 45th President of the United States.
If there are no objections to the trademarks they will be formally approved in 90 days.
Trump-branded construction services were already granted trademarks on Feb. 14.
Any special treatment granted to Trump and his organizations would be a clear violation of the US Constitution. US law bans public servants from accepting anything of value from foreign governments unless approved by Congress.
Among the trademarks sought by Trump are branded spas, massage parlors, golf clubs, hotels, insurance, finance and real estate companies. He is also looking to secure the rights to retail shops, restaurants, bars, and private bodyguard and escort services.
It’s not just the far left who have raised concerns, President George W. Bush’s former chief ethics lawyer, Richard Painter, tells NBC, “A routine trademark, patent or copyright from a foreign government is likely not an unconstitutional emolument, but with so many trademarks being granted over such a short time period, the question arises as to whether there is an accommodation in at least some of them.”
Painter is one of the attorney’s who are suing Trump over his foreign business ties, partnerships he believes are unconstitutional.
Officials in China are not commenting on any inquiries at this time.
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