Something odd is going on. First Ivanka offers folks a chance to bid on a half hour lunch with her, the bidding to start at $50,000, only to suddenly withdraw the offer when it gets some bad publicity. Then Eric and Donald Jr. offer a private Oval Office meeting with the new President the day after the Inauguration, coupled with the opportunity to go hunting with the Trump boys, all for a cool million dollars, also “distanced” when the press catch wind of it.
Now look. I get that the Trumps are planning to monetize the presidency, emoluments clause in the Constitution or no. But this behavior by the Trumpkins, now in charge of daddy’s far flung empire, bespeaks a certain desperation for some immediate cash. They may be the most corrupt people in public life since Richard J. Daly passed on to his eternal reward, but they are not stupid. They know they are going to have four years to cash in. What’s the rush? And why these penny ante moves, when one would have expected them to think big about megadeals with foreign heads of state?
I offer a hypothesis, backed up by absolutely no knowledge whatsoever. It looks to me as though Trump Enterprises is suffering a critical cash flow problem that poses so great a threat that anything, even lunch with sis or shooting elephants with the boys is worth marketing for whatever it can bring in.
It will be interesting to see what Melania brings to the table – a personalized shopping trip, a joint photo shoot, your very own plagiarized selection from one of Michelle’s speeches?