The man does seem to know how to deal: Trump Wins 27 New Trademarks in China
And the deal seems to be that Trump will honor the One-China policy—something he was bound to do anyway, but he cleverly arranged that first phone call with Taiwan’s president, which provided enough nudge to get all those trademarks: money in the bank, but no money changes hands. But still it is (outright) corruption: using public office for private gain. Trump as a private citizen fought for those trademarks for a long time and went nowhere. Now, however, … Corruption.
Sui-Lee Wee reports in the NY Times:
President Trump has won preliminary approval to register 27 new trademarks in China for industries including restaurants and advertising, business interests that could add to criticism over his potential conflicts.
As a businessman, Mr. Trump has amassed a vast portfolio of trademarks around the world, as he seeks to protect his brands and his products. Those trademarks, at times, clash with the vision of a populist president who has espoused a strategy of “America First.”
China has been among the biggest targets for his business prospects. Including the latest batch, his companies have filed for at least 126 trademarks in China since 2005 for restaurants, bars, hotels, brokerage services, advertising and management consulting.
But as president, Mr. Trump has criticized China for its trade practices. On the campaign trail, he threatened to impose punitive tariffs against the country.
The timing of the new trademarks could create a perception problem for Mr. Trump because they came so soon after he took office.
In February, the Chinese government announced that it was granting Mr. Trump the right to protect his name brand for construction projects, after a decade-long legal battle. That trademark approval was announced just days after Mr. Trump pulled back from his challenge to China’s policy on Taiwan in a call with Xi Jinping, the Chinese president.
A number of trademarks have followed, with China’s Trademark Office giving preliminary approval for the 27 new ones on Feb. 27 and on Monday, according to the agency’s website.
The latest trademarks, which were under the name “Donald J. Trump,” were initially approved for use in golf clubs, insurance services, child-care centers and nursing homes, among other categories. They will be formally registered three months later, if the agency receives no objections. The Associated Press reported earlier about the trademarks.
Matthew Dresden, a lawyer with Harris Bricken in Seattle who specializes in Chinese intellectual property law, said it was atypical that all the trademarks were “approved at once.”
“I think that’s really odd. That makes you look and think: ‘Somebody got some instructions at the trademark office that these should be approved,’” Mr. Dresden said. “It’s unusual for that many trademarks to go through the examination process without any problems.” . . .
Later in the article:
It is unclear whether the Trump Organization will profit from the new trademarks in China. While the company has pursued a large number of hotel development deals in the country, one of its executives recently suggested that the organization would drop those projects.
The Trump Organization has said it would not be doing any new international deals. Mr. Trump has said he is turning over control of his business to his two adult sons.
Not to put too fine a point on it, the track record shows that these guys lie: blatantly, repeatedly, and without shame because “It’s just a tactic, and using any legal tactic is fair, isn’t it? And what is or is not legal is not always so obvious, so just go with it and we’ll fight it in court if it comes up.” Trump has 75 lawsuits in action now against him.
So I totally dismiss whatever those organizations say. They are simply not to be trusted, and that’s been proven over and over—as Scotland recently learned with the Trump golf course. And as everyone recently learned with the Trump charitable foundation—which was most charitable, as it turned out, to Mr. Trump himself—which paid $20,000 for a portrait of Mr. Trump, which now hangs at Mar-a-Lago.
They. Are. Not. Trustworthy. You cannot believe their promises (“Trumpcare will cover everybody—and for less”) or their statements of fact (“I have the healthcare plan almost completed, just a few things…” with no plan whatsoever; “Obama tapped my phone”).
So with the words useless, you have to go on actions. So see what he does. And see what he’s doing: those executive orders, the business deals—observe and think about it to see what you conclude.