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by Dale Eisman on December 9, 2016
Donald Trump, at age 70 an apprentice for the world’s toughest job, apparently will be moonlighting at an old position as he learns the ropes on his new one next year.
Word leaked this week that while managing the federal bureaucracy, trying to push his agenda through Congress, and leading the free world, Trump will serve as executive producer of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” an offshoot of the “reality” TV show Trump starred in for a decade before launching his presidential campaign.
Variety reports that the side gig will pay Trump a five-figure salary for each of the NBC show’s eight scheduled 2017 episodes. The billionaire businessman already has said he won’t accept the $400,000 per year that comes with the presidency, so maybe he figures he’ll need the money.
Like so much of Trump’s campaign and his presidential transition, this arrangement is unprecedented. In fact, it’s downright weird. It raises ethical, legal and constitutional questions for the new President and his business partners. Among them:
We may get some indication of Trump’s answers to all this next week, when he is to provide details of his business plans. Whatever he says then, my bet is that he’ll have nothing to say about how this second job demeans him and the presidency he worked so hard to win. Even if he doesn’t accept a penny from MGM or NBC, what does it say about our new President that he plans to spend his “spare” time on behalf of an enterprise built on its ability to deceive the public? The reality of reality TV is that it’s unreal; it entertains viewers by inviting us into a fantasy world, staged for our entertainment. The presidency and its challenges however, are all too real. And Donald Trump, like every apprentice, has a lot to learn.
Office: Common Cause National
Tags: Executive Ethics