As our new President-elect Donald Trump holes up in Trump Tower or one of his other private getaways, he has been receiving congratulatory phone calls from leaders of foreign nations and has even had a private meeting with the prime minister of Japan. None of this, by itself, is note-worthy, other than having his daughter Ivanka sitting in on the meeting, which was a huge breach of protocol.
But the news coming out of Argentina today is an entirely different story. According to reports from the Argentinean newspaper La Nacion, during Trump’s telephone call with President Mauricio Macro, Trump asked for his help with expediting building permits for a project he has in Buenos Aires.
Let me repeat this. The President-elect of the United States of America used his influence to ask the leader of a foreign country for help with one of his own personal business…
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