"White House, Inc.: How Donald Trump Turned the Presidency into a Business"

Oct 1, 2020

Our guest is Dan Alexander, a senior editor at Forbes Magazine, who joins us to discuss his new book, "White House, Inc." It's an in-depth investigation into President Trump's business holdings, and into how he used the highest office in the land to enrich these holdings. In order to document the president's endeavors to make money from his office, the book examines his exclusive clubs, luxury hotels, overseas partnerships, commercial properties, and personal mansions. Thus Alexander tracks hundreds of millions of dollars that've flowed freely between big businesses and Donald Trump's bank accounts -- from the 2016 campaign up to the onset of the 2020 re-election campaign. And further, per The New York Times: "As much as Trump says he loves money, [this book] shows that he seems to have a hard time holding on to it. Alexander estimates that if Trump had only done what ethics officials wanted him to do -- liquidated his assets when he took office, and invested the proceeds in a nice, boring mutual fund modeled on the S&P 500 -- the president now would be about $415 million richer."