The bizarre election of President-elect Donald Trump has once again turned to absolutely damn weird. For the first time in modern history, a sitting US president will be allowed to keep his job on a national TV reality show. It has been announced that Trump will remain as executive producer on his hit show “Celebrity Apprentice.” It is estimated that he will receive a 5-figure salary per episode produced.
Further causing concern to many is that TV giant NBC will allow this entanglement with the Trump administration. Besides producing entertainment, NBC is a respected producer of award winning and breaking news. Apparently, NBC is also backtracking on its previous commitment to not allow Trump to work for the network. After Trump made racist remarks about immigrants, NBC released a statement that said in part, “At NBC respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to derogatory statements made by Donald Trump, regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.” NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said at the time, “He would never be back on ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ as long as I’m here.”
Now President-elect Trump is setting precedent on how he will handle his considerable business holdings that also includes property in foreign nations. Already, there is a dispute to whether foreign dignitaries or delegations should be allowed to stay at or use Trump owned facilities. It is not beyond reason for many governments to rent an entire floor at his Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. It begs the question whether governments could try to gain influence with a Trump presidency by renting these properties. President-elect Trump has stated that he will have his adult children run his business empire while in office. There is also a question as to what part of his business will be held in a trust that he cannot influence,