President Donald Trump promised to hand the overseeing of his businesses to his sons upon taking office, however, he’s rumored to still have direct ties to many business ventures. He’s also been accused of using his position as POTUS to provide his own businesses with unfair advantages. You can check out a list of his many conflicting interests via The Atlantic.
More recently, however, Trump has taken things to an all new level.
According to new reports, Trump ordered the U.S. military to bomb an airfield near Homs, Syria — framed as a retaliation following the chemical weapons attack that killed nearly 100 civilians earlier this week — to benefit a company he owns stock in.
Yes, that’s right. Trump essentially started a war with Syria, and in the process, ensured that he would gain something financially from it.
The U.S. Military fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at an airfield rumored to be occupied by Assad rebels. According to Reuters, however, the airbase wasn’t as badly harmed as Trump would like the American people to believe:
‘JUST IN: Syrian warplanes take off from air base hit by U.S., carry out strikes in Homes countryside – Syrian observatory for human rights.’
JUST IN: Syrian warplanes take off from air base hit by U.S., carry out strikes in Homs countryside – Syrian observatory for human rights
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) April 7, 2017
According to the Palmer Report, the Syrian airbase “is already back to operational capacity today, because the Tomahawks were aimed at the least important targets on the base.”
Essentially, Trump’s attack did nothing but earn him a pretty penny. He spent taxpayer money on missiles to fire in Syria, risking lives in the process, to earn the company he owns a stock in a profit.
According to Business Insider, Trump owns stock in Raytheon Inc., the company that manufactures the Tomahawk cruise missiles.
As the Palmer Report notes, Trump just earned Raytheon Inc. close to a hundred million dollars in profits — a company he owns stock in — by choosing to use their missiles in the attack on Syria. To make matters worse, Raytheon Inc.’s shares grew today, proving that Trump did indeed profit from the bombing.
So there you have it.
Despite claiming that the attack had a “big impact” on him and that he’s open to changing his foreign policy approach, it seems Trump’s personal financial gain takes a backseat to nothing — not even a war crime. At a press conference Wednesday, Trump told reporters:
‘I do change. I am flexible. I am proud of that flexibility. I will tell you that attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me. Big impact. It was a horrible, horrible thing. I’ve been watching it and seeing it, and it does not get any worse than that. I have that flexibility. And it is very, very possible, and I will tell you it is already happened, that my attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much.’