Donald Trump is infamous for proclaiming that he is a self made billionaire. What he fails to acknowledge is that the true secret to his success is the fact he inherited lot of money- and that he fails to pay people who work for him. He benefits from the work he delegates and claims it as his own.
According Brad Reed of Raw Story:
“Over the years, Trump has become infamous for stiffing contractors out of money, and this week he was even sued by the USA Freedom Kids singers troupe after his campaign didn’t compensate them for their performances.
The Washington Post has a new report that shines a light on the collapse of a Trump campaign policy shop in Washington, D.C. that died off because — you guessed it — Trump’s campaign didn’t pay the advisers who worked there.:”
“Since April, advisers never named in campaign press releases have been working in an Alexandria-based office, writing policy memos, organizing briefings, managing surrogates and placing op-eds. They put in long hours before and during the Republican National Convention to help the campaign look like a professional operation.
But in August, shortly after the convention, most of the policy shop’s most active staffers quit. Although they signed non-disclosure agreements, several of them told me on background that the Trump policy effort has been a mess from start to finish.”
Though advisers signed non-disclosure agreements, pending litigation may not hold water if non payment is involved, as it would be a one-way contract.
Reed continues: “Three separate sources within the policy office tell the Post that most members of the group quit in August when it became clear that promised paychecks for their work wouldn’t be forthcoming. It seems that the policy team was promised compensation all the way back in April, but come summer they were told that they would have to accept working as volunteers.
“It’s a complete disaster,” one angry ex-Trump adviser told the Post. “They use and abuse people. The policy office fell apart in August when the promised checks weren’t delivered.” ”
“It was understood that we would be paid,” fumed another adviser. “The campaign never discussed how much the pay would be. It was never in writing. There were some people who were treating it as a full-time job. I suspect that those people were quite astonished when the pay didn’t come through.”
What makes this particularly amusing is that the policy group apparently worked overtime in the early part of August to help Trump prepare for policy questions in the upcoming presidential debates, only to then be told by the campaign that Trump “would not be receptive to that level of intense preparation.”
“A lot of the policy office’s work seemed to be just for show. For example, it organized national security and economic advisory teams that are not actually advising the candidate on a regular basis. The national security advisory committee met with Trump only once. Some of its members who have gotten a lot of attention, such as Russia expert Carter Page, have never met with Trump one on one.”
While I do sympathize with the advisers and not being compensated for their hard work, did these people not know about Trump’s bankruptcies? He has a documented history of non payment to vendors and not honoring contracts. Trump has notoriously used and abused his employees outside of the political arena, and now this. Advisers working under him in future should take precaution before considering employment with him. If he cannot be trusted to keep his word to the people he employs, what will become of contracts, and treaties he must uphold with other nations, and allies of the United States? It’s a scary thought.
(Article by Tasha Sharifa)