CNBC compiled an interesting report recently on President Trump’s White House being a completely corrupt “money-making machine” for Trump. Like John Harwood said, the Republican has greedily positioned himself to get money “from the government he runs, the party he leads, his allies in the states, and … interests with stakes in his decisions.”
However, NBC News exposed more of the scandal yesterday, noting that Donald Trump’s wife has made money from her own corrupt deal.
Since her husband took office Melania Trump has earned six figures from an unusual deal with a photo agency in which major media organizations have indirectly paid the Trump family despite a requirement that the photos be used only in positive coverage.
President Donald Trump’s most recent financial disclosure reveals that in 2017 the first lady earned at least $100,000 from Getty Images for the use of any of a series of 187 photos of the first family shot between 2010 and 2016 by Belgian photographer Regine Mahaux.
It’s hard to say precisely how much money the first lady has gotten through her agreement with Getty Images, but the president’s latest financial disclosure shows that the revenue from the 2017 photo royalties was somewhere between $100,000 and $1,000,000.
Trump World members constantly profit from their places in the corrupt administration, but it was uncertain if this applied to Melania Trump as well.
Complicating all of this is that thin-skinned condition: Getty Images’ licensing contract forces these pictures to be used only for “positive stories only.”
So a series of pictures of Melania Trump was taken before her husband was president. These pictures are available to all news organizations, which must pay Getty Images to have the right to use them. But the first lady not only makes a lot of money from this corrupt arrangement, the photographs come with strings attached: they can’t be used in any media coverage that’s even slightly critical of the useless first lady.
NBC News’ report also said, “It’s not unheard of for celebrities to earn royalties from photos of themselves, but it’s very unusual for the wife of a currently serving elected official.”
Trump family’s ethics were already severely lacking, but it seems that we have even more reason to be disgusted with the Trumps’ corruption.