Huckster. A story published by CBS News describes Donald Trump's business record as being a marketer and promoter, but not a CEO. In my new book, How to Select an American President by James A. George with James A. Rodger (c) 2017 Archway Publishing, the method of evaluating presidential candidates favors their having successful CEO experience. However, there is a caveat, and that is that their responsibility should span the scope and scale comparable to the federal government enterprise.
Someone operating a family-owned business may not fit the requirement. Even if the family-owned operation becomes large in revenue, it all depends on the complexity of the business model. Furthermore, the workforce should be diverse. Competition should be in the global marketplace.
For Donald Trump, American voters didn't get a complete picture and understanding of the Trump Corporate enterprise because he never reported and shared the details.
We do know that it has the hallmark of a family-owned business. We know that it is commercial real estate development involving hotels, recreation, and gambling casinos. We know that there were many bankruptcies along the way, with many claims still outstanding.
A court settlement found the Trump University was a fraud, and he settled out of court for $25 million.
The indications from a variety of sources and testimonials are that Trump is a huckster, and not so much a CEO.
Read the entire story at CBS News.
"Mr. Trump is “a man who pushes every negotiation to the extreme,” biographer Michael D’Antonio told CBS News in “America’s CEO.”
“He’s always pushing every moment of the day to maximize his return,” D’Antonio said. “In business it’s leveraging his name, leveraging the status of the Trump organization until you concede almost everything.”
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