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It’s not uncommon for commentary about former president Trump’s spending habits to be met with raised eyebrows and stifled chuckles; soundbites about golf resorts and hotel empires induce a special kind of side-eye when they pop in and out of the news. But beyond anecdotes, most Americans probably don’t know the colossal extent of Trump’s spending. How bad was it?
Bad, argues Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston. According to Johnston, Trump’s self-beneficial money machine started churning less than 40 minutes after taking the oath of office and didn’t slow down during his four years of presidency. Johnston’s new book, The Big Cheat, lays out the flow of money in and out of hundreds of Trump’s enterprises. He chronicles the conflicts of interest, the favors, and the entanglement of actions that benefited only the Trump family — but came at a great cost to the American people and jeopardized our national security.
David Cay Johnston is a journalist, author, and winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting. He has been called “One of America’s most important journalists” by The Washington Monthly, and he has acted as an uncredited source of documents and insight for major campaign reports by The Washington Post, The New York Times, Bloomberg, and network television. He has chronicled Donald Trump’s conduct in two other books: Temples of Chance and the New York Times bestseller The Making of Donald Trump.
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