Trump Lashes Out At ‘Vanity Fair,’ One Day After It Lambastes His Restaurant
President-elect Donald Trump, himself, just illustrated for us all why his business conflicts of interest are a problem as he enters the oval office. Because Vanity Fair magazine published a negative review of Trump’s steakhouse, Trump Grill, located in Trump Tower, he felt the need to broadcast the world via Twitter that Vanity Fair is going down. Here is how NPR reports Trump’s lesson to us all about conflicts of interests and presidents:
One day after Vanity Fair printed a highly critical piece about one of his restaurants, President-elect Donald Trump escalated his feud with the magazine’s editor, calling him a “no talent.”
“Has anyone looked at the really poor numbers of @VanityFair Magazine,” Trump said in an early-morning Tweet. “Way down, big trouble, dead! Graydon Carter, no talent, will be out!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2016
Although Trump didn’t refer to it, the magazine’s website on Tuesday published a rough review of Trump Grill, located in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan. The article, by politics and media writer Tina Nguyen, was negative against the restaurant.
So, if Trump slams a member of the press–the press, no less, which has a responsibility to keep those in power in check–because they gave one of his restaurants a bad review, that’s bad enough. But the fact that he has time, or an interest, to care about that, when we are putting our economy and our safety in his hands is perhaps the most troubling part of this development.