President Trump’s Muslim Ban Raises Huge Conflict of Interest

By Jon Lin

President Trump signed an executive order on Friday banning the nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen from entering the United States. One of the stated purposes of this decree is to ‘protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States.’ Below is a short excerpt:

Section 1. Purpose. The visa-issuance process plays a crucial role in detecting individuals with terrorist ties and stopping them from entering the United States. Perhaps in no instance was that more apparent than the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when State Department policy prevented consular officers from properly scrutinizing the visa applications of several of the 19 foreign nationals who went on to murder nearly 3,000 Americans. And while the visa-issuance process was reviewed and amended after the September 11 attacks to better detect would-be terrorists from receiving visas, these measures did not stop attacks by foreign nationals who were admitted to the United States.

However, missing from the list of banned nations are Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon, the four countries that are directly linked to the 19 hijackers that carried out the September 11 attacks. Two of the hijackers were from the UAE, one was from Egypt, another one was from Lebanon and the remaining of the perpetrators were citizens of Saudi Arabia. However, these countries were not banned Friday due to Donald Trump’s conflicting business interest in these nations.

On September 17, 2007, Donald Trump created two Delaware based entities, Trump Marks Egypt Corp., and Trump Marks Egypt LLC, a limited liability company that handles his business properties in Egypt. Delaware, a well-known tax haven for businesses, is home to over 110 Trump registered or pending trademarks including the highly controversial Trump Education ULC, an unlimited liability corporation based in Nova Scotia that oversaw the now defunct for-profit Trump University. The company’s status was revoked in 2011 for failing to pay.