In a late March press briefing on the coronavirus, President Trump turned the microphone over to Mike Lindell, the founder and CEO of a company called MyPillow. Lindell — a regular on Fox News and at Trump properties, and a high-dollar donor to Republican causes— talked about how his company was pivoting from pillows to protective masks — and effusively praised the president's leadership.
We've been thinking about who stands to benefit from the coronavirus bailout, and that unusual moment highlights the close links between Trump and allies who stands to benefit (often in more ways than just publicity) from the government response to the pandemic. On this episode of the show we're examining:
• How the Trump family business qualifies for the two trillion dollar bailout
• How businesses close to Trump are getting regulatory rollbacks and other long-sought goals
• And what kind of oversight we should be expect in this new and uncertain era
Check out reporter Meg Cramer's story about how businesses within the Trump Organization stand to benefit from the coronavirus bailout and Peter Elkind's reporting on how Trump Org properties are responding to the crisis. And visit our tips page to learn how to securely share what you know.
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