How proud are you to be living in a country where, on International Women’s Day, our President receives trademark approval for Trump branded escort services in China?

It’s being reported today that, after years of waiting, our President’s trademark application for Trump branded escort services in China has finally been approved.

Happy International Women’s Day!

While I suspect it’s just a precautionary move on Trump’s part, a proactive legal strategy to keep other vile men from from making a buck by using the valuable “Trump” brand to sell sex in China, I suppose, given Trump’s history when it come to pimping out young models, he could actually be positioning himself for a lucrative career in the international sex trade post impeachment. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

For what it’s worth, it wasn’t just his trademark for escort services that got preliminary approval today. Trump received approval for 37 other trademarks in China as well. He also got word that the Trump brand would be protected relative to hotels, spas, real estate companies, bars, massage parlors, and any number of other things. While Hong Kong intellectual-property officials told the Associate Press that the trademarks were approved much more quickly than usual, a partner at the Beijing law firm that represents the Trump Organization, Spring Chang, told reporters that she didn’t, “see any special treatment” on behalf of America’s new President.

Thankfully, elected officials, like Senator like Ben Cardin, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, don’t seem willing to just let this pass without mention. In fact, Cardin is asking for a hearing, arguing this very well might be a violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which states that no-one holding elected office in the United States should “accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever” from a foreign government. And this really does look like a present on behalf of the Chinese government. Why, after denying Trump for over a decade, are they approving these trademarks now? What’s changed? And, come to think if it, why has Trump still not made good on his promise to address his multiple conflicts of interest?

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  1. Ted
    Posted March 9, 2017 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    It looks like you’re right about this being a protective move on Trump’s part. There’s an escort service using his name right now.

  2. LUMOS
    Posted March 9, 2017 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    If the Republicans, who control all of government now, don’t give a fuck about Russian interference in our elections, what makes you think the care about the Emoluments Clause? This, like everything else, will lead nowhere.

  3. anonymous
    Posted March 9, 2017 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Having succeeded in Making America Great Again, he’s now setting the stage for his next, more global, campaign. “Grab the World by the Pussy.”

  4. Eel
    Posted March 9, 2017 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Trump Escorts: putting the gold in golden showers

  5. Eel
    Posted March 9, 2017 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    On the plus side, if he increases his portfolio in China, it’s less likely that we will go to war with them. If they were smart they’re give him 19% of their state oil company.

  6. Posted March 10, 2017 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Based ont he feedback I’ve gotten on Facebook, I should have ben more clear. For what it’s worth, no, I do not think that our President intends to launch a Trump Escort business in China. Like I said in the post, I think this particular trademark application had more to do with keeping others from doing so. the doesn’t make it any less weird, though. Can you imagine any scenario in which Obama might have pursued international trademark protection on an eponymous escort service? Regardless of intent, it’s just fucking weird.

  7. R.P.
    Posted April 18, 2017 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    The Donald isn’t the only one the Chinese bribed.

    China approved new Ivanka trademarks on same day she met with Chinese president:

  8. Posted July 21, 2020 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    From the New York Times:

    Trump’s Request of an Ambassador: Get the British Open for Me

  9. Posted July 26, 2020 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    I forgot, the Emoluments Clause is “phony.” Never mind.

    All previous presidents didn’t do this stuff because they were derps. If they were stable geniuses, they would have done just the same as Trump.

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