AR: Can you describe the extent to which “corruption by proxy” is the mode of the Trump family? The affairs of the Kushner family and Qatar are in the news; Eric and Donald Jr. are managing their father’s portfolio; how has this been, and how can it be exploited by special interests? What can be done to guard against this type of corruption in the future?
PS: We are approximately 15 months into the Trump presidency. Thus far there have been no large sweetheart deals that I have been able to detect involving foreign entities. But mark my words: They will be offered them. The Chinese have been quite explicit about their strategy: They want to soften Trump’s policies on China by going through his kids. And they plan to do that by offering them lucrative deals. As I say in the book, for the sake of the country they need to resist those deals at all costs.