Donald Trump’s disgusting behavior and circus act usually take the spotlight when it comes to the Trump family, and ever since his sex scandals and hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels came to light, First Lady Melania has never been so private. However, her absence from the spotlight does not make her any better or reasonable than her scary husband — she’s just as bad and a new NBC report proves it.
It turns out that Melania is also using her husband’s presidency to make money. The First Lady has received at least $100,000 — maybe even up to $1 million — thanks to a weird, shady licensing agreement with Getty Images. It’s an agreement in which the First Lady profits every time that a news outlet uses a photo of her. What’s perhaps even scarier is that those photos can only be used by following an insane stipulation — they can only be used alongside positive news coverage. And we thought Trump was bad!
NBC stated in its report that those guidelines are listed on nearly 200 photos of the Trump family. However, there’s no mention of the royalties the Trumps earn from those photos being used.
It is only thanks to the president’s most recent financial disclosure that this information was discovered and is being reported on. Several major outlets have been using those photos since 2017, when the royalties first surfaced in financial reports. Thanks to this new report, news outlets have responded by taking several photos down. A Yahoo spokesperson said:
Multiple photos were taken down by various outlets when contacted by NBC. “We were not aware of this specific arrangement with Getty nor was our editorial influenced by it. We have removed the image from Yahoo Lifestyle.”
The White House has refused to comment on the matter aside from this spokesperson’s statement:
President Trump’s recent Public Disclosure Report, which included information regarding Mrs. Trump’s income and assets, was filed after being certified by the White House Ethics Counsel and the Office of Government Ethics. The report speaks for itself.”
How many conflicts of interest does the Trump family need to have before they’re kicked out of the White House?!
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