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"Absurd. In a lot who is it similar to the process through, for a billionaires list where you're trying to figure out financial information about, uh, people in entities that are eager to give it? Um, and so I'm not going to pretend that we have no exact figures down to the dollar on on every one of these companies, but we do things that were pretty darn close on all of them. And in cases where we weren't quite sure. Uh, we did make estimates said Just wanna be clear on something with the disclosure he's disclosing. You mentioned he disclosed during the campaign also disclosed In this spring. But what you're saying is that it's not like Keys failing to disclose his just he's not required to disclose beyond the level of these shell companies doesn't he hasn't broken any laws here? You know that there were aware of the, the laws are just made for somebody who, as much, much smaller assets And Donald Trump. I think it's really interesting that we're talking about one hundred seventy million. Dollars in payments to the president of the United States from private interests and foreign governments that we just don't know about mean. I've spent a lot of time dragging. You've probably spent a lot of time tracking campaign donations loser in such small amounts. You know, somebody of twenty five thousand dollars to a soft money committee or a hundred thousand dollars. Everybody's eyebrows were raised. And in case you're talking about rents of with the highest rent here from his. Israel has twenty one million dollars, But you know thirty or forty companies that are paying over a million dollars. There's a story also about Dwayne read that the big pharmacy and they have their their what the biggest 10 in in in the what's known as the Trump building at forty Wall Street. Is that right there? The biggest one as of two thousand fifteen when he lasted as refinancing their the highest paying ten in the building, What was their rent three point two million Or is there They're still tending, right? Yes, there. Three point two million are. So they are paying three point two million dollars to the president's company at the same time, they're going before the Federal Trade Commission. So what happens with that? Yeah, that's right. So you know, back during President Obama's presidency, Dwayne reads, parent company which is called Walgreens boots alliance makes a nine point four billion dollar bid for one of their rival companies, Rite, Aid, Walgreens At is near a deal apparently to buy Rite Aid according to sources, quoted by doubts. And you know it's a big complicated. Dillon said FTSE's looking at it to make sure that it's not going to violate any monopoly issues or anything like that, And they don't get approval during the Obama administration. And so it falls to the Trump administration. And in the first quarter of two thousand seventeen which as he knows the first time the Donald Trump takes office Walgreens boots alliance search disclosing on its lobbing disclosures that they are lobbying directly the White House, not other parts of the government put directly the White House on quote unquote competition policy issues. Walgreens is revising its deal to buy more than two thousand righty stories according to Bloomberg. The company is in a final stage of negotiations at the Federal Trade Commission and it trying to put antitrust concerns to rest. The interesting thing here is that there are only two Commissioners right now of the FTC. One of them says that the deal should go through the other one says that it shouldn't. But the one who Trump appointed as acting director and she gets way into the deal goes through. And so Walgreens gets the steel and then a couple of months later. Uh, Trump takes the FTC Commissioner who had supported the deal and announces that he's going to appoint her to be a federal judge. Again, We don't know if there was anything nefarious going on, but it doesn't look good and we shouldn't have to wonder about whether there was a conflict that affected anyone's decision making in the whole process Sezer massive decisions notches with billions of dollars on the line for companies in their competitors, but also with significant amounts of money at stake for, you know, people who live in small communities were there before was, you know, one Walgreens and one Rite Aid. Now there's and now they're combined So that these are big decisions. And we shouldn't have to wonder whether the, whether the right decisions are not Look. If you look at a real estate business, you've got a handful of plots of property and there's one person on one side of it who says, I want to pay for that. And there's another person on the other side of it. Who says I own that, and they're in a couple of people who work for now the person who owns it. But it's basically just a deal between a company and a person. And that's different from If you look at like the CEO of General Motors, CEO of google, or Oprah Winfrey or almost any other type of business, real estate is a business as a deal by deal by deal an So you've got, you know, a guy here who's made his whole life to striking deals 101 across from another entity. And here now they all are continuing in always President which raises in all these questions. What did the Trump Organization tell you? Well, so they issued a statement and their Saiman was, uh, you know, shortly after President Trump won the election, we implemented a policy in which we have a ethics advisor review. All of our deals. They said that, you know, they did not have control over deals in which they don't own one hundred percent of a building. We're calling this podcast. An open investigation is there's something that you have a call out four that people could get to you. Yes, Send me, uh, how much all these people are pain and rent heads hit for him, missing any tenets, or if any of the people listed in fact have sub leases. Uh, this is also an ongoing investigation. So uh, help us figure this out and know where all of this money is coming from and how people can send their tips to Trump Inc. podcast dot org. We will far them along to you, Dan. Maybe we can do a little too at reporting that something. Wonderful, Thank you so much, dam. Sure thing. Thank you for having. Thanks to all of our colleagues in investigative journalism who've been in touch with story ideas and to all of the citizen journalists who have been sending us tips photos and emails. If you have any questions about Trump's businesses, he wants to try to answer, Give us a call. 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