After sparring with Mexico, Trump wins new trademarks in the country for construction, hotels and tourism. https://t.co/CPJpyleXDS— The Associated Press (@AP) March 12, 2017
Perhaps the patent grants were routine, but how do we know for sure? It isn't just a matter of whether Trump uses his role as president to intentionally extract financial gain from foreign governments. It's also a matter of intent on the part of the government of Mexico. Are they able to exert influence on American policy by granting financial benefit to an American president?