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El Berlusconi de Estados Unidos

LONDRES – En las últimas semanas el mundo ha estado tratando de adivinar la conducta que tendrá Donald Trump una vez asuma el cargo y las políticas que impulsará tras una larga campaña de declaraciones contradictorias. Los ex presidentes estadounidenses que también fueron empresarios (Warren G. Harding y Herbert Hoover) ejercieron hace demasiado tiempo como para dar alguna orientación. Pero hay un precedente en Europa: el italiano Silvio Berlusconi.

Berlusconi fue pionero de lo que Trump ha logrado. Como él, es un empresario que inició su fortuna en el negocio inmobiliario. Cuando entró a la política en 1994 era un forastero aunque, igual que Trump, durante largo tiempo había estado rodeado de personas que conocían bien el sistema.

Los parecidos no acaban allí. Tanto Trump como Berlusconi estaban muy familiarizados con los entresijos de los tribunales; Trump se ha movido rápido desde las elecciones para resolver las demandas por fraude contra la Trump University, pero tiene abiertas cerca de 70 otras demandas contra él y sus empresas. Y ambos tienen una serie de conflictos de interés con su papel de jefe de gobierno debido a la extensión de sus imperios comerciales.

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