Trump Is a Dumb Crook, Literally
One of the biggest surprises in my research on Trump's foreign deals, particularly the one in Azerbaijan with likely money-launderers for Iran's Revolutionary Guard, is how BAD TRUMP IS AT BEING BAD.
He got $5 million to lend his name to a $350 million $-laundering scheme. He's a sucker. Money launderers often get 20% of the money they're laundering.
If he were caught (well, he was, so, rather, if anyone cared if he was caught) he would face hundreds of millions in fines. That's just bad risk management. ESPECIALLY for a fraud-based operation.
Look at how Kim Jong-Un, Putin, and MBS play him. That's how ALL his partners treat him.
He really should be a multibillionaire. But he's too weak and dumb to do these deals well.
His dad was, at least, bold and a bit creative in his fraud and was able to do it at impressive scale.
Trump, himself, has been a chump. Trump the Chump. That's his vulnerability, imo.
Why is he in power then? Because he's a great puppet! So easily manipulated by the PTB with all his blatant criminality.