MAKE AMERICA GRIFT AGAIN

grift (verb)
transitive: to obtain (money) illicitly (as in a confidence game) intransitive: to acquire money or property illicitly

All Hail the Grifter-in-Chief: Unpresident Donald Trump!

Donald Trump is not "a great businessman." He declared bankruptcy four times, at great expense to many other people.

He is not the "champion of the forgotten man." He is a con artist skilled in gaining the confidence of those whom he plans to take advantage of.

His actions as the nation's "Unpresident" are geared towards one goal only: The enrichment of himself, his family, and the people to whom he owes money or favors.

The examples of Trump's shameless grifting are many and "unpresidented"; read about a few of them here.

August 15, 2017

A billionaire nicknamed 'Donald of Dubai' is using links to President to sell multi-billion dollar developments

Source: independent.co.uk


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Exposing White House Grift | A billionaire nicknamed 'Donald of Dubai' is using links to President to sell multi-billion dollar developments

August 11, 2017

Trump D.C. hotel turns $2 million profit in four months

Source: washingtonpost.com


"Donald Trump’s company turned a $1.97 million profit at its opulent Trump International Hotel so far in 2017, dramatically beating its expectations and giving the first hard numbers to critics who charge that Trump is profiting from his presidency." #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Trump D.C. hotel turns $2 million profit in four months

August 10, 2017

Mueller subpoenas for Manafort's bank records

Source: thehill.com


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Exposing White House Grift | Mueller subpoenas for Manafort's bank records

August 3, 2017

U.S. Attorney Subpoenas Kushner Cos. Over Investment-For-Visa Program

Source: wsj.com


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Exposing White House Grift | U.S. Attorney Subpoenas Kushner Cos. Over Investment-For-Visa Program

August 1, 2017

Trump’s Interests vs. America’s, Pensions Edition

Source: google.com


"Trump’s relationship with the British government and other foreign-policy questions may be colored by his expectations of what a policy will do to his property values, for instance, or whether wealthy guests will pay for a stay in the interest of currying favor with him." #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Trump’s Interests vs. America’s, Pensions Edition

July 27, 2017

Scaramucci Seeks Federal Tax Break on SkyBridge Sale

Source: bloomberg.com


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Exposing White House Grift | Scaramucci Seeks Federal Tax Break on SkyBridge Sale

July 19, 2017

US military reportedly paying $130,000 a month to lease space in Trump Tower

Source: cnbc.com


"An office like the one in Trump Tower is used by the U.S. military to provide services that need to be close to the president at all times. That includes medical, food, transportation, communications and a briefcase that allows the president to authorize a nuclear attack, the Journal said. The president, however, hasn't spent a night at the skyscraper since taking office, it added." #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | US military reportedly paying $130,000 a month to lease space in Trump Tower

July 14, 2017

Now second son Eric Trump is accused of stealing from a cancer charity and dodging taxes

Source: t.co


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Exposing White House Grift | Now second son Eric Trump is accused of stealing from a cancer charity and dodging taxes

July 13, 2017

State Department spent more than $15,000 for rooms at new Trump hotel in Vancouver

Source: washingtonpost.com


Alternate headline: Taxpayer's money going straight into the pocket of the UnPresident #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | State Department spent more than $15,000 for rooms at new Trump hotel in Vancouver

July 12, 2017

Trump cranks up defense of son: It’s a ‘witch hunt’

Source: politico.com


Today seems like a good day to remind everyone that an anagram for "Witch Hunt" is "Twit Hunch". Happy Wednesday! #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #WitchHunt #TwitHunch

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Exposing White House Grift | Trump cranks up defense of son: It’s a ‘witch hunt’

July 9, 2017

Trump visits his Virginia golf club for July 4th

Source: thehill.com


"President Trump is spending part of his Fourth of July holiday at his golf club in Virginia, making it his 36th day at a golf course as president. It's also his 50th visit to a Trump-owned venue in 165 days. During the campaign, Trump said that Americans should vote for him because he would rarely leave Washington, and he often faulted President Obama for his own frequent trips to the links." #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Trump visits his Virginia golf club for July 4th

July 8, 2017

Trump D.C. Hotel Contractors Say They're Owed Millions

Source: npr.org


An oldie, but a goodie. #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Trump D.C. Hotel Contractors Say They're Owed Millions

July 7, 2017

Republican Lawmakers Buy Health Insurance Stocks as Repeal Effort Moves Forward

Source: theintercept.com


"An account owned by Conaway’s wife made two purchases of UnitedHealth stock, worth as much as $30,000, on March 24th, the day the legislation advanced in the House Rules Committee, according to disclosures." #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Republican Lawmakers Buy Health Insurance Stocks as Repeal Effort Moves Forward

July 5, 2017

Justice Dept. compliance expert whose contract ended early says Trump conflicts made work feel hypocritical

Source: washingtonpost.com


Many people of conscience have a tough time working for the #UnPresident. #MakeAmericaGriftAgain

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Exposing White House Grift | Justice Dept. compliance expert whose contract ended early says Trump conflicts made work feel hypocritical

July 4, 2017

Donald Trump's Conflicts of Interest: A Crib Sheet

Source: theatlantic.com


Happy Independence Day! Here's a handy primer on our #UnPresident's conflicts of interest. #MakeAmericaGriftAgain

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Exposing White House Grift | Donald Trump's Conflicts of Interest: A Crib Sheet

July 1, 2017

Trump's Russia lawyer faces conflict-of-interest questions over $296m Kushner deal

Source: theguardian.com


What a tangled web we weave..... "The Washington Post has reported that a subsequent loan of $285m from Deutsche Bank to Kushner Companies, relating to the purchase of the building, could fall under the remit of the Mueller investigation given Deutsche Bank’s scandal-riven reputation. The involvement of Kasowitz’s firm as a key legal player in the initial sale adds a further possible twist as the special counsel’s inquiry gathers momentum." #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Trump's Russia lawyer faces conflict-of-interest questions over $296m Kushner deal

July 1, 2017

Trump's Russia lawyer faces conflict-of-interest questions over $296m Kushner deal

Source: theguardian.com


What a tangled web we weave..... "The Washington Post has reported that a subsequent loan of $285m from Deutsche Bank to Kushner Companies, relating to the purchase of the building, could fall under the remit of the Mueller investigation given Deutsche Bank’s scandal-riven reputation. The involvement of Kasowitz’s firm as a key legal player in the initial sale adds a further possible twist as the special counsel’s inquiry gathers momentum." #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Trump's Russia lawyer faces conflict-of-interest questions over $296m Kushner deal

June 29, 2017

Trump rakes in $10 million at first re-election fundraiser

Source: cnbc.com


"The first cut of the money raised goes to Trump's 2020 re-election campaign. The rest gets spread among the RNC and other various Republican entities. Having multiple beneficiaries is what allowed Trump to ask for well above the usual $5,400 per-donor maximum for each election cycle. Those contribution limits are likely to change because this fundraiser is so early that new donation limits for 2020 have not been set by the Federal Election Commission." #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Trump rakes in $10 million at first re-election fundraiser

June 27, 2017

'I can't imagine this situation being acceptable': Trump's new lawyer reportedly steered more than $60 million from his nonprofit to family members

Source: businessinsider.com


Grifting isn't just for the UnPresident! It's also a highly honed skill of his top lawyer. I wonder if this is one of the tenets of the "prosperity gospel"? #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | 'I can't imagine this situation being acceptable': Trump's new lawyer reportedly steered more than $60 million from his nonprofit to family members

June 21, 2017

Trump will hold a re-election fundraiser at his own hotel in D.C.

Source: cbsnews.com


Pretty grifty! Come for the fundraiser, and donate money to his re-election campaign, which he began Inauguration Day (that really happened). Make sure to stick around and pay him personally by staying in one of his hotel suites, eat in his restaurant, and buy Trump-brand merchandise. #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Trump will hold a re-election fundraiser at his own hotel in D.C.

June 20, 2017

Treasury Dept. to give banking records to Senate

Source: abcnews.go.com


“The stack of press reports gets higher every day regarding financial connections between Trump associates and Russia and Trump’s own business dealings with Russian interests,” said Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who sits on the Senate Intelligence committee. “This morning, Treasury briefed me on documents that are being transmitted to the Senate. I believe these documents will be sufficient to start following the money.” #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Treasury Dept. to give banking records to Senate

June 19, 2017

Mike Pence’s private emails are costing Indiana $100,000 in records requests

Source: newsweek.com


Grifting isn't just for the UnPresident! #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Mike Pence’s private emails are costing Indiana $100,000 in records requests

June 14, 2017

Trump insider pursuing bid for FBI building contract, raising questions of conflict of interest

Source: abcnews.go.com


It's the UnPresident's birthday today! Here is a special family Grift Again post. "In what ethics experts are calling a glaring direct conflict of interest, a significant business partner of both President Donald Trump and his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is pursuing a $2 billion government contract to build new headquarters for the FBI." #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Trump insider pursuing bid for FBI building contract, raising questions of conflict of interest

June 12, 2017

Attorneys general to sue over foreign payments to Trump hotels: source

Source: reuters.com


Grifting might be catching up with the Grifter-in-Chief "Payments to the president's enterprises from foreign and domestic governments through his hospitality empire draw business away from Maryland and D.C. venues and put local governments under pressure to give Trump-owned businesses special treatment, according to the complaint." #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Attorneys general to sue over foreign payments to Trump hotels: source

June 9, 2017

Trump Foundation funneled $100K in donations into revenue for Trump Organization: report

Source: thehill.com


Thought your donation was going to sick kids? How about into Trump's pocket instead? "For 10 years Eric Trump hosted an annual golf tournament that raised millions of dollars in donations for the hospital. According to the Forbes report, $100,000 of the donations was funneled through the Eric Trump Foundation back into Trump's golf courses for expenses incurred during the tournaments, despite donors being told that all their money would be used for charity." #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Trump Foundation funneled $100K in donations into revenue for Trump Organization: report

June 8, 2017

Trump Organization to launch budget friendly hotel brand with patriotic theme

Source: foxnews.com


"American Idea hotels will be run by business partners who will license the name from the organization and pay royalties and other fees, according to the New York Times. The first of those partners in Mississippi will be Chawla Hotels, a family-run company that currently owns 17 hotels in the region. The Chawlas met the Trump family after a campaign stop in Jackson, Miss. during the presidential election. Suresh Chawla later donated $50,000 to Donald Trump’s campaign, The New York Times reports." #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Trump Organization to launch budget friendly hotel brand with patriotic theme

June 6, 2017

Eric Trump: Sharing profit reports doesn’t ‘blur the lines’ in separating business from president

Source: thehill.com


""It just means that a lot of what they say is malarkey because the president isn't distancing himself from the business ... But at the end of the day, he owns the business. He has the conflicts that come with it,” Richard Painter, former chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush" #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Eric Trump: Sharing profit reports doesn’t ‘blur the lines’ in separating business from president

June 2, 2017

Senators who urged Trump to leave Paris climate accord took millions from oil companies

Source: mic.com


Every day I look for articles that detail the unprecedented amount of grifting coming from this administration. I have never spent longer than 30 seconds looking for a new article. That is so deeply sad. #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Senators who urged Trump to leave Paris climate accord took millions from oil companies

June 1, 2017

Trump exempts senior staff from ethics rules

Source: thehill.com


They are not even trying to hide their grifting. They are doing it right in front of your face. Are you paying attention? "Two comprehensive waivers give whole swaths of White House employees a waiver from the ethics pledge. " #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Trump exempts senior staff from ethics rules

May 21, 2017

Ivanka Trump fund takes $100M from Saudi Arabia, UAE

Source: nydailynews.com


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Exposing White House Grift | Ivanka Trump fund takes $100M from Saudi Arabia, UAE

May 12, 2017

Trump's $100 Million 'Exceptions' in Russian Income

Source: theatlantic.com


Sheri Dillon provides a "certified letter" attesting to Trump not having financial ties to Russia. "Dillon [of Trump's law firm Morgan Lewis] also helped Trump devise a plan to answer worries about conflicts of interest between his business and his presidential administration, and she appeared at a January press conference announcing the plan. Most independent ethics experts, however, have rejected that set-up as inadequate. Morgan Lewis was named the 2016 Russia law firm of the year by the research group Chambers and Partners." #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Trump's $100 Million 'Exceptions' in Russian Income

May 10, 2017

Old Trump casino sells for fraction of initial cost

Source: thehill.com


"President Trump's former casino in Atlantic City was sold for a fraction of its original $1.2 billion cost, according to a new report. The Taj Mahal officially closed last October, putting nearly 3,000 people out of work amid disagreements between Icahn and unionized workers there.” #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Old Trump casino sells for fraction of initial cost

May 9, 2017

Kushner Family Stands to Gain From Visa Rules in Trump’s First Major Law

Source: nytimes.com


"It was the first major piece of legislation that President Trump signed into law, and buried on Page 734 was one sentence that brought a potential benefit to the president’s extended family: renewal of a program offering permanent residence in the United States to affluent foreigners investing money in real estate projects here. Just hours after the appropriations measure was signed on Friday, the company run until January by Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, was urging wealthy Chinese in Beijing to consider investing $500,000 each in a pair of Jersey City luxury apartment towers the family-owned Kushner Companies plans to build. Mr. Kushner was even cited at a marketing presentation by his sister Nicole Meyer, who was on her way to China even before the bill was signed. The project “means a lot to me and my entire family,” she told the prospective investors." #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Kushner Family Stands to Gain From Visa Rules in Trump’s First Major Law

May 7, 2017

Trump-Murdoch relationship raises conflict-of-interest questions

Source: cnn.com


"When The New York Times published a front-page analysis of the people outside the White House whom Trump contacts for advice, Murdoch was the first one listed. He and Trump speak by phone almost every day, according to the Times. "The president's relationship with Mr. Murdoch is deeper and more enduring than most in his life, and the two commiserate and plot strategy in their phone calls, according to people close to both," the paper said." #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Trump-Murdoch relationship raises conflict-of-interest questions

May 6, 2017

This week in Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest: The Javanka chronicles continue

Source: salon.com


"Considerable controversy has arisen over Trump’s decision to invite Philippine dictator Rodrigo Duterte to the White House. While this could be attributed to Trump’s long history of affection for political strongmen (see: Putin, Vladimir), it doesn’t hurt that Trump has business interests in Manila. He and Philippine developer Jose E. B. Antonio are partners in a 57-story, $150 million tower in Manila’s financial district. Antonio was named special envoy to the United States by Duterte back in October." #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | This week in Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest: The Javanka chronicles continue

May 4, 2017

Having Trouble Having It All? Ivanka Alone Can Fix It

Source: nytimes.com


"This is the sort of feminism that drives some women bananas, having less to do with structural change than individual fulfillment and accessorizing properly; perhaps it can even be achieved by wearing her fine jewelry or apparel, which she repeatedly mentions throughout the book (as well as her family’s tremendous hotels). There’s certainly a market for it. There’s also family precedent for it. Her father nearly annihilated his millions, and went on to write many successful business books. Why not Ivanka?" #MakeAmericaGriftAgain

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Exposing White House Grift | Having Trouble Having It All? Ivanka Alone Can Fix It

May 3, 2017

With Trump Appointees, a Raft of Potential Conflicts and ‘No Transparency’

Source: nytimes.com


" President Trump is populating the White House and federal agencies with former lobbyists, lawyers and consultants who in many cases are helping to craft new policies for the same industries in which they recently earned a paycheck." #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | With Trump Appointees, a Raft of Potential Conflicts and ‘No Transparency’

May 2, 2017

Trump Adviser Jared Kushner Didn’t Disclose Startup Stake

Source: a.msn.com


Grifting runs in the family! "Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, didn’t identify on his government financial disclosure form that he is currently a part-owner of a real-estate finance startup and has a number of loans from banks on properties he co-owns, according to securities filings." #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Trump Adviser Jared Kushner Didn’t Disclose Startup Stake

May 1, 2017

Christie vetoes Trump-inspired bill to require tax returns from presidential candidates

Source: politi.co


Friends helping friends grift. "Gov. Chris Christie on Monday vetoed a bill that would require future candidates for president to disclose their tax returns in order to appear on New Jersey’s ballot." #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Christie vetoes Trump-inspired bill to require tax returns from presidential candidates

April 30, 2017

UK was given details of alleged contacts between Trump campaign and Moscow

Source: theguardian.com


The biggest Grift of them all. "Two of the hackers had been “recruited under duress by the FSB” the memo said. The hackers were paid by the Trump organisation, but were under the control of Vladimir Putin’s presidential administration." #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | UK was given details of alleged contacts between Trump campaign and Moscow

April 28, 2017

Donald Trump’s first 100 days have been a moneymaking success story

Source: vox.com


"But Trump isn’t failing. He and his family appear to be making money hand over fist. It's a spectacle the likes of which we've never seen in the United States, and while it may end in disaster for the Trumps someday, for now it shows no real sign of failure." #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | Donald Trump’s first 100 days have been a moneymaking success story

April 26, 2017

Republicans exempt their own insurance from their latest health care proposal

Source: vox.com


"Republican legislators liked this policy well enough to offer it in a new amendment. They do not, however, seem to like it enough to have it apply to themselves and their staff. A spokesperson for Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) who authored this amendment confirmed this was the case: members of Congress and their staff would get the guarantee of keeping these Obamacare regulations. Health law expert Tim Jost flagged me to this particular issue." #MakeAmericaGriftAgain

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Exposing White House Grift | Republicans exempt their own insurance from their latest health care proposal

April 25, 2017

State Department removes Mar-a-Lago blog post

Source: cnn.com


The State Department has worldwide reach; excellent source of free advertising for capitalists with no understanding of government, and a primary goal of making money. "The State Department has removed a blog post that touted President Donald Trump's personally owned private Florida club, Mar-a-Lago. The post was available to all embassies through Share America, a State Department program for US embassies. In a markedly promotional blog post from April 5 that could eventually benefit the President's bottom line, should it spur membership or foreign visits, the embassy writes that the property has "become well known as the President frequently travels there to work or host foreign leaders."" #MakeAmericaGriftAgain #UnPresidented

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Exposing White House Grift | State Department removes Mar-a-Lago blog post

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