What do you mean "not the same"? If he explicitly requests sex or a date in exchange for a promotion, then he is subject to termination.
It wasn't explicit, hence the point.
So it would be more equivalent to a new boss complimenting a new employee (perhaps not using the direct language you used), and then talking about what kind of work is expected of them, and perhaps asking them if they're willing to work overtime from time to time, but with no mention of any special reward other than those usually associated with hard work and extra hours (ie: not promising some kind of special quick rise to the top). When you remove that, then the idea that he's promising a reward for sex disappears. Again, in the absence of some more direct words or actions.
You mean a client who haven't received their paycheck, even though their contract work was already reviewed as compliant. Then when the client asks about his money, the boss start asking for a favor.
I can say that as someone who's worked in the corporate world for nearly 25 years, I have *never* heard of anyone using that kind of language to another employee. It's the kind of over the top stuff that exists only in the past, Hollywood depictions of corporate workplaces, and I suppose Hollywood itself (and maybe politicians). So your example itself is a bit too over the top anyway. Remember that it's your example and your wording. I am not remotely going to defend it.
It's only sexual harassment if someone felt sexually harassed. Point being, just because the offer is on the table, doesn't mean the person will want to refuse it or feel disrespected. You don't think employers and employees have sexual relations? What do you think happened between President Clinton and Monica?
But setting the specifics aside, yes, if something is said that could be interpreted as inappropriate, it will rarely if ever result in immediate termination. You'll get a warning of some sort. Because we do tend to follow the same principle as we do in our legal system, and assume innocence rather than guilt
The higher up the chain you are, the less true that statement is. Regardless, the focus was not sexual harassment, but the double speak. Using double speak for sexual harassment will probably yield a different punishment for double speak for selling intellectual property.
If there is a pattern of this then action should be taken.
Working with foreign powers to assist in his election is the pattern.