Trump, the President Who “Wouldn’t Take Vacation” Takes a Vacation After 13 Days in Office!


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In 2000, Donald Trump told an interviewer that he “could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it.”   Trump has made no secret of his promotion of his own businesses as he campaigned for the Presidency.  During the campaign he paid his family’s businesses more than $8.2 million.  This level of self promotion was without precedent in national politics.  Of course Trump has still not produced his tax returns, so we have no way of evaluating the level of his self-dealing in which he is engaged as President.

 

Trump’s campaign spent $6.7 million during one month of the campaign.  That included more than $1 million to a variety of Trump businesses.  The campaign made rental and catering payments of $423,372 to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, $35,845 to his Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, and $29,715 to his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.  The Trump campaign also made $227,800 in rent and utility payments to other Trump-branded entities last month and paid $349,540 to Trump-owned Tag Air Inc.

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Trump was inaugurated on Jan. 20th.  On Friday, Feb. 3rd, just 13 days after he became President, Trump left for a vacation.  This is astonishing from the man that said during the campaign that if he won the presidency, he would not take ANY vacations.

“I would rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done,” Trump told The Hill. “I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off.”

He also said during a 60 Minutes interview in November 2016, “There’s just so much to be done. So I don’t think we’ll be very big on vacations, no.”  Evidently Trump is such an amazing President that he has accomplished in 13 days more than most Presidents do in four years.

The destination for this first vacation was Trump’s own Mar-a-Lago Lodge.  He spent this last weekend there.  Of course Trump still owns the resort, and of course a vacation taken by the President requires a significant number of hotel rooms for his protective detail.  For example, on one trip taken by President Obama, 127 hotel rooms were needed.

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Trump has already taken financial advantage of being President, by raising the initiation fee to the Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago resort.  The initiation fee has been raised from $150,000 to $200,000.  That sum represents an increase of $100,000 from a year ago.

The timing  of the increase in initiation fee raised questions among ethics lawyers, who have repeatedly questioned Trump’s refusal to sell his assets. Trump’s stake in Mar-a-Lago and other business ventures, they say, opens the door to conflicts of interest while he’s president.  Larry Noble, general counsel of the Washington-based Campaign Legal Center, said it’s hard not to see the increases “as being part of an effort to exploit his being president.”

“Even if legal,” Noble said, “it presents clear conflicts of interest and, perhaps equally important, demeans the presidency.”

To add insult to injury, the Trump Organization executives have already indicated they’re looking at expansion. Trump Hotels CEO Eric Danziger suggested to Bloomberg this week that the company could triple the number of Trump-branded hotels in the United States.

The outrageous thing is that Trump has already crafted a way to continue to funnel huge amounts of money to his businesses.  Donald Trump has already declared himself to be a candidate for re-election in 2020.  Thus, tax payer dollars are being used to increase the personal wealth of our President, and people and/or countries that support Trump’s re-election campaign are also sending money directly to Trump.

Documents filed with the Federal Election Commission show that Trump’s 2016 campaign paid millions of dollars to fly on his aircraft, compensate his relatives for unspecified campaign activities and rent space in Trump properties, including Trump Tower in New York, the Trump golf club in Bedminster, N.J., and Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.  The Trump campaign of 2016 funneled $12.8 million to Trump as of Dec. 31, 2016.

Such payments are not illegal. Federal law allows campaigns to compensate businesses owned by candidates for any goods and services provided. But the amount of money Trump’s campaign funneled to his own businesses is on a scale rarely if ever seen before, says Norm Eisen, ethics adviser to former President Barack Obama.

“It’s customary for campaigns to provide some reimbursement, but we have never seen anything like this. It merits close scrutiny,” Eisen told NPR. He said the watchdog group he chairs, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, is “poring over the records to make sure the charges are justified and legal.”  Moreover it is customary for presidents to wait to declare their intention to seek reelection until after the midterm congressional elections.  Because Trump announced so early, he can continue to take in campaign contributions and use some of them to compensate his businesses.

The inescapable conclusion is that Donald Trump is using his position as President to enhance his personal net worth.  He has rewarded those who gave him money during the campaign.  That form of graft and corruption is only intensified now that Trump is President.

 

 

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  1. This is hilarious. The United States has been played by a New York street hustler. All those redneck Trump supporters are going to feel like small town hicks before the end of 2017.

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  2. Piece of illegitimate shit has been on vacation his entire crime infested resort life. He has no honor, morals or respect and deserves none.

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  3. Ms Drumpf filed a $150 million lawsuit against the Daily Mail saying their claim she worked as an escort has denied her the once in a lifetime chance to enrich herself and her fashion brands because she is the first nude model in the Witch Hun….er…. White House.

    Lawsuit was originally filed in Maryland and tossed because the suit had no standing in Maryland’s courts.

    So I guess her WH days will be spent, not helping obese kids, rather helping her obese bank accounts.

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  4. Here’s a group picture of Trump, his nominations, staff, family, kids, his kids’ families, his “wife/object/prostitute”, and Kellyanne Conway:

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  5. Malia – So Trump and Melania were “reunited” for a weekend living the high life in Florida. Over the course of that weekend, Melania was photographed wearing Dior, Givenchy, and Louboutin. There aren’t too many people who voted for Trump who can afford to wear clothing and accessories made by those fashion designers, let alone afford emerald and diamond earrings like the ones she wore to the Red Cross ball on Saturday night. After Melania returned to NY, her lawyers filed the lawsuit against the Daily Mail to the tune of $150,000,000. Yeah, you read that correctly – 150 million! The language of the lawsuit is absurd. Melania is portrayed as a victim who lost out on millions of dollars in business opportunities because of what was said about her in the article. Don’t be fooled – she hasn’t lost anything! The Trumps are into this POTUS venture for the money and nothing else. Erik Trump went on a 2 day jaunt on a business trip in January and it will cost the taxpayers almost $100,000 for the secret service and their accommodations. it is deplorable!

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  6. No amount of money can replace her soul she sold by becoming a prostitute, and marrying Trump, which is just a continuation of her prostitution. She’d be back in Uzbekistan or whatever if she hadn’t met him just as her money was running out.

    Her part in all this is that she did it.

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