Reviews | Trump takes another helping from the all-you-can-eat financial buffet

On Thursday, the White House announced the decision. After reviewing a dozen sites, the winner is – wait for it – the Trump Doral. “It’s almost like they built this facility to host this event,” White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told a member of the site assessment team. It’s “the best place,” he said with a straight face from Doral, a facility that has racked up multiple health code violations over the past few years, including one for a cockroach infestation.

One of the many lies of the Trump presidency is the idea that the president is so rich that he cannot be tempted by the conflicts of interest and penny-ante corruption that other mere mortals could not resist. . That almost certainly turned out to be the opposite of the truth, not to mention Mulvaney’s claim that Trump never profited from the presidency. Trump refused to place his assets in a blind trust. Trump laughs at lawsuits alleging violations of the Constitution’s emoluments clause and any claims that look like a conflict of interest. He’s traveled and stayed in properties he’s owned over a hundred times since moving into the White House, racking up monster bills every step of the way. Lobbyists are flocking to the Trump Hotel in Washington, while others, ranging from conservative interest groups to payday lenders, are hosting events at Trump properties across the country. Last summer, Vice President Pence, during an official state visit to Ireland, felt the urge to stay at the country’s Trump golf resort, even though it was more than 100 miles away. of the site of its meetings. The president, his staff told reporters, made the “suggestion” that he stay there.

In fact, Trump is pathological when it comes to sucking up loose change, which has been evident since the start of his career. It attacks both small entrepreneurs and large banks. He scammed retirees for three- and four-figure sums with Trump University and took money to promote fraudulent multilevel marketing schemes. Heck, he once cashed a check for 13 cents, sent as a joke by Spy magazine.

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Mulvaney claimed on Thursday that the G-7 would be hosted “at cost,” a claim that will likely be quite difficult to confirm since Mulvaney also said the White House is “absolutely not” releasing any documents regarding how it took decision. There’s also the marketing opportunity itself – for the station, notorious for its financial difficulties, the event is like a long commercial, a day-long episode of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” airing in news programs from around the world. It’s a banana republic thing.

Common sense would say that Trump, struggling right now, would think twice about this decision. Instead, he challenges his detractors to sue him yet again. But why expect anything else? Hypocrisy never stopped him. The fear of consequences never stopped him. It just doubles. For Trump, the presidency is like an all-you-can-eat financial buffet. He will keep coming back for more servings until he has to stop.

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