After failing to secure enough votes to push his health care bill, President Donald Trump seemed to have retreated to the comforts of home. Over the weekend, Trump was spotted visiting various establishments in his name. And yes, it’s possible he played golf, again.
The president started his Saturday by making his way to the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia. He also made a stop to his Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. On Saturday night, Trump reportedly dined at the Trump International Hotel with daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner. A number of supporters greeted him as he entered and exited the property’s BLT Prime by David Burke.
The following day, Trump returned to the family’s Virginia golf course. According to a report from The New York Times, it is the eighth weekend in a row that Trump visited his own family properties. The Trump staff had always been tightlipped about what the president does during his visits. Nonetheless, they said that he would sometimes visit his golf courses to attend to business.
Trump supporters argue that Trump tends to visit his own businesses since he is most comfortable there. However, many believe that Trump is actually doing this in order to help promote his businesses. One of them is Robert Weissman, the president of the nonprofit group Private Citizen. He believes that Trump is serving as a “walking advertisement” for all his businesses. “It is a major departure from historic norm and degradation of the office,” he remarked.
Eric Trump: Trump brand is ‘hottest it has ever been.’
On the other hand, Trump’s son, Eric Trump, is disputing any claims that the president is trying to endorse his own brand. However, he did admit that business has been skyrocketing for the family golf courses. “The stars have all aligned. I think our brand is the hottest it has ever been,” he said.
Democrats want Trump visitor logs made public.
Meanwhile, Democrats are determined to shed more light on Trump’s various trips around his properties. According to a press statement from Rep. Mike Quigley, the Mar-a-Lago Act aims to require the publication of visitors logs from places where Trump conducts business. These include the White House and various properties owned by the Trump Organization.
“Many Americans are rightly worried about whether the wealthy and well-connected are being given special treatment and undue influence in the Trump White House,” Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) explained. So far, the White House has not responded to the Mar-a-Lago Act.
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