President Trump doubled-down today on his breathtaking record of corruption as the White House announced that the 2020 G-7 summit will be held at the Trump National Doral Miami.
Since Trump views the presidency as strictly a money-making venture for himself and his family, the choice wasn't exactly a shocker. Emoluments clause of the Constitution, be damned. To Trump, the emoluments clause is for losers.
The tweeter-in-chief shamelessly hyped his Miami golf club as the perfect spot for next year’s summit during the August G7 in Biarritz, France.
During a meeting with Germany’s Angela Merkel, Trump boasted that the Doral can “handle whatever happens” and is a short ride to Miami’s airports. Does he envision an uprising that would necessitate a quick getaway by the leaders of the biggest economies?
It wouldn’t be such a stretch of the imagination to think that the only reason the “stable genius with great and unmatched wisdom” went to France was to make a business pitch for the Doral.
After all, he wasn’t exactly an engaged participate at the August G7 and would up skipping the big session on global climate change.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington watchdog has doggedly monitored Trump’s conflict of interests.
As of August 15, it counted a whopping 2,310 conflicts that includes 362 visits that Trump made to his properties since assuming office. That breaks down to about a third of his time in office at one of his hotels, golf courses and restaurants.
CREW also counted 137 visits to Trump-branded properties by officials from 65 foreign governments and 630 visits by 250 members of Trump’s administration. Twenty Republican governors also trekked to Trump properties to pay tribute to the chief.
Though Trump is hardly a chump when it comes to corruption, the timing of the Doral selection seems a little off.
The announcement comes as the self-proclaimed “brilliant strategist” has been pushing the lie that former vice president Joe Biden lobbied for the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor, who was investigating Hunter Biden and his $50K a-month director gig at the country’s biggest natural gas company.
I’ve come to grips with Trump only by remembering the game of “opposites” that my daughters used to play when they were young: whatever they said, the opposite was true. Applying the opposites game to Ukraine, Biden was trying to fire a corrupt official who wasn’t probing wrongdoing in Ukraine.
Trump’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney made the Doral announcement.
He said after considering 12 locations (Were they all Trump properties?), the Doral was chosen. “It’s not the only place," said obsequious Mick. “It’s the best place.”
The one-time South Carolina Congressman swore on a pile of palmetto bugs that Trump wouldn’t receive a penny of income from the big show slated for the Florida heat and humidity. We'll eventually get the financials to prove that Mick was blowing smoke.
Picking up momentum, Mulvaney praised the Trump brand as “the most recognizable name in the English language and probably around the world right now.” Move over, Jesus Christ. Jeez, Mick, even Trump admitted the Bible was his favorite book, a tad ahead of “The Art of the Deal.”
A key question for Mulvaney: if Trump gets impeached and booted out of office, does the Doral still host the G7?