A devastating new report gives new details about the Trump family’s ongoing plot to cash in on the Trump presidency.
According to the latest federal financial disclosures, Trump’s businesses brought in enormous sums over the first fiscal quarter of the Trump administration. The figures strongly suggest that Trump is deliberately using his political status to enhance his businesses.
The Trump businesses where Trump has made frequent stops over the first four months of his presidency are the ones that seemed to see the highest uptick.
President Trump says he’s received tens of millions of dollars in income from the golf courses and resorts whose profile he boosted during frequent visits since taking office, according to filings released Friday by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.
The 98 pages of financial disclosures offer a partial snapshot of Trump’s income and assets from January 2016 to April this year, as well as indications he’s reaped at least a partial windfall since his most recent filing with the Federal Election Commission last year. The filings offer less detailed information about his precise financial situation than would be obtained from his tax returns. Trump broke with modern precedents by refusing to release those returns on the campaign trail or during his presidency.
Properties that Trump frequently visited as president saw the largest boost in income. Trump claimed more than $37 million in income from Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach County resort in Florida he described as his “Winter White House,” as well as $20 million in income from the nearby golf club he owns in Jupiter, Florida. His claimed Mar-a-Lago income rose rapidly since his last two financial disclosures with the FEC: Trump reported more than $15 million in income from the resort in the 2015 report, followed by $29 million in the 2016 version.
In a report published last month, reporters discovered that Trump had visited one of his own properties on about one-third of the his first 100 days in office.
For the 14th weekend in a row, President Trump will spend time at one of the properties that bears his name as part of his private business empire.
On Thursday night, the president arrived at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. It’s the first time he’s visited the club since his Jan. 20 inauguration, but Bedminster was where he conducted interviews during the transition, using it to host potential Cabinet picks and to introduce them to the waiting media.
The visit to Bedminster marks the 33rd visit to a Trump-branded property since he took office, counting his arrivals at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, each visit to his D.C. hotel or a golf course separately.
He’s a crook!