As the president says we don’t have the budget to continue helping the demolished American territory of Puerto Rico, his properties are raking in tens of thousands of dollars per visit from American taxpayers without offering a discount.
When CNN Money correspondent, Cristina Alesci, detailed to Jake Tapper today how Trump is “profiting off the presidency” with taxpayer-funded visits to Mar-A-Lago and his other properties, Tapper responded, “In other words, he’s making as much money as possible” off of the visits.
Alesci had illustrated how Trump is paying full-price “rack rates,” for hotel rooms and services for the Secret Service, who already had to vacate Trump Tower over the summer because the Grifter-In-Chief was overcharging them to protect him.
Over a dozen invoices over the just a few months have each charged $1,300 to $11,050, totaling over $63,000 between February and April alone.
CNN reported that:
His financial disclosure forms for this year show that Mar-a-Lago made $37 million in revenue between January 2016 and April 2017. The club raised its membership initiation fee in January to $200,000, double what it was a year earlier.
In other words, Alesci said, the president has “a perverse incentive” to visit his properties as much as possible, so he can rack up revenue from his own government protection, all courtesy of the American taxpayer.
Walter Shaub, the former Ethics Office chief, who resigned in protest against Trump’s ethics violations, said, “I’m telling you right now, stop going to your properties . . . Tell the White House officials not to go to those properties.”
Tapper agreed that it “boggles the mind” how this has been allowed to happen, when multiple constitutional clauses clearly bar self-dealing and corruption.
His flagrant disregard for American taxpayers’ money compounds his secretive guarding of the Mar-A-Lago visitor logs, which could prove he is guilty of the impeachable offense of violating both the domestic and foreign emoluments clauses of our Constitution.
Between his own White House staff lamenting his mental unfitness and his daily flouting of the Constitution — from anti-corruption clauses to the First Amendment — Trump’s abject failure as a leader cries out for his removal from office.