Taxpayers Get $3.4 Million Tab So Trump Can Host Super Bowl Party For His Club Members

  
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Taxpayers Get $3.4 Million Tab So Trump Can Host Super Bowl Party For His Club Members

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Taxpayers Get $3.4 Million Tab So Trump Can Host Super Bowl Party For His Club Members







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Taxpayers shelled out another $3.4 million to send President Donald Trump to Florida this weekend so he could host a   Super Bowl   party for paying guests at his for-profit golf course.

The president’s official schedule shows him spending two and a half hours Sunday evening at a “Super Bowl LIV watch party” at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach. Tickets sold for $75 each, but were only available to members of the club — the   initiation fee   for which reportedly runs about $450,000, with annual dues costing several thousands of dollars more.

“Well, obviously there are no TVs in the White House, so what alternative did he have?” quipped Robert Weissman, president of the liberal group Public Citizen. “He could have saved money by chartering a plane and flying club members to watch the game at the White House.”

In response to a query, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham defended Trump’s trip and attacked HuffPost: “The premise of your story is ridiculous and false, and just more left-wing media bias on display. The president never stops working, and that includes when he is at the Winter White House.”

Her phrase “Winter White House” refers to Mar-a-Lago, the for-profit resort in Palm Beach that is several miles east of the golf course and that doubled its initiation fee from $100,000 to $200,000 after Trump was elected in 2016. Trump frequently mingles with guests at social events there.

On Saturday, for example, Trump appeared at a dinner at Mar-a-Lago arranged by   the “Trumpettes,” a group his female supporters . The dinner did not appear on the president’s publicly released schedule, and in any case was a campaign event, not an “official” one. 

When a pool reporter asked the White House on Saturday what work Trump did over the weekend, the reply was that he had calls and “meetings with staff.” The president did not attend a rally on Saturday for Venezuelan leader Juan Guaido, whom the United States and other governments have recognized as the legitimate president of that country. That rally began while Trump was still at his golf course, and attending it could have made him late for the start of the Trumpettes’ dinner.

Trump promised during his presidential campaign that he would separate himself from his businesses if he won. However, he reneged on that vow, as well as on his promise to release his tax returns.

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Protesters hold signs as President Donald Trump's motorcade makes its way to the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 20, 2019.  (Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM via Getty Images)

On his most recent financial disclosure form, which was filed last May, Trump claimed he had received $12,325,355 in income from the West Palm Beach golf course over the previous year. It’s unclear how accurate that is, given Trump’s tendency to file   widely varying figures   to different government authorities.

He told the U.S. Office of Government Ethics in his 2018 financial disclosure, for example, that his Scotland golf courses are worth more than $50 million each, even as he   told authorities in the United Kingdom  that they had a combined net debt of $65 million.

In any event, money spent at Trump hotels and golf courses flows directly to the president, as he is the sole beneficiary of a trust that now owns his family business. U.S. taxpayers have been the source of at least a few million dollars that have gone to the Trump Organization in the form of hotel rooms, meals and other expenses for Secret Service agents and other government employees who have stayed on-site with Trump in Florida, New Jersey, Scotland and Ireland.

“When Donald Trump announced that he would break decades of precedent and hold onto his business, many were afraid it was to find ways to keep making money on the side of his work as president,” said Jordan Libowitz with the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “Turns out the presidency is more like a thing he does on the side to help make money for his business.”

This weekend’s trip to Mar-a-Lago was Trump’s 28th to the property since becoming president. Saturday’s and Sunday’s golf outings at the West Palm Beach club brings his total to 79 days there since taking office and 244 total golf days at properties that he owns.

Taxpayers’ total tab for his golf hobby, meanwhile, climbed to $130.4 million.

That figure and the $3.4 million for each Mar-a-Lago trip are based on a   HuffPost analysis  that included the costs of Air Force transportation, Coast Guard patrols, Secret Service security and other expenses, as detailed in a  January 2019 report   from the Government Accountability Office of Trump’s first four visits to Mar-a-Lago in early 2017.

Trump frequently criticized former President Barack Obama for golfing too much and promised during his campaign that he would be too busy to take any vacations at all, let alone play golf. Instead, he is on pace to play more than twice as much golf as Obama did ― at a cost three times that of Obama’s, because he insists on playing so many rounds at his courses in Florida and New Jersey, which require expensive flights on Air Force One. Obama mostly played golf at military bases within a short drive of the White House.

“Trump is and always has been a con man. In 2016, he said that, unlike Obama, he’d never golf and he’d never take personal trips outside the White House,” said former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), who is challenging Trump for the 2020 Republican nomination. “In addition, Trump is using taxpayer money to personally enrich himself because virtually all of his travel is to Trump properties. That is the swamp Trump pledged to drain. Trump is the swamp.”




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Tessylo
1  seeder  Tessylo    2 months ago

On his most recent financial disclosure form, which was filed last May, Trump claimed he had received $12,325,355 in income from the West Palm Beach golf course over the previous year. It’s unclear how accurate that is, given Trump’s tendency to file      widely varying figures       to different government authorities.

He told the U.S. Office of Government Ethics in his 2018 financial disclosure, for example, that his Scotland golf courses are worth more than $50 million each, even as he      told authorities in the United Kingdom    that they had a combined net debt of $65 million.

In any event, money spent at Trump hotels and golf courses flows directly to the president, as he is the sole beneficiary of a trust that now owns his family business. U.S. taxpayers have been the source of at least a few million dollars that have gone to the Trump Organization in the form of hotel rooms, meals and other expenses for Secret Service agents and other government employees who have stayed on-site with Trump in Florida, New Jersey, Scotland and Ireland.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Tessylo @1    2 months ago

Maybe the Dems should start winning elections so they don't have cry, whine, and complain so much. Certain perks come with being president. At least Trump doesn't abuse them like the Obama's did.

 
 
 
katrix
1.1.1  katrix  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1    2 months ago
At least Trump doesn't abuse them like the Obama's did.

What utter bullshit. Trump golfs far more than Obama ever did, and works far less. He spends most of his time watching cable TV.

Why are facts so frightening to Trump toadies? It's as though they're allergic to the truth.

 
 
 
squiggy
1.2  squiggy  replied to  Tessylo @1    2 months ago

Glad to see a hard-working guy like him get a little time off.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.2.1  JohnRussell  replied to  squiggy @1.2    2 months ago

tweeting is hard work? 

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.2.2  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  squiggy @1.2    2 months ago

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What work would that be?

 
 
 
MrFrost
1.2.3  MrFrost  replied to  squiggy @1.2    2 months ago

Glad to see a hard-working guy like him get a little time off.

Hard working? You must be kidding. Trump golfs more than any president in history. Seriously, he, (and most of the right wing), screamed that Obama golfed too much...for 8....long....years. Trump golfed more in his first year than Obama did in his first 5 years....not a peep from the right wing... Not one word. And all after trump said he would be so busy working, he wouldn't have time to golf..

It's no secret that trump doesn't even get up until 10am, works from 11am to ~3-4ish...golfs, watches TV and attacks fellow Americans via twitter for the rest of the day. 

Trump is a lazy, fat, slob. 

https://trumpgolfcount.com/

 
 
 
katrix
1.2.4  katrix  replied to  MrFrost @1.2.3    2 months ago
Trump is a lazy, fat, slob. 

Even when he's with actual world leaders, he rides in a golf cart because he's too lazy to walk. He's going to stroke out one of these days if he doesn't stop eating all those Big Macs and drinking all that soda, and doesn't get off his fat ass.

 
 
 
devangelical
1.2.5  devangelical  replied to  katrix @1.2.4    2 months ago

nah, he's in perfect health, he said his dr said so. let him have his saturated fats and sugar.

 
 
 
katrix
1.2.6  katrix  replied to  devangelical @1.2.5    2 months ago

Can you imagine being stupid enough to believe that exercise is bad for you, and that everyone has a set amount of energy at birth which exercising eats into?

And then can you imagine being stupid enough to VOTE for someone that dumb?

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.2.7  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @1.2.5    2 months ago

Too bad trans fats were removed from most foods.  

 
 
 
devangelical
1.2.8  devangelical  replied to  katrix @1.2.6    2 months ago

I was biased against the POS years ago. I met him at a motivational speaking event once at the turn of the century, not impressed. then some friends and myself turned his reality show into a drinking game, while we simultaneously mocked and impersonated his dumbass persona.

 
 
 
katrix
1.2.9  katrix  replied to  devangelical @1.2.8    2 months ago
I was biased against the POS years ago.

Same here, ever since the '80s. He was such a joke and a laughingstock even back then - I really never imagined anyone could vote for him, even for dogcatcher. It's still mind boggling.

 
 
 
devangelical
1.2.10  devangelical  replied to  Tessylo @1.2.7    2 months ago

there's enough other chemical poisons in what he eats most.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.2.11  JohnRussell  replied to  katrix @1.2.6    2 months ago

At the time Trump started his birther nonsense, in the early part of 2011, the governor of the state of Hawaii had already OFFICIALLY announced that Obamas birth certificate was in the state archives and had been personally inspected by state officials. 

In 2011 Trump was supposedly one of the best businessmen on earth, and yet this titan of commerce and business didnt have the organizational wherewithal or the common sense to , before becoming the king birther,  pick up the phone and call the Hawaii governor's office and find out what the deal was with Obama's birth certificate?    He didnt, he went on tv shows and proclaimed the conspiracy, and lied that he was sending detectives to Hawaii to learn "the truth". 

The sheer incompetence demonstrated in his birtherism should have disqualified him from ever running for any public office, let alone president of the United States. 

 
 
 
katrix
1.2.12  katrix  replied to  JohnRussell @1.2.11    2 months ago
 
 
 
Tessylo
2  seeder  Tessylo    2 months ago

“When Donald Trump announced that he would break decades of precedent and hold onto his business, many were afraid it was to find ways to keep making money on the side of his work as president,” said Jordan Libowitz with the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “Turns out the presidency is more like a thing he does on the side to help make money for his business.”

 
 
 
JohnRussell
3  JohnRussell    2 months ago

Trump is the swamp.

The thing that is disturbing is that this is obvious and has always been obvious. 

Yet there still are Trump supporters here and elsewhere that say he is draining the swamp. They are brainwashed. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
4  seeder  Tessylo    2 months ago

He and his corrupt administration and all of the gop are raping and looting and pillaging as fast as their corrupt thieving fingers will allow.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
5  seeder  Tessylo    2 months ago

What work is this 'president' actually doing, I'd love to know.  

 
 
 
MrFrost
6  MrFrost    2 months ago

3.4 million for a party to watch football. And you know there are trump supporters out there who watched the game on an old black and white TV with a hanger and half a roll of tinfoil as an antenna, while screaming how great trump is. 

 
 
 
MrFrost
7  MrFrost    2 months ago

I wonder if that 3.4 million includes the 1.8 million trump took from his campaign for his, "personal expenses". 

 
 
 
jungkonservativ111
8  jungkonservativ111    2 months ago

How many millions have dems wasted trying to take down a duly elected president?

 
 
 
lib50
8.1  lib50  replied to  jungkonservativ111 @8    2 months ago

Less than the gop spent on Benghazi and other fake scandals. 

 
 
 
jungkonservativ111
8.1.1  jungkonservativ111  replied to  lib50 @8.1    2 months ago

Benghazi resulted in the loss of American lives. Trump's presidency is simply being attacked because progressives can't accept the results of an election.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
8.1.2  JohnRussell  replied to  jungkonservativ111 @8.1.1    2 months ago

Trump is an asshole.  That is behind almost all of the disapproval of him.  Such a buffoonish, dishonest , and stupid person should not be the face of America to the world. 

 
 
 
jungkonservativ111
8.1.3  jungkonservativ111  replied to  JohnRussell @8.1.2    2 months ago

Millions of voters disagree with you

 
 
 
Tessylo
8.1.4  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  jungkonservativ111 @8.1.3    2 months ago

Many millions more voters disagree with you.  

 
 
 
XDm9mm
8.1.5  XDm9mm  replied to  Tessylo @8.1.4    2 months ago
Many millions more voters disagree with you. 

Immaterial.  The ones that COUNT (as in Electoral College) do agree with us.  Thankfully.

 
 
 
lib50
8.1.6  lib50  replied to  jungkonservativ111 @8.1.1    2 months ago

Spare us the 'concern' for human lives.  More have been killed by Trump's stupidity.  Innocent civilians. 

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-09-07/trumps-shameful-rules-of-engagement-are-killing-civilians

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/verabergengruen/these-us-troops-were-killed-in-combat-during-trumps-first

The number of US troops who died in war zones rose in 2017, the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, for the first time in six years. As of Dec. 28, at least 33 military personnel had been killed in war zones overseas compared to 26 last year, according to an analysis of casualty statements released by the Pentagon. At least 21 of those died in combat, according to the Pentagon — some in places where the US presence was not widely known.

Care about these American lives?  More than 4, and not overseas. And egged on by Trump's racist and hateful rhetoric. RIght here in the USA.  Domestic terrorism.

https://www.insider.com/more-domestic-terror-deaths-than-foreign-since-911-2019-8

On Saturday, authorities said a gunman ambushed a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, and killed 22 people after posting a screed online about a "Hispanic invasion of Texas." The deadly incident is now being investigated as a case of "domestic terrorism," the US Attorney for the Western District of Texas said Sunday.

A shooting on Sunday in Dayton, Ohio, left nine dead, plus the shooter. The motive for that attack is still under investigation.

In May, an FBI official spoke in front of the House Homeland Security Committee and revealed that, since 9/11, more Americans have been killed by domestic terrorists than international terrorists, "Good Morning America" pointed out on Monday.
 
 
 
XDm9mm
8.1.7  XDm9mm  replied to  lib50 @8.1.6    2 months ago
The number of US troops who died in war zones rose in 2017, the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, for the first time in six years. As of Dec. 28, at least 33 military personnel had been killed in war zones overseas compared to 26 last year, according to an analysis of casualty statements released by the Pentagon. At least 21 of those died in combat, according to the Pentagon — some in places where the US presence was not widely known.

Of course more troops would die.  They were actually going to combat the "JV team" that was as I remember it being described by Obama as "contained" while ISIS grew it's geographic foothold in Iraq and Syria.   And that combat was successful.  ISIS lost their "caliphate" and territorial hold.

Domestic terrorism.

One must surmise you forgot about this bit of domestic terrorism which if memory serves me, occurred on the watch of none other than President Obama.  Oh, by the way, a whole lot more were killed in THIS incident.   The Pulse Nightclub in Florida.  

Remember that one?

 
 
 
lib50
8.1.8  lib50  replied to  XDm9mm @8.1.7    2 months ago

Yep.  My point was Benghazi and it still cost more than all the other investigations we've ever done.  So  I'd say you did not refute anything I said.

 
 
 
Tessylo
8.1.9  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  lib50 @8.1.8    2 months ago
'So  I'd say you did not refute anything I said.'

He never does.  Also, Manaforts' seized assets paid for the Mueller investigation.

Our taxpayer dollars have been paying for the endless investigations into Hillary and NOTHING was ever found.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
9  Greg Jones    2 months ago

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Ronin2
10  Ronin2    2 months ago

This is what I love. The party that doesn't hold the White House always bitches about Presidential extra expenses.

The left hounded Bush Jr to the point he actually tried to hide when he was playing play golf; or doing anything recreational.

When Obama was in charge it was the Republicans turn to hound him for all of the golf he played, his shoot arounds with college and pro basketball teams, and his vacations to Hawaii. Don't forget Obama's star studded galas at the White House at tax payers expense.

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/08/us/politics/obama-white-house-birthday-party.html

Now the Democrats are back to bitching since Trump is in charge, about all of the trips to his resorts, and his playing golf. 

Neither side wants to do anything about the problem; since they know sooner or later their side will hold power again- and will want all of the trappings that come with it.  They don't represent us in the slightest. They could care less how much money a president spends on leisure activities. They have the power to set a limit on the amount of free time a President has; and the amount of money they can spend. That includes for campaigning- which is also done at tax payer expense.

Of course whatever limits they come up with for the President- I am sure they would be unwilling to impose on themselves. 

 
 
 
XDm9mm
11  XDm9mm    2 months ago

Apples and oranges.  An understanding of net worth statements would be very beneficial to the "authors" of this Huffington Post shit show piece.  And I quote:

He told the U.S. Office of Government Ethics in his 2018 financial disclosure, for example, that his Scotland golf courses are worth more than $50 million each, even as he told authorities in the United Kingdom  that they had a combined net debt of $65 million.

Worth or value can very well be $50 million each.

The COMBINED debt of the multiple courses could be $65 million.

But, having two brain cells to rub together is not a requirement to be a full fledged Trump Hater.   A simple single cell is invariably more than sufficient.

 
 
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