A huckster to the end, Donald Trump is selling high-priced tickets to celebrate New Year’s Eve with the first family. The president-elect is holding his annual big bash at his Mar-a-Lago luxury resort, his private club in Palm Beach, Florida with 800 of his closest friends.
No wonder sons Eric and Donald, Jr. tried to kick off their new nonprofit, Opening Day, by selling tickets for access to the president-elect on the day after the inauguration. Million-dollar donors would have purchased a:
‘Private reception and photo opportunity for 16 guests with President Donald J.
Trump [or a] multi-day hunting and/or fishing excursion for 4 guests with Donald Trump, Jr. and/or Eric Trump, and team.’
Dad-in-chief has been selling tickets to family extravaganzas on holidays and special events for years. That includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.
The White House press secretary-elect Sean Spicer released the party’s itinerary. For their $500 tickets, people will dress up in their formal wear and head out to cocktail hour in Mar-a-Lago’s living room and patio. After dinner, the guests can dance in the grand ballroom to strains of music performed by Party On The Moon until 1:00 a.m.
800 People Will Get to Pay Up to $575 to Spend New Year's Eve With Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago https://t.co/Z8Z6AiWI1G
— Maurice Ross (@MauriceMichael) December 31, 2016
They will be able to rub shoulders with Trump, First Lady-elect Melania Trump, and their youngest son, Barron. Music producer Quincy Jones and actor Sylvester Stallone will mingle. By Friday morning, the tickets were sold out.
— Variety (@Variety) December 30, 2016
The billionaire released his White House Director of Strategic Communications-elect Hope Hicks to defend her boss, according to POLITICO.
‘The transition is not concerned about the appearance of a conflict. This is an annual celebratory event at the private club, like others that have continued to occur since the election. Additionally, the president cannot and does not have a conflict.’
Trump is facing criticisms about conflicts of interest, and his solutions do not come close to satisfying ethics experts. Democrats are demanding the president-elect divest himself of all his business interests here and abroad.
The business manager of the New Year’s Eve decorating company Steve Levine said that this year it “feels a little different.” The Jose Graterol Designs manager told The Palm Beach Post:
‘We’re excited, we’re honored. We’ve done it for the past two years, so this year feels a little different with [Trump’s] new position. It will be elegant and sophisticated, unique. We never repeat a party, so it’s always different.’
It looks like four more years of tickets-to-Trump.
Featured Image: Getty Images/Gustavo Caballero.