The commander-in-chief appears to be spiraling out of control. As he acts out his recent disappointments, he has started digging the hole he is in even deeper. With each statement or tweet, he has begun crossing over the line into the illegal.
Before a noon cabinet meeting, the president told the country that he was just like our first president George Washington. He noted that Washington ran a business, too, even as he served ass the country’s first president. Of course, that was a different time.
Communications came by horse, not by tweet. America did not have centuries to establish the rules that made the country run more easily and efficiently.
For some reason, Donald Trump hinted at noon that he was still operating The Trump Organization. He said that his Doral resort near Miami was where he planned on having the G-7 in 2020 but no longer would. He added that he would “have done it for free:”
‘I’m very good at real estate. I own a property in Florida. I would have given it for nothing. The Democrats went crazy, even though I would have done it free.’
After that, the president pointed out that the media said he would gain free advertising, promotion. Trump repeated himself as he spoke:
‘I don’t need promotion. I don’t need promotion.’
POTUS claimed that he was losing between “$2 billion and $3 billion” annually by being president. However, he gave himself away. After all, how would he know that unless he was involved in his business operation?
Saturday evening, the president made a rare reversal. He announced that he would not host the G-7 at the Doral. He tweeted:
‘I announced that I would be willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA. But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!’
Then on Sunday morning, the president’s Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney noted that
‘[POTUS] still considers himself to be in the hospitality business.’
Well-respected journalist E.J. Dionne said:
‘[Mulvaney] is confessing that Trump has never cut himself off from his businesses, even though Trump claims he has.’
It appeared that one of Trump’s statements was accurate. He said that the nation’s first president George Washington did, indeed, own his own business while in office. Of course, the country was new in 1789 and the rules had not yet been as established.
ProPublica reported that a dozen real estate professionals looked at Trump’s two sets of books with “multiple inconsistencies.” Professor of finance and real estate at the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley Nancy Wallace said:
‘[The discrepancies are] versions of fraud. This kind of stuff is not OK.’
George Washington was “a soldier, farmer, brewer, entrepreneur, and visionary.” The first president was also worth about $525 million converted into today’s dollars. His salary was a full two percent of the entire U.S. budget in that year. He also owned over 50,000 acres of land, according to The Business Insider.
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