Categories for A- Trump Business

31,968. 12/31/2019

CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP BUSINESS: “For years, the Trump Organization used undocumented workers to tend to its hotels, golf courses and other properties, even as Donald Trump railed against the threat of illegal immigration as both a candidate and president. This year, faced with a public reckoning after some of those workers came forward, the organization has been cracking down. Dozens have been fired. The company vowed to follow what was already a widespread industry practice of using E-Verify checks to confirm employment eligibility. Leaders issued messages to laborers that they would need to show proof that they could work. Immigrants from places like El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico have left their jobs. Then, on Monday, after harvests were complete at Trump Winery in Virginia, the organization fired several more.”

Mike Baker, “Firings at Trump Property Cap Year of Purging Undocumented Workers,” The New York Times online, December 31, 2019

31,497. 12/10/2019

CORRUPTION/LEGAL/TRUMP BUSINESS: “President Trump has paid $2 million to eight charities as part of a settlement in which the president admitted he misused funds raised by the Donald J. Trump Foundation to promote his presidential bid and pay off business debts, the New York State attorney general said on Tuesday [12-10-19]. The foundation’s giving patterns and management came under scrutiny during Mr. Trump’s run for office, and last year the New York attorney general filed a lawsuit accusing the president and his family of using the foundation as an extension of their businesses and the campaign. The payments were part of a settlement announced last month that capped a drawn-out legal battle. In the end, the president admitted in court documents that he had used the foundation to settle legal obligations of his businesses and even to purchase a portrait of himself.”

Luis Ferré-Sadurní, “Trump Pays $2 Million to 8 Charities for Misuse of Foundation,” The New York Times online, December 10, 2019

31,299. 12/6/2019

SUPREME COURT/TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP TAXES: “Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg temporarily blocked a lower court ruling ordering two banks to release President Donald Trump’s financial records to House Democrats. Trump had asked Ginsburg to consider the emergency request earlier Friday [12-6-19]. The temporary stay sets the issue on hold pending full consideration by the high court, it does not reflect how judges will rule in the underlying case. The stay is ordered until 5 p.m. on Dec. 13, and the court ordered that a response must be filed on or before Dec. 11 by 11 a.m. The emergency filing came after a federal appeals court in New York ruled on Tuesday [12-3-19] that Deutsche Bank and Capital One should comply with subpoenas from the House Financial Services and House Intelligence committees seeking information about Trump’s finances.”

-Kellie Mejdrich, “Justice Ginsburg temporarily halts Trump financial records subpoena,” Politico, December 6, 2019 6:43 pm

31,264. 12/5/2019

SUPREME COURT/TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP TAXES: “President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court Thursday [12-5-19] to block a subpoena for his financial documents, arguing that the House exceeded its authority when it ordered Trump’s longtime accounting firm Mazars USA to turn over his personal records. The justices have already put a temporary freeze on the subpoena while they consider in the coming days and weeks whether to take up the appeal. The fate of Trump’s attempts on multiple front to shield his financial records is now squarely before the highest court in the land. The justices have already said they will meet behind closed doors on December 13 to discuss a similar petition concerning a New York grand jury subpoena for Trump’s tax returns. In addition, Trump’s lawyers are likely to appeal a separate case they lost concerning a subpoena to Deutsche Bank for similar documents.”

Ariane de Vogue, “Trump asks Supreme Court to block House subpoena for financial documents and take up case,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, December 5, 2019 1:54 pm

31,261. 12/5/2019

COURTS/INVESTIGATIONS/NANCY PELOSI/TRUMP BUSINESS: “Speaker Nancy Pelosi talked about the ongoing fight over Trump’s financial documents that the House has subpoenaed as part of its investigation. She said the President’s actions of ‘bumping them up in court’ — or continuing to appeal to a higher court — ‘is an obstruction of justice.’ She added that the House is ‘winning’ these cases — indeed this week a federal appeals court in New York ruled that Trump needs to turn over his records from Deutsche Band and Capital One. On House Democrats’ decision to push forward and not wait for a final judicial decision in several of the cases, Pelosi said, ‘We’re not going to be accomplices to his obstruction of justice.’ Pelosi noted that these cases may wind up in front of the Supreme Court.”

CNN Staff, “Pelosi calls Trump’s court fight over his records “an obstruction of justice”,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, December 5, 2019 11:03 am

31,253. 12/5/2019

DEMS/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP TAXES: “President Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday [12-5-19] to hear a second case concerning a subpoena to his accounting firm for his financial records. The new petition, objecting to a subpoena from a House committee, follows a petition filed last month about a similar subpoena from Manhattan prosecutors. Both cases are moving fast, and the court could announce as soon as Dec. 13 whether the justices will hear them. If the court agrees to weigh in, it will probably issue a decision by June, in the midst of the final months of the presidential campaign. A Supreme Court ruling in either or both cases would almost certainly produce a major statement on presidential immunity from criminal and congressional investigations. In both cases, Mr. Trump sued to stop his accounting firm, Mazars USA, from complying with subpoenas for records. Federal appeals courts ruled against Mr. Trump in both cases.”

Adam Liptak, “Trump Again Asks Supreme Court to Bar Release of His Financial Records,” The New York Times online, December 5, 2019

31,044. 11/26/2019

TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Tom Barrack, the C.E.O. of Colony Capital and the chairman of President Trump’s inaugural committee, is being pressed by an activist investor to resign, DealBook has exclusively learned. The activist investor, Blackwells Capital, sent a letter to Colony saying: • ‘With Mr. Barrack’s track record and personal issues, no reasonable, fiduciarily-aware public company Board of Directors would select Mr. Barrack as C.E.O. of Colony or any other public company today.’ • ‘Mr. Barrack is undoubtedly distracted by at least two Congressional investigations and at least one reported criminal investigation into his political and personal activities, including as Chairman of the Inaugural Committee for President Trump and as a man who sought a special role within the Trump administration.’ Blackwells claims that Mr. Barrack ‘destroyed more than $775 million in just nine months.’ So the investment firm, which is run by Jason Aintabi, is seeking to oust him, replace two board members, and press Colony to sell assets and repurchase shares.”

NYT Staff, “An Activist Investor Tries to Oust a Trump Confidant,” The New York Times online, November 26, 2019

29,899. 10/25/2019

ETHICS/MILITARY/SCOTLAND/TRUMP BUSINESS: “The Air Force has concluded scores of overnight stays at President Donald Trump’s seaside resort in Scotland did not violate any rules but did raise questions about the ‘public perception’ of funneling taxpayer funds to a property owned by the commander in chief. The review, overseen by the Air Mobility Command, recommended aircrew commanders receive additional training to help them decide where to house personnel on overseas missions that include stopovers at civilian airfields such as Glasgow Prestwick Airport, about 40 minutes from Trump’s golf resort. That includes asking ‘are there any obvious concerns to be considered about public perception of where the crew is lodging?’ according to the review, ordered by the Air Force secretary and chief of staff after POLITICO first reported in August that Air Force crews are regularly staying at the plush resort.”

Bryan Bender, “Air Force: Trump resort stays broke no rules but raise ‘public perception’ dilemma,” Politico, October 25, 2019 5:12 pm

29,881. 10/25/2019

ETHICS/TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP FAMILY: “The Trump Organization is considering selling its luxury hotel in Washington, D.C., after years of scrutiny of alleged conflicts of interest and breaches of the Constitution since Donald Trump ascended to the White House…The Trump International Hotel Washington, which occupies a 120-year-old Romanesque structure formerly known as the Old Post Office Building, is one block from the National Mall and has served as an opulent rendezvous point for Republican politicos, administration officials and other allies of the White House. But the hotel’s influential guests and the president’s refusal to divest himself from his business properties has opened Trump up to accusations that he has broken federal law through his business — including violating the Constitution’s emoluments, or anticorruption, clauses.”

Quint Forgey, “Trump Organization considers selling Washington hotel,” Politico, October 25, 2019 3:07 pm

29,838. 10/24/2019

NEW JERSEY/TRUMP BUSINESS: “New Jersey officials are moving to revoke the liquor license at one of President Trump’s golf clubs, which they say continued to serve a man who was already intoxicated and got into a fatal car crash shortly after leaving the club in 2015. If successful, the move, first reported by The Washington Post, would be a financially damaging blow to the club, in Colts Neck, depriving it of the ability to meet the needs of thirsty golfers coming off the course and wedding parties eager to celebrate into the night. The potential punishment is described in an Oct. 21 letter sent to the golf club by the office of the New Jersey attorney general, Gurbir Grewal, who was appointed to the position last year by Gov. Philip D. Murphy, a Democrat. The letter gives the golf club 30 days to contest the move. If the license is ultimately revoked by the state, the decision could be challenged in court or the club could seek to have it reinstated in two years.”

Ed Shanahan, “Trump Golf Club May Lose Liquor License Over Fatal Car Crash,” The New York Times online, October 24, 2019

29,756. 10/21/2019

CORRUPTION/G7/MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP BUSINESS: “Doral in Miami would have been the best place to hold the G-7, and free, but too much heat from the Do Nothing Radical Left Democrats & their Partner, the Fake News Media! I’m surprised that they allow me to give up my $400,000 Plus Presidential Salary! We’ll find someplace else!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 21, 2019 8:17 pm

29,726. 10/21/2019

CORRUPTION/G7/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP BUSINESS: “President Trump may have reversed his decision to host world leaders at one of his own properties during next year’s Group of 7 summit at the urging of his fellow Republicans, but he hasn’t finished defending his right to do it in the first place. Mr. Trump on Monday [10-21-19] dismissed what he called the ‘phony emoluments clause’ of the Constitution that prohibits a president from illegally profiting from his business while in office and was cited by critics of his choice of Trump National Doral Miami for the summit. He also accused President Barack Obama of trying to profit off the presidency…Mr. Trump said Democrats had gone ‘crazy’ over the prospect of hosting an international summit at a Trump property, when in fact it was private criticism from Republicans that ultimately forced his rare reversal.”

Annie Karni, “Trump Dismisses ‘Phony Emoluments Clause,’ Defending Doral,” The New York Times online, October 21, 2019

29,709. 10/20/2019

DEMS/G7/MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP BUSINESS: “So interesting that, when I announced Trump National Doral in Miami would be used for the hosting of the G-7, and then rescinded due to Do Nothing Democrat/Fake News Anger, very few in Media mentioned that NO PROFITS would be taken, or would be given FREE, if legally permissible!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 20, 2019 5:41 pm

29,690. 10/19/2019

DEMS/G7/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP BUSINESS: “…..its own 50 to 70 unit building. Would set up better than other alternatives. 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!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 19, 2019 8:18 pm

29,689. 10/19/2019

DEMS/G7/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP BUSINESS: “I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders. It is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, has tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms, and each delegation would have…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 19, 2019 8:18 pm

29,687. 10/19/2019

CORRUPTION/G7/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP BUSINESS: “U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned plans late on Saturday [10-19-19] to host next year’s Group of Seven summit at his Florida golf resort, after Democrats and others had decried the selection as evidence of the president misusing his office for personal gain. In a series of tweets, Trump said he would drop the plan announced Thursday [10-17-19] by White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to host the meeting at Trump National Doral golf resort near Miami from June 10 to 12. Trump cited what he termed ‘Crazed and Irrational Hostility’ from Democrats and the news media in explaining the reversal. ‘We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately,’ he wrote. The Republican president faces criticism and a number of congressional investigations over his finances and potential conflicts of interest stemming from his real estate business, which he still owns, and an impeachment inquiry into accusations that he pursued political interests in his dealings with Ukraine.”

David Shepardson, “Trump abandons plan to host 2020 G7 meeting at his Florida golf resort,” Reuters, October 19, 2019 7:20 pm

29,624. 10/18/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/INVESTIGATIONS/TRUMP BUSINESS: “Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), chairman of the House committee that oversees federal buildings, threatened today to subpoena the General Services Administration if the agency does not hand over documents related to the Trump Hotel by next week. DeFazio’s committee, the House Transportation Committee, has been investigating the federal government’s lease of the Old Post Office Building for the Trump International Hotel. In a letter to GSA, DeFazio and Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.), who chairs the subcommittee with jurisdiction, say the agency has failed to provide certain financial documents and made false claims of attorney client and deliberative process privileges for legal records…DeFazio has argued that because the lease prohibits elected officials from benefiting, and President Donald Trump has not separated himself from his investments, he has breached the lease’s terms and may be violating the emoluments clauses of the Constitution.”

Sam Mintz, “DeFazio threatens to subpoena GSA for Trump Hotel documents,” Politico, October 18, 2019 12:25 pm

29,592. 10/17/2019

CONGRESS/CORRUPTION/G7/INVESTIGATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP BUSINESS: “Openly rebuffing congressional investigators and dismissing political optics, President Donald Trump will hold the G-7 summit of world leaders at one of his family’s resorts in the middle of an election year — shrugging off a House impeachment inquiry into whether he is illegally making money off the presidency. Trump’s decision to inject millions of dollars into his financially struggling Trump National Doral Miami resort puts him at risk of violating the Constitution and adding momentum to the congressional investigation just as he embarks on his reelection campaign…Trump expected the immediate criticism by lawmakers and ethics experts who were in near disbelief that he would blatantly disregard their previous warnings not to hold the summit at his resort. But unlike a typical politician who cares about appearances and optics, he not only didn’t mind, he welcomed the firestorm.”

Anita Kumar and Quint Forgey, “Shrugging off allegations of self-dealing, Trump picks his Doral resort for G-7 summit,” Politico, October 17, 2019 4:28 pm

29,582. 10/17/2019

CORRUPTION/DEMS/ETHICS/G7/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP BUSINESS: “U.S. President Donald Trump will host next year’s Group of Seven economic summit of leaders of developed nations at his Florida golf resort, a move Democrats and others decried as more evidence of the president misusing his office for personal gain. White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Thursday [10-17-19] told a news conference that the G7 summit would take place at Trump National Doral golf resort near Miami from June 10 to 12, after the administration chose it from about a dozen potential sites. The Republican president faces criticism and a number of congressional investigations over his finances and potential conflicts of interest stemming from his real estate business, which he still owns. He also faces an impeachment inquiry into accusations that he pursued political interests in his dealings with Ukraine.”

Reuters Staff, “Trump to host G7 summit at his Florida golf resort, sparking criticism,” Reuters, October 17, 2019 9:50 am

29,405. 10/11/2019

ETHICS/GOLF/SCOTLAND/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP FAMILY: “Last month, the Trump family business received approval from a local government in Scotland for a major expansion of its golf resort near Aberdeen, marking the largest real estate development financed by the Trump Organization since the 2016 election. In August, President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr., flew to Jakarta to help kick-start sales at a pair of Trump-branded luxury resorts planned for Indonesia. He appeared at a private event with wealthy prospective buyers and joined his politically connected billionaire Indonesian business partner at a news conference. And last year, Donald Jr. visited India to sell condos at future Trump-branded towers, appearing at an event that also featured India’s prime minister. But for the children of the politically powerful, personal business and public dealings can often be indistinguishable, especially when private projects depend on foreign governments that are looking to bolster ties with Washington.”

Eric Lipton, Steve Eder and Ben Protess, “Those Foreign Business Ties? The Trump Sons Have Plenty Too,” The New York Times online, October 11, 2019

28,757. 9/26/2019

SCOTLAND/TRUMP BUSINESS: “Despite opposition from many local residents, the Trump Organization on Thursday [9-26-19] received approval in Scotland for what will be the largest new company-financed real estate development project since President Trump was elected: a major expansion of its golf resort near the northeast port city of Aberdeen. The plans call for the construction of 500 homes, 50 hotel cottages, and sports and retail complexes next to the Trump family’s Aberdeen golf club, which has struggled financially since the company purchased the property more than a decade ago. A second 18-hole golf course is also planned on the 1,500-acre site, north of Aberdeen. The first phase of this project is more modest: about 80 homes and five hotel lodges, documents show. But unlike most of the recent Trump projects, this is not simply a matter of selling the Trump name or hotel management services. The Trump Organization would be the real estate developer on the project, which could cost an estimated $180 million if it is entirely built out as approved this week.”

Eric Lipton, “Trump Organization Receives Approval to Expand Golf Resort in Scotland,” The New York Times online, September 26, 2019

28,551. 9/19/2019

DEMS/TRUMP BUSINESS: “RT @Jim_Jordan: Oversight hearing on DC statehood. Dems’ planned map would carve out Trump Hotel. Is it because they want the tax revenue?…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 19, 2019 9:14 pm

28,523. 9/18/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/MILITARY/SPENDING/TRUMP BUSINESS: “Since Donald Trump took office, the U.S. military has spent nearly $200,000 at the president’s luxury Scotland resort, according to figures and documents the Pentagon provided to the House Oversight Committee. The spending, which has all occurred since August 2017, paid for the equivalent of hundreds of nights of rooms at the Turnberry resort over approximately three dozen separate stays, the committee said. The Air Force confirmed last week that its crews had stayed up to 40 times at Trump’s property since 2015, but it has not provided a breakdown of the number of stays since Trump was elected. The figures provided to the House Oversight Committee suggest the vast majority of stays have occurred since Trump took office, raising concerns among Democrats about a conflict of interest. POLITICO first reported earlier this month that the Oversight Committee had been probing military spending at Turnberry since April to determine whether the money constituted a violation of the Constitution’s domestic emoluments clause, which prohibits the president from receiving any compensation from the federal government other than his salary.”

Natasha Bertrand and Bryan Bender, “Military has spent nearly $200,000 at Trump’s Scottish resort since 2017,” Politico, September 18, 2019 3:03 pm

28,470. 9/17/2019

MILITARY/SCOTLAND/TRUMP BUSINESS: “Air Force officers who have earned medals for their tours of duty can pick up some more brass with a short pit stop in Southwest Scotland. As part of its relationship with the Air Force, the Trump Turnberry resort occasionally gifts high-ranking officers a version of its ‘Pride Pin,’ a lapel pin featuring the property’s iconic lighthouse — an honor reserved for VIPs — upon their arrival, according to a resort staffer familiar with the practice. Rank-and-file members can expect a more basic welcome package in their rooms, featuring goodies like Scottish shortbread. A five-day visit to Turnberry and the surrounding region revealed that the regular visits from Air Force crews on layovers from Prestwick Airport have become a major facet of the life of the resort. It also revealed that, rather than being restricted to single-night refueling stops, some visits last multiple nights, expanding the known dimensions of the relationship between the president’s luxury resort and the U.S. military.”

Ben Schreckinger, “Air Force crews stayed at Trump’s Turnberry resort for days at a time,” Politico, September 17, 2019 5:00 am

28,374. 9/13/2019

EMOLUMENTS/LAWSUIT/NEW YORK/TRUMP BUSINESS: “A federal appeals court in New York on Friday [9-13-19] revived a lawsuit alleging that President Trump is illegally profiting from his hotels and restaurants in New York and Washington in violation of the Constitution’s anti-corruption, or emoluments, clauses. In a two-to-one decision, a panel of judges for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit found that a lower court had wrongly dismissed the lawsuit accusing Mr. Trump of violating the Constitution’s bans on accepting financial benefits from foreign or state governments. The appeals court judge sent the lawsuit back to the lower court, ordering it be allowed to proceed. The decision comes nearly two years after the lower court judge dismissed the lawsuit. The case is one of three that have been ping-ponging back and forth between district and appeals courts as judges struggle with the novel legal questions raised by Mr. Trump’s decision not to divorce himself from his business empire while in office.”

Sharon LaFraniere, “U.S. Appeals Court Reinstates Emoluments Case Against Trump,” The New York Times online, September 13, 2019