Friday, January 19, 2018

What did Donald Trump do today?

He fretted about the disastrous consequences of a government shutdown--for his party plans.

Faced with the prospect of a government shutdown, Trump had already taken the unusual step of rescheduling his normal Friday flight to Florida to leave Saturday instead. But actually staying on the job the whole way through the weekend would conflict with a high priority for Trump--the one-year anniversary party and fundraiser he was supposed to be throwing for himself at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night. 

The Daily Beast, citing two sources close to Trump, reported that Trump was increasingly upset about missing the event.

To be fair, Trump has good reason to be anxious about missing his own party. Tickets start at $100,000 for a pair. Two tickets to a "roundtable" discussion with Trump cost $250,000. That money will go to Trump's re-election campaign--minus what the Mar-a-Lago resort is charging, which will go directly to Trump himself.

Why should anyone have a problem with this?

  • Doing the actual work of the presidency is more important than a fundraising party.