Saturday, October 19, 2019

What did Donald Trump do today?


With golf ruled out by cool temperatures and the threat of rain, Trump had nothing to do today but tweet. (Virtually without exception, Trump does not do work related to the presidency on the weekends, or on weekdays before about 11:00 a.m., or on Friday afternoons, or during the free-floating "executive time" during the normal workday reserved for Twitter and cable TV.)

He tweeted and retweeted a lot, even by his own standards, shining a light his anxieties ranging from impeachment to Syria to Mick Mulvaney's seemingly accidental confession of the corrupt bargain with Ukraine that Trump himself has already admitted to.

But at 9:18 p.m., Trump actually tweeted something newsworthy: that he was backing down on his decision to award himself the multi-million dollar contract to host the G7 summit in 2020. Opposition to his choosing Trump National Doral, his failing Miami-area golf resort, for a major world summit during hurricane season has been overwhelming and bipartisan

In fact, it was such a blatantly corrupt act, it seemed possible it could become an article of impeachment all by itself, which may have been what scared Trump off. (Republicans have been extremely unhappy at having to defend Trump on this point.) He explained his retreat in three furious tweets:

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........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!....Therefore, based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020. We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately. Thank you!

Trump National Doral, one of the few Trump-branded properties he actually owns, has been hemorrhaging money in recent years, especially in the summer months. By filling it for a month or more with foreign delegations, Trump would be reducing those losses to zero, even assuming that he really did bill them at cost. 

So what?

  • Taking money from the treasury and putting it in your own pocket because you can is what tinpot dictators do.
  • So is shaking down foreign leaders for bribes.
  • Not getting to break the law doesn't make you a victim.
  • There are actually more important things for a president to be doing.
  • A better businessman wouldn't need to the presidency to try to rescue his businesses.