Donald Trump has been widely criticized for his near-weekly jaunts down to his luxury Mar-a-Lago resort. At $3 million per visit, Trump’s getaways seem deeply tone deaf, at a time when Trump has proposed dramatic and potentially fatal cuts to Medicaid, Meals on Wheels, and other domestic programs.
It turns out that Mar-a-Lago is not the only Trump branded facility frequented by Donald. He has also spent considerable time at his Washington, D.C. hotel, a resort in rural Virginia, and a second Florida property. All told, the Washington Post is reporting that Trump has, stunningly, spent nearly a full third of his presidency at a Trump-branded property:
“For the eighth weekend in a row, President Trump has visited a property that bears his name. He has done so on 21 of the 66 days he has been in office, meaning that for the equivalent of three full weeks of his just-over-nine weeks as commander in chief, he has spent all or part of a day at a Trump property — earning that property mentions in the media and the ability to tell potential clients that they might be able to interact with the president. And, despite his insistence on the campaign trail that he would avoid the links — ‘I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to go play golf,’ he said in August — he has made 13 visits to his own golf courses since becoming president, likely playing golf on at least 12 of those occasions.”
Being president is very good business for Donald Trump.