Earlier this year, Restore Progress reported on Donald Trump’s ostentatious vacation habits, the costs they impose on the American taxpayer, and the risks they pose to our national security. Now, it appears that Donald’s frequent, tax-payer funded golf outings to a riverfront resort in Virginia may well destroy a longstanding rehabilitative program benefiting America’s wounded veterans.
As reported by the New York Times: “Every Sunday afternoon during the summer, just an hour from the White House, a group of wounded veterans take to the waters of the Potomac River in kayaks for exercise, therapy and camaraderie before cutting into a free barbecue organized by the community.”
“The weekly ritual is now threatened by the recreational outings of…President Trump.”
“To protect the president’s rounds at his Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., the Coast Guard plans to regularly close off the stretch of the Potomac that the veterans of Team River Runner use.”
Democrats in Congress have taken notice, and are demanding a halt to the Coast Guard’s plans. As reported by The Hill, Democratic representatives Peter DeFazio and John Garamendi wrote a blistering letter to the commandant of the Coast Guard, which included the following passage:
“Time and again President Trump, with the aid of the Secret Service, has disregarded the needs of the general public for his own personal benefit and convenience. We implore you not to allow the President’s frequent leisure activities to take away access to the river regularly enjoyed by wounded veterans, and other kayakers, boaters, jet skiers, and anglers.”
We hope that the Coast Guard will hear this message and reverse it’s plans. We certainly cannot expect Trump himself to do the right thing by these veterans.