The New York Times has released a report, the fourth in its series, based on President Donald Trump’s federal tax returns, illustrating how the paper says the president turned “his own hotels and resorts into the Beltway’s new back rooms, where public and private business mix and special interests reign.”
Trump attended 34 political fundraisers at his hotels and resorts that brought in $3 million in revenue, the Times reported.
“Sometimes he lined up his donors to ask what they needed from the government,” the Times said.
Brian Ballard, a Florida lobbyist and confidant of the president, joined Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida midway through Trump’s presidency, the paper reported. Associates later said he did this because the president wanted him to