Trump turned his hotels, resorts into ‘Beltway’s new back rooms’: New York Times

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.”



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump walks to the White House residence after exiting Marine One on the South Lawn on June 25, 2020, in Washington.


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President Donald Trump walks to the White House residence after exiting Marine One on the South Lawn on June 25, 2020, in Washington.

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

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Trump turned his hotels, resorts into ‘Beltway’s new back rooms,’ New York Times reports

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 “ante up,” the Times said.

Ballard dismissed any accusations questioning his membership at Mar-a-Lago, the Times reported, and called the idea, in part, “ridiculous.”

PHOTO: President Donald Trump walks to the White House residence after exiting Marine One on the South Lawn on June 25, 2020, in Washington.

President Donald Trump walks

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