Saturday, February 18, 2017


Very classy! And huge! Bedminster.
Inspired by the Politico story featuring a leaked video of President Donald J. Trump entertaining the guests at the Bedminster Golf Club by inviting them to interview candidates for cabinet positions—hey, they're paying good money to be the president's personal guests!

To the tune of:

Rolls in, rolls in,
My God how the money rolls in, rolls in!
Rolls in, rolls in,
My God how the money rolls in!

The managing director of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida says that Trump’s presidency now “enhances” membership at the private Palm Beach club, and that “people are now even more interested” in joining as a result. The New York Times reports that the manager, Bernd Lembcke, also claimed that the club is “very careful in vetting” potential new members, who still need to be introduced by a current member to be considered. Mar-a-Lago — where the annual membership fee was recently doubled to $200,000 following Trump’s election — is now the president’s “Winter White House,” and so far Trump seems intent on heading there every weekend (at significant taxpayer expense). The club has subsequently become a place where the rich and powerful can pay the president’s private company to have private access to the president, his family, and his advisors — though the White House denies that’s what happening. (New York Magazine)

About 100 foreign diplomats, from Brazil to Turkey, gathered at the Trump International Hotel this week to sip Trump-branded champagne, dine on sliders and hear a sales pitch about the U.S. president-elect’s newest hotel.
The event for the diplomatic community, held one week after the election, was in the Lincoln Library, a junior ballroom with 16-foot ceilings and velvet drapes that is also available for rent.
Some attendees won raffle prizes — among them overnight stays at other Trump properties around the world — allowing them to become better acquainted with the business holdings of the new commander in chief.
“The place was packed,” said Lynn Van Fleit, founder of the nonprofit Diplomacy Matters Institute, which organizes programs for foreign diplomats and government officials. She said much of the discussion among Washington-based diplomats is over “how are we going to build ties with the new administration.” (Washington Post, November 18 2016)

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