Bolsonaro's son, a congressman in Brazil, celebrated Trump at Mar-a-Lago

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Brazilian lawmaker/president’s son celebrates U.S. president with U.S. president’s son at U.S. president’s private club

A member of Brazil’s Congress and the son of the country’s right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, Eduardo Bolsonaro was at Mar-a-Lago Saturday night for a party celebrating President Trump’s second year in office. In the last election, Eduardo received more votes than any other candidate for Brazil’s congress, according to Reuters.

Per Bolsonaro’s Instagram post, via Google Translate:

Great event at Sea to Lake, USA, hosted by one of Trump’s biggest supporters, Toni Kramer. Opportunity to meet good people, who think similar to us and then deepen these relationships. From the upper left clockwise: @ one of the children of President Trump [Eric]; the very sympathetic Toni Kramer; the famous judge Jeanine Pirro @judge_jeanine who has television program showing his work; Mike Lindell @michaeljlindell, former drug addict today millionaire pro-philanthropy entrepreneur; Jon Voight, Oscar-winning actor, conservative exponent and father of Angelina Jolie.

After Kramer’s mention of his father got a round of applause, the younger Bolsonaro took the stage and told the crowd, “Build that wall! Brazilians are supporting you!”

According to Alexandra Clough for The Daily Commercial:

  • Bolsonaro was one of 700 people at Mar-a-Lago Saturday night

  • tickets ranged from $500 per person to $20,000 for a table, with most around $1,000

  • Bolsonaro “told a reporter his father would be making a trip to Washington in mid-March to meet with Trump”

High-paying Trump Hotel D.C. VIP/brand ambassador nominated to be U.N. ambassador too

From “Trump announces nomination of Kelly Knight Craft to be ambassador to United Nations” by Philip Rucker and Anne Gearan for The Washington Post:

The Crafts [Kelly Knight and her husband, Joe, the president and chief executive of coal producer Alliance Resource Partners] also have been repeat, high-paying customers at Trump’s hotel in Washington, according to a list of “VIP Arrivals” distributed to hotel staff on June 19, 2018. That list, obtained by The Washington Post, was intended to help staff identify the Trump International Hotel’s most important customers as they checked in.

The Crafts were listed as gold-level members of the Trump Card rewards program when they checked in for a three-day stay. They were also described as “high-rate” customers, and their listing bore the notation R(20), which former Trump Hotels employees have said indicates customers who’ve stayed at least 20 times. That was an unusually high number among the hundreds of Trump hotel guests whose VIP listings have been reviewed by The Post.

Kelly Knight Craft also seems to be an unofficial brand ambassador for her boss’s hotel too:

The Crafts are the third set of Trump Hotel D.C. VIPs that The Post has shared from its stash of the hotel’s arrivals lists, joining T-Mobile CEO John Legere (along with his fellow executives) and coal mogul Bob Murray. While Trump has not publicly weighed in on T-Mobile’s proposed merger with Sprint, he endorsed Murray’s move to keep open an aging coal plant. The Tennessee Valley Authority, however, disagreed with Trump and thwarted Murray.

Diamond and Silk kick off Chit Chat Live tour; hours later president tweets his affection

Just hours after Diamond and Silk kicked off their Chit Chat Live tour Saturday afternoon at the Trump Hotel D.C., the hotel’s owner tweeted his affection for the duo.

And in case you’re wondering who pays $90 to $200 to see Diamond and Silk in person…

(Must-read: “Laughing with Diamond and Silk: What the success of a pair of political entrepreneurs reveals about voting and race” by Lexington for The Economist.)

The 11-date Chit Chat Live tour also includes a stop at Trump’s Doral golf course in June. And back in October 2018, they held the world premier of their opus, Dummycrats, at the Trump Hotel D.C.

Congresswoman takes to House floor to decline Kuwaiti embassy invite

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D–OH) is one of the 196 Democratic lawmakers from the last Congress to sue President Trump for violating the Constitution’s emoluments clauses. That complaint cited the president’s ownership of the Trump Hotel D.C. Kuwait invited her to its national day celebration at that very same hotel. From the House floor, Kaptur declined the invite. (Because of a formatting limitation, select the link to watch the video.)

Kaptur is at least the second plaintiff the Kuwaitis invited to their celebration, joining Rep. Steve Cohen (D–TN). He also declined.

Sorry, president’s hotel already sold out for president’s Fourth of July celebration

Noteworthy sightings

Visiting D.C. to sing the National Anthem at the White House, Sharon Baggett Anderson wrote on Facebook that if she’d told the Trump Hotel D.C. what brought her to town, she would have received a discount there. Representatives from the hotel and the Trump Organization have not responded to an inquiry asking if the hotel offers discounts to guests at the White House.

The owner of a manufacturer rep/consulting services firm in the defense industry, Heather Elliott, just booked tea for a group at the commander-in-chief’s hotel. She made sure to let the hotel’s managing director know.

The president of the Harford County [Maryland] Republican Women, Linda Stine Flint, was at the head of her party’s hotel to see Diamond and Silk and spent money on food and drinks beforehand.

The Family Research Council’s digital research director, John Wesley Reid, ate dessert at the president’s hotel.

Other Trump Organization news

House investigations, current status (latest change, Feb. 21, 2019)

  • Financial ServicesSent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank on Jan. 24.

  • Foreign Affairs—Chair Rep. Elliot Engel (D–NY) “plans to investigate whether President Donald Trump’s businesses are driving foreign policy decisions, including whether Trump violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution in the process” per CNN on Jan. 23.

  • Intelligence—On Feb. 6, chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D–CA) issued a statement that said his committee would investigate links or coordination between the Russian government/related foreign actors and individuals associated with Trump’s businesses, as well as if foreign actors sought to compromise or hold leverage over Trump’s businesses. During an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Feb. 10, Schiff said the committee will investigate Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank, a major lender to the Trump Organization. Earlier, on Jan. 24, the committee sent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank.

  • Oversight and Reform—Chair Rep. Elijah Cummings’s (D–MD) staff “has already sent out 51 letters to government officials, the White House, and the Trump Organization asking for documents related to investigations that the committee may launch,” according to CBS News on Jan. 13. In a Feb. 15 letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, Cummings said the committee received documents showing a White House attorney and one of Trump’s personal attorneys provided “false information” to the Office of Government Ethics regarding Michael Cohen’s “hush-money payments.” A Feb. 20 memo from the majority laid out the scope for the Feb. 27 hearing with Michael Cohen. Topics include the Trump Hotel D.C.

  • Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management—Transportation committee chair Rep. Peter DeFazio (D–OR) and subcommittee chair Dina Titus (D–NV) sent a letter to GSA administrator Emily Murphy on Jan. 22 asking for all communication between the GSA and members of the Trump family dating back to 2015, an explanation of how the hotel calculates its profits, profit statements since the hotel opened in 2016, any guidance from the White House regarding the lease, and whether or not Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are recused from participating in decisions regarding the property. GSA has “sent a partial response and the subcommittee is reviewing it,” according to a senior House staffer familiar with the situation. When hearings begin, it is likely that Murphy will be the first person called to testify, according to a person familiar with the subcommittee’s plans.

  • Ways and Means subcommittee on Oversight—The subcommittee held its first hearing on “legislative proposals and tax law related to presidential and vice-presidential tax returns” on Feb. 7. “We will ask the question: Does the public have a need to know that a person seeking the highest office in our country obeys tax law?” said chair Rep. John Lewis (D–GA). Experts in tax law testified.

Legal cases, current status (latest change, Feb. 22, 2019)

Health inspections, current status (latest change, Aug. 10, 2018)

  • ❌Hotel: five violations on May 7, 2018; two were corrected on site

  • ❌BLT Prime and Benjamin Bar: nine violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ❌Sushi Nakazawa: two violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ✔️Banquet kitchen: no violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ❌Pastry kitchen: two violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ✔️Gift shop: no violations on May 7, 2018

  • ❌Employee kitchen and in-room dining: five violations on Aug. 10, 2018; two were corrected on site

One thing that has nothing to do with Trump’s businesses (I think, tough to tell sometimes!)

Eight Ole Miss players kneel during anthem in response to Confederacy rally” by ESPN

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