Trump course nabs president's business from other Trump course

Trump scratched weekend plans to visit one of his New Jersey courses and instead golfed at his Virginia club. Twice.

President Donald J.Trump golfed at his Sterling, Virginia course both days this past weekend, after tweeting Friday that he’d nixed a planned visit to his Bedminster, N.J. club “to stay in Washington, D.C. to make sure LAW & ORDER is enforced.”

(It’s unclear what turmoil his course was experiencing, but it probably was antifa’s fault.)

The president, however, does appear to have worked while at his course: on Sunday, when the White House Press Pool reported Trump was at his club, his Twitter account deleted an earlier post that thanked supporters, one of whom yelled “white power” in an attached video.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) accompanied the president on Sunday. According to government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, as of August 2019 Graham made more visits than any other member of Congress to Trump properties since their owner’s election.

As U.S. coronavirus cases top 2.5 million, many Trump businesses reopen

Daily confirmed new cases of COVID-19 are increasing in the United States. And so far more than 2.5 million cases have been diagnosed in this country with deaths from COVID-19 topping 125,000 according to Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, Trump properties across the United States and in three other countries recently have announced reopenings:

‘When the wind comes right behind the rain’: A second Oklahoma business group has booked the Trump Hotel D.C. for its lobbying fly-in

The State Chamber of Oklahoma has an exciting new headquarters for its D.C. fly-in in September: the Trump Hotel D.C.

The chamber is one of two pro-business organizations from Oklahoma holding its annual D.C. fly-in at the president’s D.C. hotel: the Oklahoma Bankers Association is slated to check in there nine days after the chamber checks out.

Per its webpage, the chamber is “Oklahoma’s business advocate.” And while its fly-in’s agenda is not yet available, according to the group [bold added], “Attendees will meet with influential lawmakers and national association leaders affecting policy now, as well as hear from Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation, federal agencies and issue experts directly.”

Fly-in attendance costs $400 to $600, with rooms at the president’s hotel running an additional $349. The sold-out 2019 fly-in was held at the Hotel Monaco and had an impressive list of corporate sponsors.

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Notable sightings

A glimpse of the foreign officials, government employees, politicians, lobbyists, and the like who patronize or appear at Trump businesses. Most people shown here have reasons to want to influence the Trump administration, rely on its good graces for their livelihoods, or should be providing oversight. Additionally, high-profile guests serve as draws for paying customers.

Former acting Director of National Intelligence and U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell was at the Trump Hotel D.C. in a photo posted over the weekend. Grenell is such a good customer of the president’s businesses that he’s a rare Trump Card gold member, reported Shane Harris, Anne Gearan, and Jose Dawsey for The Washington Post in February.

David Tian Wang is a GOP donor who appears to be an unregistered agent working on behalf of China, Brian Spegele reported last week for The Wall Street Journal. Wang attended a $30,000 a person 2018 fundraiser for the president at his D.C. hotel, according to a post on Weibo at the time.

Lobbyist Will Watson—clients come from the “maritime, energy, medical, bio-pharmaceutical, agriculture (including hemp), mining and minerals and other industries”—saddled up to the president’s bar.

Other Trump Organization news

Reference section

Links to rundowns of developments in the House’s investigations and lawsuits, reference sheets for some of 1100 Pennsylvania’s previous reporting, and articles that provide the background on why all of this matters. The date published or last updated is in parentheses.


Notable hotel customers


Upcoming key dates

  • Sept. 23, 2019—House Judiciary Committee hearing “Presidential corruption: Emoluments and profiting off the presidency” (postponed, not yet rescheduled)

  • June or July 2020—Before postponement of oral arguments due to a coronavirus-related closure, Supreme Court decision due on Trump’s appeal of earlier rulings requiring his financial institutions to comply with subpoenas from House Financial Services, Intelligence, and Oversight

  • July 8, 2020—Deadline for the Departments of State and Homeland Security to respond to The Washington Post’s lawsuit alleging the departments have failed to share records responsive to Freedom of Information Act requests seeking information on government spending at Trump properties

  • Aug. 10, 2020—Scheduling conference before D.C. Superior Court in D.C. attorney general’s lawsuit alleging improperly spent nonprofit funds by the Trump Hotel D.C. and Trump’s inaugural committee

  • Oct. 29, 2020—Mediation session in at least a one-time Trump appointee in the Commerce Department’s lawsuit against the Trump Hotel D.C., alleging a shard of glass from a sabered bottle of champagne left a gash in her chin

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