US Embassy Promotes Trump Business At Mar-A-Lago With Luxuriant Hyperbole
When Donald Trump became President, he assured us all that there would be an absolute separation of his personal businesses and his work in the White House. Months later, that separation has still failed to materialize. Donald Trump’s personal financial fortunes are thickly tangled up with his work as President, creating a number of opportunities for blatant corruption, including both bribery of President Trump as well as the use of government funds to promote Trump’s business interests.
Yesterday, one aspect of the rampant corruption in the Trump Administration came to light. It seems that the State Department under Rex Tillerson directed the U.S. embassies in the United Kingdom and Albania to promote Mar-a-Lago, one of Trump’s for-profit private clubs, as a place where people can meet with Trump.
The embassies depicted Trump’s club, which requires the payment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in membership fees, as a “Winter White House”, where business can be conducted with Donald Trump as if he were in the Oval Office. The message was clear: If you want access to the President of the United States, you have to pay him for it.
The promotion of the Mar-a-Lago business was clearly written with Trump’s input, containing his penchant for hyperbole. Gushing over the club’s excessive design, the embassy web sites celebrated the story of the mansion’s construction by a “socialite” – a term that the wealthy use to refer to an heir to a fortune who goes to parties instead of working. The State Department promotional material read, “When socialite and cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post built Mar-a-Lago — Spanish for ‘Sea to Lake’ — in 1927, she spared no expense. The 114-room mansion sits on 8 hectares of land…”
…and hold it right there. Only someone who was born a millionaire could write such nonsense. If Marjorie Merriweather Post really spared no expense, then why did she build only 114 rooms? Why did Merriweather spare the expense of a 15th hectare? For the elites like Marjorie Merriweather Post and Donald Trump who inherit their wealth, greed has no limit. For those obsessed with luxury, there is never enough. There could always be more. Once a person goes so far as to feel the need for 114 rooms, that person has lost all perspective on genuine need.
That’s the President of the United States in a nutshell. Donald Trump and his friends have more money than they could ever spend, but this week, Trump is announcing tax cuts for wealthy families and powerful corporations that already hide most of their income to avoid paying taxes at the same rate that working Americans do. At the same time, Trump is slashing the government programs that keep working families from sliding into poverty due to the stingy wages offered by their corporate employers.
Donald Trump’s economic plan is designed to send more money to people who are already living in obscene luxury of the sort on display at Mar-a-Lago, and he’s doing it on the backs of working Americans, while using the taxpayer-funded institutions of the federal government to pump money into his personal businesses, inviting foreign governments and businesses to pay him emoluments that are explicitly against the law, as established by Section 6 of Article 1 of the Constitution of the United States of America.
In response to Americans’ protests, the U.S. State Department has removed the public messages urging foreign governments and businesses to pay to join Donald Trump’s private club. The networks of corruption to which these messages referred, however, are still running at full tilt.