Donald Trump’s presidency has set new records and made history in all the worst ways, and he will doubtlessly be forever remembered as our laziest president. While Trump spends his weekend golfing at his Florida mansion this weekend, a new report from Axios has come out indicating that over the past three months, a staggering 60% of his working days have been spent in “executive time” — which we all now know is code for “watching TV and angrily tweeting about what he sees.”
While he spends his days in front of the tube, his weekends have largely been spent on the golf course or at one of his many Trump Organization properties. In his 744 days in office, he’s spent 222 of them at a Trump property and 168 of them at a Trump golf course, neglecting the duties of his office in order to take taxpayer-funded vacations every week while filling his own pockets at the same time.
His trips to Mar-a-Lago create a host of ethical problems, not the least of which being that purchasing access to the club is to purchase access to the most powerful man in the world.
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He’s also been handing off administrative power to his resort buddies. A stunning ProPublica report revealed that the President has been letting a secret cabal of three Mar-a-Lago members make major decisions in the Veterans Affairs administration without any experience or actually holding jobs in the government.
That all may be coming to an end soon, however.
House Democrats are taking aim at the president’s vacations and backroom dealings at Mar-a-Lago, reports ABC News, and began laying their plans even before they took back control of Congress.
In December, ahead of taking control of the powerful Oversight Committee, Cummings issued more than 50 document requests, including a letter to the Trump Organization and the president’s lawyer about Trump’s arrangement to avoid conflicts of interest regarding foreign payments to his hotels and other businesses.
Cummings and other Democrats believe Trump may be violating the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution through his organization’s business with foreign governments and foreign-owned entities.
Democrats have also asked the GAO to review the costs associated with presidential travel and protecting Mar-a-Lago, and whether the U.S. Treasury has received any payments from profits from the president’s club and other hotel properties.
They have also asked the agency and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ inspector general to investigate whether members of Mar-a-Lago have improperly influenced decisions at the VA, following reports that three members played a role in shaping agency policies and contracts.
Now that it’s been established that Trump’s super-rich buddies have bought themselves a channel to government policy through Mar-a-Lago, it’s long past time someone held them accountable for this undemocratic and highly corrupt state of affairs. Trump and his cronies are about to find out the hard way what real oversight actually looks like.