Feb 14 2017
06:24 am

It just gets better.

Mr. Trump held a meeting with Mr. Abe and their entourages out in the open in the club dining terrace, examining documents and talking on a commercial cellphone as guests drifted by and took photos, servers reached over the papers to deposit the entree, and Mike Flynn, his national security adviser, held up his phone, on flashlight setting, so everybody could get a good look.
“HOLY MOLY!!!” Richard DeAgazio, a club member, wrote on his Facebook page, where he posted three photos he took of the meeting. “Center of the action!”
every time Mr. Trump strikes a pose, the rest of the world holds its breath.

Unlike GW Bush who thought presidenting was hard work, Trump thinks it's one big party.

B Harmon's picture

This is the least of the

This is the least of the issues around this "dinner", but I wonder if 45 will have Mar-a-Lago bill the US government for the cost of that meal and any other entertainment costs? Just one more way to profit from his position?

RedDog's picture

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Factchecker's picture

The cost of POTUS travel is

The cost of POTUS travel is meaningless, especially when tallied by a political fringe organization, but your article shows that only one trip made by Trump, before he was even sworn in, cost one twelfth of Obama's total over 8 years while in office. We could also get into what Trump Tower security is costing.

Thanks for stopping by to remind us how deceptive and ugly your politics are.

B Harmon's picture


I wonder if they are going to have to beef up security at his resort in FL at a cost to taxpayers as well. He has been down there twice now in the few weeks as pres.

Mike Knapp's picture

Gettin' played

Trump's NYC, Florida private club security details and family travel total more than $15m in his first month. This amounts to about 1/6 of Obama's total presidency. Plus he's making money off of it. President's need security. How much is too much?

Via WaPo Trump family’s elaborate lifestyle is a ‘logistical nightmare’ — at taxpayer expense

On Saturday, Trump’s sons Eric and Don Jr., with their Secret Service details in tow, will be nearly 8,000 miles away in the United Arab Emirates, attending the grand opening of a Trump-brand golf resort in the “Beverly Hills of Dubai.”

Meanwhile, New York police will keep watch outside Trump Tower in Manhattan, the chosen home of first lady Melania Trump and son Barron. And the tiny township of Bedminster, N.J., is preparing for the daunting prospect that the local Trump golf course will serve as a sort of northern White House for as many as 10 weekends a year.

Barely a month into the Trump presidency, the unusually elaborate lifestyle of America’s new first family is straining the Secret Service and security officials, stirring financial and logistical concerns in several local communities, and costing far beyond what has been typical for past presidents — a price tag that, based on past assessments of presidential travel and security costs, could balloon into the hundreds of millions of dollars over the course of a four-year term.

fischbobber's picture

In my humble opinion

I would be willing to spring for a secure situation room for him to deal with national security issues on secured communication devices without club members posing with the people our enemies need to be wiretapping. For God's sake, just having the guy acting like our president would be a huge step forward.

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