Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney adopted a new approach to President Donald Trump’s war on impeachment in a Thursday press briefing: admitting a gigantic amount of wrongdoing in one sitting and daring Republicans to care.
The avalanche of confessions began in the White House briefing room, where Mulvaney revealed that the United States will host the upcoming G7 summit of world leaders at Trump National Doral in Miami, the president’s own Florida resort.
This is a grotesquely corrupt move, and the White House knows it. Even if, as Mulvaney claimed, the Doral was the best possible location for the G7 in the country — a ridiculous assertion — it would still be incumbent on the administration to choose another location to avoid the appearance of corruption and the reality of a conflict of interest. Mulvaney claimed that, all things considered, Trump decided he would “take the hit” of accusations of corruption. But it’s not just Trump who “takes the hit,” it’s the entire federal government, and the United States itself, that gets stained with corruption, and that’s a condemnable choice to make.
Mulvaney even admitted: “There’s plenty of other good places in this country to hold a large event. There’s no question.” And yet, they still chose absolutely the most corrupt place to do it.
The chief of staff also revealed that it was Trump himself who suggested the Doral as a possible location, exacerbating the wrongdoing. If some neutral process had selected the location as a possible site for the meeting, it still should have been rejected for obvious reasons, but at least the choice would have been more defensible. But no — Mulvaney made clear that Trump’s dual role as both a private businessman and president was the reason Doral was considered at all in the first place.
Source: An avalanche of confessions: Trump’s chief of staff just admitted a stunning amount of wrongdoing on live TV – Alternet.org