The president has taken other actions that have shattered his early promise to “completely isolate” himself from his business.
Some things don’t change. The promise of a new year. The excitement of new love. Donald Trump being a petty, self-promoting liar with ties to sketchy Russians.
That would be the best way to sum up the new book,“Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump’s Presidential Palace” by New York Times best-selling author Laurence Leamer. As Leamer made it clear when I interviewed him on “Salon Talks,” Trump has not changed much since the day he bought his 17-acre Mar-a-Lago estate in 1985.
President Donald Trump’s recent forays to Mar-a-Lago, his private Florida club, have already stirred up controversy due to the president bragging about playing favorites with his guests or discussing sensitive foreign policy subjects in public. Now a new series of controversies have emerged about the president ducking his press pool and severely inconveniencing the local community.
That last meeting was particularly noteworthy, considering that Trump has been causing his neighbors a fair amount of headaches since his presidency started. These include, as The New York Times reported, “$200,000 in lost fuel sales at a large local airport in a single four-day visit this month, 75 no-shows at a new restaurant in just one night, $60,000 a day to pay overtime to sheriff’s deputies who guard the many closed roads, a tab that is about $1.5 million over all since the election, 250 private flights grounded every day.”