Trump Inc: A Chronicle of Presidential Conflicts

CREW is committed to holding government officials, including President Trump, to account when they abuse their power and fail to work in the public interest. Because President Trump refused to divest his business empire, we are documenting every interaction these businesses have with the government and those trying to influence it.

As CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said when President Trump announced he would not divest, President Trump’s failure to adequately address his massive conflict of interest issues means “[e]very decision he will make as president will be followed by the specter of doubt, and will be questioned as to whether his decision is in the best interest of the American people or the best interest of his bottom line.”

Here we present a timeline of instances in which the government and special interests have interacted with President Trump’s private business interests since he took office. The events can be filtered by broad categories in the pull-down menu and narrower categories by checking the boxes below, so we encourage you to take a look at whatever interests you. The facts speak volumes. 

This timeline is being updated regularly by the CREW team. Did we miss anything? Let us know: [email protected].

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August 15, 2017

At a press event in the lobby of Trump Tower – New York City, during which President Trump appeared with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the president responded to whether he would visit Charlottesville, Virginia in the wake of violent protesting by white supremacists by referring to Trump Vineyard Estates. “I own a house in Charlottesville…I own actually one of the largest wineries in the United States. It’s in Charlottesville,” President Trump said. According to The New York Daily News, the winery is actually owned by Eric Trump, executive vice president of the Trump Organization.

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August 13, 2017

President Trump continued his “working vacation” at Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, N.J.

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August 12, 2017

President Trump continued his “working vacation” at Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, N.J. He signed the Veterans Affairs Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 at the club. Seven leaders of veterans groups and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin were also present at the signing.

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August 11, 2017

President Trump held a meeting at Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, N.J. with United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. He held a brief press conference afterward.

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August 10, 2017

Foreign Policy reported that Donald Trump Jr. – an executive vice president of the Trump Organization – received an unofficial memorandum from a now-former White House National Security Council staffer, which he later circulated to President Trump.

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August 10, 2017

The Washington Post reported that the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. profited $1.97 million during the first four months of 2017, after projecting losses of $2.1 million. The Post explained that guests, including President Trump’s Cabinet members, foreign groups, and Republican leaders, are willing to pay high prices to stay or host events at the hotel, driving up profits. Visitors have spent $8.2 million on food and drinks in 2017 thus far, and rooms have averaged $652.98 per night. The documents showing these profits were accidentally posted online by the General Services Administration, and were later removed.

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August 9, 2017

President Trump continued his “working vacation” at Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, N.J. A since-deleted Instagram post showed the president golfing.

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August 9, 2017

According to a member of the White House press corps, an aide stated that Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to play golf at Trump National Golf Club – D.C. in Potomac Falls, Virginia with a group of senators.

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August 9, 2017

A Politico reporter tweeted that the Ivanka Trump brand will open a store in Trump Tower – New York City this fall. Assistant to the President Ivanka Trump still maintains ownership in the brand; her company assets were placed into a $50 million trust.

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August 8, 2017

President Trump continued his “working vacation” at Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, N.J. The president held a meeting at the club to discuss the opioid crisis. Those in attendance included Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Chief of Staff John Kelly, Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway, and Assistant to the President for Intragovernmental and Technology Initiatives Reed Cordish.

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August 8, 2017

The Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform submitted records requests to the heads of 23 federal agencies for information on how much each agency has spent “on products or services provided by businesses owned by or affiliated with the Trump Organization,” to determine how President Trump has used his public position to benefit his private enterprises. A Washington Post article noted that federal agencies do not have to comply with these requests without being subpoenaed – which would require Republican approval – but alleged that Democrats might use an obscure committee rule to force compliance regardless.

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August 7, 2017

On his official White House Twitter account, White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino, Jr. tweeted that he was working with the president and his team at the Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, N.J., which he referred to as “the Summer White House.”

 

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August 7, 2017

The Washington Post reported that sponsors of the 36th Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkey Relations paid Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. more than $30,000 for food, drinks, and a “Banquet Event Service Charge” on May 23, the day a U.S. Treasury Department official spoke at the event.

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August 7, 2017

The Washington Post reported that Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. “keeps a separate ledger to record any payments from foreign governments,” according to the hotel’s director of sales and marketing, in order to honor the president’s promise to donate foreign governments’ payments to his businesses to the U.S. Treasury.

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August 7, 2017

The Washington Post reported that the management of Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. “markets the hotel to Republican and conservative groups that embrace Trump’s politics” according to the Post’s conversations with hotel staff.

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August 6, 2017

President Trump continued his “working vacation” at Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, N.J.

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August 6, 2017

Reuters reported that on June 7, 2017, the Chinese territory of Macau granted four trademark approvals to DTTM Operations LLC, a company linked to President Trump with an address at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The approvals include trademarks for “real estate services, construction and development, hotel property, food and beverage and conference facilities” in Macau’s thriving casino industry, where there currently are no Trump-branded properties.

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August 5, 2017

President Trump denied that he was on vacation as he was staying at Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, N,J., tweeting, “Working in Bedminster, N.J., as long planned construction is being done at the White House. This is not a vacation – meetings and calls!”

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August 5, 2017

President Trump stopped by a wedding at Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, N.J. on the first full day of his 17-day stay at his private club. A discontinued promotional brochure for the club advertised a possible appearance by the president at weddings held at his club. “If he is on-site for your big day, he will likely stop in & congratulate the happy couple,” the brochure said.

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August 5, 2017

White House Senior Adviser Stephen Miller was spotted at Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. with British politician Nigel Farage.

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August 4, 2017

President Trump went to Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, NJ for what White House officials called a 17-day “working vacation” while the White House was being renovated.

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August 3, 2017

Per The Washington Post, the Secret Service has vacated its command center inside Trump Tower – New York City, following a lease dispute with the Trump Organization. Allegedly, the price of the lease, and lease related conditions, were the primary points of contention, which led a Trump Organization spokeswoman to suggest the Secret Service seek space elsewhere. The Secret Service have temporarily relocated to a trailer on the sidewalk outside of the building. The article also highlights the “unusual nature” of “Trump’s government [seeking] to be a customer of Trump’s business,” due to the president’s decision not to relinquish ownership of his businesses.

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August 1, 2017

According to Forbes Magazine, President Trump’s former business partners in the Eastern European country of Georgia are planning to construct a “fake Trump Tower” in the city of Batumi, following a failure to secure a licensing agreement with the Trump Organization in December over the then-incoming president’s concerns over emoluments clause violations. The businessmen plan to call the project “T Tower,” and hope to bring Trump back into the lucrative licensing arrangement following his tenure in office. Trump is also purported to have asked Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, about the project when he visited the White House in May.

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August 1, 2017

Per a report from GOLF.com, President Trump allegedly told members of Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, NJ that he frequently visits the property because “[t]hat White House is a real dump.” The report also highlighted President Trump’s frequent interactions with Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America CEO Pete Bevacqua, speculating that the president uses these encounters to encourage the PGA to bring “important championships” to Trump golf properties. The article further noted that the opening of two Trump golf courses in Indonesia will give the president a vested interest in the country’s affairs. Finally, the article quoted an anonymous employee at Trump International Golf Club – Dubai who commented that investors “don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to align themselves with the Trump brand”…“Now he is President of the United States—nothing has greater status than that.

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July 31, 2017

Omar Navarro, a Republican candidate running for the U.S. House in California, held a fundraiser at the Trump National Golf Club – Los Angeles. Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone, who Mr. Navarro described as his political strategist, also made an appearance at the fundraiser. According to a Facebook post advertising the event, a minimum donation of $100 was required for admission. Donors could get their photo taken with Mr. Navarro and Mr. Stone for a $200 contribution.

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July 31, 2017

The Trump 2020 re-election campaign reportedly sent a fundraising text message on behalf of  Eric Trump, executive vice president of the Trump Organization, urging supporters to contribute before a false, end-of-month FEC filing deadline to “outraise [sic] the Democrats.” The Trump Campaign does not file monthly with the FEC.

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July 30, 2017

President Trump visited the Trump National Golf Club – D.C. in Potomac Falls, Virginia.

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July 29, 2017

President Trump ate dinner at the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. with a number of high-level officials including recently appointed White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly, Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

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July 26, 2017

The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump Tower Mumbai had sent promotional materials noting the condominium tower’s connection to “U.S.-based real estate tycoon, celebrity & POTUS Donald Trump.” The Trump Organization said that the materials had been distributed by a broker without their authorization and would not continue to be used.

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July 26, 2017

Eric Trump, executive vice president of the Trump Organization, signed a Trump-Pence 2020 re-election campaign fundraising email.

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July 25, 2017

Politico Playbook reported that White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci was spotted outside of Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C on the evening of July 24. Scaramucci was later spotted inside of the hotel with Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s informal adviser on cyber security, according to an Instagram post geotagged at the location shortly after midnight on July 25.

Photo posted to Instagram on 07/25/2017 by private user.

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July 25, 2017

White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway were seen at Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C.

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July 25, 2017

Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison Omarosa Manigault hosted a baby shower for Katrina Campins at the White House. Campins, another former contestant on The Apprentice, is now a “luxury real estate specialist” for Trump International Realty. According to the New York Post, she visited the West Wing press room, briefly observed an Oval Office meeting between President Trump and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and posted a ​video of their Rose Garden press briefing on a personal social media account. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also appears in photos.

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July 25, 2017

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal leaked to Politico, President Trump seemed to refer to his Irish property, Trump International Golf Links – Doonbeg, in a discussion about American companies moving overseas due to American tax policy: “…we’re losing companies every single day where they’re leaving because the taxes are too high. When we do this, we’ll have companies – I know companies that have left. They go to Ireland, they go to other – I own a lot of property in Ireland. They go to Ireland because of these incredible tax rates, and other places, right?”

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July 23, 2017

President Trump visited the Trump National Golf Club – D.C. in Potomac Falls, Virginia.

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July 23, 2017

The Portland Press Herald reported that Maine Governor Paul LePage spent thousands of dollars of taxpayer money on several trips to Washington, DC this spring, which included at least one stay at the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. Documents from Maine’s State Police show that the state paid $2,250 for members of Gov. LePage’s security team to stay at the Trump hotel for four nights, which also included meals and valet parking costs. The total amount the state paid for Gov. LePage and the rest of his team is unknown at this time.

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July 22, 2017

President Trump made an unscheduled visit to the Trump National Golf Club – D.C. in Potomac Falls, Virginia, joining White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Senior Advisor Stephen Miller, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Secretary Mnuchin’s wife Louise Linton.

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July 18, 2017

The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. government is paying $130,000 per month to lease a space in Trump Tower, according to lease information obtained through a FOIA request to the General Services Administration. The price is well above market rate for similar properties in Manhattan and is one of the most expensive residential rentals in the city. The Pentagon said that the space is privately owned by an individual who has no connections to the Trump Organization.

 

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July 18, 2017

The Vapor Technology Association held day one of its two-day conference, “Vape & the FDA 2,” at Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. An invitation for the event listed FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb and White House Director of the Domestic Policy Council Andrew Bremberg as “invited” speakers. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chairman of the Senate Department of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, spoke at the event, and so did many industry lobbyists. The trade group “secured a block of rooms at the Trump International Hotel” for the event. On day two of the conference, attendees lobbied on Capitol Hill.

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July 16, 2017

President Trump attended the U.S. Women’s Open at the Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, NJ, his third day in a row at the four-day tournament. This was also his third day in a row tweeting about the event, thanking supporters “who far out-numbered the protesters.” First Lady Melania Trump joined President Trump in the 16th hole skybox towards the end of the tournament.

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July 15, 2017

Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ)’s joint fundraising committee reported paying Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, NJ $15,221 for “venue rental/catering” for a June fundraiser headlined by President Trump.

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July 15, 2017

President Trump once again attended the U.S. Women’s Open at the Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, NJ, tweeting about his appearance before he arrived. President Trump chatted with multiple golfers, including Suzann Pettersen and Lexi Thompson. At the end of the day, he tweeted a picture of himself at the tournament, captioning the image as “2017 U.S. Women’s Open – Bedminster, New Jersey.” President Trump reportedly threatened to sue the U.S. Golf Association when the site of the tournament became controversial with his rising presidential candidacy two years ago.

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July 14, 2017

President Trump arrived at the Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, NJ to attend the U.S. Women’s Open, calling the event “their most important tournament” on Twitter. He watched the competition from the skybox behind the 16th tee on the golf course. President Trump is the first sitting president to attend a U.S. Women’s Open, leading one American golfer to remark that his appearance is “going to draw attention to women’s golf that has maybe never been in our favor before.”

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July 12, 2017

The Washington Post reported that the State Department spent over $15,000 on 19 rooms, totaling 56 nights, at the Trump International Hotel – Vancouver, when President Trump’s family members attended the hotel’s grand opening. The State Department supports the Secret Service in providing protection for the President’s family during international trips. On February 28, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, their spouses, and Tiffany Trump attended the hotel’s ribbon-cutting ceremony and VIP party hosted by developer Joo Kim Tiah. According to the Post, the Trump Organization has a management and licensing deal with the hotel but does not own the property.

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July 11, 2017

The New York Times reported that White House aides helped Donald Trump Jr., executive vice president of the Trump Organization, craft a statement for the Times in response to reports that he met with an attorney with ties to the Russian government during the 2016 presidential campaign. According to the Times, White House aides aboard Air Force One drafted Donald Trump Jr.’s statement before passing it on to President Trump for final approval.

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July 9, 2017

Hussain Sajwani, the Trump Organization’s business partner in Dubai, told Bloomberg that both the Trump Organization and his own development firm have received a boost from the presidency. “Mr. Trump getting elected definitely enhanced the profile of his organization’s brand… Being his partner, we get a benefit,” he said. Bloomberg also noted that Mr. Sajwani refers to himself as “Trump’s Middle Eastern business partner” in press releases.

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July 9, 2017

President Trump visited the Trump National Golf Club – D.C. in Potomac Falls, Virginia.

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July 4, 2017

The Hill reported that President Trump spent “part of his Fourth of July holiday” at Trump National Golf Club – D.C. in Potomac Falls, Virginia. According to The New York Times, this marked the president’s 50th visit to a Trump-owned property since taking the oath of office.

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June 30, 2017

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Administrator Lynne Patton posted a video of a “farewell party” she hosted at Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway, Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison Omarosa Manigault, and Trump’s campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson all attended the event. Patton planned events for the Trump family and worked as vice president of the Eric Trump Foundation until January 2017, when she was appointed Senior Adviser & Director of Public Liaison for HUD; she began her job as Region II Administrator on July 5th.

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June 29, 2017

The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute hosted its 2017 Woman of the Year dinner banquet, honoring White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway, at Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. Conway spoke at the event behind a “Trump Hotels” podium. Deputy National Security Adviser K. T. McFarland was in attendance, and Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka tweeted a picture of the event.

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June 28, 2017

President Trump spoke at a fundraiser for his 2020 re-election campaign at Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. The event reportedly raised $10 million, to be split between President Trump’s campaign, the Republican National Committee, and other Republican groups. GOP fundraisers Mica Mosbacher and Brian Ballard were both in attendance. While the White House had initially decided to open the event to the press corps, it ultimately barred press from attending the event due to “logistical concerns.”

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June 28, 2017

The Washington Post reported that Eric Trump—while attending a golf course opening at Trump Turnberry in Scotland—stated, “I think today we can finally say, we made Turnberry great again!” In their analysis, The Post argued that since the comment is a direct modification of President Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan, it is a “deliberate allusion to the president,” and is consequently “a blending of Trump’s political and business ambitions.”

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June 27, 2017

In an article on Washington DC social life, Politico Magazine reported that Trump administration officials are known to frequent the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. making it a popular locale with lobbyists and other political insiders. An unnamed Republican operative is quoted stating that “[i]t’s just a great place to gather intel,” while another added that “the new lobbyists’ lobby is probably the Trump Hotel.” Commenting on the hotel’s popularity as a dinner venue, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway explained that people “look at [the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C.] as a piece of the president.”

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June 25, 2017

President Trump visited the Trump National Golf Club – D.C. in Potomac Falls, Virginia. According to an NBC tracker, this was his 31st visit to one of his golf properties during his presidency.

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June 24, 2017

A wedding reception celebrating the marriage of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was held at the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. the night before the  ceremony. The wedding, which took place at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, was officiated by Vice President Mike Pence. President Trump attended along with numerous administration members, including White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Assistant to the President Ivanka Trump, Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Many guests were bused to the venue from the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C.

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June 24, 2017

President Trump visited the Trump National Golf Club – D.C. in Potomac Falls, Virginia, the same day a golf tournament took place at the club. While the White House did not speak to whether he golfed, he reportedly had meetings and ate lunch at the property. Viktor Knavs, First Lady Melania Trump’s father, was seen getting into President Trump’s motorcade in golf clothes.

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June 23, 2017

First Lady Melania Trump announced that Timothy Harleth was hired for the position of chief usher. According to Bob Scanlan, White House florist from 1998 -2010, the chief usher is “in many ways the official gatekeeper, and their job is to keep the integrity of the house.” Before his White House appointment, Mr. Harleth was the director of rooms at the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. He is scheduled to begin work at the White House on July 3.

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June 21, 2017

The Associated Press reported that President Trump will host a fundraiser “for larger donors” to his re-election campaign at his Washington, D.C. hotel on June 28th. Per the Washington Examiner, access to the event will cost individuals $35,000, while donations of at least $100,000 will see contributors “designated as members of the fundraising dinner’s host committee.” The event will benefit the Trump campaign as well as the Republican National Committee.

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June 19, 2017

Bloomberg reported that the Lodha Group will resume sales of Trump Tower Mumbai’s luxury condos at the end of June. Lodha Group founder Mangal Lodha is an Indian politician and a member of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), India’s ruling party. President Trump is set to host Indian Prime Minister and BJP leader Narendra Modi next week. While Abhishek Lodha, the current head of the Lodha Group and Mangal Lodha’s son, stated that there is no conflict of interest, the developer suspended sales after President Trump’s election because the company “didn’t want to be seen as taking advantage of the changed political circumstances.”  

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June 14, 2017

The Associated Press reported that China granted President Trump preliminary approval for nine previously rejected trademarks. There have been at least 39 trademark registrations since President Trump took office, bringing his total applications listed in China’s Trademark Office database to 126. Four additional applications have been made under the holding company “DTTM Operations.” Trump Organization chief legal officer Alan Garten said that trademarks registered under Mr. Trump’s name have been transferred to DTTM, noting that the Chinese trademark database is rarely updated and often contains inaccuracies.

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June 14, 2017

Bloomberg reported Franklin Haney, a billionaire businessman and political mega-donor, had bragged about his frequent dinners with President Trump. Mr. Haney is a member of Mar-a-Lago who made a $1 million dollar donation through an LLC to the president’s inaugural committee. In November, he purchased an out-of-service nuclear power plant in Alabama and has lobbied to maintain tax credits that would benefit his company in the future. In private conversations, Mr. Haney told unnamed sources in the energy industry that he has dined with the president at least a dozen times since the election.

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June 12, 2017

Politico reported that Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to the US, was spotted at the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C.

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June 11, 2017

President Trump appeared as a “special guest” at a fundraiser for Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), held at the Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, NJ, where the president spent the weekend. Tickets for the event ranged from $5,400 to $100,000. And couples that raised or donated $25,000 were given the opportunity to pose with the president. The event raised more than $800,000, according to a spokesperson for Rep. MacArthur. Spotted at the golf club on the day of the fundraiser was lobbyist Chase Kroll of Kroll Global.

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June 7, 2017

Politico reported that several Trump administration officials—including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Counselor to the Secretary of the Interior for Energy Policy Vincent DeVito, and White House official Andrew Giuliani—were spotted at the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C.

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June 6, 2017

During a Good Morning America interview, Eric Trump said that he and Donald Trump, Jr. do not talk to President Trump about the activities of the Trump Organization, but acknowledged that they do show their father the profit reports, stating “It doesn’t blur the lines. You’re allowed to show that. And remember, the president of the United States has zero conflicts of interest. Zero.”

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June 5, 2017

Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump announced that the Trump Organization will expand its hotel chain with a patriotically themed mid-market line called “American Idea,” inspired by their campaign travels. When asked whether they were trying to make money from politics, Donald Trump, Jr. said that “[i]t has nothing to do with politics.” Chief Executive of the hotels division, Eric Danziger, also said that “[t]here is no political thought to it.”

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June 4, 2017

President Trump visited the Trump National Golf Club – D.C. in Potomac Falls, Virginia, returning after four hours. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) and retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning were seen at the golf course with the president; President Trump later said Manning was a good golf partner to have.

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June 3, 2017

A New York Times profile on the Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, NJ reported a brochure for the property that advertised: “If he is on-site for your big day, he will likely stop in & congratulate the happy couple. He may take some photos with you but we ask you and your guests to be respectful of his time & privacy.” The club’s spokeswoman said the brochure was “discontinued.”

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June 3, 2017

President Trump visited the Trump National Golf Club – D.C. in Potomac Falls, Virginia.

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May 26, 2017

ABC News reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was investigating an attempted cyberattack against the Trump Organization. As part of the investigation, Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump met bureau cybersecurity officials and representatives of the Central Intelligence Agency in New York City on May 8, the day before President Trump fired FBI director James Comey. Eric Trump would not confirm or deny the meeting to ABC, but he did insist that the Trump Organization was not hacked.

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May 26, 2017

The New York Times reported that President Trump facilitated private White House tours for professional golfers competing in the KitchenAid Senior Championship, which was held at the Trump National Golf Club – D.C. in Potomac Falls, Virginia from May 23 – 28, 2017. Although the President was abroad during the tournament, White House official Andrew Giuliani confirmed that the President requested that his staff  “do something for the club professionals this [sic] week.”

 

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May 25, 2017

According to a report by Belgian newspaper Le Soir, during NATO meetings in Brussels, President Trump remarked that difficulties doing business within the European Union had given him an unfavorable impression of the regional body. Specifically, the president stated that he had waited two and a half years to obtain a license to open a golf course in Ireland. During the meetings, the President also mentioned his golf course in Scotland.

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May 24, 2017

BuzzFeed News reported that Mar-a-Lago Guest Reception Manager Heather Rinkus was working for President Trump’s “advance and logistics team”, in preparation for his G-7 Summit appearance in Taormina, Italy. BuzzFeed News was unable to determine whether it was the Trump Organization or the government that had paid for Rinkus’s work, or whether she had resigned from her position at Mar-a-Lago. Nevertheless, Rinkus had purportedly been granted “an official White House email address and government-issued phone.”

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May 24, 2017

While Eric Trump and his wife Lara were dining at the the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C., Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who lives at the hotel when in Washington, D.C., and his fiancée reportedly stopped by to say to hello to them.

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May 24, 2017

In a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, lawmakers pressed acting General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Tim Horne on the agency’s March 23 decision that ruled President Trump was in compliance with the lease on the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. Representatives Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) asked Administrator Horne about the process leading to GSA’s decision. Horne declined to offer an opinion about the provisions of the lease, but supported GSA’s conclusion. He also stated that he was unaware of any previous GSA action requesting that the Trump Organization divest itself from the lease.

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May 23, 2017

The New York Times reported that China granted President Trump initial approval for a new apparel trademark on May 6th. This brings his total trademarks in China to 116, with 77 registered and 39 now preliminarily approved. While the Times notes that the trademark “can be used in clothing like trousers, underwear and suits,” it is not entirely clear how the Trump Organization plans to use its recently acquired trademarks; China does not require trademark applicants to provide a reason for filing.

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May 23, 2017

A U.S. Treasury Department official — Economist for the Office of Economic Policy Neal Stollemanspoke on a panel about infrastructure financing at the 36th Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkey Relations held at the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C.

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May 22, 2017

Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY), an early ally of President Trump, held a campaign fundraiser at Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. “Women’s Tea with Tenney at Trump” cost $500 per person, more for PACs and hosts, and featured “special guest” Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA).

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May 22, 2017

Two U.S. State Department officials — Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Jonathan R.Cohen and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.spoke at the 36th Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkey Relations held at the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. Cohen spoke on a panel “discussing how the U.S. and Turkey can strengthen and define their mutual interests” while Shannon participated in a luncheon that also included Turkey’s ambassador to the U.S., Serdar Kilic.

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May 21, 2017

The three-day 36th Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkey Relations kicked off at Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. The conference agenda included a session on the Trump administration and speeches from Turkish officials. The chair of one of the event’s hosts was the founder of a firm that paid former National Security Adviser Lt. General Michael Flynn for lobbying services. Among the event’s sponsors were an airline co-owned by the Turkish state, a holding company belonging to a member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, and several top federal contractors, raising questions about foreign emoluments and influence.

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May 21, 2017

CNN reported that billionaire Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, who contributed $7 million to pro-Trump super PACs in 2016, spoke privately in April with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago “about some regulations he considers onerous, including the Department of Labor’s overtime rules.”

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May 19, 2017

The Washington Post reported that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer effusively praised the Trump National Golf Club – D.C. in Potomac Falls, Virginia while speaking to attendees of a Virginia Republican Party fundraiser at the club. “One of the things the media won’t ever tell you is, you look around this place — the quality of the people, the quality of the establishment, the quality of the food, it’s what Trump’s all about,” Spicer said. “It’s all about quality. It’s the same kind of qualities, the same kind of dedication, that he’s brought to the White House.”

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May 19, 2017

CBS News reported that Donald Trump, Jr. may have been paid for his recent commencement address at the American University in Dubai, raising “concerns that the president’s sons’ business dealings – and now paid speeches — could at least present the appearance of a conflict of interest.” Since the private university’s founding was supported by the government of Dubai, which continues to hold a stake in it, “Trump Jr.’s appearance now raises the ethical question of whether a foreign government could be trying to curry favor with the president through his family.”

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May 18, 2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was the guest of honor at a Republican Party of Virginia fundraiser at the Trump National Golf Club – D.C. in Potomac Falls, Virginia. Ahead of the event, David D’Onofrio, a Virginia GOP spokesperson, said Spicer “is proving to be a very significant draw, and people are very interested in coming to the event.”

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May 18, 2017

Eric Trump told The Wall Street Journal he was “actually shocked” to be asked about his brother, Donald Trump, Jr.’s, meeting with the Trump Organization’s Dubai business partner. Two days earlier, the business partner, Hussain Sajwani, posted a picture on Instagram of him and Trump, Jr. having lunch, writing that the two had discussed “new ideas.” Asked if his father’s administration had been discussed by Trump, Jr. and Sajwani, Eric Trump said there was a “complete separation” between the Trump Organization and the White House.

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May 18, 2017

Sales representatives for DAMAC Properties, the Trump Organization’s business partners on multiple projects in the United Arab Emirates, told The Wall Street Journal the company had seen an increase in inquiries since President Trump was elected.

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May 18, 2017

Phil Ruffin, who co-owns the Trump International Hotel – Las Vegas, rejected rumors that he could potentially join the Trump White House in a staff shake up. “You’re kidding! You’re kidding! God, no!” Ruffin told The Wichita Eagle when asked about the rumors. Ruffin, who occasionally talks to President Trump, also praised the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to conduct the investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, adding, “Donald did nothing wrong with the Russians. He didn’t borrow money from the Russians. He doesn’t know Vladimir Putin.”

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May 17, 2017

The Washington Post reported that President Trump’s property, Le Chateau des Palmiers in St. Martin, was on sale for $28 million. Four St. Martin realtors told the Post that “the $28 million price tag far outstrips the amount that sellers are getting for the most exclusive properties on the Caribbean island.” As the Associated Press noted when it first reported the property on the market, the sale is “an enticing new way for a wealthy interest to get the president’s attention.”

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May 17, 2017

The Washington Post reported that Phil Ruffin, who co-owns the Trump International Hotel – Las Vegas, is rumored as a potential replacement for White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus if President Trump were to fire him.

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May 16, 2017

The Republican Governors Association kicked off a two-day “Corporate Policy Summit” at Trump National Doral in Miami, hosting ten Republican governors along with corporate executives to discuss, among other things, “how they hope to work with the new administration.” Events were held in the resort’s “Ivanka” conference rooms.

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May 16, 2017

Hussain Sajwani, a billionaire United Arab Emirates developer and long-time partner of the Trump Organization, posted a picture on Instagram of him and Donald Trump, Jr. while the latter was visiting Dubai, writing that he and Trump, Jr. discussed “new ideas.” In April, Sajwani’s company reported plans for a new “luxury boutique hotel to be operated by the Trump Organization” in a regulatory filing. The filing reflects language used in earlier filings. Before President Trump was sworn in, he promised that the Trump Organization would not make new foreign deals during his tenure in office.

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May 14, 2017

President Trump visited the Trump National Golf Club – D.C. in Potomac Falls, Virginia, where he was “glimpsed wearing a red baseball cap.” The White House told the press pool that “the President has calls, lunch and may hit a few balls while in Virginia.”

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May 13, 2017

The Washington Post reported that the “star power of the presidency” has been a windfall for charities holding events at Mar-a-Lago, which have seen an increase in ticket sales, and for the Trump Organization, which charges by the number of guests. “Now that you have all this security, it just creates [this sense of], ‘You’re special by being there,’ ” said the executive director of one nonprofit that held a January event at the club. The Post found more than 45 instances of groups renting the venue since the election.

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May 11, 2017

An international summit on religion at which Vice President Mike Pence spoke held a meal and event at Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C., though Vice President Pence’s speech was held at a different venue. The religious groups that organized the event paid for VIPs to stay at President Trump’s hotel.

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May 10, 2017

The New York Times reported that President Trump formed a “tentative plan” to fire FBI Director James Comey “as he angrily watched the Sunday news shows at his Bedminster, N.J., golf resort” on May 7. The next day, the president informed his close advisers he wanted Director Comey fired. President Trump fired Director Comey on May 9.

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May 10, 2017

In a statement released after going hunting and fishing with Donald Trump, Jr., West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice appeared to tie meeting with the president’s son to future work with the Trump White House. “We talked about the enormous potential of West Virginia and how we have opportunities to create jobs,” Gov. Justice said of his time with Trump, Jr. “The Trumps care deeply about our people and I look forward to working with the White House to get federal resources here to help our state in a number of different areas.”

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May 9, 2017

In a story about who has interacted with President Trump since he took office, Politico noted “he often holds court with Mar-a-Lago members during his trips to the club in Palm Beach, Florida.”

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May 9, 2017

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, an adviser to the Trump administration on cybersecurity issues whose son works in the White House Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs, was spotted at the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. Giuliani told reporters he may visit the White House the next day in his role as “chairman of the committee to look at cyber security in the private sector.” “I’m gonna talk to several people in the White House about what I found,” Giuliani said, adding that he would not reveal whether he would meet with President Trump.

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May 9, 2017

The Associated Press reported that the Trump Organization is selling Le Chateau des Palmiers, a complex on French St. Martin, noting that the potential sale is “an enticing new way for a wealthy interest to get the president’s attention.”

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May 8, 2017

The Los Angeles Times estimated that the presidential family’s safety and travel detail has cost at least $30 million for President Trump’s first hundred days, over twice the Obama family’s average safety detail costs for a year of his presidency.

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May 8, 2017

In an interview with TIME, President Trump spoke glowingly of Mar-a-Lago as a setting for his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. “And I told you we had tremendous dialogue at Mar-a-Lago,” President Trump said. “And Mar-a-Lago is a great place for the dialogue because there’s a warmth to Mar-a-Lago that you just don’t find anywhere else. You can sit down in a chair and just talk for hours. Where in some places you don’t have that.”

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May 6, 2017

A The New York Times story investigated how President Trump’s new position has changed local government’s interactions with his domestic businesses. One Trump Organization consultant noted the increased ease in approving construction plans is “surreal.” Mar-a-Lago, the source of numerous noise complaints and local litigation, has had multiple requests approved by Palm Beach County since President Trump’s election. A Democrat on the county board said he has been cautioned by community members that “[i]f you push too hard, there might be some consequences.”

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May 6, 2017

While the White House did not comment on whether President Trump was golfing at the Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, NJ, an Instagram post showed the president on the greens of his golf club. That afternoon, President Trump tweeted that he was staying in Bedminster because New York City “is much more expensive and disruptive. Meetings!”

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May 5, 2017

President Trump tweeted that he would be “working out my home in Bedminster, N.J.,” referring to the Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, NJ. The golf club’s initiation fee has been described as ranging from $75,000 to $350,000.

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May 5, 2017

The Financial Times reported that President Trump’s business partner in the United Arab Emirates, Damac Properties founder and chairman Hussain Sajwani, believes President Trump’s election has been positive for his ties to the Trump Organization. “Since the election of President Trump, the brand name has got better publicity and become stronger,” Sajwani said.

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May 5, 2017

CNN reported that @GenderAtState, an official State Department Twitter account, retweeted a tweet from Assistant to the President Ivanka Trump’s personal Twitter account promoting her new book, “Women Who Work.” While Ms. Trump avoided a publicity tour for the book, citing the appearance of an ethical conflict, her lawyer said the Office of Government Ethics had approved Ms. Trump’s use of personal social media accounts to talk about the book. The retweet was soon deleted from the State Department account. CNN reached out to the State Department, but they did not comment.

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May 5, 2017

During a press briefing, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about President Trump’s tweet saying he was saving taxpayers money by visiting his property in Bedminster, New Jersey, instead of staying at Trump Tower in New York City. “Would he not save more money by simply working out of the White House?” The Washington Post’s Abby D. Phillip asked. “He’s trying to save the taxpayers money the best way he can,” Ms. Huckabee Sanders responded.

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May 5, 2017

Politico reported that the value of President Trump’s businesses has jumped 30 percent since the election, citing research from Brand Keys, a New York-based research company. The properties become more valuable each time the president visits, according to the firm. “The added value every time he shows up at one of these locations is adding to the brand’s power and the brand’s equity,” Brand Keys President Robert Passikoff told Politico.

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May 5, 2017

Politico reported that President Trump and his senior aides joke that Mar-a-Lago and Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, NJ, have been “symbolically transformed” into the “winter” and “summer” White Houses. Mar-a-Lago members are expecting President Trump to return to his South Florida club next weekend for a Mother’s Day brunch marking the end of the season.

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May 5, 2017

Reuters reported that the U.S. Defense Department was in the process of finalizing a lease in Trump Tower in New York City. The White House Military Office, which is responsible for carrying the “nuclear football” of top-secret launch codes, plans to use the privately-owned apartment to support President Trump.

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May 4, 2017

The New York Times published an op-ed by Mar-a-Lago member and friend to President Trump, Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy, defending the president’s “bluster” as effective.

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May 4, 2017

President Trump arrived at the Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, NJ, marking the 33rd day in his presidency that President Trump had visited a Trump-branded property.

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May 4, 2017

The conservative group Judicial Watch released documents showing that the costs associated with using Air Force One for two of President Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago in early February and March were more than $1.2 million. The Associated Press noted the costs do not include “expenses for Secret Service protection or support vehicles provided by the Department of Defense, which must be airlifted into place.”

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May 4, 2017

In an interview with The Economist, President Trump referred to three of his properties, Mar-a-Lago, Trump Turnberry in Scotland, and Trump International Golf Links and Hotel – Doonbeg, Ireland, which he called “great property.” “I own Turnberry in Scotland,” President Trump told the interviewer, using the resort to make a point about taxes.

 

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May 3, 2017

A Bloomberg report noted multiple administration officials and congressmen at the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. over a 49-hour period, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “If you go to a bar on Capitol Hill, you go to a restaurant downtown, it’s somebody else’s place,” former Trump campaign staffer Michael Caputo explained. “This is Trump Land. It’s not even a neutral zone. It’s not even like no man’s land. This is Trump Land. People from the campaign, people from the administration, feel comfortable coming here.”

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May 2, 2017

The Washington Post reported that until the week of May 1, the website for Trump Tower at Century City in the Philippines still included video testimonials from both President Trump and Assistant to the President Ivanka Trump, and also promoted Ms. Trump’s jewelry line. The Trump Organization commented that it had instructed its business associates to remove references to Ivanka Trump and President Trump’s office from promotional materials, while a source told the Post Ms. Trump was not aware that she was still featured on the site. Sections of the site featuring President Trump and Ms. Trump became inaccessible after the Post inquired about them.

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May 1, 2017

During a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked about President Trump and Assistant to the President Ivanka Trump’s open patents in the Philippines in light of President Trump’s controversial White House invitation to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Mr. Spicer replied that he thought “the President and Ivanka have done everything in compliance,” then referred the reporter to the Trump Organization. The Trump Organization did not reply to a request for comment on the topic from the New York Daily News following the press briefing.

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April 30, 2017

President Trump went to the Trump National Golf Club – D.C. in Potomac Falls, Virginia, staying for four and a half hours. White House aides refused to comment on whether he played golf.

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April 30, 2017

In an interview with The Washington Examiner, President Trump referred to Mar-a-Lago as a “dealmakers paradise.”

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April 29, 2017

During a phone conversation with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, President Trump invited President Duterte, who has been accused of numerous human rights violations, to visit the White House. As The New York Times noted, President Trump has a business interest in the Philippines: “His name is stamped on a $150 million, 57-floor tower in Manila, a licensing deal that netted his company millions of dollars.” Additionally, President Trump’s business partner in the Philippines was appointed special government envoy to the United States by President Duterte shortly before President Trump’s election.

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April 29, 2017

Fox News published an op-ed by Donald Trump, Jr. praising President Trump’s first hundred days. “This is the good news story of my father’s administration that the mainstream news media won’t report because they don’t understand it,” the younger Trump wrote. He also wrote of President Trump’s agenda moving forward, writing, “The next four years — like the last one hundred days — are going to be about keeping promises to the American people.”

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April 28, 2017

Donald Trump, Jr. attended President Trump’s speech at the the National Rifle Association (NRA)’s 2017 annual meeting and was interviewed by NRATV at the event before the speech. Mr. Trump, Jr., who was supposed to be a “conduit” between President Trump’s Second Amendment coalition from the campaign and the Trump administration, said he was planning to “go see all [his] industry buddies” after his father left. He also noted that the NRA’s support for President Trump in the election “maybe had to do with my relationship with [Executive Director of the NRA’s lobbying arm] Chris [Cox].”

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April 28, 2017

In a Fox News interview, President Trump described Trump Tower as having a “great location, right smack in the middle of everything,” adding he prefers to go to other Trump properties instead because of the security costs. “I have a lot of property,” he said. “So if I go to one of my clubs like in New Jersey, they’ll say, ‘Oh, he’s going to play golf,’ I’m not going to play golf, I couldn’t care less about golf.” Saying it was cheaper to visit his golf club, President Trump added, “I like to do that as much as possible.”

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April 27, 2017

The National Funeral Directors Association, which employs lobbyists, hosted a fundraiser for its political action committee at the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C.. According to The Washington Post, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an informal Trump administration adviser, gave a keynote address and the event’s invitation promoted the hotel as a place where “history meets luxury.”

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April 26, 2017

After Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said President Trump “has no intention” of releasing his tax returns, The Associated Press reported that Phil Ruffin, co-owner of Trump International Hotel – Las Vegas, told the president to not release his taxes. “I advised him not to,” Mr. Ruffin said. “It’s a waste of time, and he’ll spend years explaining them and never get to accomplishing any of his goals.”

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April 26, 2017

President Trump unveiled a tax reform proposal that featured deep cuts for pass-through businesses like those under the umbrella of the Trump Organization. According to the The Washington Post, “President Trump’s massive tax-cut proposal would slash taxes on hundreds of businesses he and his family own,” saving President Trump “tens of millions of dollars” in income earned from those businesses in a single year.

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April 26, 2017

The Associated Press reported that as the Trump administration “nears its 100-day mark, Trump has established a White House operation with such an unusual commingling of blood, business and government that it has surprised even his own family.” Historian Julian Zelizer told the AP that the separation between the Trump administration and the Trump business is “totally artificial.”

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April 25, 2017

At an event in Berlin, Germany, Assistant to the President Ivanka Trump was asked who she was representing, “your father as President of the United States, the American people, or your business?” “Certainly not the latter,” Ms. Trump replied.

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April 25, 2017

CNN reported that the Trump administration’s intention to defund the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program could help the Trump Organization’s bottom line. Properties owned by President Trump have tended to receive low Energy Star scores, possibly lowering their values.

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April 25, 2017

State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner told reporters that the blog post promoting Mar-a-Lago that was posted on the ShareAmerica website was “researched and written by staff members of the International Information Programs bureau” and that it “was not reviewed at the time it was sent out” by anyone outside of that office. He said it was “meant to provide historical information and context relevant to the conduct of U.S. diplomacy and was not intended to endorse or promote any private enterprise.”

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April 24, 2017

Bloomberg reported that the Lodha Group, President Trump’s business partner at Trump Tower Mumbai in India, planned to resume marketing apartments in the building following a hiatus in the wake of President Trump’s election. “We made a conscious decision to not sell in the immediate aftermath of his win because we didn’t want to be seen as taking advantage of the changed political circumstances,” Abhishek Lodha, the managing director of the company, said. He also said he hadn’t communicated with President Trump.

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April 24, 2017

The State Department removed a blog post from its ShareAmerica website that had promoted President Trump’s private club, Mar-a-Lago, as the “winter White House.” “The intention of the article was to inform the public about where the president has been hosting world leaders,” read a statement that replaced the post. “We regret any misperception and have removed the post.”

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April 23, 2017

The Washington Post reported that with President Trump’s April 22nd visit to Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C., the president had visited a Trump-branded property twelve weekends in a row.

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April 23, 2017

Eric Trump told The Associated Press he would limit updating President Trump on the business to sharing “a pure number, one number on a piece of paper” quarterly. “That doesn’t talk about any business sectors, that doesn’t talk about any assets, that doesn’t talk about anything specific in the business,” Trump said. “That’s more than permissible.” Donald Trump, Jr. also suggested the Trump Organization may factor political support for President Trump during the campaign into where it builds hotels, saying It’s “naturally easier if you’re going into a place that’s not adversarial to you.”

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April 23, 2017

On “Meet The Press,” White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said the American public shouldn’t know who the paying members are at Mar-a-Lago or the Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, NJ, even though the members have access to the president. “No. This is a private business,” Mr. Priebus said. “It’s a private organization. It’s a private club. I don’t think that has anything to do with it.”

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April 22, 2017

President Trump dined at Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. with First Lady Melania Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Assistant to the President Ivanka Trump.

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April 21, 2017

The Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sent a letter to Morgan Lewis partner Sheri Dillon, who is working with President Trump on resolving conflicts related to the Trump Organization, asking for details about the Trump Organization’s plan to donate profits from foreign governments to the U.S. Treasury.

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April 20, 2017

Business Insider culled together Instagram posts tagged at Mar-a-Lago that make public details of the president’s days that would otherwise be unknown, even by his press pool.

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April 20, 2017

USA Today reported that President Trump’s companies own $250 million of residential real estate in the United States, more than 400 individual units. Companies owned by the President have sold $23 million of real estate since the election, many to anonymous buyers, raising questions about whether anyone is seeking to court favor from President Trump by purchasing his properties.

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April 20, 2017

Assistant to the President Ivanka Trump announced that in order to avoid potential ethical conflicts, she would not be promoting her forthcoming book, Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules of Success. Ms. Trump said that the unpaid portion of her advance and all future royalties from the book would be donated to charitable organizations. Ms. Trump’s Facebook post announcing the decision included a picture of the book’s cover.

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April 19, 2017

At a press briefing White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked about President Trump’s meeting with former Colombian Presidents Alvaro Uribe and Andres Pastrana at Mar-a-Lago, which the reporter noted may have been set up by Senator Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) office. Mr. Spicer said he was “unaware of the circumstances of that.” Senator Marco Rubio later denied setting up the meeting.

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April 19, 2017

Politico reported that when Mar-a-Lago closes for the season, President Trump is expected to begin spending some weekends at Trump National Golf Club – Bedminster, NJ. New Jersey residents were apprehensive about the future visits, citing traffic and the cost of additional law enforcement as concerns.

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April 18, 2017

Forbes reported that possible Emoluments Clause violations by the Trump administration was the “main concern” that led the Trump Organization to pull out of a licensing deal in Georgia shortly after the election, quoting the Trump Organization’s Georgian business partners.

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April 18, 2017

In interviews with The Wall Street Journal, Eric Trump attributed the post-election doubling of Mar-a-Lago’s fees to market forces. He also claimed to have limited business talk with with his father to “chitchat,” which he suggested could include the state of the greens on the president’s golf course in Scotland. Noting he could provide his father with quarterly reports on the company’s finances, Mr. Trump claimed the president would “probably never ask” for them.

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April 16, 2017

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attended an Easter brunch and egg hunt at Mar-a-Lago. Eric Trump and Donald Trump, Jr. were in attendance with their families. President Trump flew back to Washington, D.C. that evening. First Lady Melania Trump, Barron, Donald Trump, Jr., his wife Vanessa Trump and their two children, Tiffany Trump and her partner, Eric Trump, his wife Lara Trump, and Melania Trump’s parents were also on the Air Force One flight to Joint Base Andrews.

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April 15, 2017

President Trump went to the Trump International Golf Club – West Palm Beach. He stayed at the club for about four and a half hours. On the way back to Mar-a-Lago, the motorcade took a longer route, which appeared to be an attempt to avoid a march calling for President Trump to release his tax returns.

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April 14, 2017

President Trump went to the Trump International Golf Club – West Palm Beach. He stayed at the club for about four hours. While the press pool was not informed of his activities, a source told The Wall Street Journal reporter Peter Nicholas that President Trump was playing golf.

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April 14, 2017

The Palm Beach Post reported that the president’s connection to Mar-a-Lago has caused a boost in ticket sales for charity events held at the club. “People will pay huge amounts of money to have access to the president. If you can donate to a charity and have access, that’s a win in my book,” one donor said.

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April 14, 2017

CBS News reviewed purchasing orders and reported that the costs for Secret Service agents’ hotel rooms and car rentals to protect Eric Trump and Donald Trump, Jr. on international trips had exceeded $190,000 since January 1, 2017.

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April 14, 2017

According to Colombian media reports, former Colombian Presidents Alvaro Uribe and Andres Pastrana met with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago. The meeting, which was not formally scheduled, sparked controversy as the two former presidents are at odds with current Colombian President Manuel Santos over a peace accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The White House later said the two former presidents were at Mar-a-Lago “with a member from the club and briefly said hello when the president walked past them.”

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April 13, 2017

President Trump traveled to Mar-a-Lago, where he was joined by First Lady Melania Trump.

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April 11, 2017

The New York Times reported that the Trump Organization had “157 trademark applications pending in 36 countries.” Two trademark applications in Peru moved through an important step in the approval process after the election, one after a six-month wait. Peruvian officials said that President Trump’s trademark applications were treated like anyone else’s.

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April 10, 2017

In an interview, Eric Trump suggested President Trump might visit Trump Turnberry in Scotland if the opportunity presented itself: “Hey, if he is over in this part of the world, would he I’m sure [sic] love to come over and play a round of golf. Absolutely, no question about it. This is a property he loves.” He also described his position overseeing the Trump Organization as nepotism: “Is that nepotism? Absolutely. Is that also a beautiful thing? Absolutely. Family business is a beautiful thing. The same applies for Ivanka. Ivanka is by his side in Washington.”

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April 10, 2017

The Trump Organization announced it had settled with Geoffrey Zakarian, a second celebrity chef who backed out of plans to open a restaurant in Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. after then-candidate Trump made controversial comments about Mexican immigrants. Like the Trump Organization’s settlement with Jose Andrés, the terms were undisclosed.

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April 10, 2017

In an interview with The Associated Press, Donald Trump, Jr. said he had “spoken to his father more frequently in recent weeks, [but that] the two men do not discuss the details of the family business or the policies of the West Wing.”

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April 9, 2017

The New York Times reported that Deputy National Security Adviser K. T. McFarland called attention to her Ivanka Trump shoes while addressing staff at a National Security Council meeting.

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April 9, 2017

President Trump went to the Trump International Golf Course – West Palm Beach, staying about five hours. Pictures were taken of him playing golf at the course.

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April 9, 2017

President Trump left Mar-a-Lago, arriving at Washington, D.C. that evening. He flew on Air Force One  with Senior Advisor Stephen Miller, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Joe Hagin, and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster in attendance.

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April 8, 2017

President Trump had a “friendly chat” at Mar-a-Lago with billionaires David and Bill Koch, who were dining at Mar-a-Lago with Newsmax CEO and long-time Trump confidante Chris Ruddy. Bill Koch is a member of Mar-a-Lago.

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April 8, 2017

According to Politico, President Trump reportedly dined with First Lady Melania Trump and Steve and Christine Schwarzman at Mar-a-Lago. Mr. Schwarzman, the co-founder of Blackstone Group, is one of President Trump’s advisors and the chairman of President Trump’s President’s Strategic and Policy Forum.

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April 8, 2017

A private Trump-branded helicopter landed at Mar-a-Lago. It was the first helicopter to use the helipad constructed in order for Marine One to fly President Trump to the property, which would decrease traffic from the president’s Mar-a-Lago visits. President Trump was not in the helicopter.

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April 8, 2017

Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison Omarosa Manigault was married at the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C.  While Ms. Manigault originally planned to get married at her pastor-fiancé’s church in Jacksonville, Florida, the wedding was delayed and moved due to safety concerns. A source told the Daily Mail that Ms. Manigault “invited President Trump and other senior level White House executives in an effort to make sure the Secret Service and extra security [would] be there.”

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April 7, 2017

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping continued their visit, speaking briefly in front of the press at an expanded bilateral meeting at Mar-a-Lago. Cabinet members and White House staff at the meeting with President Xi included United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, among others.

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April 7, 2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted a picture of President Trump, surrounded by staff, receiving a Syrian missile strike briefing in a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) at Mar-a-Lago.

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April 7, 2017

The Trump Organization announced the settlement of a legal dispute with D.C. chef José Andrés for undisclosed terms. Mr. Andrés, who was originally going to open a $7 million restaurant in Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C.,  had pulled out of the lease with the hotel due to then-candidate Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric about Mexican immigrants. Mr. Trump then sued Mr. Andrés for $10 million; Mr. Andrés countersued for $8 million.

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April 6, 2017

President Trump arrived at Mar-a-Lago; Assistant to the President Ivanka Trump was also present.

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April 6, 2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted about the final preparations for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit, attaching a picture of Mar-a-Lago.  

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April 6, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, arrived at Mar-a-Lago. They were greeted by President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, which President Trump tweeted from his official @POTUS account

 

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April 6, 2017

The press pool was escorted into Mar-a-Lago to see the dining setup for the state dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping. White House aides, including White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, and Assistant to the President Ivanka Trump, were seen at Mar-a-Lago. The press pool was also informed that Defense Secretary Mattis and Secretary of State Tillerson were present at the for-profit property.

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April 6, 2017

At Mar-a-Lago, President Trump announced he had ordered “a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria” where a chemical weapons attack had been launched.

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April 6, 2017

During dinner at Mar-a-Lago, Assistant to the President Ivanka Trump and Senior Advisor Jared Kushner sat next to Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan. China preliminarily approved three trademarks for Ivanka Trump’s company on the very same day, according to The Associated Press.

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April 5, 2017

The website for the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in the United Kingdom reposted the State Department’s ShareAmerica blog post promoting Mar-a-Lago as the “winter White House.” The Facebook pages of U.S. Embassy-Tirana and the State Department’s Economic & Business Affairs office also posted links to the ShareAmerica blog post about Mar-a-Lago.

 

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April 5, 2017

The Wall Street Journal reported on the atmosphere at President Trump’s golf clubs, quoting a former Palm Beach County Republican Party chairman, Sid Dinerstein, saying, the Trump International Golf Club – West Palm Beach “has the ultimate perkthe president is going to show up.” Mr. Dinerstein recalled a recent buffet at the club that was attended by the president and was “overflowing” with paying guests trying to see him. The Journal also quoted an expert on Palm Beach real estate saying the doubling of Mar-a-Lago’s joining fee was “completely contrarian to the rest of the country clubs market.”

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April 4, 2017

Trump Organization chief legal officer Alan Garten confirmed that President Trump can withdraw money from the businesses in his trust without disclosing the transaction. Mr. Garten also explained that this has been in effect since President Trump took office. ProPublica noted the language clarifying President Trump’s ability to withdraw money was not in a January 26, 2017 summary of the trust, but did appear in a February 10, 2017 version of the summary.

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April 4, 2017

ShareAmerica, a platform run by the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs, published a blog post titled, “Mar-a-Lago: The winter White House.” The post previewed President Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago and noted that the private club had “become well known as the president frequently travels there to work or host foreign leaders.”

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April 3, 2017

During a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked about calls from New York and Florida for federal funds to pay for Trump Tower and Mar-a-Lago’s security. Mr. Spicer defended the spending, saying the Secret Service determines “a security aspect” when the president and his family travels. Mr. Spicer said it was ironic that President Trump had “just donated a significant amount of money of his salary back to the federal government.” “At what point does he do enough?” Mr. Spicer asked, adding, “I think he’s stepped down from his business. He’s walked away from a lot.”

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April 3, 2017

ProPublica discovered that, according to the terms of the trust President Trump placed his business holdings in to avoid conflicts of interest, he can withdraw money from the businesses without disclosing the transaction. Asked about the ProPublica report, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer dismissed the news organization as a “left-wing blog.” He also defended the trust set up, saying, “the idea that the president is withdrawing money at some point is exactly the purpose of what the trustwhy a trust is set up regardless of an individual.”

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April 2, 2017

President Trump went to the Trump National Golf Club – D.C. in Potomac Falls, Virginia, where he played golf with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney. According to White House Deputy Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, the three discussed “a variety of topics, including healthcare.” Senator Paul later tweeted about the trip to President Trump’s golf course.

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March 30, 2017

Phil Ruffin, co-owner of Trump International Hotel – Las Vegas, visited President Trump in Washington, D.C. on what Mr. Ruffin said was “purely a social call.” He stayed at the White House.

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March 30, 2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that President Trump would be hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago on April 6th and 7th.

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March 30, 2017

During a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked whether President Trump and Eric Trump had spoken since the president assumed office and whether Eric Trump’s plan to update his father on the success of the business violated the president’s ethics plan. Mr. Spicer responded, “I don’t know if they’ve spoken… I think everything that is being done in terms of reports or updates is being done in a consultation with the Counsel’s Office.” Mr. Spicer was also asked how the White House had settled on Mar-a-Lago as the location to host Chinese President Xi Jinping in the upcoming April summit. He responded, “I would just suggest to you that both sides discussed various locations and topics and agendas and length, et cetera, and aspects to the trip. And this is what we’ve arrived at.”

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March 29, 2017

Ivanka Trump officially joined the Trump White House as a government employee. The New York Times noted her role as an unpaid adviser would be similar to that of her husband, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner.

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March 29, 2017

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and almost White House Communications Director Jason Miller were spotted at the bar of the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. They were seen with Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and former Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA).

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March 29, 2017

USA Today reported that John Boch, the co-chairman of President Trump’s inactive Second Amendment coalition from the campaign, was led to believe Donald Trump, Jr. would serve as a “conduit” between the coalition and the Trump administration. “As it was explained to me, this whole thing is about providing policy and legislative recommendations for the new administration through Donald Trump, Jr.,” he said.

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March 27, 2017

Lantana, Florida Police Chief Sean Scheller broke the news of the dates of the first summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Trump, informing the Lantana Town Council that President Xi would be in town April 6th and 7th. Police Chief Scheller, who reportedly would be responsible for some of the police security work during the summit, explained that while Presidents Xi and Trump would be meeting at Mar-a-Lago, President Xi would be staying at Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa.

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March 26, 2017

Politico reported that President Trump’s longtime friends and associates were reaching him through Rhona Graff, President Trump’s assistant at Trump Tower and senior vice president at the Trump Organization. Ms. Graff played an important role in coordinating President Trump’s travel and personal schedule as a candidate and trained his White House personal assistant. Two associates said they were advised by President Trump to go to Ms. Graff instead of the White House.

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March 26, 2017

President Trump went to the Trump National Golf Club – Washington, D.C. in Potomac Falls, Virginia. He had three meetings at the property, leaving less than an hour after his arrival.

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March 25, 2017

President Trump went to the Trump National Golf Club – Washington, D.C. in Potomac Falls, Virginia for four hours. His press pool was told that President Trump was planning to take meetings in the clubhouse. He later went to the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. for dinner, where he was joined by daughter Ivanka Trump and Senior Adviser Jared Kushner.

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March 24, 2017

Forbes reported that Eric Trump said he talks to his father “a lot.” “We’re pretty inseparable,” the younger Trump said, though he insisted that he and his father do not talk business or government affairs. “There is kind of a clear separation of church and state that we maintain, and I am deadly serious about that exercise…I do not talk about the government with him, and he does not talk about the business with us.” Trump noted he would provide updates to his father “on the bottom line, profitability reports and stuff like that” on likely a quarterly basis.

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March 24, 2017

The Republican Party of Palm Beach County held its annual Lincoln Day Dinner at Mar-a-Lago, as it has for the last four years. While President Trump was in Washington, D.C., First Lady Melania Trump made a brief appearance. It was called “the most overtly political shindig at Mar-a-Lago since its host moved into the White House.”

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March 24, 2017

The Government Accountability Office, in reply to Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) request to review “security, site-related travel expenses, and other matters related to the President’s stays outside the White House at Mar-a-Lago,” agreed to investigate how classified information is protected when President Trump is travelling, if and how the Secret Service uses security screening measures at Mar-a-Lago, travel-related expenses, and if the U.S. Treasury has received payments from the President’s hotels.

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March 23, 2017

The General Services Administration released a letter saying it had determined that the Trump Old Post Office LLC is in compliance with its lease for the Old Post Office Building, allowing President Trump to retain a financial interest in the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C.

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March 23, 2017

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke addressed the board of directors of the American Petroleum Institute, a trade association for the oil and gas industry, at a meeting held at the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. A spokesperson for the Interior Department told CNN that Secretary Zinke spoke for ten minutes before taking questions from attendees.

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March 22, 2017

The Washington Post reported on documents showing that the U.S. Secret Service had requested an additional $60 million in funding, reflecting the increased costs of protecting President Trump’s family. The Post noted, “[s]ome of the public funding could potentially become revenue for Trump’s private company, the Trump Organization, which owns the Trump Tower that agents must now protect.”

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March 22, 2017

The New York Times published an interview with Trump Hotels chief executive officer Eric Danziger. Mr. Danziger, who spoke with the Times a week before the article’s publication, said it was “really hard” to say how much the Trump presidency had affected the interest of the Trump company’s potential partners. “No one is calling us and saying, ‘Hey, because Donald Trump is president, I want to do a hotel with you,’ or ‘Because Donald Trump is president, I don’t know why you’re calling me,’” he said, adding that he believed the company is successful on its own merits.

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March 22, 2017

Forbes reported that billionaire Phil Ruffin, who co-owns the Trump International Hotel – Las Vegas, didn’t “know anything” about sending profits made by President Trump’s hotels from foreign governments to the U.S. Treasury. “They’re not going to do that,” Mr. Ruffin said. Asked later, Eric Trump contradicted Mr. Ruffin: “At the end of the year, that money will go to the Treasury.” On the same day, KSNV in Las Vegas reported Mr. Ruffin regularly communicated with President Trump, even offering him political advice. “I give him my opinion,” Mr. Ruffin said. “Whether he takes it or not, that’s another issue.”

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March 22, 2017

The opening cocktail reception for the 2017 Distressed Investing Summit was held at Mar-a-Lago, which was touted in the summit’s promotional materials as “the new Winter White House.” The summit was organized by The M&A Advisor, a financial company.

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March 22, 2017

The 2017 Retail Banking Conference met at the Trump National Doral – Miami, which was also the only authorized hotel for the attendees. One of the keynote panels was entitled “Trump and Banking – Predictions & Promises.” The panel included Consumer Bankers Association President and CEO Richard Hunt, who is registered as a federal lobbyist for his organization.

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March 22, 2017

According to an official schedule obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt attended the “American Petroleum Institute’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors Dinner” held at the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. The topic of the dinner, as it appeared on Administrator Pruitt’s schedule was, “Environment, regulations and energy policy as well as the administration’s plans on US oil and natural gas development.”

 

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March 21, 2017

The Huffington Post reported that two advocacy groups, the Metals Service Center Institute and the American Land Title Association would host events at Trump National Doral in May 2016 and October 2017, respectively.

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March 20, 2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked if President Trump was going to curb Mar-a-Lago trips in light of concerns about cutting the budget, replying, “the President isvery clearly that he’s worked seven days a week. This is where he goes to see his family. He brings people down there. This is part of being President.”

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March 20, 2017

Eric Trump talked to Forbes about how his father’s presidency has affected Trump business. “From a business standpoint, is the presidency beneficial?” Mr. Trump asked. “You have to look at it both ways. If you’re talking about existing assets, they’re doing amazing. If you’re talking about as a whole, we’ve made sacrifices in order to allow himand he’s made sacrifices in order to allow himto take the biggest office in the world.” Forbes reported President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property was valued at approximately $175 million, a 15 percent increase from six months prior and a $25 million increase since the election.

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March 20, 2017

Politico reported that Ivanka Trump had received a White House office and was in the process of receiving a security clearance and government-issued communications devices. As Politico noted, “In everything but name, Trump is settling in as what appears to be a full-time staffer in her father’s administration, with a broad and growing portfolio — except she is not being sworn in, will hold no official position and is not pocketing a salary.”

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March 20, 2017

The New York Times reported the trust in which Ivanka Trump placed the assets from her business continued to give her a large amount of control over the brand. Ms. Trump had appointed a day-to-day manager of the Ivanka Trump brand and moved the assets of the brand to a trust to be overseen by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law. According to the terms of the trust, in cases of potential conflicts of interest Ms. Trump could either recuse herself from relevant White House business or veto potential business deals for her brand. She will receive regular updates on the company’s finances.

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March 20, 2017

The Trump Old Post Office LLC provided the General Services Administration with a follow-up submission related to the lease for the Old Post Office Building.

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March 19, 2017

President Trump visited Trump International Golf Club – West Palm Beach. The press pool was told that President Trump planned to have “meetings and phone calls” and that he may golf, but that this was not confirmed. The president’s motorcade went back to Mar-a-Lago after about four hours at the golf club.

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March 19, 2017

While at Mar-a-Lago, President Trump spoke with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on the phone.

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March 19, 2017

The president’s motorcade departed Mar-a-Lago for the airport. The motorcade stopped at a crowd of supporters, where President Trump opened the door and waved to the crowd. One of the supporters said he shook several hands.

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March 19, 2017

Eric Trump told Fox News in an interview that he still talks to his father “a decent amount,” but claimed they “keep perfect separation of church and state” regarding the family business.

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March 18, 2017

President Trump went to the Trump International Golf Course – West Palm Beach. His press pool was told that President Trump took meetings and phone calls at the golf course, but not whether the president planned to play golf. Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy, a Mar-a-Lago member, tweeted a picture of President Trump at the course with Peter Flaherty, deputy campaign manager to former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and co-founder of public affairs consulting firm The Shawmut Group, and Max Kramer, a former MasterChef contestant. President Trump was pictured wearing a golf glove, provoking speculation that the president had indeed played.

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March 18, 2017

On the way back to Mar-a-Lago from Trump International Golf Course – West Palm Beach, the president’s motorcade passed supporters on the side of the road, who were holding signs in support of President Trump. The supporters were later invited back to Mar-a-Lago, where President Trump thanked them and took photos.

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March 18, 2017

Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC) spent three hours at Mar-a-Lago. They met with President Trump’s staff to discuss the Republican healthcare overhaul bill. A White House official confirmed the visit, but said that Sen. Cruz did not meet with President Trump. He instead met with White House staff, including White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.

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March 18, 2017

President Trump met with Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter, who also serves as an advisor on veterans affairs for President Trump. President Trump, the First Lady, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross dined with Mr. Perlmutter and his wife. The dinner was reported to be about the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was not in attendance. Vice President Pence joined the dining party for dessert after his speech in Palm Beach.

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March 18, 2017

While at Mar-a-Lago, President Trump spoke with Brazilian President Michel Temer on the phone.

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March 18, 2017

The Daily Progress reported that Trump Vineyard Estates in Virginia had asked to bring in a total of 29 foreign workers through the federal H-2 visa program, applying for six foreign workers in December 2016 and 23 more in February 2017. H-2 visas are filed through the Department of Labor, which is under President Trump’s purview.

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March 17, 2017

Politico reported that Donald Trump, Jr. asked his hunting companion Jason Hairston to serve as a Department of the Interior liaison. While Mr. Hairston confirmed that he was “absolutely going to take the position,” the Interior Department informed Politico that there had “been no discussion of creating of a new role like this.” The White House said no new personnel announcements had been made. Mr. Hairston told Politico that Donald Trump, Jr. had originally wanted the position, but “he can’t because of conflict of interest.”

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March 17, 2017

A Trump Organization official confirmed that the company would start its annual donation of profits earned by foreign government officials staying at President Trump’s hotels in 2018. The profits would be donated to the U.S. Treasury as part of President Trump’s pledge, originally made in January 2017, to give away the hotel profits in order to avoid emolument.

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March 17, 2017

At a veterans affairs listening session, President Trump said he would be holding “a major meeting” about veterans issues later that night “at what we call affectionately the Southern White House,” referring to Mar-a-Lago. “Seems to be the most convenient location,” President Trump said. “Everybody always wants to go to the Southern White House.” The meeting did not end up happening that night.

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March 17, 2017

President Trump departed for Mar-a-Lago with First Lady Melania Trump, their son, Ms. Trump’s parents, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was also spotted on the Palm Beach International tarmac.

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March 17, 2017

President Trump spent a few minutes at a Gateway for Cancer Research charity event held at Mar-a-Lago. He congratulated Patrick Park, who was receiving the Palm Beach Legend Award from the organization. Mr. Park was reportedly being considered for U.S. ambassador to Austria.

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March 16, 2017

The Palm Beach Hedge Fund Association held a “meet and greet” event at Mar-a-Lago to introduce Canadian hedge fund Castle Ridge Asset Management to Palm Beach. The invitation noted that “[s]hould the president be in residence, another letter will follow explaining the upgraded entry/security procedures.” David S. Goodboy, the founder of the association, confirmed President Trump was invited and that he hoped the president would attend: “It would be great P.R. for us.”

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March 15, 2017

Representatives of the Trump Old Post Office LLC met with representatives of the General Services Administration.

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March 14, 2017

Several members of the Trump administration were spotted at the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C., including “U.S. Trade Representative nominee Robert Lighthizer having drinks with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross” and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin “carrying his dog through the lobby.”

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March 13, 2017

Axios reported that President Trump planned to host Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in April, tentatively scheduled for April 6th – April 7th.

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March 13, 2017

In a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed that President Trump would be going to Mar-a-Lago the weekend of March 17th, the president’s fifth visit since inauguration.

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March 13, 2017

The National Republican Congressional Committee sent out a fundraising e-mail featuring an opportunity to stay at the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C.  “The NRCC will not only fly you to D.C. — they will also book you a night in the TRUMP Hotel,” the e-mail read.

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March 12, 2017

In an interview with RealClearPolitics, Christopher Ruddy, a member of Mar-a-Lago, said President Trump had asked him for advice on potential appointments. “Since the election, he’ll ask me about the job they’re doing and about potential appointments,” Mr. Ruddy said. “He’s asked me to make recommendations for appointments.” Mr. Ruddy said he declined to make any recommendations.

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March 11, 2017

President Trump  went to the Trump National Golf Club – D.C. in Potomac Falls, Virginia. He was joined by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. Mr. Spicer described the meeting as “a working lunch to talk about the economy [and] some of the issues we’re dealing with with homeland security…They’re talking about health care and the repeal and replace effort, and continuing strategy to work with Congress to see that forward.”

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March 11, 2017

At a Republican fundraiser in Dallas, TX, Donald Trump, Jr. said he has minimal interactions with his father. “I basically have zero contact with him at this point,” he said. During the speech, Trump, Jr. praised his father’s actions in office, saying, “I’m watching more take place in two months than I saw in two terms before.”

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March 10, 2017

The Washington Post reported that Ivanka Trump’s brand sales had dramatically increased in February. President Abigail Klem confirmed it was “the best performing weeks in the history of the brand.” February 9th, the day White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway advertised the brand on Fox & Friends, saw the biggest spike with a 219% increase in sales from the day before.

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March 9, 2017

The Associated Press reported China granted preliminary approval for 38 new Trump trademarks. Barring any objections, the trademarks would be registered after 90 days. The provisional approvals were published on February 27 and March 6. The approval followed a decade-long legal battle.

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March 9, 2017

In an interview at the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. with The New York Times, Eric Trump said, “[t]he stars have all aligned” and the Trump “brand is the hottest it has ever been.” He also defended his father bringing promotional attention to Trump properties by frequently visiting them, comparing it to President George W. Bush’s visits to his ranch. After being pressed on the fact that President Bush did not have a commercial interest in Crawford, the younger Trump said, “the American people elected a businessman” and that the president considers golf courses “home” first and for-profit entities second.

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March 9, 2017

While in Washington, D.C. to promote a major golf tournament that will be held at the Trump National Golf Club –  D.C. in Potomac Falls, Virginia, Eric Trump also stopped by the White House, posting a photo of himself there on Twitter.

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March 9, 2017

Cork Wine Bar, a restaurant in Washington, D.C., filed a lawsuit against President Trump, claiming his ownership of Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. created unfair competition as people who want to “curry favor” with his administration are incentivized to patronize his hotel. Asked about the lawsuit during the daily press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said President Trump “has made very clear” that “he doesn’t have conflicts and he’s done everything in accordance with the guidance that was given and gone well beyond what he ever needed to do.”

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March 9, 2017

The Independent, a British newspaper, reported that Mar-a-Lago staff refused to answer questions about how many membership applications had been filed since President Trump took office relative to previous years. “That’s an inappropriate question and that information is private,” the club’s executive administrative assistant said.

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March 8, 2017

Bloomberg reported that before his confirmation, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had been interviewing Treasury candidates at the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. in addition to other hotels in the city.

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March 7, 2017

The Washington Post reported the National Confectioners Association (NCA) had booked Trump venues for three recent and upcoming events including an early-March industry conference at the Trump National Doral resort near Miami as well as a September 2017 and 2018 meetings at the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. The Washington Post noted that the NCA, which also lobbies the federal government, was the first reported example of “an interest group with multiple events planned at Trump properties during the Trump presidency.”

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March 7, 2017

Representatives of the Trump Old Post Office LLC met with representatives of the General Services Administration.

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March 5, 2017

President Trump went to the Trump International Golf Club – West Palm Beach for four hours. The White House informed the traveling press pool that the president took phone calls and held meetings while at the club.

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March 5, 2017

The Associated Press reported that the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. is the “new political capital of the nation’s capital,” noting Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, and Small Business Administration head Linda McMahon had all been staying there when commuting from New York. A White House spokesperson stated that they had been paying a fair market rate out of pocket.

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March 5, 2017

Politico reported that longtime members of Mar-a-Lago were upset with changes at the club resulting from the increased security requirements and the influx of people coming to the club to see President Trump. “Everyone wants to be close to the president,” a member who joined in spring 2016 told Politico. Michael Barnett, chairman of the Palm Beach County GOP, said an upcoming fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago sold out early even “without confirming a speaker.” “People want to just come to Mar-a-Lago. They want to be able to say ‘I had dinner at the president’s house,’” he said.

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March 4, 2017

President Trump tweeted about Arnold Schwarzenegger leaving The Celebrity Apprentice after only a couple months as its host. In a statement the day before, Mr. Schwarzenegger noted that President Trump’s involvement in the show was a major contributor to his departure.

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March 4, 2017

President Trump went to Trump International Golf Club – West Palm Beach. The press pool was informed that he had meetings and phone calls, but “might hit a few balls.”

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March 4, 2017

President Trump participated in an NSC briefing at Mar-a-Lago.

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March 4, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions greeted Mar-a-Lago members while visiting for the day. He and Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, met with President Trump before  dining with Attorney General Sessions, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, White House counsel Don McGahn and White House Senior Adviser Stephen Miller. They discussed the implementation plans for the administration’s second attempt to temporarily prevent people from majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States.

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March 4, 2017

President Trump mingled with guests of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute gala, which was held that evening at Mar-a-Lago.

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March 3, 2017

President Trump flew down to Mar-a-Lago for the fourth weekend in his presidency. Others on the flight included Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), though Sen. Rubio does not appear to have joined President Trump at Mar-a-Lago. White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus were originally scheduled for the flight to Palm Beach, but were taken off the manifest.

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March 3, 2017

The General Services Administration sent a letter to the Trump Old Post Office LLC requesting a meeting to discuss the lease for the Old Post Office Building.

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March 1, 2017

President Trump met with Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy in the Oval Office. Ruddy, a Mar-a-Lago member who frequently comments on Trump White House developments, was accompanied by Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder Nancy Brinker, who “made a presentation” about cancer research.

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March 1, 2017

The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association, which lobbies the executive branch, hosted a dinner at the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. with a menu that featured Trump-branded wine. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) posted a picture of the event’s menu on Instagram, saying he was “drinking Trump coffee.”

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February 28, 2017

Eric Trump, Tiffany Trump, and Donald Trump, Jr. attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of Trump Hotel Vancouver, which had soft-opened the month before. The property was developed by Joo Kim Tiah, who attended President Trump’s inauguration.

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February 28, 2017

Deputy Counsel to the President for Compliance and Ethics Stefan Passantino sent a letter to Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub, Jr. regarding White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway’s “free commercial” for Ivanka Trump’s product line on February 9. Mr. Passantino said Ms. Conway had “acted inadvertently” in using her official position to benefit Ms. Trump’s business and “is highly unlikely to do so again.” No disciplinary action for Ms. Conway was described in the letter. OGE Director Shaub later replied, stating his belief that “[n]ot taking disciplinary action against a senior official under such circumstances risks undermining the ethics program.”

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February 28, 2017

Ahead of President Trump’s speech to Congress, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) was spotted eating dinner at the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. with a group that included lobbyists representing AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, CTIA and USTelecom. Following the speech, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was spotted heading to a private room at the Trump hotel.

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February 28, 2017

President Trump signed an executive order calling for a review and rewrite of federal water regulations. Bloomberg later noted that the move “could cut his costs as an owner of a dozen U.S. golf courses, again raising concerns about conflict of interest in the White House.”

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February 25, 2017

President Trump went to the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. for his first dinner out in the city since being sworn in as president. He dined with daughter Ivanka Trump, Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, and former U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage.

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February 22, 2017

The Embassy of Kuwait celebrated its National Day at the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C., moving the event from the Four Seasons, where it had signed a contract in the early fall. The move was allegedly at the suggestion of members of the Trump Organization, though Kuwait’s ambassador denied being pressured. The event was estimated to cost up to $60,000 and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reportedly attended.

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February 21, 2017

During a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer denied that President Trump was briefed on the North Korean missile situation in front of guests at Mar-a-Lago while meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Mr. Spicer said that President Trump was instead briefed in a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) in the resort.

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February 21, 2017

The last three of President Trump’s Mexican trademarks were granted by the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property. The trademarks were filed on Feb. 19, 2016. The first was granted on October 6, 2016.

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February 21, 2017

The Trump Organization sold a $15.8 million penthouse to Xiao Yan Chen, the founder and managing director of Global Alliance Associates, a business consulting firm. According to its website, the firm “[mobilizes its] extensive network of relationships with the highest levels of government officials — at national, regional and local levels — to facilitate immediate, efficient and skillful access into the Chinese market place.” Mother Jones reported that Ms. Chen had ties to “a front group established by China’s military intelligence apparatus.”

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February 20, 2017

At Mar-a-Lago, President Trump announced his choice of Lt. General H.R. McMaster as his new National Security Adviser. President Trump, Lt. General McMaster, and National Security Council Chief of Staff Keith Kellogg spoke together in a Mar-a-Lago common area for roughly three minutes. The common area was closed to members of Mar-a-Lago that afternoon.

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February 19, 2017

President Trump went to the Trump International Golf Club – West Palm Beach. He played a round with Northern Irish professional golfer Rory McIlroy and others.

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February 19, 2017

At Mar-a-Lago, President Trump interviewed candidates to replace fired National Security Adviser retired  Lt. General Michael Flynn. He also met with domestic policy advisers. At a press briefing in Palm Beach, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to comment when asked who was paying for the National Security Adviser candidates’ and domestic policy advisers’ travel expenses. She also mentioned that some of the National Security Adviser candidates also visited the Trump International Golf Club – West Palm Beach.

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February 19, 2017

After spending several hours at Mar-a-Lago, President Trump returned to the Trump International Golf Club – West Palm Beach for dinner.

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February 18, 2017

President Trump tweeted about his Mar-a-Lago schedule, saying he would have “many meetings this weekend at The Southern White House.”

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February 18, 2017

President Trump went to the Trump International Golf Club – West Palm Beach.

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February 18, 2017

The New York Times reported that while at Mar-a-Lago, President Trump asked developer Richard LeFrak, a paying member of Mar-a-Lago, if he would be interested in building a border wall with Mexico.

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February 18, 2017

President Trump attended the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago without notifying his press pool. Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was also in attendance.

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February 18, 2017

Eric Trump and Donald Trump, Jr. attended the opening of the clubhouse at the Trump International Golf Club – Dubai. Early Secret Service hotel bills for the trip surpassed $16,000. The property was developed by Hussain Sajwani, who attended President Trump’s inauguration and offered President Trump a new $2 billion deal after he was elected, which the president says he rejected, claiming he “didn’t have to turn it down.”  

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February 17, 2017

President Trump went to Mar-a-Lago for the third weekend in his presidency.

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February 17, 2017

The Miami Herald reported that a Venezuelan businessman whose assets the Trump administration recently froze is also a member of President Trump’s Trump National Doral golf club. Special Assistant to the President and Director of Media Affairs Helen Ferre told the Herald in a statement, “This is not a White House issue, the President is divested from the business.” President Trump has not, in fact, divested from his businesses.

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February 17, 2017

The Trump Old Post Office LLC submitted a written explanation to the General Services Administration of how the company’s organizational structure complies with the lease for the Old Post Office Building.

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February 16, 2017

American View, the official magazine of the U.S. Embassy Japan posted a recap of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Mar-a-Lago. The story noted that Prime Minister Abe was the first foreign dignitary “to be hosted by the Trumps at the ‘winter White House,’ Mar-a-Lago, in Florida” and that “Trump and Abe took the day of February 11 to play golf at one of Trump’s courses in south Florida.”

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February 15, 2017

The General Services Administration received additional documents from the Trump Old Post Office LLC.

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February 14, 2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer mentioned Mar-a-Lago in his press briefing during a description of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit.

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February 14, 2017

China announced that President Trump had been granted a trademark to use his name for construction services in the country after a decade-long legal fight. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) questioned whether the outcome was related to President Trump’s embrace of a “One China” policy just days before, a possible violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.

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February 12, 2017

The New York Times reported that according to Eric Trump, President Trump will likely get reports on the Trump Organization’s financials on a near quarterly basis. The younger Trump also said he speaks to his father a “few” times a week and that he is willing to speak to his father about some aspects of the business like the conditions of the greens at the Trump Turnberry golf course in Scotland.

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February 12, 2017

White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino, Jr. posted several photos featuring the president’s private club on his official White House Twitter account. The the location of the post was tagged as Mar-a-Lago.

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February 12, 2017

President Trump visited Trump International Golf Club – West Palm Beach. He then departed for Washington, D.C.

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February 11, 2017

President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe golfed 27 holes at President Trump’s courses in Jupiter and West Palm Beach — 18 holes at the Trump National Golf Club – Jupiter and 9 holes at the Trump International Golf Club – West Palm Beach. President Trump tweeted that he and Prime Minister Abe were joined by South African golfer Ernie Els while on the golf course. President Trump also posted a photo of him and Prime Minister Abe on his Instagram account. The post was tagged at Trump National Golf Club. 

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February 11, 2017

Though the American and Japanese press pools were barred from observing the two leaders’ golf game, White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino, Jr. posted a video and photo of the outing on his official White House Twitter account. The post was tagged at Trump National Golf Club – Jupiter. 

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February 11, 2017

That evening, President Trump took a call that detailed a North Korean missile launch at the dining area of Mar-a-Lago. In public view of Mar-a-Lago’s members, President Trump, Prime Minister Abe, and their attendant staff discussed how to respond to the missile launch. Richard DeAgazio, a Mar-a-Lago visitor,  photographed the event and posted it to Facebook. President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe released a joint statement from Mar-a-Lago condemning North Korea’s missile launch.

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February 11, 2017

Richard DeAgazio, a Mar-a-Lago visitor, posted a Facebook photo with the man responsible for carrying the “nuclear football,” or the suitcase of nuclear launch codes.  

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February 10, 2017

CNN reported that a senior administration official said White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway apologized to President Trump about her Ivanka Trump comments. The official noted President Trump “backed her up ‘completely.’”

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February 10, 2017

President Trump flew to Mar-a-Lago for the second weekend in his presidency, bringing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with him. President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife arrived in Florida together on Air Force One.

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February 10, 2017

On his official White House Twitter account, White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino, Jr. posted video of President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arriving at the president’s private club. Scavino, Jr. later posted a photo on his official White House Twitter account of New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft joining President Trump and Prime Minister Abe at dinner. President Trump also posted a photo of the dinner on his Instagram account. All three social media posts were tagged at Mar-a-Lago. 

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February 10, 2017

President Trump posed and spoke at the wedding of Carl Henry Lindner IV, which was taking place at Mar-a-Lago. The groom’s father, Carl Henry Lindner III, contributed $100,000 to two pro-Trump super PACs during the 2016 campaign. At the wedding, President Trump commented, “They’ve been members of this club for a long time. They’ve paid me a fortune.”

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February 10, 2017

The General Services Administration sent a letter to the Trump Old Post Office LLC seeking confirmation of the agency’s understanding of the company’s business structure and requesting that the company formally submit an explanation of how its organizational structure complies with the lease for the Old Post Office Building.

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February 10, 2017

CNN reported that a senior administration official said White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway apologized to President Trump about her Ivanka Trump comments. The official noted President Trump “backed her up ‘completely.’”

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February 9, 2017

White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway promoted Ivanka Trump’s fashion products on Fox News, offering a “free commercial” and telling the audience to “go buy” the products. CREW subsequently filed complaints with the Office of Government Ethics and the White House Counsel’s office, noting it is a violation of the law for federal employees to use their offices for their own private gain or the private gain of others.

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February 9, 2017

During an aviation industry meeting at the White House, Kevin Burke — the president and CEO of Airports Council International-North America and a registered lobbyist — told President Trump, “I’m a member of your club, by the way.” “Very good, very good,” President Trump replied. Mr. Burke is a member of President Trump’s Trump National Golf Club – D.C. in Potomac Falls, Virginia.

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February 9, 2017

During a background press call on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the White House, a senior administration official detailed the nature of Prime Minister Abe’s trip to Mar-a-Lago, set to take place the following day. “The Prime Minister and his wife will be guests of President Trump for the weekend,” the official said. “ And I imagine that there will be a fair bit of golf involved, as well as more time together eating and just relaxing really down at Mar-a-Lago.” The official also said President Trump would pay for Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Mar-a-Lago.

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February 9, 2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer addressed Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Mar-a-Lago during a press briefing, calling the trip “a gift” and noting that Prime Minister Abe would be President Trump’s “guest at Mar-a-Lago” while the rest of the Japanese delegation stayed elsewhere. Mr. Spicer also responded to a question about White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway’s promotion of Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, saying she had “been counseled and that’s all we’re going to go with. She’s been counseled on that subject, and that’s it.”

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February 9, 2017

Politico reported that a “lobbying firm working for Saudi Arabia paid for a room at Donald Trump’s Washington hotel after Inauguration Day, marking the first publicly known payment on behalf of a foreign government to a Trump property since he became president.” The firm, Qorvis MSLGroup, was organizing veterans and activists to urge Congress to repeal the law allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. At least one of the veterans stayed at the Trump hotel between January 23 and January 26.

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February 9, 2017

The General Services Administration received additional documents from the Trump Old Post Office LLC.

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February 8, 2017

President Trump tweeted a condemnation of Nordstrom after the department store chain dropped his daughter Ivanka Trump’s product line.

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February 8, 2017

During a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer defended President Trump’s criticism of Nordstrom for dropping his daughter’s product line, saying the president “has every right to stand up for his family and applaud their business activities, their success.” Mr. Spicer was also asked how Prime Minister Abe’s trip to Mar-a-Lago would be financed. He said he would report back.

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February 7, 2017

During a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer noted that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would travel with President Trump to Mar-a-Lago the weekend of February 10, saying, “the President has also invited him down to Mar-a-Lago, and the two leaders will travel there for the weekend.”

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February 7, 2017

Indonesian newspaper Tempo released an interview with President Trump’s long-time business partner Hary Tanoesoedibjo. In it, Mr. Tanoesoedibjo noted his continued access to President Trump, saying, “if other people have difficulty getting to him, I can do it easily.”  While Mr. Tanoesoedibjo later denied this statement, Tempo said the magazine had a recording and transcript to back up the quote.

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February 7, 2017

The Trump Old Post Office LLC, through its attorneys, made additional documents available to the General Services Administration for review.

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February 7, 2017

The Washington Post reported that the Department of Defense was seeking to rent space in Trump Tower.

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February 6, 2017

President Trump departed Mar-a-Lago. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus joined the motorcade about to leave the property. White House Oval Office Operations Director Keith Schiller was spotted crossing the club’s parking lot. Mr. Priebus, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, and Senior Adviser Stephen Miller were seen boarding Air Force One.

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February 5, 2017

President Trump visited the Trump International Golf Club – West Palm Beach in the morning. The White House told the press pool that the president “has had meetings and may play a few holes of golf.”

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February 5, 2017

President Trump returned to the Trump International Golf Club – West Palm Beach to host a Super Bowl party. He also posted a photo to his Instagram account thanking the Palm Beach Central High Band for their “wonderful performance at Trump International Golf Club earlier this evening!”

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February 5, 2017

President Trump spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English on the phone while at Mar-a-Lago.

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February 4, 2017

President Trump spent four and a half hours at the Trump International Golf Club – West Palm Beach. The White House did not comment on whether President Trump played golf or who his companions were.

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February 4, 2017

President Trump spoke with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on the phone while at Mar-a-Lago.

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February 4, 2017

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attended the Red Cross ball hosted at Mar-a-Lago. A permit submitted before the 2016 gala at Mar-a-Lago estimated that it would cost about $400,000 to put on the event. The ball was also attended by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and then-Commerce Secretary nominee Wilbur Ross as well as the “ambassadors of Switzerland, Hungary, Afghanistan, Italy, Denmark, Peru, Colombia, and Sweden,” multiple American ambassadors, and nobility from Italy, France, and England.

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February 3, 2017

The Washington Post found that a trip Eric Trump took to Uruguay in early January 2017 cost taxpayers $97,830 in hotel bills for Secret Service and embassy staff.

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February 3, 2017

Press Secretary Sean Spicer mentioned Mar-a-Lago in his press briefing, saying, “this weekend the President will be shifting the operation of the White House down to the ‘Winter White House’ at Mar-a-Lago.” He promised to “provide readouts as they occur.”

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February 3, 2017

President Trump flew to the Mar-a-Lago resort for the weekend, bringing Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. Both staffers stayed at guest rooms at Mar-a-Lago. Shortly after President Trump took office, the private club reportedly added “45” to the sleeve of the official tennis shirts sold on site, but soon stopped selling the shirts referring to the 45th president.

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February 2, 2017

Eric Trump toured the Cap Cana resort in the Dominican Republic. The Secret Service traveled to the country in advance and spent $5,470 to stay at a five-star hotel. The full cost to the U.S. government is not yet known. The visit represents a potential loophole to the Trump Organization’s pledge to not embark on any new foreign deals during the Trump presidency. Cap Cana partnered with the Trump Organization in 2007 to create the Trump Farallon Estates, but it failed after the 2008 financial crisis, leading the Trump Organization to sue Cap Cana in 2012. The two sides ultimately settled.

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February 2, 2017

Press Secretary Sean Spicer mentioned Mar-a-Lago in his press briefing, saying that reporters who traveled with the president to Florida that weekend would “get a glimpse of summer at the ‘Winter White House’ in Mar-a-Lago.”

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February 2, 2017

While attending the National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump, whose retained executive producer credit on The Celebrity Apprentice is estimated to be worth payments in the low five figures per episode, lambasted Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ratings as the new host of the show, adding, “I want to just pray for Arnold if we can, for those ratings, OK?”

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February 1, 2017

In Uruguay, a businesswoman who sells units in the Trump Tower Punta del Este, which is currently undergoing construction, told the Associated Press she “[has] no doubt that [the Tower] is going to be finished and even more so because he’s going to be president of the United States.”

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February 1, 2017

In India, Trump Towers in Mumbai and Pune both reported increases in property prices around 15 percent. President Trump’s political rise was cited as a factor. According to an affiliate of the Mumbai project, “[i]nquiry levels have gone up since last couple of months post US presidential elections.”

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January 31, 2017

Eric Trump and Donald Trump, Jr. attended President Trump’s announcement of Judge Neil Gorsuch as his U.S. Supreme Court nominee. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate’s president pro tempore, reportedly congratulated the two sons on the “great pick.” Prior to the announcement, Donald Trump, Jr. spent time with the some of the top operatives behind America First Policies, a non-profit backing President Trump’s agenda, at the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C.

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January 31, 2017

Press Secretary Sean Spicer mentioned President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in his press briefing, referring to it as the “Winter White House” and previewing the president’s first of many trips to the for-profit property.

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January 31, 2017

Representatives from the Trump Old Post Office LLC met with representatives of the General Services Administration to discuss the company’s revised organizational structure following President Trump’s inauguration. Later that day, the company gave documents to the agency regarding its management and ownership structure.

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January 27, 2017

In an appearance with British Prime Minister Theresa May, President Trump mentioned one of his Scottish resorts, Trump Turnberry, incorrectly saying he visited the golf course the day before the June 23, 2016 Brexit vote when he actually arrived afterwards:

“Brexit was an example of what was to come. And I happened to be in Scotland at Turnberry cutting a ribbon when Brexit happened and we had a vast amount of press there. And I said Brexit — this was the day before, you probably remember, I said Brexit is going to happen and I was scorned in the press for making that prediction. I was scorned.”

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January 27, 2017

President Trump signed an executive order temporarily preventing people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States. Observers noted that while President Trump does have business interests in majority-Muslim countries, those countries were not included in the executive order.

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January 25, 2017

CNBC reported that Mar-a-Lago doubled its membership fee from $100,000 to $200,000 on January 1st.

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January 25, 2017

The Trump Organization appointed Bobby Burchfield, billed as “the top lawyer on President George H.W. Bush’s 1992 reelection campaign,” as its independent ethics adviser. George Sorial, a Trump Organization executive who had worked at the company since 2007, was appointed as chief compliance counsel.

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January 24, 2017

Trump Hotels chief executive officer Eric Danziger said he “[doesn’t] see any reason” why the chain would not eventually be in all 26 major metropolitan areas in the United States; at the time, Trump Hotels was active in five major metropolitan areas. Mr. Danziger said that Trump Hotels was considering expanding into Dallas, Seattle, Denver, and San Francisco. The expansion of Trump hotels in the United States “could create issues—tax disputes, allegations of labor violations or environmental violations—that require federal departments to consider cases that could directly impact the president’s finances,” according to The Washington Post.

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January 23, 2017

The Trump Old Post Office LLC, the corporate entity that holds the lease on the Old Post Office Building where the Trump International Hotel – Washington, DC is located, notified the General Services Administration (GSA), which oversees the lease, that President Trump had transferred his interests in the hotel to another corporate entity on January 19, 2017. Following the inauguration, CREW had sent a letter to GSA, saying the Trump Old Post Office LLC was in breach of the lease due to a clause barring any elected official from receiving any benefit under the lease.

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January 20, 2017

ProPublica reported that President Trump had not filed the paperwork required to give up control of his businesses as he had promised to do.

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January 20, 2017

Minutes before then-PEOTUS Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C. tweeted a picture of its staff waving American flags and the caption “We are waiting for you Mr. President! Thank you!” This violated the company’s policy that it would not reference then-PEOTUS Trump’s new office. After getting sworn in, President Trump started the inaugural parade with a drive from the U.S. Capitol to the White House. His presidential limo stopped outside the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C., where he got out of the vehicle to walk in the parade.

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January 20, 2017

When the Trump administration’s official White House website first went live, First Lady Melania Trump’s biography originally referenced her QVC jewelry collection. It was later edited to remove references to her business.

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January 20, 2017

President Trump’s inauguration was attended by at least fourteen of his business partners. Indonesian billionaire Hary Tanoesoedibjo and DAMAC Properties’ Hussain Sajwani, Trump’s business partner in Dubai, posed for a photo with their wives in the lobby of the Trump International Hotel – Washington, D.C.

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