‘An expensive way to conduct a business’

Buried in a WaPo story about Donald Trump’s extravagances is this morsel:

This month, The Post reported that Secret Service and U.S. embassy staffers paid nearly $100,000 in hotel-room bills to support Eric Trump’s trip to promote a Trump-brand condo tower in Uruguay.

“This is an expensive way to conduct business, and the president should recognize that,” said Tom Fitton, president of the conservative group Judicial Watch, which closely tracked President Barack Obama’s family vacation costs and said that it intends to continue the effort for the Trump administration.

“The unique thing about President Trump is that he knows what it costs to run a plane.” Fitton added, noting that Trump should consider using the presidential retreat of Camp David, a short helicopter ride from the White House, or even his golf course in Northern Virginia. Of Mar-a-Lago, Fitton said, “Going down there ain’t free.”

Here we see the consequences of the president’s refusal to divest his assets or release his tax records.

The other thing to note is the GOP’s rank hypocrisy. How much time a president spends on a putting green has never bothered my sleep. We’re a culture obsessed with work, and the less time behind a desk or on a phone the better. So long as Trump keeps the loyalty of the 36-40 percent who approve of his performances he will remain the plutocrat expected to run the American government like a hotel.

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