Donald Trump has been consistently inconsistent
during his 100 days in office vis a vis his governing agenda as compared to the promises he made on the campaign trail.
One glaring example of duplicity among so many others is the signature expectation he fostered while campaigning; the notion he projected to his supporters about flushing out the systemic corruption from the Oval Office. It was the infamous “drain the swamp of corruption” narrative.
He correctly pointed to the Clintons as examples of the swampy status quo, while conveniently leaving out the fact that he had been paying for their behavior and that of their cohorts for years. But the true believers believed they were getting something different and voted accordingly.
Every day seems to bring forth yet another contradiction to Trump the candidate’s claims. There was the transplanting of Goldman Sachs executives into positions in the Treasury Department, the office of Economic Adviser to the President and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Then there was KellyAnne Conway’s promotion of Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, followed by the disclosure that Trump’s daughter and son-in-law were in attendance at a state dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the very same day that her trademark applications were approved by the Chinese government.
Pricey Golf outings
More audacious perhaps was the report that Trump rented his own golf carts at Mar-a-Lago and billed the government (you, the taxpayer) to the tune (so far) of $35,000 for them. This from a president, who, as a candidate, swore to rally attendees that he was going to be so busy running the country that he wouldn’t have time for golf!
Following that, we discovered that special interests and every industrial complex imaginable were bidding with abandon to purchase influence at Trump’s Inaugural.
And today we find that the State Department is promoting Trump’s resort. The State Department maintains a companion website that it links to, called ‘ShareAmerica’ – described by Foggy Bottom as a “platform for sharing compelling stories and images that spark discussion and debate on important topics.”
This compounds the basic problem that Mar-a-Lago’s exclusive (read expensive) memberships are already being used as a lure to wealthy contributors to get onto Trump’s radar screen. As OpenSecrets outlines it:
Those wealthy enough to spend $200,000 for a club membership don’t have to try to schedule a meeting with Trump in Washington when they can bump into him at the winter White House and bend his ear for a moment or two.
Democrat Senator Ron Wyden, member of the Senate Finance Committee, also criticized the State Department’s promotion of the resort. “Yes, I am curious @StateDept,” he tweeted Monday. “Why are taxpayer $$ promoting the President’s private country club?”
Here’s the full post in its kleptocratic glory: https://t.co/w6fd0One2E
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) April 24, 2017