Dems Take Aim at Trump Transparency With 'MAR-A-LAGO' Act
- Author: Zachary Reyes Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 23:51
Last Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer defended the president's golf outings in a press conference: "You saw him utilize [golf] as an opportunity with Prime Minister Abe to help foster deeper relationships ... in Asia and have a growing relationship that's going to help USA interests", Spicer said.
Due to these concerns, the Government Accountability Office agreed Monday to investigate security procedures at the resort after prodding by Democrats.
Democrats may have lost the elections, support base in some deeply blue states, and quite possibly a sense of direction, but they sure have not lost their sense of humor.
A sign for the Trump National Golf Club is pictured as President Donald Trump's motorcade arrives March 26, 2017 in Potomac Falls, Va. He held a meeting with members of his Cabinet and senior staff at his Virginia golf course earlier this month and hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago during his February visit to the US. We've now had four consecutive presidents who have taken endless grief every time they hit the links, and it's pretty stupid.
According to representatives of the White House, President Trump has used the course nearly exclusively for business purposes. "As long as President Trump continues to conduct public business in his private business, the same standards of disclosure should apply to Mar-a-Lago as the White House", he said. Franckel also provided an alternative stating that Trump could cut back on his trips to his resort.
The Trump administration has called Mar-a-Lago the "Winter White House" and, now that winter has come to a close, the "Southern White House".
Interestingly, this is the eight week-end that President Trump has spent in properties bearing his name in a row. "I think that's the balancing act that has to occur". The White House and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan have laid the blame on the conservative House Freedom Caucus, which refused to get behind the bill despite earning significant concessions from the GOP drafters.
Asserting that the bill is necessary and has a "simple" goal, Senator Udall said, "The American people have a right to know who has access to the president and who has leverage over this administration". But it's going to be guided on our values."U.S".
White House officials are signalling a renewed focus on job creation, taxes and the administration's push to win confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, a bright spot for the president.