The Trump administration often states that his properties are “easier to secure” as justification for his never-ending visits to Trump resorts. As an example from just this week, VP Pence justified staying at Trump’s hotel in Ireland on the grounds that “it makes the Secret Service’s job easier.” Yeah, sure. More? Trump said that next year’s G7 meeting should be held at his Doral club, in part, because the property would be easier to secure. “They came back and they said, ‘This is where we would like to be,’” Trump explained last month. “Now we had military people doing it. We had Secret Service people doing it.” It is Trump’s habit to A) lie, and B) hide behind things “people say ..” never mentioning who “they” are, clearly referencing what he wants, and otherwise why mention the airport over and over? Of course this all patently absurd, but now we have people who would definitely “know,” validating our cynicism. Ex Secret Service members have come forward to state that there is no security benefit associated with using the same properties. According to Rawstory In fact, Wackrow said it would be irresponsible for the Secret Service to have preferred locations because “if we started to operate under that model, we’d not be following our protective paradigm,” which he described as “a very comprehensive advance process to build a security plan” for each location.” Right. As per usual, the professionals are making sense. No two events are identical, even if held in an identical location. It is logical that these most elite professionals would develop an individualized plan for each individual event, no matter where it is held. “Although it can be helpful to have protected a location before, even recurring locations of protection, like the U.S. Capitol, go through the same methodology each time due to situational changes,” he says. I am no professional security expert, but I do know conflicts of interest when I see them. IF there was a significant advantage in returning to the same locations, it doesn’t follow that Trump properties must be used. This is a large, rich, nation. There are plenty of nice places for rest and relaxation (or international meetings) that could be used and reused, but do not siphon off funds from the public treasury directly into Trump’s pockets. We all know what is going on here. We all know that Trump loves both advertising his properties, and billing the shit out of the U.S. taxpayer to use the site. The only difference is that the Trump supporters simply don’t care, indeed some find it admirable that Trump can game the system, while non-Trump supporters simply see what we already know. Even as sitting President of the United States, Trump will seek to enrich himself, to grift, to con, to “get over” on others. You will talk an owl of a tree before you get a current Secret Service agent to discuss his or her thoughts on the president’s use of his own properties. But some former agents are not afraid to call out the lies justifying it. When will we have Congressional hearings to put a dollar figure on the amount of public money put directly into Trump’s pocket? The pattern is one thing. A dollar figure, likely a huge one, would […]
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