Javier Castañón / Flickr Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and...
Javier Castañón / Flickr

The Ambassador to Panama, John Feeley, resigned in January, saying that he could no longer serve Donald Trump in good conscience. He’s apparently not alone in his disenchantment with Trump. Management of the Trump International Hotel overlooking the Punta Pacific Peninsula is in dispute, with new majority owner, Orestes Fintiklis, declaring, “I am the owner,”  as police and Trump employees pushed and shoved one another. “Love and peace!” cried out Fintilis, as he played a song on the piano, the lyrics of which translate as, “Fascism will not prevail!”  ABC News:

This was the third visit by police to the property in less than a week. Last week, a man identified as a Trump Hotels employee could be seen hurling another man down a narrow hallway in a video obtained by ABC News.

The ongoing dispute represents an early test for U.S. diplomats navigating international relations in places where the president’s family manages properties or conducts other business ventures, and it comes just days before the scheduled resignation March 9 of the U.S. ambassador to Panama over his personal disagreements with the Trump administration.

The Trump Organization in court filings called the effort a “design to wrongfully seize control over the hotel property.”

“Rather than abide by the clear terms of the agreement he had signed, Mr. Fintiklis had been conspiring with others to remove Trump Hotels as manager and fire most, if not all, of its loyal and dedicated employees,” the Trump Organization said in a statement to the press. “Looking back, it is now apparent that Mr. Fintiklis, in flagrant violation of the commitments he had made, never had any intention of keeping his word and had been plotting a takeover and termination of Trump Hotels all along.”

Takeover, coup, call it what you will, the Trump name was ripped off the hotel with a crowbar and Fintiklis took over the premises. The Trump Organization statement says the owners “resorted to thug-like, mob style tactics, repeatedly attempting to force their way into Trump Hotels’ offices, infiltrate and disrupt its computer systems and threatening and intimidating any employee of the Hotel that resisted.”

My, my.


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  1. The biggest mistake of Donnie John’s life was his running for President. Now, instead of a “golden” legacy, his whole world is tumbling down all around him and his family. And his family is going to regret it for the rest of their lives.

    • Hi Bartley. That is pretty much how the entire world sees it, from what I can gather. Jared and Ivanka really need to get out of the White House and tend to their own affairs. They are too encumbered with their own problems and the longer they stay the worse things are going to get.

      As to this issue in Panama, it’s just grist for the mill. Similar problems exist in other Trump properties, and this scenario may just repeat itself. I would not be the least surprised if it did.

      Thanks for reading and dropping by to comment.

      • I asked you in another comment section if you are the same Ursula Faw who comments on Daily Kos? I assume so, but….

          • On DailyKos, my user name is “iambart”. And i have been reading every comment you make over there and i just want to say THANK YOU for your words, They are a bit of an inspiration to me. Keep up the great work.

          • By “comment” you mean diary, right? You read my posts over there? Because I write diaries and I also write comments as well. That’s the slight confusion here.

            But THANK YOU for “fank ewe” as the pootie people say. Believe me, on the days that things are dreary for whatever reason, it is comments like this that raise my spirits to the sky. It warms my heart to hear your kind words. Thanks so much for the lift.


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