In Trump's White House drama, Priebus is favorite target


30 March, 2017

This GAO report will look at more than just the cost of the weekend trips to Trump's resort in Mar-a-Lago, as it will also review security matters there. People. Rich ones. That's all the information Trump thinks peons like you or I deserve to have on that front, but congressional Democrats are pushing to get more information about that and make it public, appealing to Congress and to the Government Accountability Office. John Kennedy's family estate, known during his term as the Winter White House, is seven miles north at the other end of Ocean Drive.

"I have no doubt that that's going to happen very quickly", he said as he welcomed senators and their spouses from both parties to a make-nice reception at the White House.

"Trump and his team have two options: 1) They unify the Republican Party on these thorny issues, or 2) they work with Democrats to get them done".

Variations in each trip make it hard to estimate how much it actually costs for Trump to spend weekends in Florida.

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The Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act - or Mar-a-Lago Act, for short - would treat the Florida club like the White House, where a log of visitors is required. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). Right above them, Trump's personal security guard, Keith Schiller, patrolled the mezzanine level while chatting and joking with guests.

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Critics, like the Democrats who put forward this bill, say the paid memberships at Mar-a-Lago constitute the purchase of access to the President.

In that review, the GAO estimated that an official speech in IL, followed by a golf weekend in Florida, cost about $3.6 million.

Speaking of which, numerous critics of presidential time off are members of Congress, who are paid $174,000 per year (more if they are in leadership positions) and get more days off (230 or so) than they work (130 or so). That includes determining if a secure place has been established at Mar-a-Lago. They also raised concerns about the cost to taxpayers. Figure in costs incurred by authorities in Florida and NY, the Pentagon and others, and costs related to the Trump sons' global business trips, and we're well over $100 million a year. Trump's lawyer pledged at a January 11 news conference to donate Trump Hotel profits from foreign governments to the Treasury. Politico reported the resort doesn't require guests to submit details like a middle initial, birthdate or Social Security number - standard features for visitor logs. Trump, his staff and Abe also may have reviewed potentially sensitive national material in apparent violation of protocols, according to the Democrats.

Priebus inspires intense loyalty among those who worked with him at the RNC, several of whom followed him to the White House, including press secretary Sean Spicer.

"While we want the fullest protection for your visits, we hope you would be responsive to the losses of small businesses and residents of Palm Beach County", Frankel wrote in a letter to Trump.

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