On the day he took the adjuration of office, Donald Trump delivered two letters about what to apprehend from his administration. Aboriginal came the aerial affiance of his countdown address. “The abandoned men and women of our country will be abandoned no longer,” he vowed. “For too long, a baby accumulation in our nation’s basic has reaped the rewards of government while the bodies accept borne the cost. Washington flourished — but the bodies did not allocation in its wealth.”
The added message, which Trump delivered afterwards speaking a word, was aimed at a abundant smaller, but actual rich, audience. As the new president’s anniversary larboard the Capitol, rolling able knots of supporters and protesters, it aback chock-full three blocks abbreviate of the White House. Trump, the Aboriginal Lady, and the blow of his ancestors got out of their limos and took a three-minute about-face in the boilerplate of Pennsylvania Avenue.
This was no accidental spot. The actual aboriginal abode Trump headed afterwards actuality affidavit in — his accurate destination all along, in a faculty — was the Old Post Appointment and Clock Tower, which abandoned 12 canicule afore the acclamation had been repurposed as the Trump International Auberge Washington. The affected granite structure, whose architectural appearance Trump had promised to preserve, was now besmirched by a gaudy, faux-gold assurance address his name. The anxiously choreographed stop beatific a bright arresting to the adopted governments, lobbyists, and accumulated interests agog on currying favor in Washington: The rewards of government would now be reaped by a distinct man — and the bodies would buck the cost.
More than at any time in history, the admiral of the United States is actively application the ability and ascendancy of his appointment to band his own pockets: landing loans for his businesses, lath affluent buyers to his condos, accepting bargain adopted activity for his resorts, attention federal subsidies for his apartment projects, abatement regulations on his golf courses, licensing his name to across projects, alike peddling coffee mugs and attempt glasses address the presidential seal. For Trump, whose business revolves about the marketability of his name, there has accepted to be no accessible action too big, and no clandestine befalling too crass, to accomplishment for claimed profit.
Nowhere has the self-enrichment been added axiomatic than at his Washington hotel, which bound abounding up with the actual lobbyists and swamp creatures Trump had railed adjoin during his campaign. Oil companies, mining interests, allowance executives, adopted diplomats, and aegis contractors all rushed to book their anniversary conferences at Trump’s hotels and resorts, area Cabinet assembly affably addressed them. Afterwards hiking the nightly bulk to $653 — 32 percent college than added bounded affluence hotels — Trump calm $2 actor in profits from the acreage during his aboriginal three months in office. By aftermost August, the hotel’s bar and restaurant had hauled in addition $8 actor in revenue. And although Trump has apprenticed to accord abroad any money his hotels acquire from adopted governments, the plan contains a advantageous loophole: Advisers at his hotels accept that they accomplish no accomplishment to analyze guests who represent added countries, acceptation that abundant of the adopted money spent at Trump’s backdrop flows anon into his own pockets. On March 28, a federal adjudicator accustomed a accusation to go advanced that accuse Trump with actionable the Constitution by accepting money from adopted governments at his D.C. hotel.
In fact, although Trump refuses to acknowledge the capacity of his countless business operations, he continues to adore admission to every dime he makes as president. Instead of ambience up a dark assurance to abstain conflicts of interest, as added presidents accept done, Trump put his two developed sons in allegation of his added than 500 business entities. His sons consistently abrupt Trump about how the enterprises are doing, enabling him to abandoned adviser how his decisions in appointment affect his basal line. What’s more, abandoned 15 canicule afterwards this “eyes advanced open” assurance was set up, Trump adapted the able book to acquiesce him to booty money out of the operation any time he pleases. The loophole, active on folio 161 of the 166-page form, stipulates that any “net assets or principal” can be broadcast to Trump “at his request.” Far from putting his abundance in a dark trust, Trump asked the accessible for its dark trust, finer afraid his money in a aback coffer in Don Jr.’s allowance that he is chargeless to arrest at any hour of the day or night.
Trump’s accouchement are alive adamantine to banknote in on his time in appointment — abnormally with adopted investors. At aborigine expense, they accept aureate to Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, Dubai, and India in chase of licensing and real-estate deals, trading on the president’s admission in barter for investments. But the bigger aggravation of Trump’s admiral — and the one he works hardest to accumulate abstruse — is the way his absolute business operation is mired in massive debt. Rather than actuality apart wealthy, accessible annal show, Trump and the business partnerships in which he is a arch agent owe big banks and adopted governments at atomic $2.3 billion — far added than his acknowledgment letters indicate. His bigger distinct accommodation — for about $1 billion — is from a syndicate accumulated by Goldman Sachs that includes the state-owned Coffer of China. If either Trump or Jared Kushner, who approved to agitate bottomward Qatar’s accounts abbot for a loan, apprehension up defective to accommodate new agreement on his ballooning debt, America could acquisition itself actuality dictated to by a adopted government — all because the White House, acknowledgment to Trump’s business model, has become a accurate Abode of Cards.
What follows is 501 canicule of official corruption, from bush affix and audacious admission peddling to absolute raids on the federal Treasury. Given how little Trump has appear about his finances, this timeline of self-dealing is assuredly abandoned a atom of the bribery that will eventually appear to light. But as alike this antecedent glimpse makes clear, Trump isn’t clarification the swamp — he’s monetizing it. —David Cay Johnston
“The stars accept all aligned. I anticipate our cast is the hottest it has anytime been.” —Eric Trump, speaking at the hotel
12/7 Diplomats from Bahrain move the country’s National Day anniversary from the Ritz-Carlton to the amphitheater at the Trump International Auberge in Washington, D.C.
1/20 A babysitter accumulation calls on the General Services Administration, a federal agency, to stop leasing the Old Post Appointment to Trump for use as the hotel. The agency’s belief division, which letters to Trump, rules that the $180 actor accord is fine.
1/23 Saudi Arabia holds a back-bite at the auberge afterwards renting apartment for lobbyists for bristles months. Trump’s haul: $270,000.
2/25 The Kuwaiti Embassy, reportedly pressured by the Trump Organization, moves its National Day anniversary from the Four Seasons to Trump’s hotel.
3/1 The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Affiliation hosts a banquet at the hotel, decrepit in Trump-branded coffee and wine.
3/22 The American Petroleum Institute holds its lath affair at Trump’s hotel, area it meets with EPA arch Scott Pruitt. A ages later, Pruitt suspends conduct regulations.
5/1 Rates at the auberge jump to $653 per night, a bulk backpack of 60 percent aback Trump’s election.
5/21 A Turkish government lath holds its anniversary appointment at the hotel. The group’s armchair founded the aggregation that paid $530,000 to above national-security adviser Michael Flynn for lobbying work.
7/17 E-cigarette-makers ascendancy their anniversary appointment at the hotel. Ten canicule later, the FDA announces it will adjournment federal blank of e-cigarettes until 2022.
8/11 A federal bureau accidentally posts the hotel’s Q1 profits: $2 million.
9/13 Staffers for Linda McMahon, arch of the Baby Business Administration, try to awning up the actuality that she addressed a business lobbying accident at the hotel, alienated images of auberge signs address Trump’s name aback announcement photos of the accident on Twitter.
9/28 The Armamentarium for American Studies, a bourgeois organization, hosts a cafeteria at the hotel. The keynote speaker, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, acknowledgment Trump’s agents for allowance him get confirmed.
10/4 At its anniversary lath meeting, the National Mining Affiliation is addressed by three Cabinet members: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Activity Secretary Alexander Acosta, and Activity Secretary Rick Perry. “Coal is affronted back,” Perry exults over breakfast with the country’s top mining executives. “Clearly the admiral wants to revive, not revile, this basic resource.” Bristles canicule later, the Trump administering announces the aition of Obama’s Clean Ability Plan, which would accept encouraged states to alter atramentous with wind and solar energy. The plan would accept cut climate-warming abuse from atramentous plants by a third and adored taxpayers and consumers as abundant as $93 billion a year. The area for the mining board’s meeting: the Trump International Auberge in Washington, D.C.
10/5 A bartering real-estate barter affiliation hosts an awards bright at Trump’s hotel, sponsored by a agenda of arresting lobbying agents.
10/11 The American Legislative Barter Council, a able bourgeois lobbying accumulation with ties to the Koch brothers, announces that the area for its 45th-anniversary bright will be Trump’s hotel. The accumulation requests accumulated sponsorships of up to $100,000.
3/5 The Independent Petroleum Affiliation of America holds a three-day lobbying accident at the hotel.
3/28 A federal adjudicator declines to stop a accusation that accuses Trump of actionable the Constitution by accepting money from adopted governments at his hotel.
“The adorned Jazz Age abode was brash with Old-World Spanish, Venetian, and Portuguese influences.” —From a accompaniment administering promo online
12/31 Mar-a-Lago hosts a New Year’s Eve affair with Trump, priced at $525 a ticket. His booty for the night: $400,000.
1/1 The resort agilely doubles its admission fee to $200,000 — a abeyant booty of $2 million. In return, club assembly get admission to the admiral on a par with White Abode officials.
4/4 The Accompaniment Administering runs an online advance for Mar-a-Lago, which is additionally best up by admiral websites in England and Albania.
4/6 Trump and Ivanka accommodated with Chinese admiral Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago. That aforementioned day, China approves trademarks for three of Ivanka’s brands.
6/16 Financial-disclosure filings appearance that Trump’s revenues from the resort soared by 25 percent during his presidential run.
7/17 The administering increases the allocation of H2-B visas for adopted workers. Aural days, Mar-a-Lago applies for 76 of the new visas — alike admitting a bounded jobs bureau has 5,100 applicants able to ample the openings.
11/10 The Republican Attorneys General Association, which has spent added than $75,000 at Trump’s backdrop in bristles months, holds a accession at Mar-a-Lago. It afterwards forms a “working group” to accomplice with the Trump administering to cycle aback ecology protections.
12/9 Oxbow Carbon, a above activity aggregation that would account from the Keystone XL pipeline, holds its anniversary anniversary bright at Mar-a-Lago.
12/31 Trump boosts admission prices for his New Year’s Eve back-bite to $750. Taxpayers bottom the $26,000 bill for lights, generators, and accoutrement rental.
1/9 The Trump administering opens adopted conduct in all but one state: Florida, area oil and gas analysis could aching business at Mar-a-Lago.
2/18 Letters acknowledge that Trump consistently solicits ascribe from Mar-a-Lago assembly on aggregate from gun ascendancy to Jared Kushner’s favorability. Unlike added politicians, who are bound to allurement the affluent for attack contributions, Trump has begin a way to abandoned accumulation from affairs admission to the president.
2/26 An Israel-focused charity, the Truth About Israel, relocates its bright to Mar-a-Lago in acknowledgment of the president’s abutment for Israel.
“The Clintons accept affronted the backroom of claimed accessory into an art anatomy for themselves. They’ve fabricated hundreds of millions of dollars affairs access, affairs favors, affairs government contracts.” —Donald Trump
11/14 In a alarm with Argentina’s president, Mauricio Macri, Trump reportedly pushes for approval to body a Trump Belfry in city Buenos Aires. Ivanka Trump, who oversees the ancestors business with her brothers, sits in on the call.
1/24 Trump signs an controlling adjustment to fast-track the Dakota Admission Pipeline. He claims to accept awash the banal he owns in the pipeline’s builders — as abundant as $300,000 — but offers no proof.
1/27 Trump issues the biking ban but leaves off Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt — countries area he has cogent business interests. His aggregation was paid as abundant as $10 actor for use of his name on a belfry in Istanbul, and he registered eight new businesses in Saudi Arabia during his campaign.
2/3 Trump, who endemic as abundant as $5 actor in coffer stocks in 2016, orders the Treasury secretary to accede means to cycle aback regulations on banks. The bulk of coffer stocks soars about 30 percent during his aboriginal year in office.
2/14 Trump, who endemic banal in ample oil companies, allows oil companies to adumbrate the payments they accomplish to adopted governments in barter for abstraction rights. The move comes abandoned two months afterwards ExxonMobil, which lobbied for the concession, donated $500,000 to Trump’s inauguration.
2/21 Angela Chen, a adviser with ties to China’s cardinal elite, buys a $16 actor accommodation in a Trump-owned property.
2/28 Trump, who owns 12 golf courses in the U.S., rolls aback a aphorism that banned baptize abuse by golf courses.
4/29 Overriding adept concerns, Trump invites Philippines admiral Rodrigo Duterte to the White House. To accretion favor with Trump, Duterte had appointed the president’s accomplice on the Trump Belfry in Manila as his bread-and-er agent to the U.S.
5/7 The Metals Service Center Institute, which is blame the Commerce Administering for animate tariffs, holds its anniversary appointment at Trump’s resort in Miami.
5/16 The Republican Governors Affiliation holds a appointment at Trump’s golf club in Miami, area assembly strategize with accumulated admiral over how to actuate the new administering to annihilate ecology regulations and achieve added business-friendly moves. Trump’s booty for the conference: $400,000.
5/19 Trump proposes slashing HUD’s account — but retains a subsidy that has caked added than $490 actor into a apartment circuitous in Brooklyn area Trump has a banking stake.
6/16 Lynne Patton, an accident artist and acquaintance of the Trump ancestors with no acquaintance in housing, is put in allegation of the HUD arena accoutrement New York and New Jersey — giving her a arch position in the agency that disburses federal subsidies to a Brooklyn apartment circuitous from which Trump fabricated $5 actor in 2016. (Patton recused herself from affairs involving the complex, afterwards a aldermanic lath beatific a letter to HUD.)*
8/2 Activists beef adjoin JPMorgan Chase, which lobbied to carve the accumulated tax bulk while advantageous Trump $1.5 actor a year in hire at one of his appointment buildings.
9/19 Address reveals that the Pentagon spends $130,000 a ages in hire at Trump Belfry — added than alert as abundant as added tenants.
10/9 Trump International Auberge in Chicago hosts a two-day appointment for the accomplishment industry.
10/10 An insurance-industry barter affiliation holds its four-day anniversary appointment at Trump’s resort in Miami.
10/16 GEO Group, the nation’s bigger for-profit bastille company, holds its anniversary appointment at the Trump National Doral. The aggregation caked $450,000 into Trump’s attack and commencement afterwards Obama appear affairs to end all federal affairs with clandestine prisons. GEO additionally assassin two of Jeff Sessions’s above aides, added a above Trump Alignment employee, as lobbyists. The advance paid off: A ages afterwards Trump took office, he concluded the ban on clandestine prisons. GEO accustomed a $110 actor arrangement to body a new clearing bastille in Texas, added $44 actor a year to accomplish it. Earlier this year, the federal Bureau of Prisons appear it would carve some 6,000 jobs and alteration added inmates to clandestine facilities.
10/18 Aegis architect L3 Technologies holds its anniversary affair at Trump National Doral. L3 depends on government alms for 84 percent of its revenue.
10/19 In a breach with tradition, Trump abandoned interviews candidates for U.S. advocate in the districts that awning best of his business dealings. For the New York position, he ultimately chooses one of his attack donors.
11/7 Trump hawks his golf advance during a above accent to South Korea’s legislature.
11/8 A payday-lender lobbying accumulation announces it will ascendancy its 2018 anniversary appointment at the Trump National Doral. Two months later, the administering announces it is because auctioning a aphorism that requires payday lenders to stop demography advantage of audience who cannot pay off their loans.
1/2 A adjudicator rules that Starrett City, a apartment circuitous in Brooklyn that Trump owns a pale in, can be awash to clandestine developers. The auction is accepted to net Trump $14 actor afterwards the administering approves it.*
2/21 Mississippi awards $6 million in tax break to a new Trump-branded hotel.
“The aggregation and action and government are absolutely separated. We accept congenital an astonishing bank in amid the two.” —Eric Trump
11/13 While actualization on 60 Account to altercate her father’s election, Ivanka Trump wears a $10,800 armlet from her adornment company. Afterwards the interview, the aggregation sends out a “style alert” announcement the armlet to reporters.
12/6 Aing founded by Melania Trump’s acquaintance and adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff receives $26 actor for allowance plan the inauguration.
1/5 Eric Trump jets to Uruguay to analysis on an amateurish Trump address tower. The cruise costs taxpayers $97,830.
2/5 Eric Trump spends $200,000 in aborigine money to jet to the Dominican Republic to advance for a Trump-branded project. The accord — which would put Trump’s name on 17 high-rises — violates a Dominican acme absolute for new resorts. It additionally break Trump’s vow not to seek across deals during his presidency. The Dominican admiral abandoned approves the high-rises. “Here in the palace, the president’s thoughts are that this U.S. admiral is affronted and we bigger not get in his way,” a above Dominican agent explains. “We don’t appetite to cantankerous him.”
2/6 Melania’s lawyers, suing a British cardboard for libel, altercate its advertisement broke her “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to monetize her position as Aboriginal Lady by cashing in on “multi-million-dollar business relationships.”
2/9 Kellyanne Conway offers “free commercial” for Ivanka’s accouterment band on Fox News: “Go buy it today, everybody.” Trump refuses to conduct her, defying advocacy of his own belief agency.
2/18 Taxpayers pay $16,000 to accommodate aegis for Eric Trump and Donald Jr. during their cruise to accessible a Trump-branded golf advance in Dubai. The accident is invitation-only.
3/3 Jared Kushner meets with the CEO of Citigroup, which is lobbying to alleviate banking regulations. Citigroup afterwards lends Kushner’s aggregation $325 actor to advance a accumulation of appointment barrio in Brooklyn.
3/9 Kushner fails to acknowledge his buying of Cadre, a real-estate start-up. The firm’s bulk attempt up by millions of dollars afterwards he entered the White House.
3/20 Eric’s wife posts a photo on Instagram of the family’s weeklong ski vacation in Aspen. Taxpayers were answerable $330,000 for aegis capacity and addition $200,000 for affluence lodgings.
3/20 Ivanka, abnegation to abode her assets in a dark trust, sets up boutique in the West Wing.
4/24 Kushner’s ancestors tries to agent allotment for his real-estate ventures with Qatar’s accounts minister. The abbot declines. A ages later, Kushner supports adept accomplishments adjoin Qatar.
5/4 Accompaniment Administering and Voice of America advance Ivanka’s book Women Who Work.
5/5 Trump extends fast-track visas for foreigners who advance $500,000 in U.S. properties. The aing day, Kushner’s sister promises visas to Chinese investors if they put $500,000 into the family’s backdrop in New Jersey.
5/17 Kushner’s aggregation is subpoenaed by federal prosecutors and the SEC for its advance of the investment-for-visa program.
7/21 CNN finds that alike afterwards his ancestors business apologizes for name-dropping Kushner at a business accident in Beijing, it highlights his White Abode role in an online sales angle to Chinese investors.
10/3 Kushner fined $200 for missing a acknowledgment deadline. To date, he has been affected to change his acknowledgment anatomy 39 times for declining to acknowledgment abeyant conflicts of interest.
10/4 ProPublica analysis reveals that afterwards Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance abandoned a bent analysis adjoin Donald Jr. and Ivanka, their advocate abiding a fund-raiser on Vance’s behalf, altruistic $32,000 himself and adopting at atomic $9,000 more.
11/1 Apollo Global Management lends Kushner’s real-estate aggregation $184 actor — amateur the admeasurement of its boilerplate accommodation — afterwards affair with him in the White House. Six weeks later, the SEC drops analysis into Apollo’s finances.
12/3 Kushner is apparent for declining to acknowledge that his family’s foundation — which he led for nine years — adjourned an actionable Israeli adjustment on the West Bank. Aloof afore Trump took office, Kushner approved to amplitude a U.N. vote adjoin an anti-settlement resolution.
2/20 Donald Jr. tours India to advertise Trump-branded homes; several newspapers run an ad able a “conversation and dinner” with him — for an added fee of $30,000.
“We are activity to accelerate the appropriate interests packing.” —Donald Trump
1/19 During his acceptance as Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin fails to acknowledge a barrier armamentarium he registered in the Cayman Islands to abstain advantageous federal taxes — the actual affair he is declared to aggregate as Treasury secretary.
1/24 During his acceptance as secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Bulk fails to acknowledge an cabal accord he got on $520,000 in banal in a biotech company. As secretary, he will be in a position to accept a biologic the aggregation has developed.
2/9 Letters acknowledge that a top White Abode aide, Chris Liddell, alternate in affairs amid Trump and the CEOs of 18 companies in which he captivated ample amounts of banal — a accessible bent offense. The companies included Lockheed Martin, Walmart, JPMorgan Chase, and Dow Chemical.
3/16 Aldermanic lath acknowledge that Trump’s above national-security adviser Michael Flynn — who capital to “rip up” American sanctions on Russia — bootless to address $45,000 in fees he accustomed from the Russian accompaniment media aperture RT.
4/14 The White Abode stops absolution logs of visitors, concealing trips fabricated by lobbyists and accumulated executives. In Trump’s aboriginal two months alone, by one estimate, added than 500 admiral and adopted leaders fabricated accepted visits to the White House.
6/29 HUD Secretary Ben Carson tours Baltimore — accompanied by -to-be business assembly actuality courted by his son. One agent on the bout afterwards offers Carson’s daughter-in-law a arrangement account $500,000.
11/5 New letters acknowledge that during his acceptance hearings, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross bootless to acknowledge that a aircraft aing he owns a pale in has aing ties to Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law. His new job puts him in allegation of American barter action with Russia.
12/18 Beneath burden from watchdogs, EPA arch Scott Pruitt terminates a $120,000 arrangement for a aing he has formed with in the able to dig up advice on EPA staffers who had criticized him or his policies.
12/22 “You all aloof got a lot richer,” Trump tells affluent assemblage at Mar-a-Lago hours afterwards signing a massive tax giveway to the superrich. The bill adored Trump $15 actor in taxes and Jared Kushner $12 milion. It additionally able abundant of Trump’s close amphitheater — including Linda McMahon, Betsy DeVos, Steven Mnuchin, and Rex Tillerson.
1/12 Performant Banking is one of abandoned two companies awarded $400 actor in affairs from the Education Administering to aggregate on defaulted apprentice loans. One notable above agent in Performant: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
1/31 CDC arch Brenda Fitzgerald is affected to abandon over her acquirement of banal in one of the world’s bigger tobacco companies. She bought the shares a ages afterwards demography over the bureau tasked with abbreviation tobacco use.
2/1 William Emanuel, a Trump appointee to the National Activity Relations Board, is brash for a accessible belief abuse afterwards he votes on a case involving his above law firm. His tie-breaking vote would accept fabricated it harder for advisers at franchises like McDonald’s to ascendancy their ancestor companies answerable for labor-law violations, but the accommodation is befuddled out because of his battle of interest.
3/29 ABC News letters that EPA arch Pruitt spent abundant of his aboriginal year in Washington active in a townhouse co-owned by the wife of J. Steven Hart, a top activity lobbyist. Hart lobbied the EPA on several behavior aftermost year, including atramentous regulations and banned on air pollution.
“We’re activity to end the government corruption, and we’re activity to cesspool the swamp in Washington, D.C.” —Donald Trump
1/17 Scott Mason, a key affiliate of Trump’s alteration team, allotment to lobbying — one of nine transition-team assembly to breach Trump’s agreement that he would bar such revolving-door moves for at atomic six months. One of Mason’s clients, Peabody Energy, afterwards helps dream up a coal-industry bailout answer by Activity Secretary Rick Perry.
1/23 Trump appoints Jeffrey Wood, a lobbyist for a atramentous polluter, to arraign ecology crimes like atramentous pollution.
2/6 Lauren Maddox, who guided Betsy DeVos through her acceptance action for Education secretary, is assassin by a for-profit law academy to advice restore its admission to federal apprentice loans. Afterwards advantageous $130,000 in lobbying fees, the academy gets its wish: The Education Administering agrees to amend its eligiblity for millions in loans.
2/27 Billionaire Carl Icahn, an contributed adviser to Trump, submits a authoritative angle that would accession the bulk of his advance in an oil refinery. During Trump’s aboriginal six weeks in office, Icahn makes an added $60 actor on the deal.
4/12 Marcus Peacock, a action able in Trump’s account office, takes a job lobbying the account appointment for the Business Roundtable, which represents 200 of America’s bigger corporations. Trump makes no move to accomplish the five-year adjournment he vowed to abode on such revolving-door moves.
5/19 Trump nominates K. T. McFarland, adviser who already siphoned off $14,000 in attack funds for “personal use,” as agent to Singapore.
8/1 A top abettor to EPA arch Scott Pruitt, who oversees federal grants account hundreds of millions of dollars, receives permission to assignment as a adviser for clandestine clients. Despite his admission over accessible policy, the identities of his audience will be kept secret.
8/15 Two Trump attack agents annals a new lobbying firm, Turnberry Solutions, called afterwards the Scottish boondocks area Trump owns a golf club. Its aboriginal client, Elio Motors, hires it to advice access government handouts.
10/17 Whitefish Energy, a Montana aing that active the son of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, is awarded $300 million in a no-bid federal arrangement to restore storm-battered Puerto Rico.
10/26 Trump nominates J. Steven Gardner, a coal-industry consultant, to baby-sit administration of strip-mining regulations. The Senate apprehension up abnegation the nomination.
11/8 Kirstjen Nielsen, Trump’s aces to arch the Administering of Homeland Security, was guided through her acceptance by a lobbyist whose audience attempt for DHS contracts. Privatizing the “sherpa” role in confirmations — assignment continued performed by government staffers — opens up a audacious new borderland in corruption. The lobbyist, Thad Bingel, oversaw the drafting of official action memos and was included on emails amid the DHS and the White House, enabling him to accomplishment centralized advice for clandestine gain. Among Bingel’s audience is an Israeli aegis architect actuality paid $145 actor by DHS to body allotment of Trump’s “virtual wall” forth the Mexican border.
12/6 A columnist at the Administering of Activity is accursed afterwards aperture a photo that shows Rick Perry accepting a arcane “action plan” from a atramentous magnate in March. The plan is a adapt for the coal-industry bailout that Perry appear in September.
1/12 Trump gives Kenneth Allen, a above mining controlling who still profits from atramentous sales to the Tennessee Valley Authority, a bench on the TVA board.
1/29 Alex Azar, a above lobbyist who formed his way up to the admiral of a biologic company, is affidavit in as secretary of Health and Human Services. Azar, whose aggregation hiked the bulk of insulin and added drugs beneath his watch, is now in allegation of authoritative drugs added affordable.
2/12 Carl Icahn, who served as an contributed adviser to Trump, sells $30 actor in animate stocks aloof afore Trump announces tariffs on animate imports.
2/18 Dina Powell, who brash Trump on adopted policy, allotment to Goldman Sachs abandoned two months afterwards abrogation the White House. At Goldman, she will focus on “enhancing the firm’s relationships” with some of the aforementioned adopted governments she brash Trump on.
3/2 Trump nominates Peter Wright, an advocate for Dow Chemical, to advance the EPA’s adjustment of actinic spills. Dow has 100 attenuated sites that Wright would be in allegation of charwoman up.
“We are activity to ask every administering arch to accommodate a account of careless spending projects we can eliminate.” —Donald Trump
2/28 The Accompaniment Administering spends $15,000 in aborigine money for the admirable aperture of a Trump auberge in Vancouver, an accident abounding by Eric, Tiffany, and Donald Jr.
4/14 Trump jets to Mar-a-Lago via Air Force One at a bulk to taxpayers of $142,380 per hour. For years, Trump heckled Admiral Obama for demography vacations and golfing trips at government expense. If elected, he vowed, he would “rarely leave the White House, because there’s so abundant assignment to be done.” In fact, during his aboriginal three months in office, Trump’s taxpayer-funded flights to his clandestine backdrop exceeded $20 actor — on clue to bound beat the bulk Obama spent on biking during his eight years in office. Trump fabricated added than 90 visits to his golf courses and played about alert as abundant golf as Obama. His ancestors aing in, acute Abstruse Service agents to arbor up an added 4,054 canicule of taxpayer-funded biking to accumulate up.
5/16 Rick Perry and his staffers booty a clandestine jet to a small-business appointment in Kansas City, at a bulk to taxpayers of $35,000, rather than demography a ceaseless flight to the airport 45 account abroad from the event.
6/2 David Shulkin’s arch of agents falsifies an email to advance that the VA secretary bare to biking to Europe to accept an award. Shulkin’s 11-day cruise with his wife, best of which was adherent to sightseeing, bulk taxpayers $122,344.
6/7 Scott Pruitt, the EPA chief, spends $36,000 in aborigine money to booty a aggressive even to New York.
6/24 Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin marries Louise Linton and requests a aggressive even for their amusement to Europe — at a bulk to taxpayers of $25,000 per hour.
6/26 Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spends $12,375 in aborigine money to fly home aboard a clandestine flight from Las Vegas, area he afraid out with a hockey aggregation endemic by his bigger attack donor.
7/7 Zinke uses $6,250 in aborigine money for a helicopter flight from Virginia to Washington, D.C. — a three-hour car ride — for a horse-riding date with Mike Pence.
8/4 HHS Secretary Tom Bulk takes a clandestine jet at aborigine bulk to St. Simons Island, an absolute resort area he owns land. The trip, like abounding of the 26 flights Bulk took on accumulated jets, could accept been able with a accepted bartering flight.
8/21 Mnuchin and his wife biking to Kentucky aboard a government plane, at a bulk to taxpayers of $33,000, to watch the solar eclipse.
8/30 EPA arch Pruitt spends $43,000 to body a soundproof buzz berth in his office, enabling him to ascendancy abstruse conversations with lobbyists and accumulated executives. The Government Accountability Appointment is investigating whether the move abandoned bureau spending rules.
9/29 HHS Secretary Bulk is affected to abandon over the about $1 actor in aborigine money he spent demography aggressive planes and clandestine jets, generally to appointment ancestors and friends.
2/27 HUD Secretary Ben Carson spends $196,000 on a dinette set and lounge furniture, beyond the $5,000 acknowledged absolute for appointment improvements.
3/7 Zinke spends $139,000 to clean his appointment doors at Interior.
*This adventure has been adapted to analyze Lynne Patton’s ascendancy aural HUD, and the awaiting cachet of the auction of the Starrett City apartment complex.
*This commodity appears in the April 2, 2018, affair of New York Magazine. Subscribe Now!
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