Maybe Donald Trump is trying to beat a personal record or something. That can be the only explanation for how many days so far in his presidency he’s spent either relaxing at, or at least visiting, one of his properties around the world.
Saturday marked day number 97, as he paused at the Trump International Hotel Waikiki after a brief stop at the floating memorial to the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. Trump is on his way to a 5-country tour of Asia, during which he will be visiting first Japan, then South Korea, China, Vietnam, and finally the Philippines. On paper, the trip looks like a factory tour of the countries that export the majority of cheaply-made goods to America, but ostensibly, the purpose is to measure and maintain support for keeping pressure on North Korea.
It surprised everyone in the press pool that Trump elected to stop at the luxury resort, which he does not own but instead simply bears his name.
Per pool, Trump stopped by the Trump Int’l Hotel Waikiki on his way to the airport.
Makes it his 97th day at a Trump property as president.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 4, 2017
On way to airport, POTUS made unexpected stop at Trump hotel Waikiki just now after spending the night at a non-Trump branded property
— Noah Gray (@NoahGrayCNN) November 4, 2017
On way to airport, President Trump makes brief unannounced stop at a property bearing his name in Waikiki – the Trump International Hotel
— Steve Brusk (@stevebruskCNN) November 4, 2017
But since the Asia tour is official business, that means that America is footing the bill for his photo-op outside Trump International. And Trump has long since proved that he doesn’t just care about properties he actually controls, he cares about the maintenance of his own branded name.
Trump’s lackey Sarah Huckabee Sanders excused the stop as a “thank you” to employees of the hotel, who, once again, have nothing to do with American business:
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) November 4, 2017
At this point, Trump isn’t even pretending to care about the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution or whether his actions look appropriate.
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