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Reporter breaks down ‘damn weird’ Trump plan to build 500 houses around his money-losing Scottish golf course

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The Trump Organization is planning to build 500 houses in the area surrounding the Trump International Golf Links in rural Scotland — and Quartz reporter Max de Haldevang says the transaction is “damn weird.”

According to de Haldevang, the Trump Organization will spend an estimated $200 million to build the homes, which will essentially comprise a village outside the president’s Scottish golf course.

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What makes this particularly strange, he argues, is that this golf course has been a major money loser for the Trump Organization — but that’s not stopping it from using nothing but cash to fund the project.

The Trump Organization roughly a decade ago stopped taking on debt to finance its projects and instead went on a buying spree using cash-only transactions.

The big mystery, as de Haldevang points out, is where all this cash is coming from to spend on money-losing projects. However, he notes that all-cash transactions on this scale are usually a warning light that the money is being laundered for foreign criminal enterprises.

“Britain, and Scotland in particular, are also notorious spots for money-laundering,” he writes. “Trump’s Florida properties are awash with Russian cash, and he’s had business relationships with questionable characters from across the [former Soviet Union]. Given the opacity of Trump’s business, there’s little more we can do than speculate at what, in any case, is a damn weird project to spend so much money on.”

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Trump lashes out at Pelosi for going to Jordan to fix his Syria flub

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump

President Donald Trump tweeted his anger about Speaker Nancey Pelosi (D-CA) taking a delegation of leaders to Jordan to meet with those working on Syria.

"Pelosi is now leading a delegation of 9, including Corrupt Adam Schiff, to Jordan to check out Syria. She should find out why Obama drew The Red Line In the Sand, & then did NOTHING, losing Syria & all respect. I did something, 58 missiles. One million died under Obama’s mistake!" Trump tweeted Sunday.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1186016354572353536

Vice President Mike Pence went to Turkey last week to attempt to negotiate a ceasefire, but what he ended up with was 120-hour freeze on bombing Kurds.

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Hillary Clinton posts fake letter from JFK to mock Trump’s absurd one to Turkey

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has taken up a new hobby of trolling President Donald Trump on Twitter.

The grandmother of three excelled in her sarcasm and stepped up her shade Sunday afternoon by releasing a fake letter from Former President John F. Kennedy to former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.

Read the fake letter and see the tweet below:

Dear Premier Khrushchev,

Don't be a d*ck, ok? Get your missiles out of Cuba. Everybody will say 'Yay! Khrushchev! You're the best!' But if you don't everybody will be like 'what an assh*le' and call your garbage country 'The Soviet Bunion.'

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‘I’d be open to it’: Trump voters warming up to impeachment as president’s Ukraine story unravels

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In one of the pieces that both the Washington Post and the New York Times are famous for, a visit to talk to Donald Trump voters outside the Beltway about how they feel about the president three years after the election reveals cracks in his support as more information becomes available about his Ukraine phone call that precipitated an impeachment inquiry.

According to the Post's report, they ventured out to Staten Island, or specifically: "New York’s 11th Congressional District, a swath of the country as good a place as any to gauge how a defining moment in American democracy is playing out."

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