President Donald Trump is being personally enriched by law enforcement organizations holding expensive events at his golf resorts, the Miami New Times reported Friday.
“In the past year, Donald Trump’s golf resort in Doral has lost a whopping $26 million in value,” the New Times reported. “But a few types of organizations still routinely host events at Trump National Doral Miami: Republican political campaigns, opportunistic trade groups, and, for whatever reason, police unions and associations.”
“This past weekend, the LEO Foundation — an organization that fundraises for police officers in Miami-Dade County — held its annual awards ceremony at the Doral golf resort. Last month, the Hispanic Police Officers Association threw a Valentine’s Day gala there,” the New Times noted. “The Dade County Police Benevolent Association, the largest police union in the county, has also booked Trump National Doral for its annual awards gala in May.”
None of the organizations implicated responded to request for comment.
“Critics say the setup gives the appearance of pay-for-play, and sometimes the arrangement seems pretty transparent,” the New Times reported. “Although the police groups don’t have such a blatant financial interest in booking events at Trump’s hotel, the arrangement is worth noting given the president’s statements about police brutality and his fraught relationship with law enforcement.”
Trump even recorded a video message for the Palm Beach Police Foundation, which was holding a gala at Mar-a-Lago.
On May 18, the Dade County Police Benevolent Association is scheduled to hold an event at Trump National Doral and the Jupiter Police Foundation is booked for March 29.
Read the full report.