President Donald Trump has, at many opportunities, sought to use the power of his office to promote his own businesses, the most notable example being how foreign diplomats have stayed at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. for exorbitant prices.
But as a whole, the Trump Organization has been floundering since he took office, business reporter Jonathan O’Connell told CNN’s Erin Burnett. And that even extends to a branch of his business that he has a strong personal investment in: his golf clubs. One that is particularly hard-hit is Trump National Doral Miami, his prized luxury golf resort.
“I definitely think there’s just a smaller pool of people who are willing to do business with or go to properties that have Trump on the front of them,” said O’Connell. “Whether you’re talking about luxury travelers, golfers, people looking for a getaway, or corporations who are doing sort of like a board meeting or a corporate retreat, or else people renting office space for their company — all those companies and travelers are now thinking about whether they want to affiliate themselves with the Trump name. And the portion of those who are deciding they don’t want to do that, that’s where the pain is coming for the president’s business.”
“Having said that, even with the rally — I was surprised at the magnitude of the drop in business they have had there [at the Doral], because Trump is still very popular among a lot of golfers,” added O’Connell. “Obviously Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, et cetera. A lot of the big names in golf are fine affiliating themselves with Trump. But clearly, from the numbers, more golfers are sort of unwilling to spend their money with Trump than they were before.”
“Yeah, I mean, 69 percent, you know, over the past few years,” said Burnett. “It does seem like an incredibly stunning drop.”
CNN’s Santorum gets his butt handed to him by fellow conservative over defense of Trump’s ‘disgusting’ racism
CNN contributor Rick Santorum ran into some fierce resistance on Sunday morning when he attempted to defend the explicit racism in Donald Trump's tweets at Democratic lawmakers -- with the only other conservative on the panel blowing up on him.
Speaking with fill-in host Dana Bash, the former GOP Senator from Pennsylvania was right away on the defensive when asked about the president's tweets and the resulting "send her back" chant at a rally in North Carolina.
"He says things to bring attention to these issues and I know it's hair on fire time for everyone on the left," Santorum offered in Trump's defense, which brought a sharp comeback from fellow conservative CNN commentator S.E. Cupp.
Trump busted for doubling down on his racist rants before Mueller speaks: ‘He’s scared’
Appearing on CNN's "New Day," a former adviser to Bill Clinton said that he expects ex-special counsel Robert Mueller to make a some blunt statements about President Donald Trump in his upcoming appearance before a Congressional committee that will cause voters to turn on the president.
According to Guy Smith, who advised former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment ordeal, Mueller's own words will carry tremendous weight with voters who have no idea what is in his report on the president.
"Well, what we're going to see is people who have never read the report, which is most everybody, and they have only heard President Trump and the attorney general say he's been exonerated. It does not," he told host Christi Paul. "So, what's going to happen is that they're going to be hearing Robert Mueller in his own words say that the president obstructed justice. The American people have not read this thing."
CNN went to the heartland — and found voters who love AOC and The Squad: ‘The best thing ever’
CNN's Van Jones traveled this week to speak with a panel of Pennsylvania voters about the 2020 presidential campaign.
Jones also asked the panel about the schism in the Democratic Party between Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the members known as The Squad, who are Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
"You have Democrats fighting each other in the primary. Democrats fighting each other in the House. What do you think about the AOC versus Pelosi dynamic?" Jones asked. "How do you read that? How do you read that?"