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From: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostOct-28 10:01 AM 
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Oct. 27, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. MDT

President Trump welcomed the Japanese prime minister at Mar-a-Lago, in front of a towering arrangement of roses. The two could have met in Washington, but Trump said his private club was a more comfortable alternative.

“It is, indeed, the Southern White House,” Trump said, greeting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in front of the press in April 2018.

For Trump, there was another, hidden benefit. Money.

At Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s company would get paid to host his summit.

In the next two days, as Trump and Abe talked about trade and North Korea, Trump’s Palm Beach, Fla., club billed the U.S. government $13,700 for guest rooms, $16,500 for food and wine and $6,000 for the roses and other floral arrangements.

Trump’s club even charged for the smallest of services. When Trump and Abe met alone, with no food served, the government still got a bill for what they drank.

“Bilateral meeting,” the bill said. “Water.” $3 each. Those 2018 payments, revealed here for the first time, are part of a long-running pattern whose scope has become clear only in recent months.

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From: MerianaOct-31 7:28 PM 
To: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (2 of 4) 
 41437.2 in reply to 41437.1 

People couldn't seriously have thought that Trump was giving foreign dignitaries, their entourages, and his secret service detail free room, board, use of the golf course, and golf carts plus appropriate floral decor, etc. could they?  Well on second thought, maybe they could after all a lot of people apparently believed that he was being, well wonderful for doing things like donating his quarter salary to the National Park Service. If they'd done a little digging they would have discovered that he'd previously cut the budget for the Dept. of the Interior by a whole lot more than the amount of that quarterly salary. That's probably the case for all the other depts., etc. that he donated his quarterly salary to. 


From: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostOct-31 7:42 PM 
To: Meriana  (3 of 4) 
 41437.3 in reply to 41437.2 

It is a con’s trick, handing you something with one hand and stealing a lot more with the other

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From: MerianaOct-31 8:27 PM 
To: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (4 of 4) 
 41437.4 in reply to 41437.3 

Yep it is.  I just find it somewhat amazing that so many still don't see it, and think Trump is wonderful, and serving as President for free as in not taking a salary. 

I'll be glad when this election cycle is over.  Both parties need to do some house cleaning.  


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