Trump Caught Violating Federal Law By Creating Coin Featuring His Mar-a-Lago Resort
In a blatant disregard for the rule of law, the Trump administration created a special coin featuring President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, The New York Times reported Sunday.
The White House Communications Agency, a military unit that designs and creates the coins, created the Mar-a-Lago coin in recent months, according to The Times.
The group has also planned for a coin featuring Trump Tower in Manhattan and the president’s golf course in Bedminster, N.J., but the plans were scratched after the Times asked about the coins.
The agency — the same group that created a highly publicized coin for Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un — also created a “Make America Great Again” coin, according to the report.
Challenge coins are often created to mark presidential trips or events.
Ethics watchdogs told the Times that coins depicting Trump’s properties shouldn’t be created with government resources, as it violates federal laws banning the use of public resources to promote private institutions.
White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters defended the move, telling The Times that ethics rules didn’t apply to the Mar-a-Lago coins as private staffers in the military unit funded the coins privately and that “no public funds were used” to produce them. She didn’t offer any evidence to back her claim.
Another official, Karen Brazell, who leads the staff for the White House Military Office, declined to comment whether agency resources were used to create the coins.