One of the biggest concerns of having Donald Trump as a president was the conflict of interests that came along with it. Trump owns multiple properties and what concerned a lot of people was that he would be using his presidency to profit his properties.
Well, that’s exactly what’s happening. According to a USA TODAY investigation, dozens of lobbyists and contractors have been paying for memberships to Trump’s private golf clubs in order to get easier access to the president.
USA TODAY reported, “Members of the clubs Trump has visited most often as president — in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia — include at least 50 executives whose companies hold federal contracts and 21 lobbyists and trade group officials. Two-thirds played on one of the 58 days the president was there.”
Trump is using his presidency to attract wealthy people who have interest in government. According to the report, this is the first time in U.S. history that people with interest in government have had a chance to have confidential access to a president.
Trump is offering his time in exchange for payments that enrich him personally. If this isn’t a conflict of interest then who knows what is.
Many ethics experts have brought up the concern that it isn’t appropriate for a sitting president to collect money from lobbyists who are interested in shaping federal policy.
You can read the entire report HERE.