Corruption

Trump Raises Rates to Pay Himself For RNC Meeting

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump's National Doral hotel in Miami just doubled the rates for even their cheapest rooms and while that would not ordinarily be newsworthy, it is when taxpayers and the Republican National Committee (RNC) is paying for it.

Trump raised rates at his hotel just before announcing that he would personally speak at the RNC's winter meeting at National Doral.

Donald Trump’s plan to address the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting at Trump National Doral next to the Miami airport has been in the works since mid-January, about the same time that the resort raised the nightly rate for its least expensive rooms from $254 to $539.

That higher figure is just under the maximum per-night rate federal government rules permit for a hotel in South Florida, and is triple the normal “per diem” rate employees are supposed to follow.

The White House would not reveal how much Trump’s Secret Service agents or other members of his “advance” team are paying for the days prior to his visit.

I know the next president is going to have an enormous pile of things to deal with after Trump, but ethics reform has to make the list of priorities.

And it should be a slam dunk in Congress, right? Are Republicans in the first session of Congress after Trump going to oppose legislation making it more difficult for the current and future presidents to profit from taxpayers while in office?

This has to be a priority because it will discourage the next Trump wannabe from running for president. It could discourage the next literal Trump, meaning Don Jr. or Ivanka.

  • muselet

    That higher figure is just under the maximum per-night rate federal government rules permit for a hotel in South Florida, and is triple the normal “per diem” rate employees are supposed to follow.

    That’s no coincidence.

    It has become clear over the past three years that we need to require everyone holding high office, in any branch of government and at any level of government, to place all assets—absolutely everything, down to and including personal savings and checking accounts—in a blind trust during their term(s) of office. A real blind trust, not Donald Trump’s idea of a blind trust (turn notional control of his company over to Don Jr and Eric, with whom he talks every day).

    It shouldn’t be necessary to protect the country against a president who would stoop to the sort of penny-ante crap that would be beneath the average street hustler, but that’s where we find ourselves.

    The most dispiriting part of this story is that it’s too damn’ predictable for me to manage outrage. Of course Donald Trump is going to squeeze more money out of the RNC and taxpayers, it’s his signature move.

    I miss normal.

    –alopecia

    • stacib23

      You and JM are real troopers. There are days I…just…can’t.

      Oh yeah, grifters gonna grift.

      • muselet

        Don’t let my cheery demeanor fool you. There are days I feel like throwing up my hands and buying a coconut plantation somewhere far, far away.

        Then I remind myself that’s just what the bastards want.

        –alopecia