Japan's PM visited his fifth Trump business

Trump, Abe golfed together at their third different Trump course

On Saturday, President Trump hosted Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe at Trump National Golf Club, Washington, D.C. in Sterling, Virginia. It was the third different Trump course for the duo, who previously hit the links together at Trump International Golf Club, West Palm Beach in April 2018 and at Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter (Florida) in February 2017.

In total, Abe now has met with Trump at five different Trump businesses. In addition to the golf clubs, in September 2018 Abe saw Trump at Trump Tower in New York City and in April 2018 he visited Mar-a-Lago. (During that meeting, Abe and other guests at the president’s private club witnessed firsthand the U.S. response to a North Korean ballistic missile test.)


With a firearms’ exporters conference scheduled at his D.C. hotel this summer, Trump announces U.S. withdrawal from Arms Trade Treaty

From “Trump reverses U.S. course on Arms Trade Treaty during speech at NRA in Indianapolis” by Ginger Rough and Deirdre Shesgreen for USA Today:

President Donald Trump said Friday that he would pull out of the Arms Trade Treaty, a global 2014 pact designed to regulate the sale of conventional weapons, from guns to battle tanks…

Critics accused Trump of pandering the gun lobby with the move, while supporters said it would free the U.S. from unnecessary constraints on its domestic arms industry.

As 1100 Pennsylvania reported earlier this month, the Firearms and Ammunition Import/Export Roundtable will host its annual Firearms Import/Export Conference July 30–Aug. 1 at the Trump Hotel D.C.


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Report: Secret Service to visit Ireland this week in advance of Trump staying, golfing at Doonbeg

From “U.S. President Donald Trump set for Ireland visit as Secret Service arrange security” by John Lee for Extra.ie:

American Secret Service agents will arrive in Co. Clare this week to arrange security for a visit by Donald Trump a month later, Extra.ie can exclusively reveal.

President Trump is expected to arrive at Shannon Airport on June 6 or 7 and stay at his hotel in Doonbeg, according to tentative arrangements revealed to Extra.ie last night. He will be in France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6 and is expected here on a brief stopover, to stay at his hotel and play golf there.


Pro-veterans group celebrated war documentary at commander-in-chief’s hotel

The Academy of U.S. Veterans hosted a reception for war correspondents to celebrate the documentary Mosul at the Trump Hotel D.C. on Saturday. Among those who attended were Emmy winner and Academy Award nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo; Huffington Post writer Alex Mohajer; One America News Network political correspondent Neil McCabe; and the movie’s director and producer, Daniel Gabriel.

The academy’s mission is to “support, promote and recognize Veterans Service Organizations, Veteran Programs and Veteran Owned Businesses nationwide...all on the red carpet.” A representative from the academy has not replied to an inquiry asking why it chose to hold the event at the president’s hotel and how much it paid to do so.


Notable sightings

On Sunday, President Trump golfed with Sen. Lindsay Graham (R–SC) at Trump National Golf Club, Washington, D.C. in Sterling, Virginia, per the White House press pool. A guest at the president’s business got a photo of Trump.

Rudy.

Rudy.

Rudy.

It was “peace, unity, and love” for Trump hotel regulars Ximena Barreto, a former Trump political appointee in the Department of Health and Human Services who resigned after CNN and Media Matters reported she’d “spread conspiracies and made anti-Muslim comments,” and Rabia Kazan, the president of the pro-Trump Middle Eastern Women's Coalition and a director of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump.

A senior policy counsel for Rep. Vern Buchanan (R–FL), Ashley Rose, celebrated her birthday at a hotel owned by the head of the executive branch.

A first sergeant in the U.S. Army ostensibly had a beer at the commander-in-chief’s hotel.

Andrew Barnyak, an engineer at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, had drinks.

Washington Post national correspondent Annie Gowen reflected in the lobby.

According to the hotel’s executive chef, Oliver Beckert, a group ordered at least 98 surf and turfs.

The Trump Hotel Chicago was the setting for another adult video, this time featuring award-winning performers 19Honeysuckle (you’re on your own for the link). As 1100 Pennsylvania previously reported, in January, Candie Cane released a video of herself urinating on the carpet there (you’re on your own for the link for that one too). Anecdotally, more boudoir-and-up photo shoots take place at the Trump Hotel Chicago than at any of the president’s other properties.


Other Trump Organization news


House investigations, current status (latest changes, April 24, 2019)

  • Financial ServicesSent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank on Jan. 24. On March 1, chair Rep. Maxine Waters (D–CA) said the bank is cooperating with her committee and that staffers from the panel have met with bank employees in New York. On March 11, the committee requested documents on Trump’s businesses from Capitol One; the bank “said it was already preserving documents but needs a subpoena in order to comply” per Politico. On April 15, that subpoena was issued. All told, the committee reportedly has subpoenaed nine banks for information about President Trump’s finances.

  • Foreign Affairs—Chair Rep. Elliot Engel (D–NY) “plans to investigate whether President Donald Trump’s businesses are driving foreign policy decisions, including whether Trump violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution in the process” per CNN on Jan. 23.

  • Judiciary—On March 4, the committee “served document requests to 81 agencies, entities, and individuals believed to have information relevant to the investigation,” according to a statement by the panel. Among the individuals the committee requested documents from are Trump Organization EVP Donald Trump Jr.; EVP Eric Trump; EVP and COO Michael Calamari; CFO Alan Weisselberg; EVP and chief legal officer Alan Garten; Trump tax attorney Sherri Dillon; longtime Trump executive assistant Rhona Graff; former Trump advisor Felix Sater; former Trump attorney Michael Cohen; and Trump associate and inaugural chair, Tom Barrack. The committee received “tens of thousands” of documents by the March 18 deadline the letters set for responses, according to its chair, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D–NY). Among the respondents: Barrack, Steve Bannon, and the National Rifle Association. But more than half of the targets had not replied by April 3, two weeks after the deadline. On that day, the committee authorized subpoenas for former White House aides Bannon, Ann Donaldson, Hope Hicks, Donald McGahn, and Reince Priebus, per Politico. Attorneys for the Trump Organization, Donald Trump Jr., and Eric Trump did not respond to Politico’s inquires if their clients planned to reply. The committee is considering making additional document requests, including to Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. The committee interviewed Felix Sater on March 21.

  • Intelligence—On Feb. 6, chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D–CA) issued a statement that said his committee would investigate links or coordination between the Russian government/related foreign actors and individuals associated with Trump’s businesses, as well as if foreign actors sought to compromise or hold leverage over Trump’s businesses. On Feb. 10, Schiff said the committee would investigate Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank, a major lender to the Trump Organization. Earlier, on Jan. 24, the committee sent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank. On Feb. 28, an aide said the panel expects to interview Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg. During testimony on March 6, Michael Cohen turned over documents that allegedly show how Trump’s then-personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, edited Cohen’s statement regarding Trump Tower Moscow. Cohen later read this revised statement before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. In closed-door testimony in March, Cohen claimed the president submitted a false insurance claim regarding a fresco in Trump Tower. Felix Sater, who was connected to the Trump Moscow project, was scheduled to testify in an open hearing on March 27, but that has been postponed. Schiff hired a veteran prosecutor experienced with combating Russian organized crime to lead this investigation. The committee is also seeking to interview Trump inauguration organizer Stephanie Winston Wolkoff. On March 11, the committee requested documents on Trump’s businesses from Capitol One; the bank “said it was already preserving documents but needs a subpoena in order to comply” per Politico. On April 15, that subpoena was issued. All told, the committee reportedly has subpoenaed nine banks for information about President Trump’s finances.

  • Oversight and Reform—Chair Rep. Elijah Cummings’s (D–MD) staff “has already sent out 51 letters to government officials, the White House, and the Trump Organization asking for documents related to investigations that the committee may launch,” on Jan. 13. In a Feb. 15 letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, Cummings said the committee received documents showing White House attorney Stefan Passantino and long-time Trump personal attorney Sheri Dillon provided “false information” to the Office of Government Ethics regarding Michael Cohen’s “hush-money payments.” As a result, Cummings wants to depose Passantino and Dillon; the White House, however, rejected Cummings’ request to interview Passantino. And on Feb. 27, Cohen testified to the committee about those payments and other Trump Organization business practices, which could lead to the committee requesting the president’s tax returns and allegations of possible insurance fraud. The next day, House Democrats signaled they would seek testimony from Trump Organization officials whom Cohen alleged were implicated, including Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and CFO Allen Weisselberg. On March 6, Cummings requested information from the GSA about its reversal of an earlier decision to relocate FBI headquarters, which is located across the street from the Trump Hotel D.C. The committee also has requested 10 years of Trump’s financial records. On March 11, the committee requested documents on Trump’s businesses from Capitol One; the bank “said it was already preserving documents but needs a subpoena in order to comply” per Politico. And on April 12, Cummings notified committee members that he plans to subpoena Mazars USA, Trump’s accounting firm, for his financial statements. That same day Cummings also wrote to the GSA requesting all monthly reports from the Trump Hotel D.C., information about any liens on the hotel, a slew of correspondence between the Trump Org and GSA, and legal opinions regarding the Trump Org’s compliance with the lease. President Trump, the Trump Organization, and the Trump Hotel D.C. sued Cummings and Mazars USA on April 22 in an attempt to prevent the release of Trump’s financial records. Trump’s suit cites an 1880 Supreme Court decision—that was overturned in 1927. Cummings postponed the subpoenas’ deadline while the courts address the president’s suit. A hearing is scheduled for May 14.

  • Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management—Transportation committee chair Rep. Peter DeFazio (D–OR) and subcommittee chair Dina Titus (D–NV) sent a letter to GSA administrator Emily Murphy on Jan. 22 asking for all communication between the GSA and members of the Trump family dating back to 2015, an explanation of how the D.C. hotel calculates its profits, profit statements since the hotel opened, any guidance from the White House regarding the lease, and whether or not Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are recused from participating in decisions regarding the property. GSA has “sent a partial response and the subcommittee is reviewing it,” according to a senior House staffer familiar with the situation. When hearings begin, it is likely that Murphy will be the first person called to testify, according to a person familiar with the subcommittee’s plans. Titus is hiring additional staffers to handle the investigation. On March 6, Titus requested information from the GSA about its reversal of an earlier decision to relocate the FBI headquarters, which is located across the street from the Trump Hotel D.C. NPR reported on March 15 that, “Democrats on the committee want to know, among other things, whether there was any political pressure exerted on the GSA by the Trump White House, presidential campaign or transition team. They also want to know how the Trump Hotel calculates its profits, segregates incoming money from foreign governments, and what the Trump Organization owes the GSA on a monthly or annual basis.’”

  • Ways and Means—On April 3, chairman Richard Neal (D–MA) requested six years of Trump’s personal tax returns, as well as the returns for eight of his businesses (including that of the trust that holds the president’s ownership stake in the D.C. hotel). After the IRS missed Neal’s first deadline, he extended it until 5 p.m. on April 22. The IRS missed that deadline too and Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin said he’d make a decision whether or not to release the returns by May 6. Also, the subcommittee on Oversight held its first hearing on “legislative proposals and tax law related to presidential and vice-presidential tax returns” on Feb. 7. “We will ask the question: Does the public have a need to know that a person seeking the highest office in our country obeys tax law?” said chair Rep. John Lewis (D–GA). Experts in tax law testified.


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Legal cases, current status (latest change, April 22, 2019)


Health inspections, current status (latest change, Aug. 10, 2018)

  • ❌Hotel: five violations on May 7, 2018; two were corrected on site

  • ❌BLT Prime and Benjamin Bar: nine violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ❌Sushi Nakazawa: two violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ✔️Banquet kitchen: no violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ❌Pastry kitchen: two violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ✔️Gift shop: no violations on May 7, 2018

  • ❌Employee kitchen and in-room dining: five violations on Aug. 10, 2018; two were corrected on site


Is the Trump Organization selling merchandise that depicts the White House? (latest change, March 21, 2019)

Yes.


One thing that (probably) has nothing to do with Trump’s businesses

“The roots of Trumpian agitprop” by Todd Gitlin for The New York Review of Books


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