Trump Org encouraged New Yorkers to golf today

With New York officials advocating residents stay at home, Trump Ferry Point recommends golfing to ‘exercise social distancing’

With New York City’s mayor pushing for residents to shelter in place and the state’s governor mandating businesses require 75 percent of their staff to work from home in response to the coronavirus, the president’s Bronx golf course suggested practicing social distancing by getting in a round of 18 today.

Just after 9 a.m. Friday, President Donald J. Trump’s money-losing Ferry Point golf club tweeted, “Looking to get some #freshair? The golf course is a great place to relieve stress and exercise social distancing #openingday.”

The day before that tweet, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) had “ordered 75 percent of the workforce in nonessential services to stay at home”, while New York City Mayor Bill de Blassio (D) had been pushing for a shelter-in-place order, reported Berkeley Lovelace Jr. and Noah Higgins-Dunn for CNBC.

And just hours after Trump Ferry Point encouraged New Yorkers (and everyone else for that matter) to leave their houses and play golf, Cuomo announced that he would sign an executive order effective Sunday evening “mandating that 100% of workforce must stay home, excluding essential services.”

As of 2:00 p.m. Friday it still was possible to book Friday, Saturday, and Sunday tee times at Ferry Point both via its website and by phone. No slots were available the following week though, which is after Cuomo’s order for all workers to stay at home takes effect. Representatives from the Trump Organization have not responded to inquiries asking if Ferry Point had followed the governor’s orders from yesterday and reduced its on-site staff by 75 percent today, whether it still planned to open tomorrow and Sunday, and if the company considered golf an essential service.

On Friday afternoon though, Ben Protess, Steve Eder and Eric Lipton reported for The New York Times that Trump Org EVP Eric Trump said, “As an organization we are following federal, state and local direction and guidance very carefully.”

Two hours after Ferry Point’s suggested practicing in social distancing by coming in and playing golf, Trump’s Sterling, Virginia club did likewise.

President Trump, of course, also has advocated social distancing while not exactly practicing it.


A year later, Trump Store is still hawking merchandise featuring the White House

On March 20, 2019, the Trump Store debuted a collection that featured at least four items depicting the White House (a story 1100 Pennsylvania broke at the time). The offerings violated the Trump Organization’s pledge not to use the presidency to market itself. And while the company didn’t provide a reason for doing so, 18 days later the Trump Store announced it was discontinuing the line.

A year after it debuted, however, the Trump Store continues to sell bar soap and a gift set with packaging showing the White House.


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Summaries

  • 25 unimpeachable examples of Trump profiting from his hotel: Foreign governments, Trump administration, GOP lawmakers, industry all have called on the Trump Hotel D.C. since its owner became president (Sept. 27, 2019)

  • Power tripping in the swamp: How Trump’s D.C. hotel swallowed Washington
    The MAGA social scene is a movable feast, but its dark heart resides within the Old Post Office Building, where the Trump Org operates under a mercenary charter” by your correspondent for Vanity Fair (October 2019)

  • Inside the world’s most controversial hotel: The hotel that was expected to take its place among the crown jewels of D.C.’s travel scene has become a magnet for protestors, a West Wing Annex, and—possibly—the center of a constitutional crisis.” by your correspondent for Condé Nast Traveler (May 2018)

Upcoming key dates

  • Sept. 23, 2019—House Judiciary Committee hearing “Presidential corruption: Emoluments and profiting off the presidency” (postponed, not yet rescheduled)

  • Jan. 23, 2020—Trump Organization’s deadline to bid for the lease rights to its D.C. hotel.

  • March 20, 2020—Status hearing before D.C. Superior Court in former hotel employees’ lawsuit alleging racial discrimination, postpone due to coronavirus-related closure

  • March 31, 2020—Before postponement due to coronavirus-related closure, the Supreme Court was to hear Trump’s appeal of earlier rulings requiring his financial institutions to comply with subpoenas from House Financial Services, Intelligence, and Oversight Committees and the New York district attorney’s office

  • April 6, 2020—Deadline for parties to exchange witness lists in lawsuit alleging a shard of glass from a sabered bottle of champagne left a gash in a customer’s chin

  • June 2020—Before postponement or oral arguments due to a coronavirus-related closure, Supreme Court decision due on Trump’s appeal of earlier rulings requiring his financial institutions to comply with subpoenas from House Financial Services, Intelligence, and Oversight


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