Lobbyists golf near POTUS
Trump's motorcade enters Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., in May (AP's Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
The latest USA Today cover story details how Trump gets millions from golfers:
- "Dozens of lobbyists, contractors and others who make their living influencing the government pay President Trump's companies for membership in his private golf clubs, a status that can put them in close contact with the president.
- "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, according to scores they posted online."
- Why it matters: "[F]or the first time in U.S. history, wealthy people with interests before the government have a chance for close and confidential access to the president as a result of payments that enrich him personally. It is a view of the president available to few other Americans."