Trump uses Presidential Chopper to advertise his Failing Golf Course in Ireland

❝ Trump…discussed his resort with Ireland’s minister for trade, employment and business upon his arrival at Shannon Airport, where he met Ireland’s prime minister. That 65-minute meeting was conducted at an airport lounge near the food court and the duty-free shopping because Trump did not want to travel to the nation’s capital, Dublin. It was the entirety of Trump’s official business in Ireland.

❝ His for-profit golf course there posted promotional videos of him teeing off and his helicopter’s arrival — but deleted them after HuffPost began making inquiries.

6 thoughts on “Trump uses Presidential Chopper to advertise his Failing Golf Course in Ireland

  1. Mick says:

    “A Gobshite American President in Ireland” (The New Yorker 6/6/19) (during a press conference at Shannon Airport on Wednesday) “…there was “a quiet gasp” from the Irish contingent in the room when Trump said “your wall, your border.” Throughout Ireland, the dismantling of the concertina wire and military fortifications that used to disfigure parts of the line of demarcation between the twenty-six counties of the Republic and the six of Northern Ireland is seen as a massively welcome development. These days, countless people from both countries cross the border unimpeded to work, shop, or visit friends and family. [Leo Varadkar, the Irish Prime Minister] , his face a mask, didn’t react immediately. Then he reached out his right hand toward Trump and interjected politely, “The main thing we want to avoid, of course, is a border or a wall between both sides.”
    “…Rather than castigating Trump for his ill-informed comments about Brexit and the Irish border, he [Varadkar] went out of his way to make excuses for him, remarking, “You know, he is President of America and there are nearly two hundred countries in the world. So I don’t think it’s possible for him to have an in-depth and detailed understanding of issues in every single country.”

  2. Thérèse Defarge says:

    ‘These boys were on a holiday’: Trump family members promote themselves, and businesses, on European trip (includes video of President Trump’s sons Eric and Donald Trump Jr. during a pub crawl in Doonbeg on June 5) “…The question of who is paying for the family members’ participation — and whether American taxpayers will be on the hook — has emerged as an unresolved subplot, with newspapers in Scotland and London scouring State Department databases and reporting on the fancy hotels and expensive limousines contracted by the U.S. government.
    During the trip, the Trump children have documented their exploits in Instagram posts — touring Buckingham Palace! observing the aerial flyover in Normandy! pouring pints behind the bar in Doonbeg! — in a modern-day slide show of “wish-you-were-here!” family vacation moments for the public back home. At times, the images appeared discordant with the aims of a U.S. government delegation representing the nation’s geostrategic interests.”

  3. Whirlybird says:

    The Navy awarded Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. a $542 million contract to deliver six VH-92A helicopters by 2021 as the first phase in replacing the aging presidential fleet of 19 helicopters. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin subsidiary, will build a total of 23 helicopters by 2023 to ferry the president, vice president and other heads of state, according to a statement Monday. (Stars and Strips 6/11/19)
    “Trump’s Irish visit: Marine One helicopter makes dummy run : Aircraft will take US president between Shannon and Doonbeg, weather permitting” (The Irish Times June 2, 2019) “The US president will make the journey between the airport and his golf resort four times over the course of the three days that he is in Ireland.”
    “…With the additional travel costs of flying the planes that were used as Air Force One; the need to transport U.S. Marine Corps helicopters and presidential limousines to Ireland in addition to England and France; and the State Department expenses, the Ireland excursion cost taxpayers at least $3.6 million more than if Trump had stayed in London on Wednesday night and returned to Washington from France on Thursday, according to a HuffPost analysis.”

  4. Ahoy Polloi says:

    …that $106 million could pay the annual salary of 1,800 public school teachers or cover 14 million Meals on Wheels lunches . Instead, Trump spent it on trips to help promote his private businesses. It’s also more than three times the cost of the entire Mueller investigation (which recovered nearly as much money as it cost)

  5. Cyclic trim says:

    “Trump Lobbies Lockheed Martin CEO to Keep Pennsylvania Helicopter Plant Open :
    Defense contractor announced planned closing of Sikorsky plant near Philadelphia earlier this month.” (6/15/19) “Pennsylvania was a key state in Trump’s 2016 election victory, where he won by a fewer than 50,000 votes out of nearly 6 million cast.
    On Monday, Lockheed shares dipped after the U.S. Department of Defense said it had reached a deal to cut the price of the planemaker’s F-35A fighter jet to under $80 million each. On Friday, shares ended regular trade up 0.30% at 350.14. In after-hours trade, the stock edged higher.”
    See also: “Can Marine One Fly in the Rain? The White House’s explanation of President Trump’s absence from a ceremony in France raises more questions than it answers.” (Nov. 12, 2018) and Vortex ring state (AKA Settling with Power)

  6. Hey, Rube! says:

    (June 20, 2019): “When Trump visits his clubs, government agencies and Republicans pay to be where he is”
    When President Trump finished the first official rally of his reelection campaign this week, he got on Air Force One. But he didn’t go home to Washington. Instead, he flew 190 miles in the opposite direction — to visit his own Doral golf resort, outside Miami.
    The resort’s profits have fallen since Trump took office. But it had a major event planned for the next day, a fundraiser for Trump’s reelection campaign.
    It would be his 126th visit to one of his properties since taking office. And this visit — like more than a dozen before it — would bring paying customers, allowing Trump to play a double role.
    The president would be the headliner and the caterer.
    See also “How Taxpayers Covered a $1,000 Liquor Bill for Trump Staffers (and More) at Trump’s Club : A top-shelf, closed-door drinking session. $546-a-night hotel rooms. A special government credit card for Mar-a-Lago. Taxpayers foot the costs — and the president profits.”

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