Donald Trump went up to the stand. The South Korean parliament listened to him. It was a key moment in his Asian tour, a speech to strengthen cooperation in the face of North Korea's nuclear threat. But the President of the United States took off his presidential cap to return to his showman personality and was unable to avoid promoting, by the way, his golf club in new Jersey, where he has spent numerous weekends since he moved to Washington.
"The U.S. Open Women's Golf tournament was held this year at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, new Jersey and it just so happens that it was won by a great Korean golfer," Trump said with breaks between every word, as if he was presenting a prize. "And the four best: one, two, three, four!" They were from South Korea. "Congratulations," said Trump away from the microphone, applauding and looking at legislators, seeking his recognition.
The president was trying to praise the achievements and advances of the Koreans, something he liked among the public. But for its critics, the comments were another demonstration of a representative unable to engage in international diplomacy and the solemnity of an intervention on a key issue such as North Korea. Beyond that, they consider it another proof that Trump's company is generating millions of dollars because its founder is now the most powerful person in the world.
In Hawaii, at the beginning of the Asian Tour, the president went through his hotel before leaving the island, something that was not planned on the calendar and that according to the spokesman was a last minute decision. Since arriving at the White House in January, the Republican has made a continuous implicit promotion of its properties. Of the 73 times he has played golf since he is president, only in two of them has not done a club of his: one in the USA and another in Japan, according to the detailed tally of the Web Trump Golf count. In addition, the President has spent 95 of 277 days of presidency on a property of his, according to the New York Times.
Less than a year ago, when he won the election, the Republican distanced and dissociated himself from the management of his business conglomerate. However, it continues to receive economic benefits. Your hotel in Washington has become a new center of influence, raising two million dollars in profits in eight months of operation.
Since arriving at the White House, lawyers and Democrats have filed lawsuits alleging that this poses a conflict of interest and violates the executive's ethical standards. In March the owners of a restaurant denounced him for unfair competition from his hotel. So far none has prospered.