What comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth is, for a president of the United States, unprecedented.
So is what goes into his wallet.
That income came from their hotels, golf courses, clubs and merchandise sales. It came from long-established businesses and newly formed ones.
No modern president has profited this way during his time in office.
As president, Trump has promoted those businesses with his presence relentlessly. During his first 514 days in office, he visited Trump properties on 159 of them.
At least two American embassies abroad have promoted Mar-a-Lago, the president’s private club, on their websites. A national park in Virginia has offered Trump wine for sale.
Trump aide Kellyanne Conway publicly urged Americans to buy Ivanka Trump’s products in a television appearance on Fox News. Explaining the popularity of Trump’s Washington hotel, Conway told Politico that customers “look at it as a piece of the president.”
As demand rose, the Trump organization raised prices.
Mar-a-Lago, which Trump calls the “Winter White House,” doubled its membership fee to $200,000. Trump International Hotel, whose managers market it as a destination for diplomats, raised room rates almost 60 percent.