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Trump Golf Resort In Ireland Promotes President’s Visit, Then Deletes It After Ethics Complaints


Trump Golf Resort In Ireland Promotes President’s Visit, Then Deletes It After Ethics Complaints

Trump International Golf Links, Doonbeg, a golf resort operated by the Trump family, tweeted — and then later deleted — two videos directly referencing President Trump, who spent Wednesday night and Thursday night at the resort and golf club.

“What an honour it was to have the President of the United States @POTUS and the First Lady @FLOTUS stay with us in Doonbeg,” the now-deleted tweet proclaimed alongside a video of the president’s helicopter landing on the property after his state visit to the United Kingdom.

However, the resort subsequently deleted the tweet after ethics watchdogs complained that the message was an apparent violation of a 2017 ethics agreement outlined by a Trump Organization lawyer.

Newsweek notes that the tweet “appeared to violate a promise from Trump tax attorney Sheri Dillon who, during the president-elect’s transition to the White House, described an ethics pledge involving Trump-operated properties and the new commander-in-chief. Among a host of commitments designed to disentangle the Trump business from the White House, Dillon said that ‘no communications of the Trump Organization, including social media accounts, will reference or be tied to President-elect Trump’s role as President of the United States or the office of the presidency.’ ”

“There are lines that we would never cross, and that’s mixing business with anything government,” Eric Trump told The Washington Post in 2017.

“I hope that the White House security, ethics, and communications offices have a long list of dos and don’ts regarding President Trump and visits to his properties,” Scott Amey, general counsel at the Project On Government Oversight, told Newsweek in a written statement. “This blunder might have slipped through the cracks, but it certainly raises security questions as well as questions about everyone’s commitment to ensure the President isn’t part of [the] Trump organization’s business affairs.”

A second tweet included a video of Trump using the property’s golf course on Friday morning.

“After we called them out for using the presidency for a commercial, @TrumpDoonbeg deleted its offending tweets,” said Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a government watchdog group that has filed numerous ethics complaints about the Trump administration.

“Make no mistake, Trump is now using the office of the president to do commercials for the business he still owns,” CREW said.


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