The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.
by 
Katherine Sullivan

Trump’s Company Removes Presidential Seal From Golf Course

The Trump Organization says it has removed golf markers bearing the presidential seal from one of its golf courses.

As ProPublica and WNYC reported yesterday, President Trump’s company recently ordered dozens of presidential seals to be used as golf tee markers. It is illegal to use the presidential seal for commercial purposes.

In a statement Tuesday morning, a spokesman for the company said, “The plaques were presented to the club by a small group of members, who are incredible fans of the President, in honor of Presidents day [sic] weekend. They were temporary and have since been removed.”

As our story noted, an order form for the markers lists them as being bought by “Trump International.”

The Trump Organization declined to answer further questions from ProPublica, including where the seals have been used, whether the president sought authorization from the White House counsel’s office, and why the Trump Organization has removed the seals.

After issuing a call on social media, we were pointed to an Instagram account containing photos of the presidential seal marker at a golf course. The photos were posted on Sunday evening, before our story was published, and the photo included a caption saying, “My shot landed at the 45 yard marker on 10 at Mar A Lago. Not too shabby.”

The account was deleted after commenters noted its connection to our story.

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago does not itself have a golf course, but members are given access to nearby Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, a short drive away.

ProPublica/WNYC was first directed to the existence of the markers after receiving a tip from a listener to the Trump, Inc. podcast.

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.

 

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Dr. Mehmet Oz and Sean Hannity

Youtube Screenshot

Fox News prime-time host Sean Hannity is priming his audience to see election fraud in any defeat for Dr. Mehmet Oz, his favored candidate who currently leads the GOP primary for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania with two percent of votes outstanding. If the fast-closing hedge funder Dave McCormick takes the lead and the Oz camp claims the election has been stolen, it could set up a potentially explosive proxy war with Hannity’s colleague Laura Ingraham, whose Fox program favors McCormick and has suggested he is likely to prevail when all the votes are counted.

The GOP primary was a chaotic slugfest that split Fox’s slate of pro-GOP hosts in an unusually public way. Hannity was Oz’s most prominent supporter, reportedly securing the support of former President Donald Trump and using his program to endorse the TV personality, give him a regular platform, and target the challenge from right-wing commentator and Fox & Friends regular Kathy Barnette. Ingraham, meanwhile, used her Fox program (which airs in the hour following Hannity’s) to promote McCormick, criticize Oz, and defend Barnette.

Keep reading... Show less
Youtube Screenshot

Overturning Roe v. Wade is very unpopular, yet another poll confirms. Nearly two out of three people, or 64 percent, told the NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll that Roe should not be overturned, including 62 percent of independents. The poll also includes some good news for Democrats.

According to the poll, the prospect of the Supreme Court striking down Roe in the most extreme way is motivating Democratic voters more than Republicans: Sixty-six percent of Democrats say it makes them more likely to vote in November compared with 40 percent of Republicans. That echoes a recent NBC poll finding a larger rise in enthusiasm about voting among Democrats than Republicans.

Keep reading... Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}