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Friday, November 03, 2017

When President Trump this week tapped Florida insurance executive Robin Bernstein to serve as the nation's next ambassador to the Dominican Republic, he wasn't just giving a business associate and longtime supporter a plum Caribbean assignment.

Bernstein also is a founding member of his private Florida club, Mar-a-Lago.

A USA TODAY review finds that Trump has installed at least five people who have been members of his clubs to senior roles in his administration, ranging from Bernstein and Callista Gingrich, the nation's new ambassador to the Vatican, to Adolfo Marzol, a member of the Trump National Golf Club in suburban Washington, who serves as a senior adviser at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Presidents often name campaign donors and close allies to administration posts, particularly prized diplomatic postings in cosmopolitan European capitals, such as Paris and London, and the tourist playgrounds of the West Indies.

But never in modern history has a president awarded government posts to people who pay money to his own companies.

White House officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Thursday.

"It certainly appears that it does not hurt to be a dues-paying member of the president's golf clubs to end up with a position in this administration," said Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, a watchdog group that has been critical of Trump's decision to retain ownership of his branding and real-estate empire.

"We don't normally have presidents who are continuing to own their business enterprises, and that's bound to pose potential conflicts."

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Most Corrupt Administration EVER.

#1 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-03 04:53 PM | Reply

MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No president has ever don anything like that before.

#2 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-11-03 05:17 PM | Reply

2: Not surprisingly, you apparently missed the part in the lede where they said that, in fact, no president had done that.

#3 | Posted by woe_is_W at 2017-11-03 09:56 PM | Reply

Chew on this link woe

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#4 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-11-04 01:13 PM | Reply

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