President Donald Trump promised in January that his company would commit to no new foreign deals while he’s in office. That promise, however, excludes the dozens of deals the Trump organization already had in the works — a pipeline that makes the promise functionally empty. One of the first of these ongoing deals came out of the pipeline over the weekend, with the lavish Dubai opening of the Trump organization’s first golf course in the Middle East. Trump’s sons Eric and Don Jr. attended as the “guests of honor,” as they were dubbed in a Trump Organization promotional tweet.
I am not going to complain about having to foot the bill for the security for these two privileged jamokes. I think they should arrange for their own—perhaps through the new Secretary of Education’s ne’er-do-well brother—but I accept that none of these guys does anything self-sacrificing, and if we didn’t want to pay to guard the spalpeens, we shouldn’t have elected the old guy. But the essential grasping vulgarity of the whole clan occasionally is staggering. From The Chicago Tribune
The course’s opening comes after Donald Trump tried for years to enter the Arab market as a real estate mogul who later earned millions licensing his name to projects. The course’s opening now, as well as long-standing plans to open a second Trump-branded course in Dubai, could raise security and ethical issues for America’s 45th president going forward.
A pro shop inside the clubhouse sold Trump International Golf Club baseball caps for 150 dirhams ($40) and Trump-branded golf balls for ($5.50). Absent were the red “Make America Great Again” caps made famous by Trump’s campaign. Both sons gave brief remarks at the opening, neither touching on their father’s new job. Donald Jr. instead applauded Dubai’s hereditary ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al MaktoumAnd, of course, there will be more of this.
“It’s truly awe inspiring,” he said. “In Dubai, if you can envision it, you can build it.”
The Dubai golf course marks Trump’s first successful venture in the Arab world. But it has raised questions about how the Trump Organization’s many international business interests will affect Trump’s administration. Meanwhile, trips abroad by Trump’s two sons are expected to continue. Before Trump’s inauguration, his son Eric visited the Trump Tower Punta del Este in Uruguay to check on the tower’s progress and personally greet buyers. A Trump hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, is also expected to soon host Trump’s sons.