On his way into Asia for a diplomatic tour, among his trips since taking office, President Donald
Kyle Griffin of MSNBC reports that this can be Trump's 97th day in a Trump property since his inauguration on January 20th.
After downplaying the topic during the majority of his presidential effort, Trump formally pledged to separate his business from the presidency past November, a few weeks following the election. That charade did not last for long Trump's three oldest kids, who were supposed to be conducting the Trump Organization in their father's absence, was also appointed members of the Trump transition team.
The lines within the nation's politics along with Trump's family business have become more blurred over the last year, as his children have sold campaign merchandise and held meetings with RNC officials, while Trump-branded hotels have emerged and expanded across the nation and memberships to Trump's Florida resort, Mar-A-Lago, have doubled.
The Trump Hotel in Waikiki says that it is "not owned, designed, or sold by the Trump Organization, or any of the affiliates." But Trump's taxpayer-funded detour into the property proves that the sole connection Trump finds important is the branding -- and that he still sees himself as the organization's proprietor and its brand ambassador.
After praising his hotel employees, Trump boarded a plane to Asia, where he will presumably spend another 12 days seeking to ward off a looming nuclear war with North Korea.
Trump stopped in Honolulu, Hawaii to see the USS Arizona Memorial, which is dedicated to the victims of the assault on Pearl Harbor.
But on his way back into the airport, Trump made a different stop -- this time in the Trump Hotel.
According to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump wanted to greet the employees and thank them for their hard effort in creating the Trump Hotel a "tremendously successful endeavor." This stop, which happened amidst a taxpayer-funded trip, was equally sudden and unannounced, based on reporters traveling with the president.
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