For the past 4 years, Trump has been fixated on the financial benefits he might derive from his time in office.

That money may help him pay off his $421 million in personally guaranteed debt that's coming due soon.

Here’s a look back at how he’s capitalized on the presidency:
At the 2019 G-7 Summit, Trump previewed an announcement that he would hold the 2020 G-7 at Trump National Doral resort, likely bringing millions of dollars in foreign government spending.

This scheme was shut down by widespread criticism.
The Trump Organization has billed taxpayers more than $1.2 million in Secret Service spending alone during Trump’s time in office.
When VP Pence traveled to Ireland for meetings in Dublin, he stayed almost 200 miles away, at Trump’s Doonbeg resort.

The detour cost the government nearly $600k in travel expenses. The Secret Service paid the resort more than $15k.
Trump pressured the U.S. ambassador to Britain to steer the British Open to Trump’s Turnberry resort in Scotland in 2017.

The ambassador, Woody Johnson, unsuccessfully raised the idea with Scotland’s secretary of state.
The day after T-Mobile announced its planned merger with Sprint (for which it needed approval from the Trump administration) nine T-Mobile executives checked into the Trump hotel and spent a total of $195k.

The merger was approved.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to NYC drove a spike in quarterly profits at the Trump hotel in 2018. Though the crown prince himself didn’t stay there, his entourage did.

They spent enough to put the hotel in the black.
The sad truth is that not only has Trump tried to monetize the presidency — he has succeeded.

These tweets only scratch the surface. Read CREW’s full report here, and share it with your friends and family.…

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