According to Politico, Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort sold 800 tickets to a New Year’s Eve party at which guests will have the opportunity the rub elbows with the President-elect and his family.
President-elect Donald Trump owns the members-only luxury resort, which each year sells tickets to swank parties it throws on holidays and special occasions, including New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Saturday’s formal event is scheduled to include a cocktail hour in the resort’s living room and patio area, followed by dinner and dancing until 1 a.m. in its grand ballroom to live music performed by the band Party on the Moon, according to Sean Spicer, Trump’s incoming White House press secretary.
In any other year, in any other place, this would look like a brazen pay-to-play scheme designed to grant access, for those willing to pay for it, to the soon-to-be leader of the free world—a man who will likely be in a position to help them with whatever special needs they might have in their roles as rich and powerful business people, politicians, shady world leaders, etc.
But in America at the tail end of 2016, this is pretty much par for the course. Donald Trump appears to have no qualms whatsoever about co-mingling his role as soon-to-be President of the United States with his family’s private interest in getting, growing and hoarding wealth. And so the lucky attendees at Trump’s lavish New Year’s Eve extravaganza will dance and drink and eat and play as if there’s nothing to see here, nothing to worry about, no conflict of interest at all.
Huffington Post reports:
The Trump transition team did not respond to HuffPost queries about the cost of the tickets and whether the president-elect is concerned about any conflicts of interest the party could generate.”
President Obama’s former ethics counselor offered his take on Twitter:
— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) December 30, 2016
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