Administration Officials Get Discount At Trump’s Golf Club

US President Donald Trump (C) arrives to speak to the press with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (3rd L), Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (2nd L) and United States National Security Advisor H. R. McM... US President Donald Trump (C) arrives to speak to the press with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (3rd L), Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (2nd L) and United States National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster (L) on August 11, 2017, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Trump said Friday that he was considering options involving the US military as a response to the escalating political crisis in Venezuela. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 14, 2018 7:15 am
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In a continuation of his entanglement of private business and public office, President Donald Trump offers his staffers discounts at the pro shop at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf course when they show their Secret Service pins, according to a Monday Politico report.

Getting deals anywhere from 15 percent to 70 percent off, aides get the same discounts club members do.

Per Politico, the Office of Government Ethics mandates that federal officials cannot accept gifts worth more than $20. The golf club discount would be considered a gift, since it is not available to all government employees.

Norm Eisen, ethics czar during the Obama administration, told Politico that Trump’s discounts are unpatriotic.

“It does have an effect on how Trump tries to secure personal loyalty and woo people away from what should be their primary and their only loyalty — to the Constitution, to public service and to the people of the United States,” he said. “This is another small inducement, apparently contrary to federal law, that he uses to bind his staff to him personally.”

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