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July 12, 2019 11:01 a.m.

This Week: Trump Doral Loses Strip Club Clientele

Trump’s July 4 “Salute To America” came and went with a bang. Well, multiple bangs, coordinated across three companies and nearly a million dollars in donated labor and pyrotechnics. As we reported last week, the proprietors of both Phantom Fireworks and Fireworks by Grucci denied to TPM over the phone that they expected anything from the White House in exchange for their donation of a fireworks show in the nation’s capital on Independence Day. But there is an issue near and dear to both the fireworks industry and the Trump administration: Tariffs. The American Pyrotechnics Association has been pushing hard to get fireworks imports removed from a threatened list of potential tariff targets. The smoke-choked skies in D.C. attested, perhaps, to a lack of forethought about how much haze the “Salute to America” show would create. Phantom Fireworks CEO Bruce Zoldan described it to TPM as “dozens and dozens” of shells going off at a time. Strip Club Golf Tournament At…

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