In the mafia there’s a concept known as “kicking up” or “paying tribute” to the Boss – lining the Boss’s pockets to keep him happy. The Boss doesn’t have to explicitly ask; it’s understood.
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) September 3, 2019
There is no bottom to the GOP barrel; they’re excavating down towards the Earth’s molten magma core…
The AG is holding a private party at the President’s hotel.
The VP is staying 180 miles away from his meetings to stay at the President’s resort.
The President is pushing his own resort to host the G7 next year.
The corruption can’t be more obvious. https://t.co/Wv2bAZXNQv
— Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (@repcleaver) September 3, 2019
NEW: Trump, Pence, & aides have repeatedly invoked the Secret Service when explaining why they stay in Trump resorts, arguing that it's easier for law enforcement to secure them. But Secret Service vets say that's not true, and can actually make it harder. https://t.co/BXVpUyycZj
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) September 3, 2019
Not that I doubt the word of our present VP, but the folks in Dublin have had considerable experience in working with security teams.
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) September 3, 2019
Pence kicking up to the boss personally is a nice idea but I assume that when the VP travels he travels with security, staff, etc. and a range of non-family expenses that funnel taxpayer money to Trump.
Just like how the Secret Service pays to rent golf carts at Trump’s clubs. https://t.co/iVXKR9sAkH
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) September 3, 2019
The VP is staying a 3 hour drive from Irish capital, necessitating costly helicopters, all so that his visit to Ireland can put cash in the boss’s pocket. Normal federal employees go to prison for such schemes
— David Frum (@davidfrum) September 2, 2019
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) September 3, 2019
Pence is used to going out of his way to help his boss profit from the presidency.
For starters, @VP's Great America Committee has spent more than $225,000 at the Trump Hotel DC.
— Zach Everson (@Z_Everson) September 3, 2019