Donald Trump is first and foremost a businessman. He used his status as such to convince many Americans he could run the nation like a business and help “make America great again.” However, his business dealings continue to raise questions about potential conflicts of interest and whether or not he’s profiting from his 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue address.
According to President Trump’s 2017 financial disclosure released by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics on Friday, he made $37 million from his Palm Beach, Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, from January 2016 through April 2017. The same property is listed as bringing in almost $30 million on Trump’s 2016 disclosure and $16 million on the 2015 form.
Similarly, the nearby Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida brought in $20 million last year, compared to nearly $18 million the year before and $12 million two years before.
The president has visited Mar-a-Lago 25 times since taking office, bringing unprecedented media attention to the resort.
It’s difficult to calculate exactly how much more money Trump has made since starting his campaign and taking office, as it’s unclear if the previous years’ reports cover the same time frame. He also refuses to release his tax returns, …read more