Donald Trump doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to appointing government positions. Typically, the qualifications to earn a government role have to do with prior experience and knowledge. Unfortunately for America, we have a president who believes members of his over-hyped golf resorts would best be suited to serve as an ambassador for our nation.
Robin Bernstein, who was a founding member of Trump’s “Winter White House,” Mar-a-Lago, is now serving as ambassador to the Dominican Republic. In other words, he’s soaking up the Caribbean on the government’s dime. And apparently, he’s not the only one.
As USA Today reports:
Trump assigned at least five club members to administrative roles. Fellow Mar-a-Lago founding member Callista Gingrich is the new ambassador to the Vatican, and Adolfo Marzol, a member of the Trump National Golf Club in the DC beltway, is now a senior adviser at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.”
It appears that desperate times call for desperate measures for Trump.
Now, it’s also difficult to tell just how many Mar-A-Lago members were appointed to White House roles, since the memberships are not made public. USA Today notes that they’ve:
…identified members using news accounts and by reviewing a public website golfers use to track their handicaps. An investigation by USA TODAY found that dozens of lobbyists and federal contractors are paying members of the clubs Trump has visited the most often, a status that could put them in close contact with the president in exchange for payments that enrich him personally.”
This accurately explains how they discovered Berry Nigro, now second in command of the Justice Department’s antitrust department, is a member of Trump’s club near the nation’s capital (although he denies that Trump even knew who he was. But of course, no one believes that).
Just wait, it gets worse…
Another Mar-A-Lago member, Patrick Park, stated that he was promised ambassador roles. Park told The Palm Beach Post that Trump wrote him a handwritten letter offering a diplomatic post in Austria, the setting of Park’s favorite movie, The Sound of Music. “I know every single word and song by heart,” he told the Post. “I’ve always wanted to live in the Von Trapp house.”
Assuming Trump is desperate to fill spots, Park can expect to be singing “My Favorite Things” in the near future.
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