More disgusting corruption, a la Donald Trump’s attempt to host the G-7 summit at his golf resort/bedbug hatchery in Florida.
According to The New York Times, in 2018, Trump asked the U.S. ambassador to Britain, Robert Wood Johnson IV, to try to convince the British government to “steer” the British Open golf tournament to his Trump Turnberry resort in Scotland.
The ambassador’s deputy, Lewis A. Lukens, advised him not to do it, warning that it would be an unethical use of the presidency for private gain, these people said. But Mr. Johnson apparently felt pressured to try. A few weeks later, he raised the idea of Turnberry playing host to the Open with the secretary of state for Scotland, David Mundell.
In a brief interview last week, Mr. Mundell said it was “inappropriate” for him to discuss his dealings with Mr. Johnson and referred to a British government statement that said Mr. Johnson “made no request of Mr. Mundell regarding the British Open or any other sporting event.” The statement did not address whether the ambassador had broached the issue of Turnberry, which Mr. Trump bought in 2014, but none of the next four Opens are scheduled to be played there.
And, of course, an official who raised concerns about this clear conflict of interest eventually got the heave-ho.
Still, the episode left Mr. Lukens and other diplomats deeply unsettled. Mr. Lukens, who served as the acting ambassador before Mr. Johnson arrived in November 2017, emailed officials at the State Department to tell them what had happened, colleagues said. A few months later, Mr. Johnson forced out Mr. Lukens, a career diplomat who had earlier served as ambassador to Senegal, shortly before his term was to end.
Donald Trump is openly and always corrupt — and he doesn’t seem to care. He could have been impeached dozens of times over for nonsense like this, and yet he persists in calling Joe Biden “corrupt” and Hillary Clinton “crooked.”