'Privileged white greed': Internet destroys Pence for staying at Trump's Ireland hotel – 180 miles away from his meeting
The White House is scrambling to defend Vice President Mike Pence‘s decision to stay at President Donald Trump‘s hotel in Ireland while meeting with that country’s leaders – 180 miles away. Pence will be using Air Force Two as a shuttle between the Trump International Golf Resort in Doonbeg and Dublin. American taxpayers will be footing the bill every step of the way for the VP, countless Secret Service agents, and presumably White House aides – with a large portion of the likely multi-million dollar trip landing in the president’s pockets.
One Georgetown professor posted a map showing where Pence will be staying and just how far that is from where his meeting will be:
While in Ireland, VP Pence is staying in Trump's golf resort. Which is in Doonbeg (red pin). His official duties… https://t.co/CvqZxMGzOq— Don Moynihan (@Don Moynihan)1567478572.0
Outrage online has been so palpable Pence Chief of Staff Marc Short was forced to address the scandal.
After the president lauded the resort and stayed there earlier this year revenue increased. Short was asked by reporters if Trump directed his Vice President to stay at the Trump-owned property which is has been facing financial difficulties.
“I don’t think it was a request, like a command,” Short told reporters, as NBC News reported. “I think that it was a suggestion.”
“It’s like when we went through the trip, it’s like, well, he’s going to Doonbeg because that’s where the Pence family is from,” Short said before describing the president’s suggestion. “It’s like, ‘Well, you should stay at my place.'”
“It wasn’t like a, ‘You must,'” Short continued, fielding 17 questions about the Doonbeg decision from reporters. “It wasn’t like, ‘You have to.’ It’s a facility that could accommodate the team. Keep in mind, the Secret Service has protected that facility for him, too, so they sort of know the realities, they know the logistics around that facility.”
Pence’s wife, sister, and mother are also joining him, but The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman reports Short says the Vice President is “personally paying all family expenses.”
President Trump has visited Trump properties almost 300 times since being sworn in in January 2017, with taxpayers footing the bill.
In August Trump repeatedly pushed for the annual G7 meeting to be held at his Miami golf resort next year. Hosting such an event would likely pour millions into the president’s pockets.
This CNN Legal Analyst offered his take:
In the mafia there’s a concept known as “kicking up” or “paying tribute” to the Boss - lining the Boss’s pockets to… https://t.co/fqdoMAKqY8— Elie Honig (@Elie Honig)1567511223.0
Here’s what some others are saying about Pence staying at Trump Doonbeg:
@ZekeJMiller @JohnJHarwood @marcshort45 @VP @costareports This is “tit for tat”. And it’s exactly what Michael Cohe… https://t.co/yJqQusJJYQ— Al Wayward (@Al Wayward)1567509707.0
@ZekeJMiller @costareports @marcshort45 @VP Fleecing the nation for privileged white greed— MikeB (@MikeB)1567506051.0
“Not only is federal money spent at Doonbeg, it gives the business a high-profile advertorial platform to attract c… https://t.co/PUvqBH5DPb— Cheryle Johnson (@Cheryle Johnson)1567514833.0
two questions for a congressional oversight committee 1) How much will the decision to commute by air between Trum… https://t.co/bL4wwQRQYa— David Frum (@David Frum)1567508604.0
Getting Pence & team to stay at the Trump property on Ireland’s west coast & commute daily to & from the meetings o… https://t.co/cYd7OFMmDB— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe)1567507914.0
Vice President Mike Pence is staying at Donald Trump's golf resort in Doonbeg during his visit to Ireland, even tho… https://t.co/pMYDzgTibL— Citizens for Ethics (@Citizens for Ethics)1567510975.0
wait, the good news is that Pence entourage will be **paying Trump** to stay at his resort? https://t.co/QEcl2bxjTW— Eric Boehlert (@Eric Boehlert)1567518064.0
@suzannelynch1 @VP Doonbeg is almost 300km (nearly 200 miles) away from Dublin for those who don't realize. Inste… https://t.co/zBaLoiHuyX— Zack (@Zack)1567440191.0
What about the Secret Service and choppers and added travel? Taxpayers will cover those. Oh, and by "personally pay… https://t.co/p6NEXrReHb— Joy Reid (@Joy Reid)1567518404.0
#TuesdayThoughts #TuesdayMotivation #TuesdayMorning Trump's Doonbeg Resort needs $ so Trump is making Pence stay… https://t.co/oQpnpI25Dd— Diane Toucan (@Diane Toucan)1567515125.0
This is not ok. It is grift. #impeachtrump and Pence too. https://t.co/V5onblLTEJ— HeyitsLola (@HeyitsLola)1567500861.0