Palm Beach County seeks to end Trump golf course lease after U.S. Capitol riot

Palm Beach County looks to end Trump golf course lease after U.S. Capitol riot

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U.S. President Donald Trump plays golf at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., December 30, 2020.

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Palm Beach County in Florida today started looking for a method to end an agreement with President Donald Trump’s valued International Golf Club.

Howard Falcon, an assistant county lawyer, stated on Friday that a county commissioner asked him to take a look at whether the area might cancel its lease with the president’s precious West Palm Beach course.

The Palm Beach Post, which initially reported that the county was analyzing the lease, included that the Trump organization pays $88,338 monthly in lease for the residential or commercial property.

Trump frequents his titular International Golf Club, situated in unincorporated West Palm Beach and owned by the county, throughout his sees to Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach estate. The president has actually been understood to host celebrations at the club; kept in mind visitors to the course in previous years have actually consisted of Kid Rock and Tiger Woods.

Despite the interest in canceling the lease, Falcon stated he does not think the county has the legal standing to end it. He included that the county’s lease arrangement is with a Trump company, not the president himself.

An attorney for Trump’s golf course contributed to the Post that he had actually spoken to Falcon and concluded that there is “no basis for canceling the lease.”

The county’s transfer to check out cutting ties to Trump happened one week after numerous violent rioters stormed Capitol Hill, causing the deaths of a minimum of 5 individuals consisting of a law enforcement officer.

The unmatched attack on the Capitol has actually caused nationwide and bipartisan pushback from political leaders throughout the political spectrum. The House of Representatives made history today when it voted to impeach Trump for a 2nd time for his function in prompting or otherwise motivating the riot.

President-choose Joe Biden, who will be successful Trump on Wednesday, has actually openly rebuked the president’s actions and called him “incompetent.”

Though the impeachment procedures outraged the president, Trump is apparently more upset about the fallout the riot has actually had on his organization credibility and standing worldwide of golf.

Multiple news outlets reported previously today that Trump was apoplectic after the PGA of America voted Sunday to take the Championship far from his New Jersey golf course next year.

“We find ourselves in a political situation not of our making,” Seth Waugh, the CEO of the PGA of America, informed the Associated Press. “We’re fiduciaries for our members, for the game, for our mission and for our brand. And how do we best protect that? Our feeling was given the tragic events of Wednesday that we could no longer hold it at Bedminster. The damage could have been irreparable.”

One New York Times press reporter composed on Monday that, compared to his response to the impeachment procedures prior to him, Trump’s response to the PGA choice “was [a] various order of magnitude.”

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stated on Wednesday that the city would cut its own organization ties to the president’s business in the wake of the riots. In a declaration, de Blasio stated New York is taking actions to end all agreements with the Trump Organization, which is made up of numerous companies owned by the president.

The company has 3 agreements to run concessions in the city — the Central Park Carousel, the Wollman and Lasker skating rinks and Ferry Point Golf Course — which bring the business $17 million a year, according to The Washington Post.

“The President incited a rebellion against the United States government that killed five people and threatened to derail the constitutional transfer of power,” de Blasio stated in a declaration.

“The City of New York will not be associated with those unforgivable acts in any shape, way or form, and we are immediately taking steps to terminate all Trump Organization contracts,” he included at the time.

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