Bed­min­ster, N.J., Po­tomac Falls, Vir., and Palm Beach, Fla.

The Week (US) - - News 7 -

Golf­ing with Trump: Pres­i­dent Trump is mak­ing mil­lions of dol­lars from lob­by­ists and CEOs who have joined his pri­vate golf clubs, putting them in close con­tact with the pres­i­dent. While the White House re­fuses to dis­close the de­tails of Trump’s golf trips, USA To­day re­ported last week that it had un­cov­ered about 50 ex­ec­u­tives of com­pa­nies with fed­eral con­tracts and 21 lob­by­ists and trade group of­fi­cials who have each paid fees that can ex­ceed $100,000 to join the three clubs in Florida, New Jer­sey, and Vir­ginia that Trump has vis­ited most of­ten as pres­i­dent. About two-thirds of the lob­by­ists and CEOs played on one of the 58 days the pres­i­dent was at the clubs this year. They in­clude the leader of a pes­ti­cide trade group that suc­cess­fully lob­bied the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion not to ban an in­sec­ti­cide linked to health risks, and a lawyer de­fend­ing Saudi Ara­bia from allegations that it aided the 9/11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

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