Ore­gon Dem seeks Trump golf records

USA TO­DAY re­ported on club mem­bers’ ac­cess to pres­i­dent

USA TODAY US Edition - - NEWS - Fre­dreka Schouten Con­tribut­ing: Steve Reilly in McLean, Va.

Ron Wy­den, the top Demo­crat on the Se­nate Fi­nance Com­mit­tee, asked the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion Thurs­day to turn over the names of vis­i­tors to Pres­i­dent Trump’s pri­vate clubs and the iden­ti­ties of his golf­ing part­ners af­ter a USA TO­DAY in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mem­ber­ship at Trump’s golf cour­ses.

That in­ves­ti­ga­tion found that mem­bers of the golf clubs Trump vis­ited most of­ten as pres­i­dent — in Florida, New Jer­sey and Vir­ginia — in­clude at least 50 ex­ec­u­tives whose com­pa­nies hold fed­eral con­tracts and 21 lob­by­ists and trade group of­fi­cials. Twothirds played on one of the days the pres­i­dent was there, ac­cord­ing to scores they posted on­line.

Mem­ber­ship lists at Trump’s pri­vate clubs are se­cret. USA TO­DAY found the names of about 4,500 mem­bers by re­view­ing so­cial me­dia and a pub­lic web­site golfers use to track their hand­i­caps and re­searched hun­dreds to de­ter­mine whether they had busi­ness with the gov­ern­ment.

In a let­ter to the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity’s act­ing sec­re­tary Elaine Duke, Ore­gon Sen. Wy­den said USA TO­DAY’s ex­am­i­na­tion “raised the pos­si­bil­ity that mem­bers of the pres­i­dent’s pri­vate clubs could re­ceive spe­cial ac­cess to the pres­i­dent not avail­able to pri­vate cit­i­zens.”

White House of­fi­cials did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment Thurs­day. Joanne Tal­bot, a Home­land Se­cu­rity spokes­woman, said the agency does not com­ment on cor­re­spon­dence from mem­bers of Congress but would “re­spond ap­pro­pri­ately.”

Wy­den asked the ad­min­is­tra­tion to pro­vide Congress logs of all vis­i­tors and guests to Trump re­sorts and golf clubs dur­ing his pres­i­den­tial vis­its and the names of Trump’s golf­ing part­ners dur­ing his time in of­fice.

Trump has vis­ited his pri­vate clubs on more than a quar­ter of the days of his pres­i­dency. While there, he rou­tinely mixes his vis­its with gov­ern­ment busi­ness, en­ter­tain­ing for­eign lead­ers such as Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe and Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping at Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach, Fla., re­sort.

The pub­lic is slated this week to get an­other glimpse into the world of a Trump exclusive club. The ad­min­is­tra­tion faces a dead­line of noon Fri­day to com­ply with a court or­der to re­lease in­for­ma­tion about peo­ple who vis­ited Trump at Mar-a-Lago from Jan­uary through early March.

The re­lease is the re­sult of a law­suit brought by three watch­dog groups.


Pres­i­dent Trump, an avid golfer, hosted the U.S. Women’s Open golf tour­na­ment July 15 at Trump Na­tional Golf Club in Bed­min­ster, N.J.

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