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Fri Feb 8, 2019, 10:51 PM

Picks golf club, Mar-a-Lago members as ambassadors

Brad Heath, USA TODAY
Published 6:00 a.m. ET Feb. 8, 2019
Updated 12:32 p.m. ET Feb. 8, 2019

WASHINGTON – When President Donald Trump needed an ambassador to represent the United States in Romania, he enlisted a real estate lawyer who was a member of one of his private golf clubs.

For South Africa and the Dominican Republic, he tapped longtime members of his private Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. To represent the U.S. government in Hungary, he chose a man from another Florida club operated by the president’s private companies ...

“There was always a country club mentality with some of this,” said Scott Amey, general counsel for the Project on Government Oversight, a nonpartisan group that investigates government ethics.

The difference now is that the president also is the country club’s proprietor, and he has handed out foreign postings and other government jobs to his paying customers ...

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2019/02/08/donald-trump-picks-ambassadors-golf-club-mar-lago-members/2748260002/

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