Trump disclosure shows major resorts held steady
New York – President Donald Trump’s financial disclosure form shows revenue held steady last year at several of his major hotels and resorts.
His Doral golf course and club in Miami generated about $76 million in revenue last year, about $1 million more than in 2017. Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, took in nearly $23 million, a drop of more than $2 million.
Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel near the White House, a magnet for lobbyists and diplomats, generated nearly $41 million, up less than half a million from last year.
While Trump has refused to release his tax records, he has been filing the less-specific financial disclosure reports since he began running for president. They list revenues rather than profits, and many figures are in ranges rather than specific dollar amounts.
Experts say the Trump business has taken a hit from the president’s divisive policies and rhetoric, though the Trump Organization says much of the business is fine.
Trump’s biggest revenue generator among his golf properties, Doral, took in $75 million in revenue in 2017. By comparison, Trump’s “Summer White House,” his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, generated $15 million.
Mar-a-Lago took in $25 million in 2017 and his Washington hotel generated $40 million.
In total, the disclosure report for 2017, released a year ago, showed Trump’s assets – including books he has written, licensing deals and other business ventures – generated revenue of at least $453 million. The report estimated the assets were worth at least $1.4 billion.
While Trump has not released his tax records, he has been filing financial disclosure reports since he ran for president.
The latest report, listing 2018 figures, will allow for the first time a 12-month comparison with a previous year. Trump’s report released two years ago stated estimates for revenue over 16 months.
A key part of the report released last year was a footnote listing a reimbursement of as much as $250,000 to Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen. Cohen, who is serving three years in prison for campaign finance violations among other crimes, admitted paying hush money during the presidential campaign to silence Stormy Daniels, the porn actress who alleges she had sex with Trump. The president has denied that he had an affair.
The reports filed with the government ethics agency each year are for revenue, not profits, and the figures are given in ranges and so provide only a partial picture of the finances of Trump and other executive branch officials who file them.
When Trump took office, he refused to fully divest from his global business, a break with presidential tradition. Instead, he put his assets in a trust controlled by his two adult sons and a senior executive. Trump can take back control of the trust at any time, and he’s allowed to withdraw cash from it.