Trump golf club takes advantage of false presidential seal, complaint says – .

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Trump golf club takes advantage of false presidential seal, complaint says – .


Donald Trump’s Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey is coming under scrutiny amid accusations of profit from a false presidential seal.
In a complaint filed by CREW (Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington) on July 26, the former president and his golf resort were accused of breaking federal law by displaying some form of “presidential seal,” and profit from it.

Bedminster, according to the CREW complaint, which was first reported by Forbes, appeared to display the unofficial seal over the weekend of July 4, when the club shared an image of a t-shirt with a “President of the United States” motif on Instagram.

The display of the presidential seal is only allowed “in official government settings, such as in the Oval Office or on the side of Air Force One, and its use outside of this context has been strictly controlled by the council office. of the White House, ”the complaint, which was filed with the US Department of Justice (DOJ), alleged.

Trump Bedminster, he continued, “also appears to use the seal” in a reasonably calculated manner to convey a false impression of sponsorship or endorsement of “the golf club” by the United States government “”, which is prohibited by the federal government. right.

CREW President Noah Bookbinder said of the golf club: “The illegal use of the presidential seal for commercial purposes is not trivial, especially when it comes to a former president actively challenging the legitimacy of the current president ”.

“The use of the seal in Bedminster not only helps Donald Trump’s businesses take undue advantage of the prestige of the presidency, but also seems to echo false claims that Trump won the 2020 election, which is dangerous for democracy . The DOJ should act quickly to investigate and stop any misuse of the presidential seal. “

This is not the first time the Trump Organization has been accused of profiting from the presidency, after ProPublica discovered in 2018 that his golf clubs had ordered a supply of tee markers with a presidential seal. He denied having done so.

Like Forbes reported, Mr. Trump retained his interest in Trump National Golf Club Bedminster when he became president. He spent the summer of 2021 at the golf club, which was reported to have cost US taxpayers thousands of dollars for security.

The independent approached the Trump Organization and for comment. The DOJ declined to comment.

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