Donald Trump arrived at his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey to begin his three-week "working vacation" on Friday, and so far, it appears that his time has been filled with golf clubs and wedding bells. A video of Trump greeting a wedding party at the Trump National Golf Club began circulating on Twitter on Sunday. In it, the president can be seen in khakis and a "Make America Great Again" hat, leaving his golf cart to surprise members of a wedding party nearby.
"Is my star doing a good job for you all," the president asks as he poses for selfies with the group. "Everyone having a good time?"
This isn't the first time Trump has gone out of his way to provide well-wishes to happy couples tying the knot at his resort, and while this may seem like a sweet gesture, it's actually kind of problematic, according to ethics experts.
In June, the New York Times reported that the possibility that a Trump appearance was being used as a "selling point" for prospective couples considering holding their wedding ceremony at Trump's resort in Bedminster. A brochure for the resort made this possibility sound pretty enticing.
A spokesperson for the resort told the Times that the brochure has since been discontinued, but its existence still raises some serious questions.
Some critics argue that Trump is using his influence and position as commander-in-chief to boost sales at his properties, and this wouldn't be the first time that members of his administration have been accused of doing so. Earlier this year, a family member of Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner reportedly mentioned Kushner's role in the White House while soliciting donations from Chinese investors for development projects.
"[This project] means a lot to me and my entire family," the family member reportedly said after mentioning that Kushner had left the company for a White House position.
Trump Nat'l Bedminster advertised that if you have your wedding there while he's golfing, he's likely to drop by. And he did, as advertised. https://t.co/KM0n5pXs9h— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) August 6, 2017
The Trump family was previously involved in business long before Trump had any interest at all in assuming the role of the most powerful man in the country, but his previous business interests, and his current involvement in some of his profit-generating endeavors, shouldn't be ignored, especially now that the weight of his presidency is behind his brand.