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Private Trump Helicopter Utilizing Federally-Funded Mar-a-Lago Helipad Designated for Presidential Business

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“This is an Issue of the Rule of Law’

The White House has confirmed that a private Trump helicopter utilizing a federally-funded helipad at Mar-a-Lago is not being used for a government function, despite its installation on the condition of presidential business use only.

The Palm Beach Post reported Saturday that the private helicopter bearing the Trump logo had sat on the helipad for over a week. They further noted that “until Donald Trump became president, aircraft were forbidden from landing in the exclusive island town.”

“But the town agreed to allow a helipad to be built and helicopters to land at Mar-a-Lago with certain conditions,” the outlet continued. “The helipad must be removed when the president leaves office. Until then, the helipad can only be used for official presidential business.”

The White House, following the initial report, confirmed that the corporate helicopter “is not being used for an official government function and that no private entity will be reimbursed for its use.”

The helicopter can be seen below:

In a letter to the newspaper, Alexander C. Ives of Palm Beach’s Architectural Commission condemned the personal use of the helipad—also noting that since its installation, it’s been utilized only twice.

“Given that both times the helipad has been used a private business helicopter with the corporate Trump logo landed and took off, it would seem to violate the waiver allowing ‘for business related to the Presidency only,’ Ives wrote.

“This is not an issue of politics and has nothing to do with whether one does or does not agree with President Trump’s policies,” he continued. “This is an issue of the rule of law and no one — not even the President of the United States and not even in Palm Beach — should or can be above it.”

The Post further reported that the helicopter is co-owned by DT Connect II and DT Connect II Member Corp., of which Eric and Donald Trump Jr. are company executives.

Donald Trump is currently staying at Mar-a-Lago during the holidays, venturing back and forth to his private golf club. Sunday marked his sixth day in a row golfing.

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Ocasio-Cortez Takes Victory Lap After Amazon Goes to NYC — Even After She Helped Block $3 Billion in Subsidies

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was one of the progressive leaders in New York City credited with blocking $3 billion in public subsidies for Amazon to open an additional headquarters.

But Amazon is moving into NYC despite the lack of subsidies.

“The giant online retailer said it has signed a new lease for 335,000 square feet on the city’s west side in the new Hudson Yards neighborhood, where it will have more than 1,500 employees,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “Amazon is taking the space without any of the special tax credits and other inducements the company had been offered to build a new headquarters in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City, the company said.”

“The new lease represents Amazon’s largest expansion in New York since it stunned the city by abandoning those earlier plans. Amazon pulled back after facing a backlash from some politicians and activists over the roughly $3 billion in financial incentives the city and state had extended to woo the company and the 25,000 new jobs it had pledged to create,” The Journal explained.

Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, took a victory lap after her argument that the subsidies were unnecessary was vindicated.

“Won’t you look at that: Amazon is coming to NYC anyway – *without* requiring the public to finance shady deals, helipad handouts for Jeff Bezos, and corporate giveaways,” she tweeted.

Here are some of her previous thoughts on the company:

 

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Nikki Haley Tries to Stop National Outrage: It Was Other People Who Saw Confederate Flag as ‘Service, Sacrifice, Heritage’

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Former UN Ambassador and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is trying hard to stop the national outrage over an interview she gave in which she suggested the Confederate flag stood for “service, and sacrifice, and heritage” until white supremacist Dylann Roof slaughtered nine Black church-goers attending a Bible study class.

Haley’s exact words were: “Here is this guy that comes out with his manifesto, holding the Confederate flag, and just hijacked everything that people thought of. We don’t have hateful people in South Carolina. There’s always the small minority that’s always going to be there, but, you know, people saw it [the Confederate flag] as service, and sacrifice, and heritage, and, but once he did that there was no way to overcome it.”

Haley took to Twitter and pushed back by posting the text of a speech she gave when she called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the Statehouse grounds.

Rather than say directly what she apparently wanted to say, Haley retweeted tweets like these that deliver the message that she didn’t call the Confederate flag an icon of service, sacrifice, and heritage – other people did.

But given that the flag represents an actual attack on the United States of America – the Civil War – and has been used by white supremacists, including the KKK, and others to subordinate, discriminate against, and attack Black people and other minorities, it’s hard to see how splitting hairs makes the former South Carolina governor any better.

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READ: White House Attacks Impeachment as ‘Completely Baseless’ in Letter to Congress Suggesting It Will Not Participate

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The White House has just sent Congress a letter attacking the impeachment inquiry as “completely baseless” while suggesting to the Judiciary Committee that neither the president nor his attorneys will participate in any manner. Chairman Jerry Nadler had set a deadline of Friday 6 PM for a response.

Claiming Congress has “violated basic principles of due process and fundamental fairness,” which is false, White House Counsel Pat Cipillone also falsely claimed the Committee has not “heard a single shred of evidence” against the president.

The tone of the letter is highly-partisan, calling the impeachment a “charade,” claiming congressional Democrats have “wasted” Americans’ time, and saying if Democrats adopt Articles of Impeachment it will constitute an “abuse of power.”

None of those statements are true.

Read the full letter below:

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