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Monday October 21, 2019

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  • According to TripAdvisor.com there are no avails at the Trump Doral during the dates for the 46th G7 economic summit.

  • Booked. Engaged. Taken. Full up. No vacancy. Drive on.

  • And not just for the three days of the conference June 10 - 12. For the whole month of June. Even after the G7. And May is sold out, too.

  • This must be the most popular golf resort in the Lower 48. Or, TripAdvisor hasn't been following Trump's Tweets and didn't know he had withdrawn his generous offer to host the 2020 G7 at the Trump National Doral.

  • To be fair, TripAdvisor.com graders give the Trump National Doral 4.5 stars out of five.

  • Trump's real estate tax expert argued that the resort should be appraised at a lower value, according to the Washington Post in a May 2019 article, because of declining room rates designed to offset declining occupancy rates, caused by (according to that same tax consultant) "There is some negative connotation that is associated with the brand."

  • That consultant wouldn't respond to questions from the Post and tax filings don't generally reflect irony, so we'll never know what her state of mind was as she dictated that sentence.

  • The G7 would have fixed all that. Two months of sold out rooms plus meals, drinks, golf fees (there are four championship courses associated with the property), resort fees, and who knows what-all would be tacked onto those bills.

  • And remember, more than just the G7 members: The U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Germany, Canada, and Japan show up. There is little doubt that Trump would have exercised his privileges as host by inviting Vladimir Putin.

  • Russia used to be a Member when it was called the G8 but they got tossed out when the Ukrainian invasion(s) happened.

  • Other countries just sort of show up as hangers-on. Like second-tier agents at the Oscars, they just want to be seen with the A-listers.

  • But, alas, there loomed that pesky Emoluments Clause in that oft-ignored U.S. Constitution and Trump had to withdraw his invitations.

  • Here is the text of Article I, Section 9, Clause 8:
    No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

  • A couple of things. I did not know, until I just cut-and-pasted that section of the U.S. Constitution that it is in Article I, Section 9 - the limitations on Congress section. I just assumed the clause was in Article II, the part that deals with the Executive Branch.

  • Further - and I am now so far out of my depth that I could be swimming in the Laurentian Abyss looking for The Red October - that the Clause begins with the Congress not granting any titles of nobility before it gets into that "accepting any present, Emolument, Office or Title" business.

  • The Founding Fathers didn't sweat in their woolen outfits in that Philadelphia summer to just toss in things like "titles of nobility" and "emoluments" willy-nilly. They put things in the order we find them for a reason.

  • Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 should be known as the "Titles of Nobility Clause" because there may have been some concern that the Congress might start handing out "Titles of Nobility" perhaps in return for at least considering accepting anything of value offered by anyone, anywhere, at any time.

  • I must have missed Dr. Hill's Con Law class at Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio 45750 that day.

  • In any event the biggest problem Trump had with his G7-Doral ploy was this: It's easy for people to understand. They might not be able to locate Ukraine a map. I guarantee you they wouldn't be able to locate where the Kurds are in Syria (or Iraq).

  • But, everyone knows where Miami is, and everyone knows - even if they don't care - that the Trumps will chase a buck, or a Turkish Lira, or a Ukrainian Hryvnia all the way to the to the Laurentian Abyss, if necessary.

  • So, if you want to play golf in Miami next summer, there will be plenty of rooms available at the Trump National Doral.

  • On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: The Wikipedia entry for the Trump National Doral, and to that Washington Post article about room rates and occupancy.

    The Mullfoto is of the scooters that have invaded Alexandria, Virginia like locusts.

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