Mulvaney Admits To Trump’s Bottomless Corruption

At his White House presser, Mulvaney just admitted to a quid pro quo, revealed that Trump is using his presidency to prop up his failing Doral property, and so much more.

Mulvaney undercut Trump’s GOP defenders and admitted there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine to withhold military aid in order to get Ukraine to investigate a debunked conspiracy theory.

CNBC’s John Harwood: “ultimate defense by Trump and GOP allies has been ‘no quid pro quo’ Mulvaney just conceded from WH podium that there WAS a quid pro quo – delaying Ukraine military aid for investigation of DNC server that investigation is an attempt to absolve Russia for its 2016 interference.”

New York Times: “Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said the U.S. froze aid partly to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democrats. He undercut President Trump’s denials of a quid pro quo.”

Mulvaney said the withholding of Ukraine aid was based in part on making sure Ukraine was cracking down on corruption — which Trump has made clear is code for investigating his political opponents.

Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey: “He adds there were three factors: Corruption in the country. Whether or not other countries were doing enough to help Ukraine. Whether or not they were cooperating with Durham’s review of investigation.”

Trump: “We had a great conversation. The conversation I had was largely congratulatory. It was largely corruption — all of the corruption taking place. It was largely the fact that we don’t want our people, like Vice President Biden and his son, creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine.”

Mulvaney said there was no problem with the quid pro quo he openly admitted to because politics influences Trump’s foreign policy “all the time.”

CNN’s Josh Campbell: “After @jonkarl points out the White House’s explanation for its dealings with Ukraine was quid-pro-quo, the chief of staff replies: ‘We do that all that time with foreign policy.’ To those concerned about political influence in foreign policy, he says, ‘Get over it.’”

Mulvaney conceded there were “plenty of other good places” to hold the 2020 G-7 Summit, but they chose to hold it at Trump’s struggling Doral property — at Trump’s direction.

Mick Mulvaney: “There’s plenty of other good places in this country to hold a large event. There’s no question about it.”

Washington Post: “At Doral, which Trump has listed in federal disclosures as his biggest moneymaker hotel, room rates, banquets, golf and overall revenue were all down since 2015. In two years, the resort’s net operating income — a key figure, representing the amount left over after expenses are paid — had fallen by 69 percent.”

Mulvaney said he was not concerned about the message the White House was sending to the rest of the world by endorsing self-dealing.

ABC: “Asked if the White House was concerned the choice of Doral as the location for the next G7 would send a bad message about ‘self dealing’ to the rest of the world, Mick Mulvaney says, ‘No.’”

Mulvaney claimed Trump wouldn’t profit, but the G-7 Summit will fill his Doral property at a time it’s usually empty and use the presidency to boost Trump’s brand.

Washington Post’s Fahrenthold: “Mulvaney claimed Trump wouldn’t profit from the G-7 Summit, but  The summit will be held in June, when Miami is hot and Doral is usually empty. In 2017, only 38% of Doral’s rooms were occupied in June. Only August (31%) was slower. Now — b/c @realDonaldTrump has awarded the summit to himself — it will be full.”

Washington Post: “For the Trump Organization, the event would bring guests to fill unfilled rooms, as well as a glut of global publicity.”

At a summit of the world’s biggest economies to be held in South Florida, the White House won’t discuss one of the globe’s most pressing issues: climate change.

Newsday’s Lauda Figueroa Hernandez: “Mulvaney, asked if Climate Change will be a topic at G-7 given its location in South Florida which has grappled with flooding, massive hurricanes. Mulvaney: No.”