Now there is one.
The press pretends it only exists as a means to buy off the multi-billionaire president. Rent a room, rent a president.
On Saturday night, a few of these duffuses got on their high horses and demanded to know why the president was attending a party for Kuwait at the hotel.
Trump told the press pool he was just going out for dinner at his hotel five blocks from the White House.
But the press knew -- just knew -- he was going there to collect a bribe.
Eagle-eyed Judd Legum of Think Progress spotted them and tweeted: "1. A big COINCIDENCE at the Trump Hotel in DC tonight."
"2. In Dec., I reported Kuwait -- under political pressure -- moved their annual party from 4 Seasons to the Trump Hotel."
"3. That event is tonight. Kuwait is paying Trump $60k"
"4. And tonight, by TOTAL COINCIDENCE, Trump is dropping by the Trump Hotel. He's there right now."
"5. The message is clear to foreign governments. Hold your lavish events at my hotel and I might drop by."
"6. I'm not sure yet if Trump dropped by the actual Kuwait event or not, but it hardly matters."
"7. When I was reporting this story a top aide for the Kuwaiti ambassador said he'd invite me to tonight's even but he never did :("
"8. From the White House press pool: "The pool is holding in vans and not being allowed inside the [Trump] hotel."
From the "nonpartisan" Pro Publica twitter account:
1. After election, Kuwait moves D.C. event to Trump HotelExcept, the event had been held three days earlier.
2. Kuwait pays Trump org $$$
3. Event is tonight...
4. and Trump shows up at the hotel.
Kuwait -- which donated millions to the Clinton Foundation -- held its little $60,000 party on Wednesday.
President Trump was at his hotel with seven other people, including Nigel Farage, who had a jolly good time.
But Judd Legum's story was too good to check out.
Other journalists in Washington also denounced Trump on Twitter for something he did not do. Philip Bump of the Washington Post was among them.
But if presidential presence at a dinner is a thing of value which should trigger the emolument clause in the Constitution, then what does say that say about the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner?
Let's apply the new Kuwaiti Dinner standard to another annual event in Washington, using the Pro Publica emolument formula:
1. WHCA holds fund-raising annual dinner.So by ditching this year's dinner, President Trump is doing the honorable thing -- by refusing to attend a sordid affair in which reporters trade coverage for money for their organization.
2. If the president shows up, reporters will go easy on him.
3. If the president doesn't help them raise money, negative coverage.
I mean, what makes them any better -- any more moral -- than the Kuwaiti embassy? I mean, the embassy held its dinner and did not make a big deal about President Trump not attending.
When a big story falls apart in real time, in three acts. I'm just bummed he deleted the best ones before I could screencap them. pic.twitter.com/oJng8AKnZg— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) February 26, 2017
We've deleted this tweet. Kuwait did pay for a party at the Trump Hotel, but outlets mistakenly reported event was today. It was Wed. pic.twitter.com/kUVzeccoth— ProPublica (@ProPublica) February 26, 2017
I deleted my tweet about Kuwait party at Trump hotel because it's unclear whether reported event is taking place. Kuwait had a party on Wed.— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) February 26, 2017
Dinner with The Donald. pic.twitter.com/KAdvZ84d2Y— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) February 26, 2017
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