During his first year as president, Donald Trump has spent nearly one third of his time at his private properties, leading not only to criticism over his use of taxpayer money but also the degree to which the presidency is benefiting Trump's businesses.
The Wall Street Journal found that the president has spent more than 100 days at one of his properties, including more than a month each at his golf course in New Jersey and at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.
The president gave control of his business to his two eldest sons when he entered office, but did not divest his assets. Critics including the government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)—which vowed to continue fighting against the president's conflicts of interest after their lawsuit against him was dismissed this week—say Trump still profits off of his hotels, restaurants, and clubs. Many of his properties have raised their rates since Trump began his term, raising concerns that Trump and his company are profiting off his position in government, particularly when foreign leaders visit them.