Trump’s Financial Disclosure Shows 2019 Business Revenue
Trump AdministrationTom Ozimek

A financial disclosure form that government officials are required to file under ethics guidelines has revealed President Donald Trump’s income for 2019, including business revenues from his signature commercial properties.

The 78-page disclosure, which covers 2019 and so does not give any indication how the pandemic has impacted operations that Trump has a stake in, was filed with the Office of Government Ethics and made public on Friday. It lists revenues from multiple ventures and includes a range of income types like rent, book royalties, and golf-related revenue.

Among the 210 line items in the “Employment Assets and Income” section of the form are positions that show the president earned between $100,001 and $1,000,000 in royalties from his book “The Art of the Deal,” and between $5,001 and $15,000 in royalties from “Never Give Up.” The Trump Turnberry golf course in Scotland brought in $25.7 million in golf-related revenue, while The Trump Corporation, a management company valued at over $50 million, generated $12.8 million in management and related fees.

Three of Trump’s signature properties—Mar-a-Lago, Trump National Doral, and the Trump International Hotel in Washington—saw revenues at roughly the same levels last year as in 2018.

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President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, on Dec. 18, 2019. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

The form indicates that Mar-a-Lago brought in $21.4 million in 2019, compared to $22.7 million reported for 2018. Trump’s Doral resort generated $77.2 million in income last year, compared to $75.9 million in 2018. The Trump International Hotel in Washington brought in $40.5 million, roughly the same as in 2018 when the property generated $40.8 million.

Business at the three properties ground to a halt in March amid pandemic-driven closures in the hospitality industry, one of the sectors hardest-hit by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Overall, the form shows Trump’s businesses generated at least $446 million in 2019, up slightly from 2018.

Typically, the disclosures are released in May, but the form indicates that a 90-day extension was granted to file the report. An April 23 White House memo (pdf) explained the justification for the extension, centering chiefly on the fact that financial intermediaries like accountants and advisers have been less accessible amid the pandemic.

“In making the decision to extend the time for filing, we considered the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on White House staff,” the memo said, adding that “financial records may not be readily accessible if financial advisers, accounting firms, or other holders of financial records are closed.”

The disclosure form is self-reported and not subject to any vetting by federal officials.

While Trump has faced criticism for not fully divesting from his personal businesses when taking office in 2017, he said he has resigned “from each and every office and position” he held in a host of organizations enumerated in a 19-page resignation letter (pdf) he signed on Jan. 19, 2017.

From The Epoch Times