During a CNN panel discussion about President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, former Congressman Jack Kingston voiced his support for the way Trump’s family is trying to cash in on the office.
Ana Navarra started by attacking the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump for promoting “Trump shoes and Trump handbags,” but the subject quickly turned to the State Department plug of Mar-a-Lago on their website.
“The State Department website got a lot of attention for plugging the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort.,” CNN host Jake Tapper pointed out. “It was also on the website of the U.S. embassy in the U.K.”
“It’s outrageous. It’s completely outrageous,” CNN contributor Van Jones stated. “Part of the thing that is shocking to me is, with a few exceptions, you don’t hear conservatives shouting about this. One of the things you want to be able to rely on the conservatives for is limited government, clean government, small government. It’s outright kleptocracy from what I can see.”
“This is — you literally have somebody who says, my house, my business is the winter White House,” he continued. “This is an ad. — you would pay a billion dollars for this ad. “
Kingston, however, tried to blame the government bureaucracy for the mistake.
“I’m happy the White House reacted immediately and the thing came down.” Kingston began. “But I also want to point out, this is part of a $72 million click-bait campaign the State Department previously engaged in. It was not done under the Trump administration. “
When Navarro brought up the highly promoted meetings held at the resort with world leaders, Kingston tried to push the blame on former President Obama.
“Jack, it’s not true you can blame this on bureaucracy,” Gergen lectured. “Presidents create a culture within the White House, you know that. People take their cue from how the president acts. When the president and his family are so close to the line, I think they have created blurry lines, and there’s a deep sense that they are being enriched.”