(Trump) decreed Thursday that next year's Group of Seven gathering of world leaders must be at the Doral resort he owns in a clear quid pro cash flow for the Trump Organization. His funneling of government business to Mar-a-Lago has been a quid pro chateau. Having the U.S. military patronize his Scotland property is a quid pro Glasgow, and Vice President Pence's hawking of Trump's Ireland property is a blatant quid pro brogue. Trump's Washington hotel rakes in lobbyists' and foreign governments' cash in a quid pro dough, and government funds paid to his New York and New Jersey properties complete the quid pro portfolio.Possibly Dana Milbanks best work and definitely one of his funniest! Happy Friday night!
Donald Trump Jr.'s protests about Biden family nepotism this week, while ignoring his own, can only be termed a quid pro bozo. Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, last week, floated a quid pro whistleblow: He's clearing out career professionals (prospective whistleblowers) by slashing the NSC staff. The administration also tried to block cooperation with the inquiry, in a quid pro Pompeo. And then there's Trump's decision to let Rudy Giuliani take over U.S. foreign policy: a quid pro schmoe.
The attorney general, William Barr, has trashed his principles to give Trump a quid pro ego. Trump has been doing this sort of thing since a quid pro big toe kept him out of Vietnam. He abandoned gun-safety plans after meeting with the NRA, a quid pro ammo. His voter-suppression efforts are a quid pro Jim Crow. In a quid pro Kudlow, he convinced free-market conservatives to embrace a trade war. His tax cut, a quid pro CEO, ballooned the debt in a quid pro borrow. Evangelical Christians tolerate his immorality in exchange for his judicial nominees, a quid pro Roe . He paid hush money to Stormy Daniels, a quid pro lie low (or quid pro for a blow). Much of his presidency has been a quid pro Moscow.
He trades in false claims (quid pro Pinocchio) and plugs for friendly Fox News hosts (quid pro puppet show). And his requiring of constant flattery from underlings (quid pro braggadocio) has turned the West Wing into a quid pro freak show. Giving Giuliani responsibility for anything? A blatant quid pro asino (this for a fool). But that's pro forma for a president who sold his soul (quid pro animo) and made his office a quid pro mimo: this for a farce.