How Trump Built His National Golf Club In California : NPR – Donald Trump Sucks

How Trump Built His National Golf Club In California : NPR – Donald Trump Sucks

For years, now-President Trump fought with the city of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., over the Trump National Golf Club. The club is seen here in 2006.

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For years, now-President Trump fought with the city of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., over the Trump National Golf Club. The club is seen here in 2006.

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When Donald Trump arrived in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., in 2002, he was welcomed as a “white knight,” says former City Councilman Tom Long.

Trump bought a golf course there that had gone bankrupt after the 18th hole literally fell into the ocean in a landslide.

Long, a Democrat, says residents looked forward to Trump’s promises of repairing the course and generating revenue and attention for the city.

Despite that good will, the relationship got off to a rough start.

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In fact, the story of the Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles, is part of a pattern in how Trump did business in these small towns and cities. In many ways, it also mirrors how Trump now approaches the presidency.

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