Report: President asked Woody Johnson to try to steer British Open to Trump Turnberry

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Jets owner Woody Johnson’s support for Donald Trump resulted in a plum assignment as American ambassador to Britain. It also reportedly came, in 2018, with a specific project.

The New York Times reports that Johnson told “multiple colleagues” in February 2018 that the President had asked Johnson if see whether the the British government could steer the British Open to the Trump Turnberry resort, in Scotland.

Per the report, Johnson’s deputy advised Johnson to not do it, based on the argument that it would amount to an unethical use of the presidential office for private gain. Also per the report, Johnson nevertheless broached the topic of Trump Turnberry hosting the British Open with David Mundell, Britain’s secretary of state for Scotland.

Johnson’s deputy, Lewis Lukens, reportedly informed the State Department about the incident. According to the report, Johnson forced Lukens out of his position, not long before his term otherwise would have ended. That happened, according to the report, after Lukens gave a speech in which he shared a “positive anecdote” regarding Barack Obama.

Buried in the New York Times article is this sentence regarding Johnson: “There have been complaints that he complimented the appearances of female employees during staff meetings, and after interviewing a candidate to replace Mr. Lukens as deputy chief of mission, he asked a colleague whether she was Jewish.”

Johnson’s brother, Christopher, has run the team in Woody’s absence. It’s believed that Woody, 73, will resume control over what the Times calls a “perennially struggling N.F.L. franchise” whenever his time as an ambassador ends.

11 responses to “Report: President asked Woody Johnson to try to steer British Open to Trump Turnberry

  1. Corruption. An open violation of the emoluments clause. This is exactly what the framers of the US Constitution would classify as high crimes and misdemeanors. President Carter put his peanut farm in a blind trust.

  2. Anyone who doesn’t see this as a violation of the emoluments clause can’t expect to be taken seriously.

  3. As others are saying, this is highly illegal. It breaks US Emolument laws and shows that the corrupt of this administration is rampant.

  4. I would llove to see the British open at Turnberry!! It is an amazing course. Why is it such a big deal that the President recomended a golf course that his family holdings own? He is proud of the product that he produced. Good for him – no reason that should be any issue. Good lord people.

  5. 50Stars says:
    July 22, 2020 at 12:13 pm
    I would love to see the British open at Turnberry!! It is an amazing course. Why is it such a big deal that the President recommend a golf course that his family holdings own?

    …………………….
    Because it’s losing money bigly.

  6. Thankfully I never believe a word written in the New York Times. I would even check the date on the top of the paper to make sure it got that right.

  7. Rich guys just do whatever the heck they want. How can it possibly be that the hundreds of shady things done for personal rather than public benefit are fake news? Are people really that blinded by political affiliation?

  8. As a Bills fan, I look forward to Woody coming back and running the Jets again, even though Chris Johnson has shown that ineptitude runs in the family.

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