Leaked Video Of Trump Raises Ongoing Public-Private Conflicts

President-elect Donald Trump held a private New Year's Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida over the weekend. Whereas reporters assigned to the president-elect were not in attendance during the dinner and event in the Grand Ballroom, a leaked video from one of the guests shows typical Trump in action.

Saturday’s events in Palm Beach, Florida, offered additional insight into how Trump will act as president — and further clouded the important distinction between his public and private lives.

In a 10-minute speech, the president-elect continued with his signature attacks on the press calling them “garbage,” even though no on-duty reporters were present for the speech.

The video obtained by CNN also reveals Trump praising the family of a billionaire developer from Dubai who has paid Trump millions to lease his name.

While Trump’s ire toward the press was not surprising, when the president-elect mentioned his business partner from Dubai, the appearance of a man conflicted between his business and public roles became clear.



"Hussain [Sajwani] and the whole family, the most beautiful people, are here from Dubai tonight,” Trump told the crowd in Mar-a-Lago’s lavish ballroom.

Speaking with CNN, Ken Gross, a political law attorney and partner at Skadden Arps, discussed the video revelations: "President-elect Trump is using his largesse as president-elect to enhance his existing business relationships.”

“Apparently, in his view, this practice does not run afoul of the representations he has made to date regarding the disentanglement of his business and official functions. It remains to be seen if this will ever get sorted out."

A Trump speech would not be complete without aggressive behavior. In addition to his attack on the nonexistent press, he felt the odd need to diminish some of the guests in attendance.

While he praised the members of Mar-a-Lago, he was hostile toward their guests: "I don't really care too much about the guests. I don't give a s*** about their guests."

About 800 paying guests were present at the New Year’s Eve party, with tickets selling for $525.

6 comments about "Leaked Video Of Trump Raises Ongoing Public-Private Conflicts".
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  1. Stan Valinski from Multi-Media Solutions Group, January 3, 2017 at 12:57 p.m.

    His feelings for his guests are the same as his for the American people who voted him in.

  2. Aarona Jordan from CBS Digital, January 3, 2017 at 1:06 p.m.

    Sad thing is our country will be reduced to the status of a Banana Republic dictatorship before all those who trusted this man realize the press they refused to listen to was right- he's a con man.#StillNotMyPresident  
    Thanks for reporting MediaPost.

  3. Randall Tinfow from CLICK-VIDEO LLC, January 3, 2017 at 3:49 p.m.

    At $525 a plate I hope they had better than rubber chicken!

  4. Chuck Lantz from, network, January 3, 2017 at 4:09 p.m.

    I'm just sitting here, waiting for the first comment that defends his latest crazy utterings. 

  5. George Parker from Parker Consultants, January 4, 2017 at 9:10 a.m.

    The truly sad thing is that the millions who voted for him and are about to get royaly screwed over the next four years... In four years time... Will very probably vote for him again. 
    George "AdScam" Parker

  6. Christina Ricucci from Millenia 3 Communications replied, January 4, 2017 at 11:03 a.m.

    Sad but probably true, George. Education is the only remedy for this kind of insanity IMO, and the U.S. doesn't even rank in the top 10 in education OR in literacy among "developed" nations as of 2015. You don't have to speak English in order to vote, or ever have taken a history course, or even know what the candidates stand for--just vote your ethnicity, your religion, the party of your parents, or the button on the left. We rank 46th in freedom of the press (can't wait to see how far that drops). And where do we rank near the top? The U.S. ranks second in cocaine seizures, second in child poverty (yes, the U.S.) and second in the import of spiny-tailed lizards. (Yep.) Finally, we rank FIRST in number of prisoners and FIRST in anxiety disorders. Is this country great or what?

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