Trump Grill fisasco explained.

Despite the Trump Grill fiasco, soon the President-elect will become President and will shoulder the responsibility for the lives of millions of people and not just Americans. So how does the future President of the United States behave when confronted with unfavourable or bad news?

The President-elect’s latest outburst happened because Vanity Fair magazine wrote “Trump Grill Could Be the Worst Restaurant in America“. Summing up an intellectual response befitting the size of his hands, the President-elect decried on Twitter

Notice how the President-elect didn’t deny the Trump Grill was the worst restaurant in America? Instead, he attacked the writer or owner or object of his displeasure. The President-elect frequently uses this response tactic. It’s the toddler pre-school style of response. “You play lousy.” “Oh yeah? Well my daddy can beat up your daddy!”

Business Insider also wrote an article on Trump Grill, and on it golden plaque.

“The atrium, open to the public, is festooned with fleshy pink marble and flashy gold — or maybe bronze — plating. Dotting the walls of this marble-and-gold pit are plaques bestowed upon the numerous Trump brands by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, an awards group that has questionable ties to Trump.”

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Questionable ties??? Who are they kidding.

Here’s a little background from Yahoo News on the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS) and its ties to Trump.

“It’s about as Trump as a moment gets. There was the Donald at his new golf club in the rolling Scottish dunes. He was holding a massive, gleaming, gold-colored plaque proclaiming the venue “The Best Golf Course Worldwide.” Trump, the real estate mogul and now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, wore a hat with his name on it and a massive grin.

The gaudy plaque Trump carried that day in 2013 was a Star Diamond award distributed by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences — a group that turns out to have extensive ties with Trump.

Joseph Cinque, the academy’s president and CEO, personally presented the award to Trump in Scotland. It was one of many similar honors Cinque has bestowed upon him in the past decade. Cinque, who has been described by the academy as one of Trump’s “dear friends,” is also a convicted felon who reportedly survived a murder attempt, was associated with the infamous mob boss John Gotti and went on to earn the nicknames “Joey No Socks” and “the Preppy Don.”

Trump recently held one of the top three slots on the organization’s board of trustees, with the ostentatious title of “Ambassador Extraordinaire.” Members of Trump’s family and multiple executives at his company, the Trump Organization, have also sat on the academy’s board of trustees, which selects award winners. Cinque runs the academy out of his apartment on Central Park South in Manhattan, just blocks from Trump Tower.

In a conversation with Yahoo News on Thursday morning, Trump denied he had any involvement with the ratings group, which has bestowed numerous five- and six-star ratings on his properties.

“I mean, I receive awards from different places sometimes, but I’m not involved in it. How am I involved in it?” said Trump.

Trump indicated he didn’t know much about the academy’s board of trustees — on which he, two of his sons and multiple members of his organizations have served. He also claimed he doesn’t know Cinque well.

“He may have set up a board of trustees. I don’t know. I don’t know that my sons are involved with that, actually,” Trump said, adding, “But he’s a very nice man. I don’t know him well. I don’t know him well, but I have found him over the years to be a very nice man.”

Trump acquaintance ‘Joey No Socks’ helms firm that lavished awards on Trump businesses.

That little headline from the Chicago Tribune.

“More than a dozen Donald Trump golf courses, hotels, casinos and private clubs have been honored with “Star Diamond” awards from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, a company that doles out shiny plaques representing “the most prestigious award of true excellence in hospitality.”

The Trump Grill at Trump Tower has one. So does the Trump Buffet & Grill in the basement. Indeed the entire New York City skyscraper sports one of the plaques, for being “the ultimate residential building worldwide.”

But when it comes to Trump, the academy isn’t an independent observer.

An AP review shows that about half the roughly 30 American Academy of Hospitality Sciences trustees listed in the company’s own press materials appear to be Trump friends and business associates.

At one point, Trump’s two adult sons; the chief operating officer of the Trump Organization, Matthew Calamari; and Trump’s longtime butler, Anthony Senecal; all served as trustees simultaneously.

Also listed are businessman Howard Lorber, who has called Trump his “hero,” and actor Tony Lo Bianco, who said he believes he was introduced to Cinque years ago by Trump.

Cinque served as a judge with Donald Trump Jr. in the 2008 Miss Universe pageant. The academy honored Donald Trump with a lifetime achievement award in 2013.

“My view is that this is primarily a marketing program,” said Michael Petrone, who heads up AAA’s ratings program, which gives out Five Diamond status to a fraction of the hotels inspectors review annually, including to some Trump properties.

A 1999 lawsuit against Cinque by a former business partner alleges award-winners paid promotional fees to be named in the group’s glossy publications, calling the academy “merely the alter ego of Cinque.”

A decade after that, Trump friend Stewart Rahr, a billionaire pharmaceutical wholesaler, sued Cinque and his organization, saying that they failed to publish a “man of the year” profile of his philanthropic efforts despite being paid a $25,000 fee. A judge ruled Rahr was owed the $25,000.”

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So this is how an award winning restaurant in an award winning building ends up serving turds.

The Trump Grill is a reflection of the President-elect himself; pompous, pitiful and putrid.

Business Insider article on Trump Grill.

Yahoo News article on the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS) and its ties to Trump.

Chicago Tribune: Trump acquaintance ‘Joey No Socks’ helms firm that lavished awards on Trump businesses.

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