New York, NY — Donald Trump’s newest effort to revive his name and brand is facing some stiff opposition from some of his most loyal and loyalest fans in the Republican Party.
The new line of golf clubs has a long history in the state, dating back to 1881.
Now the president’s latest golf trip to New York City is drawing the ire of some in the conservative base.
The Trump Organization released a statement Friday saying it is “actively exploring a number of opportunities” to make more money, including in the hospitality industry.
“This is a business venture,” Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said.
“It’s not a business.
It’s a passion project.
And it’s one that we’re actively exploring.
The president believes it is a fantastic thing to do, and I think it’s going to be a terrific thing for the country.”
The golf resort’s development began more than a decade ago as part of the Trump International Golf Links project, which included Trump Tower in New York.
The resort has been a staple in the Trump family’s wealth and his business, which includes casinos and golf courses, has had an almost obsessive focus on winning.
He has spent billions of dollars on renovations and marketing his properties.
But critics say the Trump brand has lost some of its luster in the country, particularly in the last year with the death of his wife, Melania, and the controversy over his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.
Trump has also been under fire from conservatives who accuse him of not doing enough to stop attacks by his political enemies on his family.
The criticism intensified after a video surfaced of Trump joking about groping women.
Trump told reporters in his New York home Friday that he doesn’t believe his comments are offensive.
“I think what people are asking me about is my temperament,” he said.
But he said he believes he is a strong leader.
“My temperament is impeccable,” he told reporters.
“If people want to call me a monster, well, I don’t mind.”
Spicer said Trump’s campaign has received “a lot of great support from the local Republican party and their members.”
The statement also said Trump will spend the weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Spicer said the president “has been incredibly impressed by the hospitality experience that has been built at the course and will continue to work with the club to make the resort even more attractive.”