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Judge: Florida airport shooting suspect refusing medication

A judge says Florida airport shooting suspect Esteban Santiago will not take medication for an undisclosed mental condition.

U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom said at a scheduling hearing Friday that Santiago, of Anchorage, Alaska, is unwilling to take psychotropic drugs at a Miami detention center. Santiago is being held on a 22-count federal indictment charging him with killing five people and wounding six at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Jan. 6.

The nature of Santiago’s mental condition was not disclosed. Earlier, the FBI said Santiago complained of hearing voices and government mind control in interviews with agents. Santiago also claimed inspiration for the shooting came from Islamic State extremists.

Bloom set an Aug. 4 status hearing for the case, which could result in a death sentence for the 26-year-old Santiago.

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Donald Trump takes aim at Dodd-Frank financial overhaul

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

1:28 p.m.

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that will direct the Treasury secretary to review the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial overhaul.

It’s Trump’s first step at scaling back regulations on financial services.

Trump has called the law a “disaster” and said it failed to address some of the causes of the 2008-2009 financial crisis.

The president has also signed a presidential memorandum related to retirement planning. The administration’s move will delay implementing an Obama-era rule that requires financial professionals who charge commissions to put their clients’ best interests first when giving advice on retirement investments.

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1 p.m.

The Trump administration says it has thawed its temporary freeze on contract and grant approvals at the Environmental Protection Agency, with all $3.9 billion in planned spending moving forward.

A media blackout at the agency also appears to have been partially lifted, as a trickle of press releases were issued by EPA this week. However, the agency still has not posted to its official Twitter feed since President Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration.

The Associated Press and other media outlets reported last week that Trump political appointees had instructed EPA staff not to issue press releases or make posts to the agency’s official social media accounts without prior approval.

Contract and grant spending at the agency was also put on hold, prompting confusion and concern among state agencies expecting funding.

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12:05 p.m.

Foreign leaders and groups are finding new ways to make known their disagreement with President Donald Trump’s policies.

An international school in Bosnia announced Friday it would extend scholarships to students affected by Trump’s travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries. The United World College’s branch in Mostar said it was motivated by its belief in equal opportunities.

In Portugal, the parliament there voted to condemn the U.S. travel ban and highlighted the role of the U.S. to promote tolerance and human rights.

In Sweden, Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin posted on Facebook a photo of her signing the country’s new climate law while surrounded by seven female members of her staff. Swedish media say it resembles photos of Trump in the Oval office surrounded by male advisers.

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10:25 a.m.

President Donald Trump is applauding the January jobs report, saying it shows there’s a “great spirit in the country right now.”

Trump addressed last month’s job report, which showed the U.S. economy adding 227,000 jobs and the unemployment rate at 4.8 percent. The report also says that more Americans started looking for work, although not all of them found jobs immediately.

Trump is joining business leaders and CEOs in the White House and also previewing some of his economic priorities. He says he expects “to be cutting a lot out of Dodd-Frank,” the financial regulations put in place in response to the Great Recession.

The president says they’ll be discussing how to bring back jobs, lower taxes and reduce regulations.

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8:15 a.m.

President Donald Trump says that a “new radical Islamic terrorist” is behind an attack outside the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Trump tweeted early Friday that America needs to “get smart,” in light of the incident.

He writes, “a new radical Islamic terrorist has just attacked in Louvre Museum in Paris. Tourists were locked down. France on edge again.”

A knife-wielding man shouting “Allahu akbar” — “God is Great,” in Arabic — attacked French soldiers on patrol near the museum Friday in what officials described as a suspected terror attack.

The soldiers first tried to fight off the attacker and then opened fire, shooting him five times.

There were no immediate details about the identity of the suspect.

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7:40 a.m.

President Donald Trump says reports of his contentious conversation with Australia’s prime minister are “fake news.”

In a tweet Friday morning, Trump thanked Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull “for telling the truth about our very civil conversation that FAKE NEWS media lied about. Very nice!”

Turnbull told journalists that Trump had agreed to honor a deal to resettle refugees from among around 1,600 asylum seekers. Most are in island camps on the Pacific nations of Nauru and Papua New Guinea. Turnbull also said the U.S.-Australia relationship is strong.

Australia has refused to accept them and instead pays for them to be housed on the impoverished islands.

Trump earlier took to Twitter to call the agreement with Australia a “dumb deal.”

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7:04 a.m.

President Donald Trump says movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger “tried hard” to make “Celebrity Apprentice” a success, but has failed.

In an early morning Twitter post Friday, the president kept alive a theme he brought up a day earlier during his first appearance at the National Prayer Breakfast.

Trump, who once hosted the NBC reality TV show, took a pot shot there at Schwarzenegger, the current host and former California governor, over a ratings nosedive for the show.

On Friday, Trump said in his tweet, “Yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger did a really bad job as Governor of California and even worse on the Apprentice … but at least he tried hard!”

Schwarzenegger responded quickly to Thursday’s remarks in a video on his verified Twitter account, suggesting that he and Trump switch jobs.

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Betsy DeVos clears Senate hurdle toward becoming ed secy

Betsy DeVos cleared a major hurdle in the Senate to become the next education secretary despite vigorous opposition from Democrats.

Senators voted 52-48 to cut off debate at dawn Friday, setting the stage for a final confirmation vote next week on President Donald Trump‘s nominee.

DeVos, a billionaire Republican donor, has faced fierce criticism from labor unions for her promotion of school choice. Democrats and labor unions have accused her of seeking to dismantle public education and divert funds to charter schools and have criticized her support for taxpayer-funded private school vouchers.

Two key Republican senators have vowed to oppose her nomination, throwing it into jeopardy. If Democrats all vote against DeVos, they need only one more dissenting Republican to kill the nomination.

Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, praised DeVos’s work in reforming the school system through charter schools.

“Teachers have more freedom and parents have more choices, they are public schools and Betsy Devos is in the forefront of helping create that opportunity for public education,” Alexander said shortly after the vote. He added that DeVos will seek to diminish federal control over education and give more power to states and locales.

“We will be swapping a national school board for what she believes in, which is a local school board,” said Alexander, who served as education secretary under President George H.W. Bush.

But Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the senior Democrat on the committee, said she strongly opposes DeVos because of her tangled finances and potential conflicts of interest, her lack of experience in public schools and knowledge of basic education issues. Murray complained that her confirmation hearing was rushed and that DeVos didn’t answer all the questions from Democrats.

“Betsy DeVos is committed to privatizing public schools, and diverting public funds into private taxpayer-funded vouchers that would leave far too many students behind,” Murray said.

In addition to the statements of opposition by the two Republican senators, billionaire philanthropist and public education backer Eli Broad has also come out against her.

DeVos, 59, is the wife of Dick DeVos, heir to the Amway marketing fortune. She has spent more than two decades advocating for charter schools in her home state of Michigan and elsewhere around the country. Her support of anti-LGBT and her advocacy for conservative religious values has also caused concerns that she will be a weak advocate for the LGBT community and other minorities.

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Uber chief quits Donald Trump business council amid boycott calls

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has quit President Donald Trump‘s council of business leaders, according to an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press.

Kalanick wrote to his employees that he’d spoken with Trump on Thursday to “let him know that I would not be able to participate on his economic council. Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the president or his agenda but unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that.”

His departure came on the eve of the first meeting of the group at the White House, planned for Friday.

Disney CEO Bob Iger won’t attend either; instead he will be at a company board meeting in California, according to a person close to Iger who requested anonymity to discuss the CEO’s schedule.

White House officials did not respond to requests for comment.

Led by Stephen Schwarzman, chairman and chief executive of the private equity group Blackstone, the council has about 15 members, including the leaders of Wal-Mart, Tesla, the Cleveland Clinic and Pepsi.

The council is “designed to provide direct input to the president from many of the best and brightest in the business world in a frank, non-bureaucratic, and nonpartisan manner,” according to a Blackstone press release in December announcing its formation.

Yet public outcry about Trump — specifically his executive order suspending the country’s refugee program and halting other aspects of immigration — has put some business leaders in an uncomfortable spot.

Uber, a ride-sharing company popular in urban, largely Democratic areas, has been buffeted all week by boycott campaigns that began when people perceived it as trying to break a taxi strike to and from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport that was in response to the executive order.

Kalanick condemned the executive order and has contributed to relief groups, but calls for a boycott had continued. One woman urging boycotts for all companies tied to Trump said only total resignation from the Trump business forum would satisfy her.

“This is not a ‘seat at the table’ moment. This is a flip-the-table moment,” said Shannon Coulter, one of the organizers of the anti-Trump social media campaign “Grab Your Wallet.”

Other forum members said they’d keep their commitment.

Toby Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, is planning to attend.

“He has an opportunity to talk directly to the president, and that is a good opportunity,” said spokeswoman Eileen Sheil.

Sheil said the clinic employs doctors and caretakers from many countries, and was directly affected by the travel ban. She said a Sudanese citizen who is a first-year resident at the Cleveland Clinic is stuck in Sudan and unable to return to work.

General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra remains a member of the advisory group and plans to attend the Friday meeting, spokesman Patrick Morrissey said.

Tesla Inc. didn’t immediately respond when asked whether CEO Elon Musk planned to remain on Trump’s business and manufacturing councils. Earlier this week, Musk asked his Twitter followers to read the immigration order and send him specific amendments he could present to the president.

Musk has said that the refugee order “is not the best way to address the country’s challenges.”

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Anti-Trump march back on in Florida after brief cancellation

A planned weekend protest march outside President Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago resort is back on after two groups took over its organization.

Alex Newell Taylor of Women’s March Florida said Thursday that her group and South Florida Activism have taken over the march from Stephen Milo. He had issued a statement earlier Thursday saying Saturday’s March to Mar-a-Lago was being canceled because of safety concerns.

Newell Taylor says the groups have more experience than Milo in organizing demonstrations and believe they have the expertise to keep it peaceful. She said there will be trained marshals and legal assistants to keep the march orderly.

Trump is scheduled to be at Mar-a-Lago this weekend for the first time as president and is likely to attend a major American Red Cross fundraiser Saturday night. The protest will be aimed at the president’s moratorium on refugees from seven primarily Islamic countries and other issues.

More than 2,000 people have registered on Facebook to attend the protest.

West Palm Beach police have said they are working with organizers and are not anticipating any problems.

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911 calls show confusion during Florida airport shooting

One call came from a terrified woman hiding in a Fort Lauderdale airport restaurant as people ran past, fleeing a gunman. Another came from a woman hiding in some bushes. A group of people called as they hid in a storage unit.

A second batch of 14 recordings of 911 calls from last month’s shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport were released Thursday by the Broward Sheriff’s Office, shedding light on the confusion that reigned and on why dispatchers thought there might be multiple gunmen instead of just one.

Eleven other calls directly related to the shooting have not been cleared for release by the FBI.

None of the calls released Thursday came from the Delta Airlines baggage carousel area in Terminal 2, where authorities say Esteban Santiago, acting alone, fatally shot five people and wounded six on Jan. 6. Santiago, a 26-year-old Iraqi war veteran, was captured when he ran out of bullets. He has pleaded not guilty.

Here are excerpts from some of the calls. Dispatchers and callers are not identified.

The passenger’s voice betrayed her fear as she told the dispatcher with the Caribbean accent she was hiding in the Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Grill in Terminal 3, the building next to the Delta terminal. There’s a shooter, she said.

“Just stay where you are,” he said. “We have officers on the way over. Try to take cover if you can … Hide behind the bar and stay down until we give you the all clear.”

“People are freaking out. People are running,” she replied. She wanted to flee, too.

Stay where you are, the dispatcher said.

She soon told him that airport security agents were telling her and others to run. She didn’t know what to do. She feared that if she got up, the gunman might see her. The dispatcher told her she should stay barricaded, but if an armed agent gave other instructions, do that.

“Sir, you have got to do a little better than this for me here,” she said in exasperation.

Soon, she decided to run outside and found herself standing under the wing of a plane with others. Crying, she said, “I can’t tell what a safe place to be is right now.”

The dispatcher offers to stay on the phone until she felt safe. He told her he would try to get an officer to the plane.

“All right, thank you sir,” she replied.

The airport employee told the dispatcher she and a co-worker had taken cover in some bushes after they thought they heard gunshots.

“We ran off. It’s not safe.”

The dispatcher asked what she was seeing. She said she saw an armed man run past.

“I don’t remember his face – I just remember a big gun,” she said.

Most likely, he was a police officer.

The caller told the dispatcher she had crammed into a restaurant storage unit with others after hearing shots. The dispatcher asked, “how many people are there?”

“One, two, three, four, five, six, seven. Everybody started running towards the bar and we thought we heard shots. the bartender is really having a hard time, she thinks the phones are hacked and everything. I just want to know if it’s safe to go outside.”

Stay inside, she is told.

The teenage girl cried as the female dispatcher answered. Her mother is an airport employee and had called the girl to say someone was shooting.

“She just called me scared. I don’t know what is happening to her,” the girl sobbed.

The girl’s mother was in Terminal 4, across the parking garage from the shooting. But at this point, the dispatchers feared there were multiple shooters.

“Stay on the phone with me please,” the girl told the operator. “I am texting her right now. Oh my God. I don’t want her to make noise because he may see her.”

She told the dispatcher her mom was hiding in an office. “Get someone there, please.”

The dispatcher soon told the girl the gunman was in custody. The girl cried again, hoping for a text from her mom as the call ended.

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Rick Scott heading to Argentina for trade mission

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is heading off to Argentina for another trade mission.

Scott is scheduled to take a five-day trip in late April to Buenos Aires.

This is Scott’s 13th trip abroad since he became governor in January 2011. Former Gov. Jeb Bush took 16 trade missions during his eight years in office.

Scott has defended the trips as a way to open doors for Florida-based companies seeking business abroad. The Republican governor has made job creation the main focus during his time in office.

He has taken previous economic development trips to the South American countries of Brazil, Colombia and Chile, as well as Japan, Israel, England, France, Spain, Canada and Panama.

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Prosecutors: Pulse gunman’s wife helped scout potential targets, including Disney

A federal judge in California declined Wednesday to release the widow of the man who killed 49 people at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub after prosecutors said she accompanied her husband on scouting trips for potential targets that included the Disney Springs shopping complex.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu in Oakland said she wanted a psychiatric evaluation done of Noor Salman before deciding whether to release her from jail pending a trial on charges of supporting her husband’s attack and then lying to investigators about it. Salman, 31, has pleaded not guilty.

Federal authorities arrested Salman last month at her mother’s home in suburban San Francisco, where Salman moved with her 4-year-old son after her husband, Omar Mateen, killed 49 and wounded at least 68 others on June 12 at Pulse nightclub.

Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State during the attack before police shot and killed him.

Federal prosecutor Sara Sweeney divulged some details of the allegations for the first time while arguing against the release of Salman.

Sweeney said Mateen asked Salman whether attacking the Disney site would have a bigger impact than attacking a nightclub.

Disney declined to go into specifics about its security policies but said in a statement it reviews safety measures frequently.

“We work closely with state and local authorities and constantly review the very rigorous security measures we have in place including canine units and law enforcement officers on site, as well as less-visible systems that employ the latest technologies in security,” said Jacquee Wahler, a Disney World spokeswoman.

During the hearing, Sweeney said that in addition to accompanying her husband on scouting trips, Salman watched him leave their apartment with a gun and a backpack full of ammunition on the night of the shooting.

Authorities say Salman initially said she didn’t know anything about the attack but later told investigators Mateen abused steroids, was “pumped up” on the night of the attack, and said “this is the one day” as he walked out the door, Sweeney said in court.

Sweeney said Salman told investigators that “I knew when he left he was going to commit the attack.”

Sweeney also said the couple ran up $25,000 in credit-card debt and spent $5,000 in cash in the days before the shooting. Among the purchases was an $8,000 diamond ring for Salman. In addition, Mateen and Salman made her the death beneficiary of his bank account.

Salman’s attorney Charles Swift said outside court that Salman made those statements without a lawyer present during an 18-hour interrogation immediately after the attack.

He said he hasn’t received a transcript or recording of Salman’s interrogation to determine the context of her statements and accuracy of the allegations.

Swift also pointed out that Mateen was a security guard and left the couple’s home hundreds of times with a gun and ammunition.

Swift argued that prosecutors were charging Salman with the crimes of her husband. Mateen physically abused Salman, he said, and never told her about his plans to carry out the killings.

It was the first time Salman’s legal team heard details of the allegations as well.

“We frankly expected more,” attorney Linda Moreno said outside court.

Salman’s mother and uncle have pledged to put up their homes as collateral to secure her release from jail pending trial. Federal prosecutors are seeking to transfer Salman to Florida to face the charges, which could bring a sentence of life in prison.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

Analysis: Donald Trump’s clash with Australia strains alliance

For decades, Australia and the U.S. have enjoyed the coziest of relationships, collaborating on everything from military and intelligence to diplomacy and trade. Yet an irritable tweet President Donald Trump fired off about Australia and a dramatic report of an angry phone call between the nations’ leaders proves that the new U.S. commander-in-chief has changed the playing field for even America’s staunchest allies.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was left scrambling to defend his country’s allegiance to the U.S. after The Washington Post published a report on Thursday detailing a tense exchange that allegedly took place during the Australian leader’s first telephone call with Trump since he became president. During the call, the Post reported, Trump ranted about an agreement struck with the Obama administration that would allow a group of mostly Muslim refugees rejected by Australia to be resettled in the United States. The newspaper said Trump dubbed it “the worst deal ever” and accused Turnbull of seeking to export the “next Boston bombers” — a reference to Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, U.S. citizens born in Kyrgyzstan who set off explosives at the 2013 Boston marathon.

Though Turnbull declined to confirm the report, he also didn’t deny it, apart from rejecting one detail — that Trump had hung up on him. The prime minister insisted his country’s relationship with the U.S. remained strong, and that the refugee deal with the U.S. was still on.

Yet shortly after, Trump took to Twitter to slam the agreement, tweeting: “Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!”

Australians, long accustomed to a chummy friendship with the U.S., were stunned by the drama. Not since the Vietnam War — when Australia’s then-Prime Minister Gough Whitlam criticized a series of bombings authorized by then-President Richard Nixon — has there been such obvious friction between the leaders of the two nations.

“You can’t help but think the signal this sends to world leaders: That you have to be very, very careful doing business with this administration, particularly with the president and the people around him,” said Simon Jackman, CEO of the U.S. Studies Center in Sydney. “And that can’t help but put a chill on relations between allies.”

Yet the only surprising thing about Trump’s reaction to the deal is that Australians were surprised at all, said Nick Economou, a political analyst at Monash University in Melbourne. Members of Turnbull’s conservative party probably assumed — perhaps naively — they still had a special relationship with conservatives in the U.S., based on the close ties the parties enjoyed during previous administrations. But if Trump has taught the world anything, Economou said, it’s that he has little patience for tradition.

“I suspect that there is a feeling that, ‘Oh no, we’ve dealt with Republicans before, we were very close to George W. Bush, we should be fine with Mr. Trump and he’ll agree to this deal,'” Economou said. “But the thing is, of course he’s not going to agree to this deal! Obama entered into it and whatever Obama was for, Donald Trump is against.”

Australia has long been one of America’s strongest allies. The nation has fought alongside the U.S. in every major conflict since World War I, including the Korean War, Vietnam War and, more recently, in the Middle East. Australia is also part of the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing program with the U.S., along with Canada, Britain and New Zealand.

And while few believe the spat over the refugee deal will permanently damage those ties, it will likely prompt changes in how America’s allies approach their dealings with Washington.

The businessman-turned-president’s response — lashing out at a deal that had already been on the table — could be a negotiation tactic he is borrowing from his days in real estate, said Norman Abjorensen, a political analyst at the Australian National University. And like it or not, he said, it’s a tactic Australia may need to accept.

“The way of doing business — Australia’s going to have to adjust to it,” Abjorensen said. “There’s not going to be adjustments at the other end, for sure. The wind has shifted quite dramatically.”

But while politicians may be able to adjust to Trump’s whims, the Australian public may not be so forgiving, Abjorensen said.

“People are going to read this and think, ‘Hang on, this is something a little bit different. Doesn’t he like us? What’s changed?'” Abjorensen said. “It might bring about a gradual rethinking of the relationship, certainly at the level of the people.”

Despite the drama, Turnbull insisted that his country remained loyal to the U.S, calling the relationship “rock solid.”

“Our alliance is built on commitments on service, on courage, on partnership of millions of Australians and Americans going back generations,” Turnbull told Melbourne radio station 3AW. “And it will continue and strengthen during my time as prime minister and I’m sure President Trump’s time as president.”

Still, despite the upbeat message Turnbull delivered publicly, most analysts suspect he — like most Australians — was left stunned by the slight.

“I think Mr. Turnbull has come across something he’s probably never encountered before in his political career, his legal career or his business career. The ‘Trump experience,’ day one!” Abjorensen said with a laugh. “This is how you treat your friends? Heaven help those who are a little bit further down the list of being in favor.”

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Trump golf course ordered to pay $5.7 million to ex-members

A Florida golf course owned by President Donald Trump must immediately repay $5.7 million to 65 former members who had been denied membership refunds after he bought the club in 2012, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

District Judge Kenneth Marra ruled that Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter violated contracts the members had signed with the previous owner, Ritz-Carlton. The average payment will be about $87,000 if the ruling is upheld.

Attorney Brad Edwards, who represented the members, said Wednesday that when the trial ended last August, “I never felt more confident what the right decision would be.”

“So (the ruling) wasn’t a surprise, but it was worth the wait,” he said.

The Trump Organization vowed to appeal, saying in a statement that “We respectfully disagree with the Court’s decision.”

“At the time Trump purchased the Club, it was suffering financially, making it unlikely that these members would ever get back their deposits,” the organization said.

The 65 were on a resignation waiting list when Trump bought the club for $5 million in 2012. Testimony last summer showed Trump got a below-market price for the club by agreeing to be on the hook for potentially $41 million in refundable membership deposits. Also, the contracts the members signed with Ritz-Carlton stated that if that company sold the club, the new owner would be responsible for any refundable deposits that were due.

Under Ritz-Carlton, the members had a complicated resignation procedure that could take 10 years to complete. First, resigning members had to request to be added to a waiting list in their membership classification. After every fifth membership Ritz-Carlton sold in one classification, the person at the top of that resignation list would get their deposit refunded and be removed from the club rolls. Meanwhile, members on the waiting list were still obligated to pay dues of $8,000 to $20,000 per year plus a $1,800 food and beverage fee. As they waited, they would still have access to the club.

Shortly after Trump bought the club in November 2012, he called a membership meeting and told members on the resignation lists that if they didn’t rescind their notice, they would no longer be allowed club access starting Jan. 1, 2013. Two months later, he added that they would still be expected to pay dues until they reached the top of the resignation list. The members said that by cutting off their access, Trump owed them their deposits within 30 days, citing a clause in their Ritz-Carlton contracts. When his company refused, they sued.

During testimony, the president’s son Eric Trump, who oversaw the club’s operation, conceded that paying dues without having access to the club “would violate a fundamental principle of life.”

Marra, who was appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush in 2002, used a footnote to apologize for not calling Trump by his new title in his ruling.

“At all times relevant to this lawsuit, Donald J. Trump was a private citizen. As a result, the Court will refer to him as such in this decision. In doing so, the Court means no disrespect to him or to the esteemed position he now holds,” Marra wrote.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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