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Potomac River paddlers suing Trump for his Virginia golf course visits

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Trump National Golf Club Sterling, Virginia
Protesters stand at the
curb with signs against President Donald Trump as his motorcade
departs the Trump National Golf Club on September 2, 2018 in
Sterling, Virginia.


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  • A group of paddlers who frequent along the Potomac
    River in Maryland are suing President Donald Trump and his
    administration.
  • They are angry that his frequent golf course visits are
    shutting down the river, the Washingtonian reported
    Thursday.
  • The Canoe Cruisers Association of Greater Washington
    filed a lawsuit in Maryland accusing the administration of
    failing to notify residents and surrounding businesses of a
    policy that prevented them from using part of the
    river.

A group of paddlers are suing President Donald Trump and his
administration for his frequent golf course visits shutting down
the Potomac River, the
Washingtonian reported Thursday
.

The Canoe Cruisers Association of
Greater Washington
filed a lawsuit in Maryland accusing the
administration of failing to notify residents and surrounding
businesses of a policy that prevented them from using part of the
river.

The fight between paddlers and the Trump White House has been
going on since the US Coast Guard implemented a temporary
shutdown of the river next to Trump National Golf Club in
Sterling, Virginia last summer, according to the
report. The 1.6-mile stretch is roughly 30 minutes upriver from
Washington.

The lawsuit specifically mentions Karl L. Schultz, who is the
commandant of the Coast Guard, and Homeland Security Secretary
Kirstjen Nielsen, the Washingtonian reported.

It says that the Coast Guard’s policy prevents the public from
legally enjoying this specific area of the river when Trump was
ever at his golf club. It also alleges that DHS, under the
leadership of Nielsen, ignored over 600 public comments from
individuals who were negatively impacted by the policy.

“The ball’s been in their court for over a year,” attorney Nitin
Shaw told the Washingtonian. “We hope with this lawsuit they
certainly do what is right and reverse this rule to accommodate
the very serious ramifications on the paddling community.”

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