A look at Trump's most failed businesses, according to his tax records

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Donald Trump, pictured in his office in Trump Tower in 2012. Jennifer S. Altman/For The Washington Post via Getty
  • bombshell New York Times report from September said Donald Trump paid only $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and nothing at all for much of the previous decade.

  • Those same records reported that some of Trump's businesses have been hemorrhaging money.

  • His golf courses showed combined losses of $315.6 million, while his hotel and real estate umbrella company also posted multimillion-dollar losses. Crown jewels of his empire, like the Mar-a-Lago club, did not make the list.

  • Here's a look at which of Trump's iconic properties are struggling the most, according to the Times investigation.

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Trump has 15 golf courses across the globe. His tax records show major losses at a handful of them.

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Trump golfing. Getty

Trump reported combined losses of $315.6 million on golf courses since 2000 in the tax records viewed by The New York Times. His European golf courses accounted for a fifth of that figure. He has a total of 15 golf courses across the world.

Trump's three European courses, one in Ireland and two in Scotland, posted $63.3 million in losses.

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Donald Trump swings a golf club at one of his Scottish properties. Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images

His golf club in Doonbeg, Ireland, is located in a village with a paltry population of 200. In November 2018, the Associated Press reported that the course had lost money four years in a row. Around the same time, the AP reported, Trump received approval to build a wall around the resort to protect it from rising sea levels. The move angered residents, as it could potentially harm dunes and local public beaches.

Trump's golf club in Aberdeen, Scotland, was also built on dunes. It opened in 2012, and the development process severely damaged the local environment, Business Insider previously reported. Business Insider also previously reported that the 18-hole golf course, which is accompanied by a 22-acre driving range, a whiskey bar, and a five-star hotel, routinely posts at least $1 million in losses every year.

His second Scottish golf club, in Ayrshire, is older — built in 1906 — and it is now home to two 18-hole courses, a 9-hole course, and a spa.

The three clubs totaled $63.3 million in losses, according to the the tax records viewed by The Times.

Trump's largest golf club, the Trump National Doral near Miami, is losing the most significant chunk of change.

In this Nov. 20, 2019 photo, the entrance to the Trump National Doral resort is shown in Doral, Fla. The Trump golf resort in South Florida where President Donald Trump initially wanted to host this year's Group of Seven summit has temporarily laid off over 500 workers. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
The entrance to the Trump National Doral resort in Doral, Florida. Associated Press

The Trump National Doral is Trump's largest golf club. It includes four golf courses, tennis courts, a spa, and a luxury hotel. The property is right outside Miami, Florida.

The Doral golf course previously made national news in August 2019, when Trump suggested hosting the 2020 G7 summit there. Such a move would violate the Constitution, which prohibits the president personally benefiting from affairs of state. He later dropped the idea.

Trump paid $150 million for the property in 2012, and according to the Times, its losses through 2018 have totaled $162.3 million. The Times also reported that he put $213 million into the property, and tax records show it has a $125 million mortgage balance due in three years.

Trump reported losses of $315.6 million across all his golf properties.

It's not just his golf properties that are losing money — many of his real estate investments are too, including the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC.

FILE PHOTO: A general view of the Trump International Hotel seen in Washington, U.S., April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
A general view of the Trump International Hotel seen in Washington, DC. Reuters

The Trump International Hotel opened in October 2016. The hotel, which is located inside the Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington DC, dates back to 1899 and required $200 million in renovations.

According to the the Times, tax records show losses at the hotel through 2018 of $55.5 million. What's more is that the hotel carries a fair bit of debt — $160 million — that had not been paid down by the end of 2018.

The hotel, which is known for its astronomical prices, has become somewhat of a meeting ground for conservative groups and Trump's associates, shrouding the hotel in ethical concerns about foreign dignitaries staying at the hotel, along with events that the federal government could possibly be funding.

Trump Corporation, the family's real estate services company, reported losing $134 million since 2000, according to the Times.

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A guard stands outside of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on August 24, 2018. Spencer Platt/Getty

The Times reported that Trump bankrolled those losses by providing the umbrella corporation with a loan. In 2016, he marked those loans on his tax records as a cash contribution instead.

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