President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Steven Goldstein, is leading a lawsuit against the carpet cleaning company Keroro and the state of Florida for $2.5 million, according to a new report.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in New York, seeks an injunction barring Keroro from using its carpet spot cleaning service to clean the president’s private property.
Goldstein, who is the president of the firm Goldstein, Goldblatt & Co., filed the lawsuit after the company, which has offices in New Jersey and Florida, refused to clean Trump’s property.
The Trump Organization, which is based in New Zealand, has said that the president is welcome to use its service.
A spokesperson for Keroro said in a statement that it “has never knowingly done anything improper.”
The lawsuit comes after the Trump White House said in February that Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort is “open and clean,” adding that “everything is working as it should.”
The company’s lawyer, Robert Weiss, has called the president a “puppet master” who “loves the limelight” and “takes advantage of every opportunity to bask in the spotlight.”
The attorney for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Lisa Blaise, also criticized the suit, saying the lawsuit “furthers a longstanding strategy of undermining the state’s ability to protect the health and safety of the public.”
“This lawsuit is about the president using his private property as a stage for his personal political agenda and the president should be allowed to do that,” she said in the statement.
“The president’s own lawyers have never had any business dealings with Keroro or any other private contractor for the cleaning of his private properties.
The president has a responsibility to keep his private business from being used for his political agenda.”