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Thu Jan 31, 2019, 12:51 PM

David Corn: Once Again, the Kuwaiti Government Puts Money Right into Trump's Pocket



https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/01/donald-trump-hotel-kuwait-government-emoluments/

Once Again, the Kuwaiti Government Puts Money Right into Trumpís Pocket
Who cares what the Constitution says?
David CornJanuary 30, 2019 6:21 PM


Itís not news. But it still worth headlines: President Donald Trump collects money directly from foreign governments. He does this when overseas governments (and foreign corporations and persons) spend money at his hotels. These properties are owned by him through the the Trump Organization. (When he became president, he turned the business over to his kids, but retained ownership.) So if the Saudi Crown Prince hits New York City with his oversized entourage and obtains a block of roomís at a high-end Trump hotel, the money goes straight into the coffers of Trumpís family business. And this is exactly what happened last year. (That particular transaction was substantial enough to be responsible for a 13 percent uptick in the hotelís business.)

Trumpís fancy hotel in Washington, DC, has been the recipient of revenue from governments, people, and parties with interests before the US government and motive to curry favor with Trump. One such entity: the government of Kuwait. As the below invitation shows (at link), the Gulf State is holding its independence anniversary shindig at the Trump International Hotel next month. This will mark the third year in a row that the Kuwaitis have decided to grace Trumpís hotel with their presence and petro-dollars.

These transactions are arguably violations of the Constitutionís emoluments clause, which prohibit a president from accepting any sort of gift from an overseas sourceóan anti-bribery measure that the Founding Fathers obviously believed necessary. A lawsuit claiming Trump has violated this part of the Constitution has been working its way through the courts, and oral arguments for the case are scheduled for March. The suit, which was filed by the attorneys general for Maryland and Washington, DC, cites the annual Kuwaiti bash as one of several violations of the emoluments clause.

It seems like Trump and the Kuwaitis donít mind providing more potential evidence.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 12:59 PM

1. Truly one of the things

our new House of Representatives must and will investigate.
Such insanity as to allow this is an outrage!

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Thu Jan 31, 2019, 01:04 PM

2. I'd hope the House has plans to take up this issue as well ... it's a damn travesty (nt)

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 01:09 PM

3. These are just the public actions. How many empty rooms are Saudis, Kuwatis etc renting?

I'll bet there are empty rooms being paid for to funnel the trumps cash too.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 01:10 PM

4. Democrats can impeach Donald Trump on emoluments clause violations right now

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