As if his Syrian blunder wasn’t enough, and his Ukraine telephone call extortion wasn’t enough, Trump is now violating the Constitution brazenly.
He has announced that next year’s G7 meeting will be held at the Trump National Doral in Miami. His acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney explains that there’s nothing wrong with this:
MULVANEY: “Again, anticipating your questions, how is this this is not emolument violation? Will the president profit from this? The president pretty much made it very clear since he got here, he doesn’t profit from being here. He has no interest in profiting from being here.” pic.twitter.com/wLY55ZHA5V— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 17, 2019
This was the same disastrous press conference in which Mulvaney admitted the quid pro quo extortion of Ukraine.,
Trump is abusing his office to strongarm American taxpayers and foreign governments into directly lining his pockets. That so many Republicans are unbothered by this is just the latest indictment of the party. https://t.co/Zg5iDAjKJn— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 18, 2019
Oh and Trump is inviting Putin, who was kicked out of the G7 because of Russia hacking and killing people.
Trump’s Doral resort is not a primo resort fit for hosting world leaders:
Trump’s prized Doral golf resort in Miami is crucial to his overall finances, says David Fahrenthold, who covers the Trump Organization for The Post. But, according to company documents and exclusive video obtained by The Post, the Doral resort is in steep decline.
“They are severely underperforming,” tax consultant Jessica Vachiratevanurak told a Miami-Dade County official in a bid to lower the property’s tax bill. The reason, she said: “There is some negative connotation that is associated with the brand.”
“He’s entwined his business more than any modern president with his presidency,” Fahrenthold says. “And it’s not going well.”
Reminder: between 2013 and 2018 Florida authorities reported 524 health-code violations at DORAL https://t.co/OSRGxjgQVd— Sam Stein (@samstein) October 17, 2019
The Florida Health Dept shut down pools at Trump properties at least 10 times last year for health violations. There have been no inspections over the past 12 months, even though regulations require all public pools to be inspected at least twice a year.
Sens. Peters, Wyden, and Brown are pressing the W.H., DHS, State Dept., and Treasury on how Doral was selected to host the G7, and whether it is a misuse of Trump’s public office to steer money from American taxpayers and foreign sources to private businesses that benefit him. pic.twitter.com/wY77S1b3HD— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 18, 2019
Mick Mulvaney says he will not make public documents on how Doral G7 decision was arrived at.— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) October 18, 2019
“If want to see our paper on how we did this, the answer is absolutely not.” https://t.co/2UQMu5xCTi pic.twitter.com/xP9zgTTSGK
“Bullshit!” –President Donald J. Trump— Bad Fox Graphics (@BadFoxGraphics) October 18, 2019
No Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State
Art. I, Sec. 9, Cl. 8 https://t.co/84g8H1GzuV
JUST IN: The House is teeing up a vote on a resolution to condemn holding the G7 at Trump's Doral resort and "rejecting his practice of accepting foreign government Emoluments without obtaining Congress’ affirmative consent"— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) October 18, 2019
Rules Committee plans to mark it up on Tuesday.