President-elect Donald Trump gathered with around 100 foreign diplomats Friday evening at his newest hotel edition in Washington, D.C. The Washington Post reported that they dined on sliders, sipped on Trump-branded champagne, and were even given a tour that included a look at Trump’s $20,000 a night “town house” suite.
In other words, the President-elect is currently using his business to solicit foreign government agents. Many of these agents accepted The Donald’s business offer because, let’s face it: Everyone knows that the Donald has the temperament of a 4-year-old when things don’t go his way, and that he could just “bomb the sh*t out of them.”
One Asian diplomat said:
Why wouldn’t I stay at his hotel blocks from the White House, so I can tell the new president, “I love your new hotel! Isn’t it rude to come to his city and say, ‘I am staying at your competitor?”‘
A University of Minnesota law professor, Richard Painter, who also served as chief ethics counsel for former President George W. Bush, told Ian Millhiser, of ThinkProgress, that the President-elect needs to get it together immediately, or he will be in violation of the Constitution come Inauguration Day. Millhiser said that diplomats are planning to stay at the hotel, just so they can get in good with the president. He explained:
‘The Constitution’s “Emoluments Clause” provides that “no person holding any office of profit or trust under” the United States “shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatsoever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.’
In an email, Painter told ThinkProgress that the efforts being made by foreign diplomats in order to gain brownie points with the President-elect “looks like a gift,” and that the main reason this section of the Constitution was made is to keep other countries from trying to influence the U.S. government with gifts. In other words, foreign diplomats staying in Trump’s hotel in order to gain favoritism of the President-elect is illegal.
One thing that’s certain is: It will definitely be interesting to see how the president-elect manages separating his presidency from his business affairs, because a lot of people will definitely be paying very close attention to him.
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