President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Kennedy thinks he'll be sitting in the Senate, Biden told parliament: "I'm not going to go crazy." Relations between Seoul, Pyongyang and Tokyo, need a shock of reality On Monday, he entered another controversy by suggesting that the United States could host world leaders in his golf club near Miami for the Group of Seven (G-7) summit next year.
If Trump wanted his meeting place to be the venue of the meeting, his critics argue that it would be another flagrant violation of the Constitution's Emolument Clause, which prohibits presidents from accepting payments from foreign countries, American states or the federal government.
"He is a president who turned the presidency into an instrument of enrichment from day one. There is simply no dividing line between what is an official government business and what is a profitable private business – it's just a big business, "Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinHouse investigating the decision to resume federal executions Pelosi, allies seek to keep gun debate more focused on McConnell Pelosi supporters who feel justified after a tumultuous expansion MORE (D-Md.), A member of the House Judiciary Committee and former professor of constitutional law, said Monday during a phone interview with The Hill.
"If he decides to hold the G-7 meeting in 2020 at Trump National Doral Golf [Club]it would be a perfect violation of the domestic and foreign emoluments clauses, "added Raskin. "This is precisely what the editors of the Constitution opposed."
Other legal and democratic experts have also raised objections.
Laurence Tribe, a professor at Harvard Law School, tweeted that Trump's speech was "Emolumentally Clear! Trump continues to prove that he is deliberately violating the main guarantee of the Constitution against financial corruption and the compromise of presidential decisions by foreign powers. "
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), The former Attorney General of the State, described this example as "a classic example of valuing personal profit to the detriment of the public good".
And Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenPrediction: The 2020 elections are going to be hacked, if we do not act quickly, Wyden blames the FEC Republicans for stalling the NRA investigation over possible donations from Russia. Wyden calls at the end of targeting political ads on Facebook, Google (Ore.), The largest Democrat sitting on the Senate Finance Committee, said that holding the G-7 summit at Trump, in his Doral, Florida compound, "would be one of the most flagrant bribery and insider trading in a chair filled with them. "
"Trump uses the office to put away his own pockets at the expense of the American people and our position in the world," Wyden said in a statement. "Requiring that our allies spend money at the president's hotel to attend the G7 would be an insult to them and a violation of our Constitution's clause on emoluments."
Wyden called the Treasury Department, which helps to organize the annual gathering of world leaders, to prevent the summit from being held at Doral.
Trump launched the series of emoluments at a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the final day of the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, telling reporters that officials of the The administration has found nothing that is close to competing with its Doral appeal.
He later defended this suggestion, claiming that the presidency cost him between $ 3 billion and $ 5 billion in lost revenue – an unverifiable figure.
Trump said that he "did not care" about making money.
"The only thing that matters is the country," he added.
Trump's proposal to hold the annual event in his more than 300-hectare complex marks the latest skirmish of a long political and legal battle between the President and congressional Democrats over whether Trump can conducting official activities or having foreign governments spend money on hotels and golf. stations.
The Democrats blamed him for hosting leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, on his other property in Florida, Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach. And he has rejected many lawsuits alleging that he illegally earns money in his luxury hotel located a few blocks from the White House.
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other foreign governments, which have reserved blocks of hotel rooms, have received tens of thousands of dollars for the Trump International Hotel in Washington. The hotel, located along Pennsylvania Avenue, has also become a popular venue for GOP fundraising.
But until now, the democratic efforts to penalize or stop Trump have largely failed. Last month, a federal appeals court launched a lawsuit by attorneys general of Maryland and D.C. challenging Trump's ownership of the hotel; the court ruled that the attorneys general did not have standing to bring the case.
A separate lawsuit against Trump by Democrats in the House continues in the courts. But Raskin wants the House to vote this fall on a resolution of which he is the author and who disapproves of all the foreign emoluments that Trump has received since taking office. Speaker Nancy PelosiConservative group Nancy Pelosi launches advertising campaign against the Democratic Drug Pricing Plan The Hill & # 39; s Morning Report – Trump announces the resumption of trade talks between China and China and welcomes possible trade with Japan and the UK 11 essential readings that you missed this week (D-Calif.) Did not commit to submitting Raskin's resolution to the assembly for a vote.
"The entire Democratic caucus, including the President, opposes the anarchy of the president who accepts the emoluments of foreign governments and does not show up in Congress for our approval," he said. Raskin, member of Pelosi's management. "It's an untenable situation."
House Democrats have tried other approaches to block Trump. They passed several annual spending bills with amendments prohibiting certain federal agencies from using taxpayer money in Trump companies around the world.
But the authors of the amendments, Raskin and Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenThe Nubile Regulatory Authority shows its strength with the Trump House Democrats towards majority support for the removal. (D-Tenn.), Are unlikely to send their proposals to the GOP-controlled Senate. Legislators in the House of Representatives opposed the amendments argue that banning spending in Trump's businesses could jeopardize the safety of officials or dignitaries attending trump highs on Trump's properties.
Despite the Democratic indignation, some observers believe that the site of the G-7 meeting of 2020, in the heart of a presidential campaign, will not be in Doral.
"I would not bet at home that it will be in this country club," said Jon B. Alterman, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy and Director of the Middle East Program at the Center. Strategic and International, Washington-based Think Tank. "I could see a combination of congressional anxiety and public criticism leading to a more open process leading to a different outcome."
"I'll bet that when all the dust disappears, people will say it's too close," he added.
Cristina Marcos and Brett Samuels contributed.