“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!'” said one diplomat from an Asian nation. “Isn’t it rude to come to his city and say, ‘I am staying at your competitor?’
THIS IS NOT NORMAL.
The incoming president, in other words, is actively soliciting business from agents of foreign governments. Many of these agents, in turn, said that they will accept the president-elect’s offer to do business because they want to win favor with the new leader of the United States.
In an exclusive exchange with ThinkProgress, Richard Painter, a University of Minnesota law professor who previously served as chief ethics counsel to President George W. Bush, says that Trump’s efforts to do business with these diplomats is at odds with a provision of the Constitution intended to prevent foreign states from effectively buying influence with federal officials.
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 whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.”
The choice phrase there is “without the consent of Congress”. How much do you wanna bet that the GOP-led Congress–the so-called Constitution Party–gives this motherfucker carte blanche to violate the Constitution?
Related: “Trump’s pledge to separate his business from the presidency lasted two days. With his kids running his company and transition team, there will be no wall between the Trump administration and Trump Organization.”
The MASSIVE conflict of interest here is staggering. BUT. It is not TOO surprising, given who was selected as Prez. The man is a narcissist, after all. When he raids the treasury and defaults on our loans (his repetitive business history), we who voted for Hillary (or didn’t vote, and if that’s you, shame on you) will be able to say, “I told you so, you dumbfucks. You’ve effectively shot our country in the head.”
We have effectively repeated history by electing a different version of Warren G. Harding.
We Are So Fucked. Thanks, America, for your apathy. You’ve elected (without voting) a demagogue Commander-In-Thief.