President Donald Trump’s deal with the General Services Administration to operate a hotel in the old Post Office building in Washington specifically states that “the lease cannot be held by an elected official.”
Reports are that embassies in D.C. that would normally book events at the Four Seasons Hotel and others are flocking to the Trump International Hotel to gain favor with this administration.
The Emolument Clause of the Constitution prohibits enrichment to any person holding public office. The Trump Hotel enriches the president and his family while imposing economic harm upon hotels not associated with the Administration.
China granted Trump trademark protection once he gained the White House. Trump had been seeking the Chinese trademark protection for over a decade.
Ivanka is in the West Wing of the White House and continues to run her businesses, while her husband Jared Kushner gained Russian financing for family-owned New York real estate.
It is the obligation of our elected officials to enforce the law. They express moral outrage but have not taken any action. Perhaps concerned citizens will lead the way.
American history provides examples of patriots who have acted when others who have the power failed to do so.