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PoliticsReps of 22 foreign governments have spent money at Trump properties

12:40  12 june  2019
12:40  12 june  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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WASHINGTON — Four foreign governments , 16 special interest groups and 35 Republican congressional campaign committees spent money at Trump properties in 2017, according to data compiled by the government watchdog group Public Citizen. A lawyer for President-elect Donald

WASHINGTON — Four foreign governments , 16 special interest groups and 35 Republican congressional campaign committees spent money at Trump properties in 2017, according to data compiled by the government watchdog group Public Citizen.

Reps of 22 foreign governments have spent money at Trump properties© George Rose Image: A thunderstorm builds over the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., on June 5, 2018.

WASHINGTON — Representatives of at least 22 foreign governments appear to have spent money at Trump Organization properties, an NBC News review has found, hinting at a significant foreign cash flow to the American president that critics say violates the U.S. Constitution.

The extent and amount of foreign spending at Trump's hotels, golf clubs and restaurants is not known, because the Trump Organization is a private company and declines to disclose that information. Trump promised to donate any profits from foreign governments, and the Trump Organization has sent $343,000 to the U.S. Treasury for 2017 and 2018. The company did not release underlying numbers to support that figure.

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Amid two lawsuits accusing Trump of accepting illegal foreign payments, NBC News sought to compile the most comprehensive possible list of foreign spending at Trump properties based on information in the public record. In June 2018, a report by the watchdog group Public Citizen came up with 10 foreign governments that had spent money at Trump venues. More information has since become public.

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Dozens of foreign governments , trade groups are using Trump properties for accommodation and events, raising questions about a possible conflict of interest regarding the president, an ethics group says. 22 :39 GMT, Jun 08, 2019. search. Those spending money at Trump properties include

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Reps of 22 foreign governments have spent money at Trump properties© Joe Raedle Image: The Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on Jan. 11, 2018. The clause has not previously been the subject of lawsuits, so there are no judicial rulings interpreting what the founders meant when the Constitution was written and ratified more than 230 years ago.

In the Federalist Papers No. 73, published in 1788, one of the Constitution's authors, Alexander Hamilton, wrote that the emoluments ban would insure that foreign governments "can neither weaken (the president's) fortitude by operating on his necessities, nor corrupt his integrity by appealing to his avarice."

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Trump is also banned under the Constitution from accepting benefits from domestic governments Trump ’s re-election campaign has spent nearly million of donor money at Trump properties since 2017 In fact, there are two separate clauses covering such emoluments; one addresses foreign

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Trump-owned properties — including his D.C. hotel and his Mar-a-Lago golf club — have been the frequent recipients of foreign money.

According to news accounts and other public records:

  • At least nine foreign governments were involved in hosting events at a Trump property: Afghanistan, Cyprus, Ireland, Japan, Philippines, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Turkey
  • At least nine foreign governments rented or purchased property in buildings or communities owned by Trump businesses: Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, China, Malaysia, Slovakia, Thailand, India and the European Union.
  • Representatives of at least five foreign governments — Georgia, Nigeria, Malaysia, Romania and Saudi Arabia — have stayed at a Trump property.
  • Foreign governments have improved infrastructure in a way that benefited Trump properties in Indonesia and Panama.
  • At least eight foreign governments or their representatives attended parties or gatherings at Trump properties: Brazil, Dominica, Georgia, Nigeria, Russia, Turkey, Malaysia and Qatar

An event at the Trump International Hotel in Washington last May exemplifies the risk of a conflict of interest, or the risk of an appearance of such a conflict.

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Ethics experts have questioned whether foreign government leaders staying at one of Trump 's properties , such as the Trump International Hotel in The Trump Organization last year said it would be "impractical" to identify all spending by foreign government guests in order to donate those profits.

Representatives of four foreign governments - Kuwait, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey - held events at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, the report said. That hotel, just blocks from the White House, was the most popular Trump property , accounting for more than half the 64 events.

A delegation from the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus hosted a "Justice for Cyprus" conference at the hotel. The group opposes Turkish influence in a breakaway region of Cyprus once occupied by the Turkish military.

The purpose of the gathering, as first reported by journalist Zach Everson, was described in a report in the Cyprus News Agency, which gets funding from the government. The group was examining "ways of exerting influence on US President Donald Trump with a view to avert the Islamization of the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus," the report said.

In February, the investigative reporting site ProPublica observed that Nigerian presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and his entourage were staying at the Trump Hotel in Washington, despite Abubakar reportedly having been barred from the U.S. for his alleged involvement in corruption while he was Nigeria's vice president.

Reps of 22 foreign governments have spent money at Trump properties© @eleonoramovs Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov poses for a photo in the lobby of the Trump International Hotel

And last week, The Washington Post reported that a wealthy Iraqi sheikh who was trying to influence the Trump administration spent 26 nights in a suite at the hotel at an estimated cost of tens of thousands of dollars.

In a court ruling last year denying Trump's motion to dismiss an emoluments lawsuit, a federal judge in Washington, Peter Messitte, raised the seminal question: When "a President maintains a premier hotel property that generates millions of dollars a year in profits, how likely is it that he will not be swayed, whether consciously or subconsciously, in any and all of his dealings with foreign or domestic governments that might choose to spend large sums of money at that hotel property?"

Trump has appealed the ruling, arguing he should be immune from such claims. A panel of appeals court judges heard arguments in March.

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