(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced the 2020 G-7 summit will be held at the Trump National Doral property:
“The President’s decision to host next year’s G-7 summit at his failing Miami-area golf resort is a brazen violation of the Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses in the U.S. Constitution. A G-7 summit at Trump Doral would violate both clauses as it would mean huge payments to a Trump resort coming from both foreign government guests attending and participating federal agencies.
The Constitution states that the President may not receive any payment from a ‘King, Prince or foreign State’ without obtaining Congressional consent and may not accept ‘any other Emolument from the United States’ beyond his official salary.
Trump’s big plan to host the G-7 at his golf resort is a complete repudiation of everything the Founders wanted for our government and for how the President should behave.
This is a textbook case of unconstitutional conduct. The President has already reaped hundreds of thousands, if not millions, from foreign governments patronizing his properties. Yet he has never asked for Congress’s consent for any of it, as the Constitution requires.
President Trump’s day of constitutional reckoning is fast approaching. This will not stand.”