Donald Trump is the only sitting President who has used the office for self-enrichment.
While the National Parks are supposedly all closed due to Trump’s shutdown, the National Historic Site clock tower in Trump’s Hotel in the Old Post Office is open and fully staffed. Hotel brochures emphasize the clock tower as one of the hotel’s major attractions.
Candidate Trump promised to report and donate all hotel revenue from foreign sources as a way to avoid violating the Emoluments Clause. President Trump has not done so.
A lawsuit challenging the Trump Organization’s continued operation of the hotel in violation of the Emoluments Clause is in the courts.
Why does anyone tolerate this blatant corruption? How can anyone who tolerates this claim their goal is to “drain the swamp”?
The overall operation of the tower was a part of the government’s lease signed in August 2013, and in response to the ‘Old Post Office Building Redevelopment Act of 2008,’” a GSA spokesperson said in a statement to The Hill on Thursday.
Because the rest of the parks system is closed. But if Trump has a loophole so that he can make money during the shutdown then let everyone pay. This is no different than Trump’s phony bone spur draft dodge. The grift is endless and as Maria Konnikova’s brilliant analysis of con artists demonstrated, the cadre of enablers is essential to the grift.