In January, Donald Trump and his lawyer Sheri Dillon held a press conference at which they laid out a plan for how the president would distance himself from his businesses. Among the steps they presented was a means to address concerns that foreign governments and leaders may attempt to curry favor with the president by staying at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. This, ethics experts said, would violate the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which states that government officials cannot “accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.” As such, Dillon announced, the Trump Organization will “voluntarily donate all profits from foreign government payments to his hotels to the United States Treasury.” … [Read more...] about The Trouble With Trump’s Uneven Approach to Transparency
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Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers ride their camels past hoardings with the images of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, as they take part in a rehearsal for a road show ahead of Trump's visit, in Ahmedabad, India, February 21, 2020. REUTERS/Amit Dave … [Read more...] about Trump plans to raise issue of religious freedom with Indian PM Modi: official
The president’s irrepressible fondness for his Russian counterpart made headlines (yet again) this week, when Trump congratulated Putin for winning “reelection.” The Washington Post subsequently revealed that Trump’s national security advisers had included a note in his briefing materials that read “DO NOT CONGRATULATE.” But the president (reportedly) ignored his counsel, along with a request to denounce Russia’s apparent decision to spew a bunch of toxic nerve poison in the middle of London earlier this month. … [Read more...] about Trump: Putin Can Help Solve America’s Problem With ‘Ukraine’
The other eight members of the delegation are: US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster, Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller, White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino, First Lady Melania Trump's chief of staff Lindsay Reynolds, White House advisor Robert Blair, and White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, the official said. … [Read more...] about Robert O’Brien, Wilbur Ross among Donald Trump’s 12-member team to India
Trump and his team have for the most part denied that the president’s properties and other businesses around the world create conflicts of interest. But that’s not the case for Trump Towers in Istanbul. In a 2015 interview with Steve Bannon, at the time the executive chair of Breitbart News, then-candidate Trump acknowledged, “I have a little conflict of interest because I have a major, major building in Istanbul.” That didn’t stop him from bringing up the properties, albeit obliquely, when he spoke with Erdogan shortly after winning the presidency in November: In that phone call, Trump relayed praise for Erdogan from one of Trump’s business partners in the region. Critics were quick to point out the conflict of interest after Trump’s most recent conversation with Erdogan, as well as to note a 2012 tweet from the president’s daughter Ivanka thanking Erdogan for attending the launch of Trump Towers in Istanbul. … [Read more...] about Could Trump’s Financial Ties Have Influenced His Phone Call With Erdogan?