Trump just got busted plotting to profit off of major international conference

The leaders of some of the world’s most powerful nations will once again meet for a G7 summit next year and it looks like President Trump is already devising a way to use the event to line his pockets and those of his family members.

Axios reports that the Trump administration is weighing options for places to hold the summit when foreign leaders visit the United States and conveniently Trump National Doral, a golf club in Florida, is in the running as a possible choice. By selecting his own establishment, the president will be able to personally enrich himself and offset some of the financial troubles that the Doral has encountered since he took office.

The Washington Post previously revealed that the Trump Organization reported a 69% reduction in income at Doral between 2015 and 2017, with the severe underperformance attributed to a “negative connotation” tied to the Trump brand.

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By forcing world leaders to gather at the Doral, Trump will drum up free international press for the location and could rake in massive amounts of money by charging for security, accommodations, etc. It’s as clear a case of corruption as one can imagine, and an argument could be made that it violates the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. Of course, this president has already demonstrated that he has no problem using his presidential powers in this fashion.

Beyond the obviously immoral element of Trump exploiting an important international event for personal financial gain, choosing the Trump National Doral would be a real embarrassment for the United States. It would reinforce the message that America has become little more than a banana republic run by a would-be authoritarian abusing his powers to help himself and his cronies. In short, it makes us a laughingstock.

It’s absolutely crucial that America elect a Democrat in 2020 so that he or she can immediately set about rebuilding our global reputation and undoing the massive amounts of damage Trump has inflicted on our standing in the international community.

Join millions calling for AG Barr to resign after he defied his constitutional obligations to protect Trump!

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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