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Jet-setters - Diplomats - Venture - Capitalists - Travelers
Why do so many international jet-setters, European diplomats, venture capitalists, and other well-heeled travelers stay at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.?
Could it have anything to do with the fact that it’s just better than virtually every other hotel in town?
Thought - Minds - People - Book - Rooms
Apparently, that thought has never crossed the minds of those who claim that people book rooms and events there simply to curry favor with—and enrich—President Donald Trump.
That assumption led House Democrats to hold yet another hearing Sept. 25 alleging that, because Trump is part-owner of the company that owns the hotel, he is violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution.
Nonsense - Steroids - Popularity - Hotel - Quality—and
That’s nonsense on steroids. The popularity of the hotel rests entirely on its quality—and the nonpolitical law of supply and demand.
Let’s stick to the facts, shall we?
Emoluments - Clause - Part - Ownership - Hotel
First, let’s see what the emoluments clause has to do with part ownership of a hotel.
The Framers of the Constitution didn’t like the fact that foreign monarchs gave American diplomats, such as Benjamin Franklin, valuable gifts to try to influence them. So, they put two provisions in the Constitution that prohibit federal officials from accepting gifts and emoluments from foreign governments, as well as from state governments or from the federal government.
Supreme - Court - Case - Emolument - Compensation
As the Supreme Court held in an 1850 case, an emolument was “compensation or pecuniary...
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