The current president of the United States is a daily violator of the highest law in the land, particularly due to the Emoluments Clause. The constant violation of this clause is part of an assortment of negative and regressive procedures undertaken by the Trump regime.
Government documents detailing the profits of the Trump International Hotel disappeared from the General Services Administration’s (GSA) website Friday, after reports showing that the hotel has made nearly $2 million in profits since Trump’s inauguration.
The Trump International Hotel has earned about $18 million in revenue since January, making “a profit of nearly $2 million despite budgeting for a $2.1 million loss,” according to Think Progress.
The profit appears even more unexpected because of the hotel’s low occupancy rate; the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump International has a “44.4 percent occupancy rate compared with 69.5 percent for comparative hotels.”
The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) noted that a select group of influential guests are likely paying top dollar to stay in a hotel owned by the president.
Rooms at the hotel are priced from $625 to nearly $900 per night, with suites costing thousands of dollars per night—significantly higher than its projection last year that it would price rooms at an average of $416.
“The Trump hotel seems to be able to profit off a much smaller group” that wants to “buy influence with the president and his staff,” said Jordan Libowitz, a spokesperson for CREW. Earlier this year, Trump International made $270,000 when Saudi lobbyists stayed in the hotel while Saudi Arabia was trying to overturn an anti-terrorism bill.
Rep. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Sen. John Conyers (D-Mich.) announced their support of a lawsuit mounted by CREW, alleging that Trump’s involvement in his businesses while in office is a clear violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause.
“The payments from foreign governments that President Trump’s hotel is raking in are just one example of how President Trump is thumbing his nose at the Constitution and the American people,” said Blumenthal. “The immense magnitude of President Trump’s vast business empire is no excuse for his disregard for the Constitution and disrespect for the American people. No one—not even the President—is above the law.”
It’s interesting to see “conservatives” supposedly so concerned with abiding by the U.S. Constitution be silent on the daily constitutional crimes of Donald Trump. There’s too much focus on crime in the streets instead of on crime in the suites, and the Trump Hotel is definitely a contributor to crime in the suites.