President Donald Trump will host the 2020 G-7 summit of world leaders at the Trump National Doral Miami, the White House announced Thursday.
The announcement that the president’s club would host the international summit drew criticism from Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional District, who is leading an investigation into Trump profiting from the D.C. hotel he operates on leased federal property.
“Today the White House Chief of Staff announced the President’s intent to violate the law and ignore the Constitution,” Titus said. “The only logical conclusion is that President Trump is proud to be the most corrupt, lawless President in modern American history. He is directly profiting from the presidency. This casual corruption is happening in plain sight, including in his own backyard at the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. While the President has refused to uphold his obligations under the Constitution, Members of Congress must uphold ours.”
The Nevada congresswoman and others have questioned whether Trump violated the emoluments clause by benefiting financially from the luxury hotel he owns in downtown Washington — just a few blocks from the White House — in a building leased from the federal government.
In January, an Inspector General’s report concluded that the General Services Administration (GSA) “ignored the Constitution” and should have analyzed whether Donald Trump’s profiting from the lease of government property for his Washington D.C. hotel is a violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause.
Trump is also facing legal challenges over whether he’s violating the Constitution’s prohibitions on accepting financial benefits from foreign or state governments.
Democrats are pointing to potential violations of the emoluments clause as one of the reasons they’re pressing forward with an impeachment inquiry that targets the president.