House chairman warns foreign governments to ‘cease and desist’ spending money at Trump properties

Elliot Engel has decided that foreign governments must stop staying at Trump properties, telling his Democratic members to warn these foreign governments to “cease and desist” until the emoluments case is settled:

THE HILL – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) announced Tuesday that he is directing his panel’s staff to warn foreign governments against spending money at President Trump’s businesses, arguing it violates the Constitution.

In a memo dated on Monday, Engel instructed Democratic committee staff who meet with foreign officials to warn that spending money at Trump-owned properties may be a violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which states that presidents cannot accept money or gifts from foreign governments without consent from Congress.

“When meeting with officials from a foreign government, please inform them that by providing any form of payment or benefit to a Trump-owned property their government is facilitating the president’s apparent violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause,” Engel’s memo states. “Please urge those foreign officials to transmit to their governments that the House Foreign Affairs Committee requests that they cease and desist payments to the Trump Organization unless and until Congress approves the emolument, as provided in the Constitution.”



Just last month a three-panel of federal judges threw out the emoluments case against Trump in Maryland. But there’s another one from House Democrats making its way through the courts.

Democrats are trying whatever they can to hurt Trump, even though I doubt this will have much impact on his company’s bottom line. They claim they are doing it for the Constitution but we all know that’s a load of huey.

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