During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump vowed to sign over all of his private business interests to a blind trust run by his two adult sons. While that fails to meet the legal requirements for a blind trust, Trump reneged on the promise anyway.
Numerous business interest owned by the Trump Organization still sit in the President’s name. His direct involvement in his private businesses while acting as President of the United States is at the heart of several actions pending against the Trump International Hotel.
The Attorneys General of Maryland and DC along with CREW brought a lawsuit against Trump over potential emoluments clause violations related to Trump International Hotel. The President directed the Department of Justice to try to block the lawsuit, but a federal judge ruled it could continue.
Additionally, five clergy members and two civic leaders in Washington DC petitioned the liquor licensing board to revoke the license for Trump International Hotel which is still in the President’s name. They cited Trump’s lack of moral character a requirement for a DC liquor license as the reason.
Between dubbing his private club Mar-a-Lago the Winter White House then upping the membership fees with the promise of direct interaction with the President attached to the payment, trying to use the Presidential Seal on Trump golf course products and spending nearly every weekend at his various business properties golfing, the President receives much criticism for turning his presidency’s focus on maximizing Trump Organization profits over running the country.
As result of the GSA IG report, Representative Connolly asked the GSA and FBI to revisit their original plan to move FBI headquarters to Virginia or Maryland and vacate the J. Edgar Hoover Building.
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