President Donald Trump possesses the right to own a hotel in the Washington sky scraper that has been leased from the government. The news has opened a new legal fight over the contract which may grant him benefits in violation of the Constitution. Read on to learn the story from both sides of the spectrum!
- Under the so-called domestic emoluments clause, the president is prohibited from receiving any compensation from foreign federal or state governments other than his $400,000 salary.
- Trump has said he won’t keep his salary and that his company will donate any hotel profits from foreign governments to the U.S. Treasury.
- Talu, a member of the Turkey-U.S. council board, plans to attend the May conference and probably will stay at the Trump hotel, according to a Dogus spokeswoman.
“Trump has battled authorities to lower his taxes throughout his career. Now that he’s president, any ongoing tax breaks could be seen as emoluments, Gorod said.”