The White House had no answer when asked about $500 million in funding that the Trump Organization is getting from the Chinese government for a project in Indonesia and couldn’t explain how this is not an Emoluments Clause violation.
Q: The Trump Organization is involved in a project in Indonesia building hotels, golf course, residences. It is getting up to $500 million in backing from the Chinese government. Can you tell — or explain the administration’s perspective on, a, how this wouldn’t violate the emoluments clause, and, B, how it wouldn’t violate the president’s own promise that his private organization would not be getting involved in new foreign deals while he was president?
Raj Shah: I’ll have to refer you to the Trump Organization.
Q: No. But I mean the trump organization can’t speak on behalf of the president as the president, the head of the federal government, the one who is responsible, who needs to assure the American people.
Shah: You’re asking about a private organization’s dealings that may have to do with a foreign government. That’s not something that I can speak to.
Since Trump has not separated himself from the Trump Organization, the money from China is illegal
Donald Trump never divested himself from the Trump Organization, which is why Raj Shah couldn’t answer the question. The Chinese government is giving $500 million to an organization that the President Of The United States is still involved in.
Article I Sec. 9 of the Constitution prohibits any, “Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the United States]” from accepting “any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”
It is not a coincidence that Trump wants to help Chinese telecom ZTE that was sanctioned for dealing with Iran after the Chinese government gave the Trump Organization $500 million. The Chinese bought their way out of crippling sanctions. Trump isn’t just corrupt. He’s criminal, and reporters to call out this corruption each day during the White House briefing. Reporters may not get answers, but they need to open the eyes of the American people to what is the real motivation behind this administration’s decisions.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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