Rule of Law

RELEASE: Trump G7 Reaction: “A continuing affront to the Constitution”

On news of President Trump’s decision to host the next G7 summit at one of his Florida resorts, Constitutional Accountability Center President Elizabeth Wydra said:

President Trump’s behavior in office is a continuing affront to the Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause. By treating the G7 summit like a commercial for his businesses, inviting foreign governments to line his pockets and hold their next meeting at his Doral, FL golf course next year, he mocks the Constitution he swore to uphold. President Trump’s decision confirms what we have long known: Unless the courts expeditiously require the President to comply with the words of America’s founders, the Foreign Emoluments Clause soon will lose all practical effect, allowing presidents to profit from foreign governments without first obtaining the consent of Congress. And if that happens, the American people will no longer have any assurance that their president is making decisions based on the best interests of the nation, rather than on personal interests.