Investigation: Trump businesses received millions from foreign governments (MSNBC)

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    Investigation: Trump businesses received millions from foreign governments – By Steve Benen (MSNBC) / Jan 4, 2024

    Congressional Democrats have determined that Donald Trump’s businesses received at least $7.8 million from 20 foreign governments during his presidency.

    In the not-too-distant past, the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution was relatively obscure to the public. Donald Trump changed all of that.

    As we’ve discussed many times, the clause prohibits U.S. officials from receiving payments from foreign governments. Traditionally, this hasn’t been much of a problem for sitting American presidents. During the Trump era, however, it became one of the Republican’s under-appreciated controversies.

    While serving as president, Trump owned a hotel that sat roughly a half-mile from the White House, which hosted international officials with some regularity. As we’ve discussed, the result was a dynamic in which foreign governments spent quite a bit of money at a Trump-owned property, to the benefit of the then-American president and his private-sector enterprise.

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