Vice President Mike Pence, who is in Ireland this week on a diplomatic mission, is staying at a property owned by President Donald Trump — and American taxpayers are funding his stay.
Pence is facing severe criticism because of his stay at the Trump International Golf Links in Doonbeg seems to directly benefit the president, through payments made by the American taxpayers to his property for Pence’s travels there, the Associated Press reported.
Pence, who is doing diplomatic business in Dublin (on Ireland’s east coast), is commuting all the way from the nation’s west coast daily in order to do so — a trip that, by vehicle, would ordinarily take commuters more than three hours to complete, per Google Maps.
Some, including Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe, have suggested the matter violates U.S. Constitutional law.
“Getting Pence & team to stay at the Trump property on Ireland’s west coast & commute daily to & from the meetings on Ireland’s east coast —all to line Trump’s pocket — isn’t just a waste of tax $. It violates the Article II Domestic Emoluments Clause,” Tribe wrote in a tweet, tagging two prominent Democrats in his post while doing so.
Getting Pence & team to stay at the Trump property on Ireland’s west coast & commute daily to & from the meetings on Ireland’s east coast —all to line Trump’s pocket — isn’t just a waste of tax $. It violates the Article II Domestic Emoluments Clause. @RepJerryNadler @RepRaskin
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) September 3, 2019
Pence is reportedly staying at the Trump property with his wife, his mother, and his sister. The personal expenses of his mother and sister are being paid for personally by Pence, the San Francisco Gate reported, but the expenses of his wife and himself, along with the entourage he brought to Doonbeg, will be paid through taxpayer dollars.
Pence’s Chief of Staff Marc Short defended the decision to stay at the Trump property, stating it was the “one facility” in Doonbeg that could accommodate the vice president’s needs.
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