Many wealthy people who have become President of the United States have divested from their previous businesses to show that they wouldn’t profit off the presidency. Before taking office in 1976, former Georgia governor Jimmy Carter turned his family peanut farm over to a blind trust. When Donald Trump took office in 2017, however, he refused to divest from his multitude of businesses.
The fact that Trump and his family still hold stake in their businesses had led to accusations that he has violated the emoluments clause. On Friday afternoon, the President’s son and namesake, Donald Trump Jr. referred to these accusations as ridiculous.
Trump Jr. made the comments while appearing on the political show, Fox & Friends. He was asked about recent situations like the Vice President choosing to stay at a Trump resort while in Doonbeg, 140 miles away from his meeting.
The President’s son replied, “It’s ridiculous. First of all, he’s not involved at all with such things. They also neglect to talk about the fact that we voluntarily stopped doing any international deals.”
Trump Jr. then boasted about the company’s international success, claiming, “I mean, just think of the opportunity cost. The amount of deals that I’ve done over the last ten years, extrapolate that over the eight years of what will be his presidency. That’s a lot of deals. They talk about, ‘Someone bought a cheeseburger at the Trump hotel!’ It’s asinine.”
Democrats certainly don’t agree. Maryland congressman Jamie Raskin told CNN this week, “We now know of hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars that Trump has been directing into the Trump enterprises. It’s absolutely impeachable for the President to be violating the emoluments clauses.”
"We now know of hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars that Trump has been directing into the Trump enterprises," says @RepRaskin, adding "it's absolutely impeachable for the President to be violating the emoluments clauses."https://t.co/nRyg2ehu8S pic.twitter.com/sluBm3loYJ
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