Since becoming President, Donald Trump has often had issues at the yearly G-7 Conference. The 2020 conference, is set to take place in the United States and the White House had many options for the location. This afternoon, Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney announced that the summit would take place at Trump’s Doral, Florida golf club.
The backlash to the announcement came fast and furious as critics accused Trump of again violating the emoluments clause. Appearing on Neil Cavuto’s Fox News show, legal expert Andrew Napolitano explained how the decision would represent a profound violation.
The former judge told Cavuto, “He has bought himself an enormous headache now with the choice of this. This is about as direct and profound a violation of the Emoluments Clause as one could create.”
Napolitano also took issue with Mulvaney stating that Trump wouldn’t “profit” from holding the event at his property. He continued:
Most respectfully, Mr. Mulvaney’s focus on profit, while it may make sense in the economic world, is not what the Framers were concerned about. They were concerned about a gift or cash coming directly or indirectly to the president of the United States, even if it’s done at a loss. Now, the president owns shares of stock in a corporation that is one of the owners of this, along with many other investors. He also owns shares of stock in the corporation that manages it. So those corporations will receive a great deal of money from foreign heads of state because this is there.”