Donald Trump wants us all to know that he was only thinking of us, when he scheduled the 2020 G-7 Summit at his failing Doral facility. Boy, are we a bunch of ingrates.

My guess is that Jay Sekulow, or maybe even Bill Shine, after talking to a couple of lawyers, realized the hopelessness of the can of worms that had been opened and persuaded Trump to roll over. Or maybe they told him to look on the positive side, it will be one less front to fight the war on. He’s still got impeachment, Ukraine, Syria, who needed this on top of it? This one is way waaaaay too cut and dried to fly. John Cassidy, New Yorker:

As President, Trump is exempted from federal conflict-of-interest of laws, but not from Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution—the so-called emoluments clause—which says that no federal official can accept an emolument (money or anything else of value) from a foreign government, without the approval of Congress. Since Trump owns Doral, and the official delegations to the G-7 summit routinely pay for their accommodations, the violation is clear cut—so clear cut that, on Friday, even the White House acknowledged it by claiming that the resort would charge summit attendees only enough to cover its expenses. “Everything will be done at cost due to the emoluments clause,” the White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said, in an e-mail to the Washington Post.

But, of course, that doesn’t resolve the issue. Since the Trump Organization is a private company, there is no way of knowing what its real costs are. Furthermore, the value to the Doral resort of staging the summit goes far beyond the fees it would receive. According to an analysis by the Washington Post, from earlier this year, the resort’s business has gone into steep decline since Trump decided to run for office. For a struggling leisure enterprise, there is an incalculable publicity value to hosting world leaders for a weekend, and having the world’s media descend upon it. Moreover, as Shaub also pointed out to me, the White House has provided virtually no information about how it chose Doral, and what criteria it employed. Federal procurement decisions are subject to strict conflict-of-interest laws. If the officials who took part in the decision-making process didn’t abide by these laws, they could be in serious trouble—even if Trump evades responsibility, as he usually does.

I think that Trump had taken some serious scratches to his Teflon coating this past week. This is a very positive development.

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Bareshark
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This is what happens when your cover is blown, your enablers are scattering like the cockroaches they are and the wolves have got your scent. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide…and however bad it gets for us, it will be hell for him from now on.

Darrel
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I agree, the bedbugs, roaches and the herd of mice at the Doral will be disappointed, the rumors were a huge bunch of munchies were coming to town, via the illegal trafficker Trump the chump … hell, putting them in there would embarrass the whole country …. since Trump does not care about maintenance and the forms the inspectors that charged the Doral with a hod of problems were probably thrown out with the trash. To fix all the problems with the Doral would actually cost a lot of money he does not want to spend, and even if he… Read more »
Bareshark
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That last paragraph, Darrel, is missing a coda: “…it is an area we call The Impeachment Zone.”

Darrel
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So TRUE

Blueman
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Watching ‘Bowling for Columbine’ and had a pop-up on this article. Switch over to your article at the commercial. Happy to see Trump being forced to back down. Then I switch back to Columbine and it is at the part where they get Kmart to quit selling bullets. I feel like these are good omens.

mae
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Trump is a coward, first and foremost.

Lone Wolf
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