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House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) announced Tuesday that he is directing his panel’s staff to warn foreign governments against spending money at President Trump’s businesses, arguing it violates the Constitution.
In a memo dated Monday, Engel instructed Democratic committee staff who meet with foreign officials to warn that spending money at Trump-owned properties may be a violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which states that presidents cannot accept money or gifts from foreign governments without consent from Congress.
The article goes on to state the following:
“When meeting with officials from a foreign government, please inform them that by providing any form of payment or benefit to a Trump-owned property their government is facilitating the president’s apparent violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause,” Engel’s memo states. “Please urge those foreign officials to transmit to their governments that the House Foreign Affairs Committee requests that they cease and desist payments to the Trump Organization unless and until Congress approves the emolument, as provided in the Constitution.”
#BREAKING: Chairman @RepEliotEngel announced a new policy to @HouseForeign’s majority staff aimed at reminding foreign govts of the constitutional prohibition on an American president receiving #emoluments absent Congress’s approval.
— House Foreign Affairs Committee (@HouseForeign) August 13, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) August 13, 2019
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