President Trump’s extensive business holdings have been a source of controversy as a possible conflict of interest. A bill recently introduced by Democratic lawmakers would prevent federal officials from incurring any expenses at Trump-owned hotels and properties.
Separating Business from Politics
Sen. Gary Peters, top Democrat on the Senate federal spending oversight subcommittee, is lead sponsor of the Heightened Oversight of Travel, Eating and Lodging (HOTEL) Act. A statement issued by Peters said the bill would prevent top-level officials from exerting “undue pressure” on employees to patronize their businesses.
The HOTEL Act would forbid official business stays by executive branch officials at any properties owned by the president, vice-president and Cabinet secretaries. Family members are included, which would also exclude properties owned or operated by Trump’s children.
A Constitutional Challenge?
Questions had arisen regarding a March meeting of high-level government officials at Mar-a-Lago, a Palm Beach, FL club in which Trump has 99 percent ownership. According to an invoice obtained by the Washington Post, one attendee was charged $1,092 for a two-night stay.
Legal and ethical experts have suggested that the Mar-a-Lago incident could be a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s domestic emoluments clause banning federal or state payments to the president other than his salary. As majority owner of Mar-a-Lago, Trump is free to withdraw funds from the business at any time.
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