Pelosi’s office slams Trump properties after Mike Pence’s Ireland stay
WASHINGTON – In a statement released Wednesday following controversy over Vice President Mike Pence’s stay at a Trump property in Doonbeg, Ireland, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office called President Donald Trump’s properties a “cesspool of corruption” and accused Trump of “prioritizing his profits over the interests of the American people.”
Pelosi’s office singled out Pence for criticism, arguing “Pence is just the latest Republican elected official to enable President Trump’s violations of the Constitution,” in reference to Pence’s stay at the Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg during the vice president’s trip there over the weekend.
Pelosi’s office also presented a list of alleged corruption at Trump Organization properties, which are held in a trust managed by Trump’s sons Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. and Trump Organization trustee Allen Weisselberg. It is unknown what degree of involvement Trump still has with the organization.
According to Pelosi’s office, Trump’s properties violate the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, allow influence-peddling in government, charge American taxpayers for Trump’s golf and Mar-a-Lago visits, exploit undocumented workers, and pose a potential national security risk.
Her office also noted that Trump suggested holding next year’s G-7 summit at Trump’s golf resort in Doral, Florida.
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Pence’s stay at the Trump property has attracted attention after a top Pence aide said on Tuesday the idea to stay there came as a “suggestion” from Trump.
Pence’s office later attempted to clarify their position, issuing a statement saying “At no time did the President direct our office to stay at his Doonbeg resort and any reporting to the contrary is false.”
Later Wednesday, Trump told reporters he had “no involvement” in the decision to stay at his property and that “I don’t suggest anything. I have a lot of hotels all over the place and a lot of people use them because they’re the best.”