President Trump's plans to use Trump National Doral Miami to host next year's group of seven may have been scrapped – but there is still evidence that the president violates the Constitution's emblem clause, Connecticut Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal argued in a brief
Trump has vigorously defended himself against accusations that he is not taking advantage of his business activities, noting that the Constitution does not define "compensation" and that his businesses and real estate existed long before he became president.
But in the brief filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Circuit, first reported by McClatchy, Blumenthal argued that Trump's behavior constituted an open opposition to the constitution.
"In ever-increasing courage, President Trump just last week announced that he was allocating the next G-7 summit to his resort in Doral, Florida, just to reverse the course following a public outcry ̵
"Worst of all," he added, "because the president does not receive congressional approval before accepting benefits from foreign governments, the full range of these benefits, and the governments giving them remain unknown."
Blumenthal went on to argue that although legislators generally lack a position to sue the president, in part because of concerns about the distribution of power, the Supreme Court's precedent supports a finding of position in this case.  The senator cited the "untold amounts of rent and fees on his commercial and residential towers" that Trump allegedly received from foreign governments.
"The President may have decided at this time not to go ahead with his plan to hold the G-7 Summit at his Doral resort, but the fact that he even thought about it again underscores that he has zero regard to the foreign Emoluments clause, "Blumenthal said in a statement published by McClatchy. "That's why my trial for holding the president accountable to the constitution is so important."
On Monday, Trump claimed that "the Democrats went crazy" with criticism that he would have violated the "false compensation clause" in the constitution.  "I was willing to do this for free," Trump said during a Cabinet meeting on Monday, comparing it to his decision not to take his $ 400,000 presidential salary. But now, he said, "It's going to cost a fortune for country. "
He brushed aside the criticism that even without accepting payments, hosting the summit at his Trump National Doral near Miami would have been a major campaign for his brand. "You don't think I get enough marketing? I get more marketing than any human being who has ever lived," he said.
DOES THE TRUMP CREATE A NECESSARY PROBLEM FOR HOME WITH THE G7 IDEA?  Trump reversed course on Saturday when he hosted G-7 in Doral after Republicans joined the Democrats to raise concerns about self-handling and violation of the compensation clause that prohibits the president from receiving gifts or payments from foreign governments. His acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, said the president realized that "it looks lousy" to direct business to his property.
Trump said on Monday that Doral had struck – "It went from doing good to doing good."
The resort is the largest revenue generator for his 17 golf properties, but the PGA and other organizations have pulled events previously held there and his company has told local authorities that they should lower their tax costs because it is underperforming.
Mulvaney said last week that Doral was "far away" the best location because of its location near Miami Airport and separate buildings to host each country's delegation.
Mulvaney listed eight states visited in the screening process, including Tennessee, North Carolina, Hawaii, California, Michigan and Utah.
Officials at the White House refused to name the specific features they had considered or give details of how they got to see them.
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Trump had previously tweeted that a possible alternative location was the president's retreat at Camp David, Maryland, the site of the G-7 Summit 2012. But Mulvaney previously described Camp David as too small and distant and a "miserable place" for a G-7.
On the issue at the summit where the summit is being held now, Trump said the search team would look elsewhere, but regardless, "I don't think it will be as exciting."  Fox News & # 39; Edmund DeMarche and The The Associated Press contributed to this report.