REP. LIEU STATEMENT ON TRUMP FAMILY PROFITING OFF STATE DEPARTMENT’S STAY IN VANCOUVER TRUMP HOTEL

July 13, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the Washington Post revealed that the State Department spent more than $15,000 on rooms at the Trump Hotel in Vancouver.

“We now know the latest disturbing example of the Trump family profiting off the presidency at the taxpayer’s expense. Recently, the Washington Post broke the news that the State Department spent more than $15,000 on rooms at the Trump Hotel in Vancouver so members of the President’s family could headline the tower’s grand opening.”

“As the Post reports, ‘Such business trips by Trump’s children have put U.S. government agencies in a necessary — albeit potentially awkward — arrangement of engaging in taxpayer-funded transactions with the president’s private company.’ Not only is this awkward –under the Domestic Emoluments Clause, it may be illegal.”

“From the $88,000 the Secret Service spent on lodging for Eric Trump’s business trip to Uruguay, to the $25 million they spent on trips to Mar-a-Lago, time and time again we have watched Donald Trump enrich himself while taxpayers subsidize his businesses. I believe hardworking Americans deserve better. That is why I introduced the SWAMP Act, or the Stop Waste and Misuse By The President Act, which would ensure the President reimburses the Treasury Department for costs associated with trips to his own properties. Congress has a strong role to play in protecting the American people from fraud and abuse, and this commonsense bill is a key part of that effort.”

INFORMATION ABOUT H.R. 2414, THE SWAMP ACT CAN BE FOUND HERE

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