Tuesday, January 24, 2017

About that suit

No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

So says Article I, section 9, clause 8 of the US constitution.

Emolument at dictionary.com.

A Chinese diplomat paying his bill for staying at a Trump hotel in DC is not paying Trump personally an emolument, and anyway is not a king, prince, or foreign state.

But if the Chinese government contracts for a service with him, personally, that would count.

What if it contracts with some corporation he owns rather than with him, personally?

I would guess not.

Does it matter if he signs for the company?

I would guess not.

Not everything bad is forbidden by the Constitution.

Or Trump would not be president.

And, anyway, which party controls the Congress, if he or they think he needs an OK?

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