This week in Donald Trump's conflicts of interest

Trump's hotel is just one of the many focuses of new conflicts of interest controversies

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published July 1, 2017 6:30AM (EDT)

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The news cycle this week has actually been relatively subdued, at least when it comes to controversies involving President Donald Trump and the Russian government. Of course, that doesn't mean there haven't been conflicts of interest that have come to our attention.

The president used his Twitter feed to promote a Fox News pundit's pro-Trump book

It isn't surprising that Fox News' Eric Bolling has published a new book called "The Swamp," which is named after Trump's famous campaign slogan to "drain the swamp in Washington." That said, it's pretty unorthodox and inappropriate for a president to openly hawk the literary business ventures of his allies quite as shamelessly as the president did.

Trump Hotels is breaking the president's promise not to engage in more foreign deals

As reporter Kate Brannen for Just Security pointed out on Twitter, the website for Trump Hotels claims the company is "actively expanding its portfolio of award-winning luxury hotels and resorts and seeking global opportunities for the best developments in key destinations to add to our renowned portfolio." This contradicts a promise made in January by Trump lawyer Sheri Dillon that "no new foreign deals will be made whatsoever during the duration of President Trump's presidency."

Trump shouldn't be holding fundraising events at his own hotel

It's pretty unseemly for a president barely half a year into his first term already campaigning for reelection. That said, Trump's decision to hold a 2020 election fundraiser at the Trump International Hotel in Washington is being blasted by ethics watchdog Norm Eisen as a blatant conflict of interest.

"Trump Hotel fundraiser is illegal. His benefitting from leasing this US property violates the domestic emoluments clause of US Const," Eisen explained on Twitter. He elaborated, "And the government's refusal to enforce hotel lease term which prohibits him from operating hotel ALSO makes 2nite an illegal emolument. So anytime he profits from the hotel, as he is doing tonight, he is violating the domestic emoluments clause."

He added, "Trump monetizes his office constantly. But tonight a new low: he's collecting cash from being president, from hotel, &from his party."

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a professional writer whose work has appeared in multiple national media outlets since 2012 and exclusively at Salon since 2016. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012, was a guest on Fox Business in 2019, repeatedly warned of Trump's impending refusal to concede during the 2020 election, spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California in 2021, was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022 and appeared on NPR in 2023. His diverse interests are reflected in his interviews including: President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (1999-2001), animal scientist and autism activist Temple Grandin, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (1997-2001), director Jason Reitman ("The Front Runner"), inventor Ernő Rubik, comedian Bill Burr ("F Is for Family"), novelist James Patterson ("The President's Daughter"), epidemiologist Monica Gandhi, theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin, voice actor Rob Paulsen ("Animaniacs"), mRNA vaccine pioneer Katalin Karikó, philosopher of science Vinciane Despret, actor George Takei ("Star Trek"), climatologist Michael E. Mann, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (2013-present), dog cognition researcher Alexandra Horowitz, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson (2012, 2016), comedian and writer Larry Charles ("Seinfeld"), seismologist John Vidale, Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman (2000), Ambassador Michael McFaul (2012-2014), economist Richard Wolff, director Kevin Greutert ("Saw VI"), model Liskula Cohen, actor Rodger Bumpass ("SpongeBob Squarepants"), Senator John Hickenlooper (2021-present), Senator Martin Heinrich (2013-present), Egyptologist Richard Parkinson, Rep. Eric Swalwell (2013-present), Fox News host Tucker Carlson, actor R. J. Mitte ("Breaking Bad"), theoretical physicist Avi Loeb, biologist and genomics entrepreneur William Haseltine, comedian David Cross ("Scary Movie 2"), linguistics consultant Paul Frommer ("Avatar"), Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (2007-2015), computer engineer and Internet co-inventor Leonard Kleinrock and right-wing insurrectionist Roger Stone.

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