The past two days #Trumpsbedbugs have been trending all over social media. Why? Well back in 2016 an Insurance executive by the name of Eric Linder decided to spend $300 for the night at Trumps "Trump National Doral Miami golf resort". After waking up the next morning covered in bed bug bites Linder decided to take action and sued the hotel. The Insurance executive sued for $15,000 but the judge ordered Trump to pay $300,00 in court and attorney fees. The lawsuit was settled in 2017, although inside sources never said the actual amount Trump had to pay, the attorney only stated a deal was made. According to miamiherald blog Neither trump administration nor Eric Linder were available for questions.
This is an old article so why is it coming up now? Well that is what brings us to the Emoluments Clause. Trump has made the suggestion to have the next G-7 summit for 2020 be held at the exact same hotel. The G-7 summit is an annual meeting that is held with global leaders who talk democracies. From a business perspective this is a great idea. This will for sure give Trump some promo, however according to the Constitution Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8. Also known as the Emoluments Clause that states "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." In other words no bribes or anything that will profit the president can be taken from any leadership from over seas.
According to LA times, Trump states he will not profit from the meeting and everyone liked the idea. He stated he has spent over $5 billion while in presidency and hasn't received any payments nor is he looking for payments. Either way it goes, the G-7 meeting cannot take place at his hotel resort in Florida while he is president as it is illegal and disciplinary actions will take place. This can cause him to be impeached from the office. However, I am sure he will try to find a way around it.