The Trump Organization on Friday said it has developed a policy to identify profits made from foreign officials staying at its hotels but will wait until next year to make its first promised donation to the Treasury Department, Politico reported Friday.
President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups MORE and his attorneys promised at a news conference in January before he took office that the company, which is now run by Trump's two eldest sons, would donate any profits it makes from foreign government officials staying at its hotels to the Treasury. But the then-president-elect did not lay out a timeline or system for doing so at the time.
Amanda Miller, a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, said in a statement to Politico that the company “has developed and is implementing its policy to identify profits from foreign government patronage at our hotels and similar businesses.”
Starting in 2018, Miller said, the annual donations will come at the end of each year.
Trump has faced scrutiny for failing to separate himself completely from his business empire, which owns properties around the world. Since his election, numerous foreign officials have booked stays at his hotels, such as the newly renovated Trump International Hotel in Washington.
A liberal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has accused Trump of violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which prohibits elected officials from accepting gifts from foreign states, because of the Trump Organization's business with foreign officials and companies.