Trump Organization donated nearly $200K in foreign profits in 2018 to Treasury

Trump Organization donated nearly $200K in foreign profits in 2018 to Treasury
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The Trump Organization said Monday that it donated nearly $200,000 in profits from foreign governments in 2018 to the U.S. Treasury, an uptick from last year.

The company said in a statement that it wrote a check for $191,538 covering profits from embassy parties, hotel stays and other foreign government spending at Trump properties.

The statement did not elaborate on foreign customers or how much certain individuals spent.

“This voluntary donation fulfills our pledge to donate profits from foreign government patronage at our hotels and similar businesses during our father’s term in office,” Eric TrumpEric Frederick TrumpHouse chairman warns foreign governments to 'cease and desist' spending money at Trump properties Trump Jr. dismisses conflicts of interest, touts projects in Indonesia New York judge allows portion of lawsuit against Trump and his children to proceed MORE said in a statement.

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Trump, the president's son and executive vice president of the Trump Organization, added that the company does not "market to or solicit foreign government business," and instead discourages "foreign government patronage at our properties."

The company's donation of 2018 profits marks an increase from the previous year, when it gave $151,470 to the U.S. Treasury.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE and his family have faced consistent criticism from government watchdogs who have raised concerns about their ability to profit from the presidency, and questioned whether they are in violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.

A Richmond, Va.-based federal court of appeals has set aside dates in March to hear arguments in Trump's appeal of an emoluments lawsuit brought by the attorneys general of Maryland and Washington, D.C.

The Emoluments Clause prohibits elected officials from receiving gifts or benefits from foreign governments without congressional approval.