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Ethics watchdogs sound alarm over Trump tweet on Scotland golf course

An ethics watchdog raised alarms after President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE tweeted on Saturday about his golf course in Scotland.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) said that Trump was using his position to promote his business.

"There it is," CREW tweeted. "The president is using an official statement as an ad for his business and making sure everyone knows he ties his business to US relationships with foreign countries."

A senior CREW adviser called the president's tweet "shameless, corrupt and repugnant."

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"This is Trump’s most explicit commingling of personal interests and public office to date," wrote Walter ShaubWalter Michael ShaubEthics experts ask Senate to investigate Graham's probe of mail-in voting Interior 'propaganda' video and tweets may violate ethics laws, experts say Louisiana House candidate fundraises off opponent's tweet about wife's 'premonition' dream MORE, who used to head the Office of Government Ethics. 

"This is the tone from the top that leads his appointees to violate ethics rules," he added. "This is shameless, corrupt and repugnant presidential profiteering."

Trump called his property in Scotland "perhaps the greatest golf course anywhere in the world" and said it furthered his relationship with United Kingdom. 

"Very proud of perhaps the greatest golf course anywhere in the world," he tweeted, quote-tweeting a Trump Organization tweet promoting the golf course. "Also, furthers U.K. relationship!"

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment. 

It is illegal to use the presidency for personal profit because of the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution. 

Later this month, a federal judge will hear an appeal from the president in attempt to block a separate case in which the president is accused of violating the Emoluments Clause by accepting payments through his hotel in Washington.