Representatives from nearly two dozen foreign countries have spent money at Trump properties: report

Representatives from nearly two dozen foreign countries have spent money at Trump properties: report
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Representatives of at least 22 foreign governments have spent money at Trump Organization properties, according to a review released by NBC News on Wednesday.

The network's analysis of news reporting and other public records found that at least nine foreign governments hosted events at a Trump property, including Afghanistan, Cyprus, Ireland, Japan, Philippines, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

At least nine foreign governments rented or purchased property in buildings or communities owned by Trump’s business. That list reportedly includes the European Union, Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, China, Malaysia, Slovakia, Thailand and India.

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Representatives of at least five foreign governments — Georgia, Nigeria, Malaysia, Romania and Saudi Arabia — have stayed at a Trump property, according to the analysis.

The Washington Post reported last week that a wealthy Iraqi sheikh who has been trying to influence the Trump administration’s stance on Iran spent 26 days at the Trump hotel in Washington, D.C., last year. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE is the first president in modern history to retain ownership of his businesses while in office, NBC noted.

He vowed to donate any profits from foreign governments while in office. The Trump Organization sent $343,000 to the U.S. Treasury for 2017 and 2018 but did not release underlying numbers to support that figure.

The Hill has reached out to the Trump Organization for comment.

Trump is already facing accusations of violating the U.S. Constitution.

A federal judge in April rejected Trump’s request to dismiss a lawsuit alleging Trump has violated the Emoluments Clause, which bars payments to presidents by foreign states.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled that the more than 200 Democratic senators and members of Congress behind the lawsuit had reason to seek an injunction in the case and that their request is constitutional.

Trump’s attorneys argued that the clause does not apply to the commercial transactions with foreign governments and goes into effect only if Trump directly profits or receives a gift from a foreign government in exchange for an action that he has taken as president.