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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

What does the emoluments clause mean?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (15048points) 3 weeks ago

They just mentioned is on CNN about President Trump? I have no clue what it means. Wikipedia doesn’t explain it well enough. What does it mean?

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SEKA's avatar

It prohibits federal officeholders from receiving any gift, payment, or other thing of value from a foreign state or its rulers, officers, or representatives.It is Article I, Section 9, Paragraph 8 of the US Constitution.

Yellowdog's avatar

If it was said on CNN, they are probably saying that President Trump is trying to declare himself a king, or put himself above the law. or maybe they’re saying some hostile government is wanting to bestow a title of nobility.

The emoluments clause has to do with foreign governments from bestowing gifts, especially titles of nobility, on the president. The Clintons were able to avoid violation of the emoluments clause by having foreign rulers donate to the Clinton Foundation. This led to the private server / email deletions scandal.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@Yellowdog Does it apply if Trump declares himself “the chosen one” or the “second coming”? Is that a foreign title? @Yellowdog and @SEKA Thanks.

Yellowdog's avatar

CNN would probably be running that story :)

However, I have no idea what they are talking about on CNN. The most rational thing would be they are saying some foreign government is bribing Trump with a title or private contribution for himself or his campaign.

ragingloli's avatar

I think they are referring to his “suggestion”, to hold the next G7 summit at his Miami Resort, which, since such a stay would need to be paid for by the respective parties, would result in him receiving monetary benefits from the foreign states present at the event.

chyna's avatar

@yellowdog If you have no idea, why are you answering this question and putting out your usual “poor trump is being bullied again.”

Tropical_Willie's avatar

@ragingloli DING-DING-DING !

He is only in for the money !

He’d jack the nightly rate by three, just cause he likes foreign money.

stanleybmanly's avatar

The short answer is that the clause prohibits the fool from turning a profit on his office or accepting gifts or favors. Presidents prior to this one, even the worst of them scrupulously adhered to the letter and spirit of the law to avoid any appearance of impropriety. But the Donald has left himself open to charges of profiteering on his Presidency, and believe me, you’re going to understand the clause a lot better before he leaves..

Yellowdog's avatar

You mean the Clinton Foundation receiving lavish gifts from foreign leaders?

That was how the Clintons avoided the emoluments clause. Yeah, it will probably be looked into before Trump is gone.

stanleybmanly's avatar

At least the Clinton’s tried a workaround. The fool
Is brazenly burying his snout in the trough in broad daylight.

Yellowdog's avatar

Well. the short of it is, it sounds like CNN is trying to make up their weekly dozen.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

@Yellowdog Should be easy Trump is on number 35 and it is only Tuesday.

LostInParadise's avatar

Trump just suggested having the next G7 summit at his failing resort in Florida. He can’t be serous. Rick Santorum, no flaming liberal, called him out on that.

gorillapaws's avatar

You’re not supposed to use the office of the Presidency to enrich yourself. It’s one of the few things that are explicitly forbidden in the constitution.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Remember when Jimmy Carter had to place his peanut farm in a blind trust because, it was argued, that as President he could enact policies that could enable him to personally profit from his farm? Pepperidge Farm remembers.

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