Monday, Dec 19, 2016 –
Under political pressure, Kuwait cancels major event at Four Seasons, switches to Trump’s D.C. hotel
The Embassy of Kuwait allegedly cancelled a contract with the Four Seasons, a Washington, D.C. hotel, days after the presidential election, citing political pressure to hold its National Day celebration at the Trump International Hotel instead.
In the early fall, the Kuwaiti Embassy signed a contract with the Four Seasons. But after the election, members of the Trump Organization contacted the Ambassador of Kuwait, Salem Al-Sabah, and encouraged him to move his event to Trump’s D.C. hotel.
Although the president is exempt from some conflict-of-interest laws, the Congressional Research Service recently identified nine federal conflict of interest and ethics provisions that could apply to the president.
One looms large over the apparent hotel deal with the Kuwaitis: The Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which prohibits the president from receiving money from a foreign government or head of state.
According to Democratic and Republican legal experts, such a payment is not only unconstitutional, it’s an impeachable offense.