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Report Reveals Trump Received $7.8 Million from Foreign Governments During Presidency, Sparking Constitutional Concerns

In a report unveiled on Thursday by Democrats on the House Oversight Committee, it was revealed that former President Donald Trump received payments totaling at least $7.8 million from foreign governments during two years within his four-year tenure in the White House.

The committee scrutinized a two-year period, during which twenty foreign governments were identified as having made payments to Trump’s businesses. The New York Times and CNN were the first to disseminate details from the report.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., who serves as the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, underscored in the report’s foreword that the payments emanated from “some of the world’s most unsavory regimes.” China emerged as the leading contributor, funneling over $5.5 million into Trump-owned properties. Other countries listed in the report for making payments to Trump include Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, India, and Afghanistan.

During a press briefing on Capitol Hill, Raskin emphasized that the disclosed information provides a limited glimpse into a more expansive landscape of foreign government spending. He went on to assert that Trump’s acceptance of such payments violates the Constitution’s foreign emoluments clause.

According to Raskin, this constitutional provision prohibits the president from accepting monetary payments or gifts “of any kind whatever” from foreign governments and monarchs unless congressional consent is obtained.

The report contends that Trump while serving as president, utilized his business entities to accumulate millions of dollars from foreign states and royalties without seeking congressional consent. The revelation raises questions about potential constitutional violations and reignites debates over the propriety of a sitting president benefiting financially from foreign entities without the explicit approval of Congress.

Ashlie is a senior reporter for the TosBos News. She covers live and breaking news from 6 am every day. Ashlie joined the M.E.N. in 2019 having previously worked for Cavendish Press news agency.


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