Donald Trump continues to rack up restaurant world lawsuits. A suit filed against the President and his Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC has gained two new plaintiffs according to the Washington Post: Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC), a restaurant workers lobbying group, and Jill Phaneuf, an independent contractor who books events at hotels for visiting officials and politicians, have joined the suit that claims Trump has taken business away from independent restaurants and hotels by hosting politicians and foreign officials at the Trump Hotel — and is pocketing the cash.
In taking the money of foreign officials who have stayed and dined at his hotel, Trump appears to be in violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause, in that he is profiting off of government business.
Earlier this year, before Donald Trump dropped two deadly bombs on Syria and Afghanistan, he was sued for violating the Constitution’s emoluments’ clause, as Vox reported.
ROC United wrote in a release that it “is proud” to have joined the suit “against the Trump Administration for its blatant violation of the foreign emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution. The Administration’s conflicts of interest are glaring and dangerous. As a hotel and restaurant owner, the President puts restaurateurs and restaurant workers nationwide at a disadvantage, pushing foreign dignitaries and governments to patronize his establishments over others.”
Though he himself has not joined the suit, Top Chef judge and restaurateur Tom Colicchio expressed…
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