President Donald Trump, who swore to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” called the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution “phony” on Monday, just two days after he backed off holding the 2020 G-7 at Trump National Doral due to “Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility.”
“[The president] is not making any money off of this,” Mulvaney said. “He doesn’t need much help promoting his brand.” Trump repeated this thinking on Monday, and then some:
“I don’t need promotion. I don’t need promotion.”
“You people with this phony Emoluments Clause.”
“If you’re rich, it doesn’t matter.”
It’s been reported that Trump changed his mind on Doral not because of the Democrats and the media but because of criticism from Republicans.