‘Presidential Harassment!’ Trump Goes On Wild Rant Claiming He Should Be Allowed To Profit From Presidency
Donald Trump appeared at a Shell petrochemical plant in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. But instead of talking about energy and manufacturing as he was supposed to, Trump decided that he would rant about the lawsuits he has received for profiting from his presidency.
“I got sued on a thing called emoluments. Emoluments. You ever hear of the word? Nobody ever heard of it before,” Trump said.
“And what it is is presidential harassment, because this thing is costing me a fortune, and I love it,” Trump continued. “I love it because I’m making the lives of other people much, much better.”
Trump has been sued multiple times for violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which prohibits elected officials from receiving gifts or benefits from foreign governments without Congress’s approval.
A federal appeals court dismissed an emoluments lawsuit last month filed by Maryland and the District of Columbia, but a separate emoluments lawsuit brought by Democratic lawmakers is still proceeding through the court system.
Trump then started complaining that the presidency is actually costing him more money than he’s making because of all the legal fees.
“This thing is costing me a fortune being president,” Trump said. “Somebody said, ‘oh he might have rented a room to a man from Saudi Arabia for $500.’ What about the $5 billion I’ll lose?”
There is no way of knowing if Trump has profited or lost money because he continues to refuse to release his tax returns, making it difficult to accurately assess his wealth. But his latest financial disclosure forms show his properties earned tens of millions of dollars in the past year.
When becoming the president-elect, Trump decided not to put his company in a blind trust, which has caused watchdogs to raise concerns.
Still, Trump insisted that legal fees to defend against numerous lawsuits are costing him dearly.
“I don’t care. You know, if you’re wealthy it doesn’t matter,” he said in Pennsylvania. “I just want to do a great job.”