Remember during the campaign when Donald Trump was constantly accusing Hillary Clinton of being a part of pay-to-play scandals?
Well, look at what Trump is up to now.
This week many foreign diplomats stayed at the Trump International Hotel in D.C., and now concerns have arisen about diplomats spending lavishly at Trump’s properties to curry favor with the new president.
Numerous diplomats interviewed by The Washington Post said staying at Trump’s hotel and spending money there was a simple way to get in Trump’s good books.
Arturo Sarukhan, a former Mexican ambassador to the United States, told the Washington Post he was sure many other diplomats would avail themselves of the opportunity to get on Trump’s good side.
“Some might think it’s the right way to engage, to be able to tell the next president, ‘Oh, I stayed at your hotel’. If I were still in government, I would discourage it, among other reasons because it can be questioned and looked at in a very poor light, as though you are trying to buy influence via a hotel bill.”
There is no law stating the president can’t profit off of his status or foreign diplomats using the hotel to buy themselves favor. Trump has already been under pressure to prove that he can keep his business dealings separate from his role as president, and he promised to surrender control of his business to his children. But experts warn that even that will not be enough to prove that Trump is not using the White House to enhance his wealth.