Earlier this year, ROC United joined a lawsuit filed by the Center for Responsible Ethics in Washington (CREW) against the Trump Administration for its blatant violation of the foreign emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution. We believe the Trump Administration’s conflicts of interest put restaurateurs and restaurant workers nationwide at a grave disadvantage. They should not have to compete with the President of the United States for business.
We are not alone. The Attorneys General of D.C. and Maryland have launched a lawsuit of their own, asserting foreign patronage of Trump businesses are unconstitutional. Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh said, “Constituents must know that a president who orders our sons and daughters into harm’s way is not acting out of concern for his own business. …They must know that we will not enter into a treaty with another nation because our president owns a golf course there.”
Now, nearly 200 Democratic lawmakers have followed suit with their own Emoluments Clause lawsuit.
The resistance to the Trump Administration’s unconstitutional and unethical conduct is heating up. We need a President who puts the success and security of the American people ahead of his own financial interests and those of his fellow elites.