A former top diplomat for Mexico recently accused Pres. Donald Trump’s administration of using the U.S. State Department as a travel agency to promote Trump Hotels.
Arturo Sarukhan served as Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. from 2007 to 2013. On Tuesday Sarukhan tweeted that a former U.S. diplomat informed him that new State Department protocol advises world leaders to book accommodations at Trump’s D.C. hotel for all their official visits.
Kakistocracia: ex funcionario EU me dice q Protocolo DptoEstado fue instruido a enfatizar a gobs? usar HotelTrump p/ viajes oficiales a DC
— Arturo Sarukhan (@Arturo_Sarukhan) October 31, 2017
Sarukhan uses the term “Kakistocracy,” which is defined as a government run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous people. The word dates back to the 17th century.
If Sarukhan’s account is accurate, that means the State Department is potentially helping drive millions of dollars in revenue to Trump hotels over the course of the next four to eight years.
This could make the State Department complicit in violating the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution states that no “person holding any office of profit or trust” for the United States may “without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.”
Think Progress previously reported on how Trump’s D.C. hotel is raking in new business from foreign governments.
“Trump’s new downtown D.C. hotel has hosted embassy events for Azerbaijan and Kuwait, who switched to the Trump hotel from their original booking at the Four Seasons. The hotel hosted an annual conference sponsored by the Turkish state last month — a conference that in previous years was habitually held at the Ritz Carlton. And, since Trump’s election, a Saudi-backed lobbying campaign spent around $270,000 at the hotel for lodging and catering costs.”
This revelation may be just another example of how Trump has replaced the “Washington swamp” with toxic sewage that could take several administrations to clean up.
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