Trump prepares for State of the Union l ABC News

The White House said the president would not talk much, if at all, about the impeachment trial.

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29 thoughts on “Trump prepares for State of the Union l ABC News

  1. If you don't like Donald Trump then here 🚪 it's a door leave. If you don't like Trump and can't get over the fact that he's a president then leave and come back when somebody you do like is president.. he's not going anywhere they don't have 2/3 supermajority to remove him..he's the best thing that's happened to this country and a long time just look at the numbers. Obama deported more illegal immigrants than Trump.. he gave 1.8 billion dollars in cash to Iran.. that's cash while we have people at home that are homeless and children that only eat once a day while they're at school.. the Democrats only care about themselves they don't care about the American people..Joe Biden is caught on camera saying that he's not going to release a billion dollars in loan guaranties unless the prosecutor is fired. That's quid pro quo. I'm proud that Trump is our president! Like I said if you don't like him and you don't like it here go and come back when he's not president anymore in about 5 years!

  2. The notion that Trump was actually concerned about corruption in Ukraine, or corruption in general, is laughable. He even had the audacity to call himself the "law & order" president.

    Trump is not only the most corrupt president in American history, he's the most corrupt president imaginable. If someone had told me years ago that we would ever have a president this immoral, unethical, deceitful, and sociopathic, I would have laughed. Well….I'm not laughing now. 😔 Nixon's ghost can finally rest in peace, because Nixon is no longer the most corrupt president in American history.

    November of last year, Trump was ordered by a judge to pay $2 m in damages for illegally using funds intended for charity to boost his 2016 presidential election campaign.

    Trump had to admit to personally misusing the money, according to the New York’s attorney general office, despite having previously denied any wrongdoing. The fine adds to several other investigations into allegations that he is using public office for self-enrichment.

    The lawsuit last year states that Trump, and his three money grubbing useless children – Don Jr, Ivanka and Eric – broke campaign finance laws in 2016 by using Trump Foundation’s tax-exempt status “as little more than a checkbook to serve Trump’s business and political interests.
    Trump and his talentless children, had violated their fiduciary duties as officers and directors of the now-shuttered Trump Foundation. As a result of that failure, charitable dollars — consistently and over many years — often benefited Trump rather than the causes he repeatedly claimed he supports.

    There was “a shocking pattern of illegality involving the Trump Foundation – including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more,” the suit claimed.

    In the agreements, Trump admitted to misusing funds from the foundation, which he dissolved last year, including to pay for a portrait himself that cost $10,000. He also agreed to pay back $11,525 he spent on sports memorabilia and champagne at a charity gala.
    Trump also directed the foundation to use money for charity to buy a Tim Tebow helmet for himself, and to settle a couple of lawsuits.

    Trump also admitted in the agreements to directing that $100,000 in foundation money be used to settle legal claims over an 80-foot flagpole he had built at his Mar-a-Lago resort, instead of paying the expense out of his own pocket..

    In addition, the charity foundation paid $158,000 to resolve a lawsuit over a prize for a hole-in-one contest at a Trump-owned golf course, and $5,000 for ads promoting Trump’s hotels in the programs for charitable events. Trump admitted these transactions were also improper.
    But let's be honest, what Trump did wasn't just improper, it was downright criminal and reprehensible..

    Jan, 2016
    Trump: "My whole life I’ve been greedy, greedy, greedy. I’ve grabbed all the money I could get. I’m so greedy."

    Jan 9, 2016
    "Now, I’ll tell you, I’m good at that – so, you know, I’ve always taken in money,” he said at a rally in Iowa. “I like money. I’m very greedy. I’m a greedy person. I shouldn’t tell you that, I’m a greedy – I’ve always been greedy. I love money, right?

  3. Trump has been violating the Constitution since noon on January 20, 2017. His decision prior to his inauguration to keep ownership and control of his businesses —a move that went against both long-standing historical practice and the advice of career government ethics officials—put him at odds with the Constitution’s original anti-corruption provisions the moment he was sworn in.

    Emoluments Clauses, prohibit the president from receiving any profit, gain, or advantage from any foreign or domestic government. Impeachment, as outlined by Alexander Hamilton in Federalist 65, is a political remedy for a president’s egregious violations of these prohibitions.

    The Framers of the Constitution were very aware of the dangers from foreign influence on any president. This is why they created rules to prevent foreign governments from purchasing undue influence on a sitting President.  Essentially buying a sitting President, which is basically what Putin and Saudi Arabia have done withTrump.

    The rule prohibits anyone holding any “Office of Profit or Trust under the United States” from receiving any “emolument” from foreign powers. An emolument, for purposes of the Constitution, according to two courts, is any “PROFIT, GAIN, or ADVANTAGE.  This rule is what has become known as the Foreign Emoluments Clause, and is located at Article I, Section 9, Clause 8.

    The Framers of the Constitution were also worried about undue influence from individual States in the union, and by officials PROFITEERING from federal offices. The Framers were concerned that a powerful state might sway the president’s decision making to its own benefit. 

    To prevent against these types of abuses, the Framers developed the Domestic Emoluments Clause, at Article II, Section 1, Clause 7, which is a blanket prohibition against the president receiving any sort of advantage from any state government, or PROFITING from the federal government.

    Not only have U.S. and foreign governments spent money at properties owned by Trump, but Trump's own political campaign and affiliated political committees have also spent about $16.8 million at his businesses since he launched his 2016 bid, according to an analysis of federal election spending records. Republican political campaigns and PACs have spent just under $1.8 million at Trump-owned businesses so far this year in the 2020 election cycle.

    A recent example of Trump's emoluments clause violations came last year in August when a visit from Saudi officials to Trump's Trump International Hotel in NYC helped boost the hotel's quarterly revenue by 13% in 2018's first quarter. The bump came after two straight years of booking declines for the property.

    Since Trump took the oath of office, the Saudi government and lobbying groups for it have been lucrative customers for Trump’s hotels. A public relations firm working for the kingdom spent nearly $270,000 on lodging at his Washington hotel through March of last year, according to filings to the Justice Department. A spokesman for the firm told The Wall Street Journal that the Trump hotel payments came as part of a Saudi-backed lobbying campaign against a bill that allowed Americans to sue foreign governments for responsibility in the Sept. 11 terror attacks..

    Fun fact: The emoluments clauses are our country’s original anti-corruption laws. They are written into the document that created our government and defined our system of laws.

    At a Cabinet meeting, Trump blamed the backlash and outrage over his attempt to profit from holding the G7 Summit at his Doral resort on “you people with this phony emoluments clause."😲😲

    A perfect example of the utter contempt that Trump has for our Constitution, and the rule of law.

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