Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, November 21, 2016

Friday evening, the Washington Post reported that about 100 foreign diplomats gathered at President-elect Donald Trump's hotel in Washington, D.C. to "to sip Trump-branded champagne, dine on sliders and hear a sales pitch about the U.S. president-elect's newest hotel." The tour included a look at the hotel's $20,000 a night "town house" suite. The Post also quoted some of the diplomats saying they intended to stay at the hotel in order to ingratiate themselves to the incoming president. "Why wouldn't I stay at his hotel blocks from the White House, so I can tell the new president, 'I love your new hotel!'" said one diplomat from an Asian nation. "Isn't it rude to come to his city and say, 'I am staying at your competitor?'" The incoming president, in other words, is actively soliciting business from agents of foreign governments.

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Richard Painter, a University of Minnesota law professor who previously served as chief ethics counsel to President George W. Bush, says that Trump's efforts to do business with these diplomats is at odds with a provision of the Constitution intended to prevent foreign states from effectively buying influence with federal officials. ...

The diplomats' efforts in seek Trump's favor by staying in his hotel "looks like a gift," Painter told ThinkProgress in an email, and thus is the very kind of favor the Constitution seeks to prevent.

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There is more than just the hotel: Trump Cash-In Begins

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2016-11-21 07:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

"Drain the swamp," my ---...
Where's Kellyanne Conway to somehow blame this too on Hillary Clinton?

#2 | Posted by e1g1 at 2016-11-21 11:24 PM | Reply

Lincoln bedroom anyone? Who sold nights in the Lincoln bedroom for $500 Alex?

#3 | Posted by homerj at 2016-11-22 08:45 AM | Reply

And what happens to the fuzzy little foreigners who steal the hotel's towels, grab the help by the fotze or call the Trump steaks low-grade dog food?

#4 | Posted by catdog at 2016-11-22 12:29 PM | Reply

pay to play lol

#5 | Posted by alexandrite at 2016-11-22 04:04 PM | Reply

There is nothing the MSM says that 50% of the USA now believes as credible. They did it to themselves, while they are dividing society for their own amusement. We're headed for trouble as a nation, just as they put much of the ME into turmoil.

#6 | Posted by Robson at 2016-11-22 04:07 PM | Reply

Robson the topic is not the media. I know that makes you very sad, but you can post your own articles here.

#7 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2016-11-22 04:13 PM | Reply

His whole family will be billionaires soon.

#8 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2016-11-22 05:13 PM | Reply

#7 Everything is reported through the lens of a consolidated corporate mostly uni-ethnic Amish media with an agenda against certain political and ideological factions. www.youtube.com

#9 | Posted by Robson at 2016-11-22 06:38 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

That's great, go publish your own article here about it and quit spamming everything else.

#10 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2016-11-22 06:42 PM | Reply

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"Everything is reported through the lens of a consolidated corporate mostly uni-ethnic Amish media"

You've got something against the Amish? A buggy frightened you as a child?

#11 | Posted by Zed at 2016-11-22 07:19 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

By exactly did Trump do here? Built a hotel...got that.

The article says he is actively soliciting business but does not say how other than he owns a hotel.... which he built using union labor creating good American jobs. There is no action he is even accused of which is the slightest bit improper. In other words he invested in our nation and communities . Somehow if foreign governments hired his family to give speeches that is OK...but invest in America is no good.

Do people suggest he should ban foreigners from his business? People are ridiculous in their hate and anger.

#12 | Posted by nole74 at 2016-11-22 10:16 PM | Reply

Do people suggest he should ban foreigners from his business? People are ridiculous in their hate and anger.

#12 | POSTED BY NOLE74 AT 2016-11-22 10:16 PM

Look at the last 3 decades of the Clintons. Pay-to-play, grafting, grifting, shakedowns, Vince Foster, etc, etc.

Not to hold Dick Cheney up as a paragon, but when he became veep he completely divested himself from Halliburton. That company had already secured a monopolistic contract under Clinton that spanned well into the Bush years. And while the accusation that Cheney was the mastermind behind Iraq so he could enrich his buddies was a common theme, it rang somewhat hollow as he had publicly divested himself from it.

Trump made a choice to run for POTUS. If he fails to divest - his brand is no different than the Clinton Foundation brand.

I've seen an insane amount of butt-hurt and inanities from anti-Trumpers since the election. THIS is absolutely a legitimate concern. I can only hope these butt-hurt idiots can quit crying wolf long enough to highlight a serious problem that exists now.

#13 | Posted by JeffJ at 2016-11-22 10:26 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

PS to Clintonites: The Vince Foster reference was a joke.

#14 | Posted by JeffJ at 2016-11-22 10:28 PM | Reply

Do people suggest he should ban foreigners from his business?

He shouldn't have any private businesses while President. If he didn't want to give up his personal businesses, he shouldn't have run for President.

#15 | Posted by YAV at 2016-11-22 10:33 PM | Reply

He shouldn't have any private businesses while President. If he didn't want to give up his personal businesses, he shouldn't have run for President.

#15 | Posted by YAV at 2016-11-22 10:33 PM | Reply | Flag

AMEN Man can't have 2 masters.

#16 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2016-11-22 10:35 PM | Reply

Do people suggest he should ban foreigners from his business? People are ridiculous in their hate and anger.

Wow. The solution isn't particularly hard.

He divests from his businesses so that when people meet with him there's no reason to have to say what hotel they're staying at because it won't affect Trump personally.

That's what other politicians have done and that's why it's concerning that Trump is refusing to do so.

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2016-11-22 10:43 PM | Reply

Yo. Noles. You gotta response?

#18 | Posted by YAV at 2016-11-22 11:13 PM | Reply

"Vince Foster, etc, etc."

You've gone off the deep end. Vince Foster is an admission you'll fall for anything.

Multiple investigations, including one by the DC police, and multiple Republican-led investigations all came to the same conclusion: VF committed suicide.

Vince's sister and the person closest to him has stated clearly, on multiple occasions, her first reaction when she heard the news of his death was he'd finally done it. She was very aware of his battles with depression.
www.washingtonpost.com

Basically, anyone who still calls out "Vince Foster" when discussing HRC just volunteered himself as a blithering idiot.

#19 | Posted by Danforth at 2016-11-22 11:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

You've gone off the deep end.

He did say it was a joke.

#20 | Posted by REDIAL at 2016-11-22 11:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

He did say it was a joke.

#20 | POSTED BY REDIAL

Thank you!!!!

It was a joke.

Nothing more.

#21 | Posted by JeffJ at 2016-11-22 11:35 PM | Reply

Danforth,

Please see #14

#22 | Posted by JeffJ at 2016-11-22 11:36 PM | Reply

He did say it was a joke.

#20 | Posted by REDIAL

Shiiiiizzzzz *closes tab after tab of Vince Foster debunking pages*

-Danforth

#23 | Posted by jpw at 2016-11-22 11:43 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Please see #14"

(Whew!)

#24 | Posted by Danforth at 2016-11-22 11:44 PM | Reply

"Shiiiiizzzzz *closes tab after tab of Vince Foster debunking pages*"

Yup.

It's on my "You've got to be f****g kidding" list. As it turns out...he was.

#25 | Posted by Danforth at 2016-11-22 11:45 PM | Reply

"Please see #14"
(Whew!)

#24 | POSTED BY DANFORTH

:-)

I am so glad I clarified BEFORE #19.

#26 | Posted by JeffJ at 2016-11-22 11:47 PM | Reply

Wait wait wait. Hold on a second. This whole exchange is just off for the DR.

Danforth, F&$^ you!

JeffJ, eat S@%&!

Redial, you're a F#&@ing P$@*^!

JPW, die in a fire, -------!

#27 | Posted by jpw at 2016-11-23 12:22 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

The investigation into Trumps influence peddling starts Monday.

Sincerely,
Not one single GOP congress critter.

#28 | Posted by 726 at 2016-11-23 07:26 AM | Reply

#27 | POSTED BY JPW

Wow, who peed in your cereal this morning??

#29 | Posted by jestgettinalong at 2016-11-23 07:33 AM | Reply

#29 - there's that classic right-wing sense of humor missing the entire joke. again.

#30 | Posted by YAV at 2016-11-23 12:47 PM | Reply

He divests from his businesses so that when people meet with him there's no reason to have to say what hotel they're staying at because it won't affect Trump personally. - 726

I agree with this, it should be a requirement.....

But I will say, lots of hypocrisy here, people complaining about this, didn't mind Hillary having a "Foundation", with Bill making money from foreign governments, and its communications with the StateDepartment.

IMO if you are in the public space you need to blind trust those things, but the hypocrits here don't really believe that do they...

#31 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2016-11-23 01:09 PM | Reply

#28 | POSTED BY 726

I am all for it...

Do we need an investigation at this point? Do you have more evidence?

Or just ThinkProgress?

#32 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2016-11-23 01:10 PM | Reply

"IMO if you are in the public space you need to blind trust those things, but the hypocrits here don't really believe that do they..."

Well, we'll see, depending on whether or not you hold Trump to the standards you wanted HRC to follow.

So far...not so much.

#33 | Posted by Danforth at 2016-11-23 01:15 PM | Reply

It looks like Trump showed amazing foresight 3 years ago when construction began.

Who'd a thunk'it?

#34 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2016-11-23 01:51 PM | Reply

But I will say, lots of hypocrisy here, people complaining about this, didn't mind Hillary having a "Foundation", with Bill making money from foreign governments, and its communications with the StateDepartment.

IMO if you are in the public space you need to blind trust those things, but the hypocrits here don't really believe that do they...

Here's a hint.

Stop basing your opinions and behavior on others.

If you think both are wrong then call the shot that way.

#35 | Posted by jpw at 2016-11-23 11:37 PM | Reply

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