Pompeo jokes about speaking at Trump hotel: ‘The guy who owns it’ is ‘going to be successful’ | TheHill – The Hill

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoWhy the Taliban still want dialogue with the United States Condoleezza Rice: Trump needs separate secretary of State, national security adviser Trump says Pompeo not under consideration to replace Bolton MORE joked about the grandeur of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign: Castro ‘got the facts wrong’ McCabe’s counsel presses US attorney on whether grand jury decided not to indict The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Houston debate MORE‘s hotel in Washington, D.C., on Friday while speaking at an event hosted at the facility, quipping that the hotel’s owner must be “successful.”

Speaking at the Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) 40th anniversary event at the Trump International Hotel, Pompeo opened his remarks to the conservative women’s group with a quip about the hotel’s ownership.

“I look around. This is such a beautiful hotel. The guy who owns it must … [is] gonna be successful somewhere along the way,” Pompeo joked, drawing laughs from the crowd.

“That was for The Washington Post,” he added, acknowledging members of the news media covering his remarks at the Trump property.

Trump’s properties including the D.C. hotel have been a subject of controversy since the beginning of his presidency, as Trump refused to sell his business and instead placed the Trump Organization into a trust controlled by his adult sons, Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpEx-sycophants highlight the void of competence around Trump Nikki Haley will be ‘special guest’ at fundraiser for Trump-Pence Roy Moore calls for Omar to go back from ‘whence she came’ MORE and Eric TrumpEric Frederick TrumpWashington Post journalist explains why email criticized by Eric Trump is normal protocol Journalists rally around Washington Post reporter after Eric Trump criticizes email MSNBC’s O’Donnell retracts report alleging Trump banking ties to Russian oligarchs MORE.

Critics have argued that patronage of Trump’s properties from foreign officials and domestic political organizations including Republican groups constitute violations of the constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which forbids gifts to public officials.

A lawsuit filed by Democratic lawmakers alleging that Trump has violated the Emoluments Clause is making its way through the court system, and a New York appeals court ruled Friday that a lawsuit in the state that had been dismissed by a lower court could go forward.

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