Trump Says The 'Phony' Constitution 'Doesn't Matter' Because He's 'Rich'

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President Trump suggested that he is too rich for the Constitution's emoluments clause to apply to him.

President Donald Trump reversed his decision this week to hold next year’s Group of Seven summit at his own property in Florida after intense backlash over the move.

Even noteworthy voices on Fox News criticized the choice of Trump National Doral Miami for the G-7 summit, with judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano calling it “as direct and profound a violation of the emoluments clause as one could create.”

But in defense of the initial decision, Trump indicated on Monday that the Constitution’s emoluments clause — which bars the president from accepting gifts from foreign governments — is phony because he is wealthy.

“I would say that it’s cost my anywhere from $2-5 billion to be president … between what I lose and what I could have made,” Trump said. “I would have made a fortune if I just ran my business. I was doing it really well.”

Former chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter shot back that if Trump “wants to say the Constitution is phony, he has no business being President of the United States.”

“He needs to be impeached and removed from office now,” Painter added. “The emoluments clause is a critically important part of the Constitution. It was inserted by the founders because they did not want foreign governments being able to influence United States government officials.”

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