WASHINGTON – As the U.S. Congress reconvenes after a six-week recess, the administration is mired in controversies, almost all of them set off by President Donald Trump. Trump’s behavior has been at its most peculiar since he took office, undoubtedly partly owing to panic over the 2020 election. He has more reason than most incumbent presidents to wish for re-election, as he is facing several lawsuits.
Perhaps the greatest political danger to Trump lies in the growing evidence that he has used the presidency to enrich himself. Unlike his predecessors, Trump declined to put his assets in a blind trust and he is being sued for accepting constitutionally prohibited “emoluments” (payments to a president by foreign governments). For example, the Saudis and others have made extensive use of his hotels, including one near the White House. Similarly, at last month’s Group of Seven summit, Trump let it be known that he wants to host next year’s meeting at his struggling golf resort near Miami.
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