Dinner with a side of diplomacy

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Dinner with a side of diplomacy

Yesterday’s 1100 Pennsylvania reported, “Trump reportedly made a foreign-policy proclamation, telling Ilham Ehmed of the Syrian Democratic Council, the political wing of the Kurdish fighters in Syria, “Don’t worry, I love the Kurds.”

Later in the day, CNN verified the exchange and reported it out. From “Trump tells worried ally ‘I love the Kurds’ in hotel meeting” by Kylie Atwood for CNN:

“I love the Kurds,” Trump told Kurdish Leader Ilham Ahmed in an unconventional diplomatic meeting at the Trump International Hotel in Washington on Monday night.

Ahmed asked Trump if he would leave the Kurds in Syria to be slaughtered by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Trump promised them he would not.

“We felt much better, but we are still looking for more meetings,” explained Ahmed, a Syrian-Kurdish politician and the head of the Executive Committee of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), on Tuesday.

Ahmed is in Washington this week meeting with Trump administration officials and members of Congress. She was dining with congressional leadership on Monday night at the hotel when the President stopped by her table to say hello and stayed for a 10-minute conversation. Trump was there for a political fundraiser.

Ehmed, of course, is not the first foreign politician to receive a positive reception from Trump when pitching their country’s interest to him at his hotel. From “GOP leans on rainmaker who courts controversy on two continents” by Ben Wieder and Peter Stone for McClatchy:

One week before Trump’s inauguration—for which he had been a high-level fundraiser—[David] Broidy invited two powerful but controversial Romanian politicians to be his guests at several exclusive inaugural events: Liviu Dragnea, head of the Social Democratic Party and speaker of the lower house in Parliament, and then-Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu. While Grindeanu has the title, Dragnea is “the de-facto head of the government,” said Caterina Preda, a political science professor at the University of Bucharest.

The pair met Trump, with Broidy at the table [in BLT Prime]. As Dragnea recounted on Facebook, Trump responded enthusiastically to his call for stronger ties between Romania and the United States.

“We will make it happen! Romania is important for us!” Trump said, according to Dragnea’s Facebook post.

Study analyzes meaning of ‘emoluments’ ‘based on 138 million words written between 1760 and 1799’

From “A big Trump case hinges on the definition of ‘emoluments.’ A new study has bad news for him.” by Aaron Blake for The Washington Post:

Perhaps most importantly the study, which was not submitted on behalf of either party in the case, found these coordinated noun phrases often used the word “other” before emoluments. (In fact, the phrase “other emoluments” accounted for one out of every 40 uses of the word, which is far more common than for other nouns.) This suggests many of the words that would proceed “other emoluments” were understood themselves to be forms of emoluments. This would include words like “bounties,” “fees,” “contracts,” “lands,” “pay,” “clothing,” “privileges” and “places."

Taken together, this research suggests that many things constitute an emolument and that Trump’s continued acceptance of basically anything from foreign states could be interpreted as accepting emoluments.

Will the Trump Hotel D.C. get Roger Stone on Saturday?

Roger Stone still plans to headline Virginia Women for Trump’s 2020 campaign kickoff dinner on Saturday, according to Ali Dukakis of ABC News (the go-to journalist for Roger Stone news):

And Virginia Women for Trump is still selling tickets around his appearance (which, per the event’s Eventbrite page, has not sold out).

Noteworthy sightings

Donald Trump Jr. shared a picture of his dad addressing donors at their hotel Monday night.

The president of the Second Amendment Institute, Tyler Yzaguirre’s, dreams came true when he saw Trump and VP Mike Pence at the hotel Monday night.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R–OH), Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale, hotel co-owner/first son Donald Trump Jr, and vice chairwoman of America First Policies/girlfriend of hotel co-owner Kimberly Guilfoyle were photographed at the hotel. Politico Playbook reported that Corey Lewandowski, David Bossie, Nick Ayers, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), and Jason Miller also were there. (Don Jr., of course, is a businessman walled off from his father’s administration.)

Guilfoyle also posed in the lobby with a man in a Trump-branded shirt. Yesterday this same Trump fan landed a photo with Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski. “Never know who you’ll run into @TrumpDC.” (Only you kind of do.)

Other Trump Organization news

House investigations, current status (latest change, Jan. 25, 2019)

  • Financial ServicesSent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank on Jan. 24.

  • Foreign Affairs—Chair Elliot Engel (D–NY) “plans to investigate whether President Donald Trump’s businesses are driving foreign policy decisions, including whether Trump violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution in the process” per CNN on Jan 23.

  • IntelligenceSent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank on Jan. 24.

  • Oversight and Reform—Chair Elijah Cummings’s (D–MD) staff “has already sent out 51 letters to government officials, the White House, and the Trump Organization asking for documents related to investigations that the committee may launch,” according to CBS News on Jan. 13.

  • Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management—Chair Dina Titus (D–NV) announced plans to investigate “Donald Trump’s attempts to prevent the relocation of the F.B.I headquarters and to profit from his presidency at his D.C. hotel” on Jan. 24.

Legal cases, current status (latest change, Jan. 30, 2019)

Health inspections, current status (latest change, Aug. 10, 2018)

  • ❌Hotel: five violations on May 7, 2018; two were corrected on site

  • ❌BLT Prime and Benjamin Bar: nine violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ❌Sushi Nakazawa: two violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ✔️Banquet kitchen: no violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ❌Pastry kitchen: two violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ✔️Gift shop: no violations on May 7, 2018

  • ❌Employee kitchen and in-room dining: five violations on Aug. 10, 2018; two were corrected on site

One thing that has nothing to do with Trump’s businesses (I think, tough to tell sometimes!)

Rep. Thomas Massie (R–KY) shares his thoughts on gun control. “#sassywithmassie”

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