A projection reading “Pay Trump bribes here” appeared on Donald Trump’s hotel’s entrance Monday night in downtown Washington DC.
An artist, Robin Bell, said he was responsible for the projections on Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. Bell said it took about ten minutes for security officials to arrive and block the projection.
However, that was not all that was projected, along with the one-liner, the constitution’s emoluments clause was projected on the President’s hotel as well, which is situated just blocks away from the White House. The clause forbids federal officials from taking any form of payment from foreign governments. In Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8 of the constitution it is stated that no American officeholder shall “without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.”
Photographs of the projections done by Bell were shared on Twitter and the artist was commended for the protest. According to Bell he “Had a lot of fun projecting Emoluments Welcome on Trump hotel”. While onlookers at the site said “Loving the new look at Trump hotel in DC,” and another commented “I want to marry whoever did this to Trump hotel.”
The American president is facing a lawsuit filed against him by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, who allegedly claim that he has violated the emoluments clause in the US constitution by letting the hotels he owns accept payments from foreign governments.
The projected protest appeared just a few hours after the Washington Post’s report of the president having revealed classified information regarding IS to Russia’s foreign minister at a meeting last week at the White House. The information received by the president was provided to the US by an ally during an intelligence sharing moment according to current and former US officials.
A US official told the Washington Post that Trump had “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.”
This article originally appeared on Independent
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