The Guardian reports:
President Donald Trump on Monday claimed he’s receiving unfair scrutiny because of the “phony emoluments clause,” as he defended his prior decision to host next year’s G-7 summit at his Doral resort in Miami. “You people with this phony emoluments clause,” Trump said has he took questions from reporters during a Cabinet meeting.
The president was defensive of his initial decision, asserting that hosting the G-7 summit at the Trump National Doral Miami resort would have saved taxpayer money because he “would have done it for free.” Trump blamed the reversal of his decision on Democrats and the media for invoking the emoluments clause as they questioned its legality.
Trump’s remarks in the Cabinet room are a stream of exaggerations, boasts and falsehoods….
For example, in his remarks about Doral: “Miami International, one of the biggest airports in the world. Some people say it’s the biggest.”
(MIA is not even in the top 20)
— Toluse Olorunnipa (@ToluseO) October 21, 2019
Trump gripes about no Doral G7: “you people with this phony emoluments clause.” (Fact check: it’s in the constitution)
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 21, 2019
Trump just claimed his G-7/Doral pick was OK because Obama got a Netflix & book deal. He claimed these were negotiated while in office.
There’s no proof, and CNN fact-checked in real time.
He then went on to claim the Emoluments clause is “phony.” CNN put it on the screen. pic.twitter.com/lq8ifvlqRy
— jordan (@JordanUhl) October 21, 2019
Trump compares himself to George Washington and calls the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution phony. pic.twitter.com/47ADkzWfAJ
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) October 21, 2019
— Kyung Lah (@KyungLahCNN) October 21, 2019
President Trump discusses Doral and G7 and “this phony Emoluments Clause…”
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 21, 2019