Defund Trump

President Trump has refused to divest himself of his business interests, creating clear conflicts of interest and breaking decades of practice by his predecessors. There is no official public accounting of the ways the president and his family are benefiting from the presidency — but the public record is already rich with examples of the president and his family profiting off of public service. 

When President Donald Trump decided to cede operational control, but not financial control, of his businesses, Walter Shaub, then the head of the Office of Government Ethics, described the move as “meaningless from a conflict of interest perspective.” In addition to Trump himself, members of the Trump family also appear to be benefiting directly and indirectly from the president’s public service. Indeed,  Eric Trump claimed in 2017 that the Trump brand was “the hottest it has ever been.”

American Oversight has called for the U.S. government to turn off the spigot of public funds going to Trump businesses, to cease using Trump properties and services, and to issue guidance to all executive branch personnel that taxpayer dollars may not be spent at Trump properties or on purchases from businesses in which the First Family has a financial interest. If the president and his family cannot be persuaded to stop accepting public funds for private gain, the government can ensure taxpayer funds are no longer available.

American Oversight is also asking for federal, Florida and New York state law enforcement officials and prosecutors to investigate whether domestic and foreign interests have used Trump properties, including the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, and the Trump National Doral, as conduits to bribe the administration to pursue favorable policies and award contracts.

It is important for the president’s actions to be investigated and publicized. American Oversight will be doing its part to ensure the American people are aware of the extent to which Mr. Trump is using the presidency for his and his family’s personal financial benefit.

Updates

News Roundup: Behind the Trump Administration’s Supreme Court Nominations

September 25, 2020
It’s hard to overstate just how grave the current political situation is.

News Roundup: The Rules That (Don’t) Apply

August 27, 2020
There are the rules followed by President Trump and those closest to him, and then there are the rules that apply to everyone else.

Investigations Update: Militarization of Police, Covid-19 in Migrant Detention Centers, and Barr’s Political Interference

July 14, 2020
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FOIA to USTR Seeking Communications with the Trump Organization

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February 21, 2020

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February 20, 2020

FOIAs to OMB Seeking Records of Spending on Presidential Travel to Trump Properties

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FOIA to U.S. Secret Service Records of Spending on Presidential Travel to Trump Properties

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January 22, 2020

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December 16, 2019

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FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Records Regarding Federal Spending at Trump Properties

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FOIA to NPS Seeking Records Related to Old Post Office Tower Operating Agreement with GSA

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Department of Housing and Urban Development
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July 31, 2017

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Department of Transportation
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White House - Office of Science and Technology Policy
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General Services Administration
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FOIA Request
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FOIA Request
July 24, 2017

FOIA Request to Commerce Dept Ross Visits Trump Properties

Department of Commerce
FOIA Request
July 24, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Sessions Visits Trump Properties

Department of Justice
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July 24, 2017

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Small Business Administration
FOIA Request
July 24, 2017

FOIA Request to Treasury Dept Mnuchin Visits Trump Properties

Department of the Treasury
FOIA Request
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General Services Administration
Agency Reply
June 28, 2017

Complaint: American Oversight v. GSA – Trump Hotel

General Services Administration
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April 25, 2017

FOIA Request to State Department Regarding an Article Promoting Mar-a-Lago on Government Websites

Department of State
FOIA Request
April 10, 2017

FOIA Request to the Secret Service Seeking Contracts with Trump Properties

Department of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
April 5, 2017

FOIA Request to GSA Seeking Communications and Records of Meetings with Trump or the Trump Old Post Office LLC

General Services Administration
FOIA Request
April 5, 2017

FOIA Request to GSA Seeking Communications and Records of Meetings with Trump Transition Team

General Services Administration
FOIA Request
March 31, 2017

FOIA Request to GSA Records Relating to Lease of Trump Hotel at the Old Post Office in DC

General Services Administration
FOIA Request