[Ed. – As Spakovsky and Seibler intimate, this is an absolutely inane lawsuit. A New York federal judge has already thrown out a similar suit. Judge Messitte was appointed to the bench by Bill Clinton in 1993. He’s also the judge who banned the word “redskins” from his courtroom in 2014, apparently in his zeal to — well, it’s not clear what his zeal was for, other than to posture over the NFL team name controversy.]
President Trump is making an annual lump-sum payment to the U.S. Treasury of all of his hotel’s profits from foreign-government officials who patronize the hotel, so he isn’t profiting from their spending. …
Messitte also makes much of Maine governor Paul LePage’s stay at the Trump Hotel in 2017. Shortly thereafter, the president signed an executive order directing the National Park Service to review all of the national monuments in the country. Maine has a national monument that could be affected by this executive order — as do other states, including many whose governors have not stayed at the Trump Hotel.
Judge Messitte suggests that LePage’s visit will cause other states to think they must patronize the Trump Hotel to protect their interests. It is a leap of logic completely untethered to any actual facts.