September 05, 2019

Warren Raises Questions about Vice President Pence's Stay at Trump International Property in Doonbeg, Ireland, at the "Suggestion" of the President

Warren's Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act would root out corruption and conflicts of interest by requiring the President's conflicted assets be put into a blind trust and sold off

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) yesterday sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raising a series of questions about Vice President Mike Pence's recent stay at President Trump's Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg while in Ireland on official government business.

Earlier this week, reports emerged that Vice President Pence and his staff patronized President Donald Trump's Hotel in Doonbeg, Ireland, traveling over 140 miles each day to Dublin (on the other side of the country) for official meetings, at the "suggestion" of the President.

"This transaction -- another example of what appears to be open corruption in this administration -- deepens my concerns about the ongoing ethics issues related to the President's continued financial relationship with the Trump Organization and the abuse of taxpayer funds to enrich the President and his family through their business interests," Senator Warren wrote.

"This is only the latest instance in which government officials, private companies or special interest groups have patronized the President's hotels -- enriching the President and his family -- in numerous cases, with taxpayer funds ... These expenditure are deeply troubling because President Trump has refused to fully divest from his interests in the Trump Organization," Senator Warren wrote.

Senator Warren's bill, the Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Actrequires the President and Vice President to place conflicted assets, including businesses, into a blind trust to be sold off, and includes a comprehensive set of policy solutions to fundamentally change the way Washington does business and restore the American public's faith in democracy.

Senator Warren has also initiated a number of oversight investigations into President Trump's and his administration's conflicts of interest. For example, a 2019 investigation into reports that T-Mobile executives started to regularly patronize President Trump's hotel in Washington, DC, immediately after announcing a proposed merger with its rival, Sprint, revealed that the company had spent approximately $195,000 at the hotel in a single year.