contentious exchange with the president over his decision to pull American troops from Syria, said Mr. Trump was violating long-established laws meant to protect against foreign influence.
“The Constitution is clear,” Ms. Pelosi wrote on Twitter, citing the emoluments clause. “The President cannot accept gifts or payments from foreign governments. No one is above the law.”
Legal experts said hosting the Group of 7 summit at the Doral might violate the Constitution in two ways.
First, the Constitution prohibits the president from accepting a gift or payment from a foreign government source, technically called a foreign emolument. And second, the president is prohibited from taking any kind of payment from the federal government that is beyond his salary.
Holding the summit there would effectively force government officials to pay the Trump family to stay at his resort, said Deepak Gupta, a constitutional lawyer who is already involved in two lawsuits accusing Mr. Trump of violating the Constitution by accepting foreign government payments at his hotels.
“Apparently, President Donald Trump no longer sees fit even to pretend that he is constrained by the law or the Constitution,” said Robert Weissman, the president of Public Citizen, a nonprofit group that has tracked millions of dollars in political and government spending at Trump hotels and resorts worldwide since 2017. “He doesn’t care to disguise his contempt for the rule of law.”
Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, said Thursday evening that Democrats in Congress who have one of the pending lawsuits against Mr. Trump will now revise it to include the president’s plan to have the Group of 7 meeting at the Doral.