US ap­peals court re­vives for­eign pay­ments law­suit against Trump

Prez blames en­ergy ef­fi­cient light bulbs for mak­ing him ‘look or­ange’

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New York: A US fed­eral ap­peals court on Fri­day re­vived a law­suit al­leg­ing Pres­i­dent Trump vi­o­lated the US con­sti­tu­tion by prof­it­ing from for­eign and domestic of­fi­cials who pa­tro­n­ised his ho­tels and restau­rants.

The 2nd US Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals set aside a lower court rul­ing that had thrown out the case be­cause the peo­ple who sued could not prove they were harmed by Trump’s ac­tions and his role as pres­i­dent. Fri­day’s rul­ing dealt with ques­tions re­lat­ing to whether the case should be heard, with­out ad­dress­ing whether Trump vi­o­lated the law. The suit ac­cused Trump of fail­ing to dis­en­tan­gle him­self from his ho­tels and other busi­nesses. The case al­leged vi­o­la­tions of the US Con­sti­tuPres­i­dent

Trump in­ad­ver­tently re­named his vice-pres­i­dent at a Bal­ti­more GOP event on Thurs­day by mis­pro­nounc­ing Mike Pence’s name. Trump re­ferred to “Mike Pounce” as he reeled off a list of Repub­li­cans in at­ten­dance at the party’s an­nual re­treat. Trump’s slip-up came dur­ing a speech in which he also blamed en­ergy ef­fi­cient light bulbs for mak­ing him “look or­ange”. Re­fer­ring to his de­ci­sion to scrap pro­posed ban on in­ef­fi­cient light bulbs, Trump joked: “Peo­ple said what’s with the light bulb? I said here’s the story, and I looked at it. The bulb that we’re be­ing forced to use, num­ber one, to me, most im­por­tantly: the light’s no good, I al­ways look or­ange.” Trump said ear­lier this month that he was rolling back an Obama-era rule that would have seen the US tran­si­tion to en­ergy- saving LED bulbs and other low-elec­tric­ity lighting.

tion’s anti-cor­rup­tion “emol­u­ments” pro­vi­sions, which ban pres­i­dents from ac­cept­ing gifts or pay­ments from for­eign govern­ments with­out

con­gres­sional con­sent. Aspokesper­son for the jus­tice depart­ment, which is de­fend­ing Trump, didn’t re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

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