Trump has been sued over this spending by the attorneys general of Maryland and Washington, D.C., who accuse him of violating a section of the U.S. Constitution that prohibits the president from taking “emoluments” from foreign officials. Foreign stays at the hotel are at the centre of the lawsuit.
Ford was making his first foreign trip as premier. His visit was focused on the ongoing NAFTA negotiations, which resumed on Wednesday morning. He said he was “standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our federal government,” with which he has been at odds on other issues, and he praised the federal Liberals for “doing a great job.”
“I can reassure that Ontario and Canada is united when it comes to NAFTA,” Ford said in comments broadcast on CP24.
Neither Yelich nor embassy spokesperson Alexandra Vachon White would comment on the appropriateness of the hotel visit. Trump, who has a puny Canadian approval rating below 20 per cent, has delivered a series of threats to the Canadian economy after imposing tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.
“It was Ambassador Craft’s working lunch to continue the discussion on NAFTA — you’d have to ask her,” said Vachon White.