Trump’s firms do business with countries including China, India and the Philippines, the watchdog said [Image: Rex/Shutterstock].

Strangely, there appear to be no constraints on UK politicians negotiating deals with foreign countries that may put their own business interests at an advantage. Perhaps we could learn from the Americans.

It seems possible that Mr Trump may spend more time trying to convince his own government that he is not corrupt than in pushing his policies through Congress. That may be a source of comfort to many people.

A US legal watchdog is to file a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of violating the US constitution by allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments.

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington will seek a court order on Monday forbidding Trump from accepting such payments, which it will allege violate the constitution’s emoluments clause, said Deepak Gupta, a lawyer working on the case.

Trump did business with countries including China, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, the group noted in a statement.

Source: Lawsuit to call for ban on payments to Trump firms from foreign powers

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