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Democratic lawmakers slam Trump over Bahrain reception

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Bahrain is hosting its 45th National Day bash at Donald Trump's new Washington, DC, hotel on Dec. 7, but the president-elect is the one who could get stuck with the hangover. 

Trump spent much of the presidential campaign accusing his opponent Hillary Clinton of "pay-to-play" politics by accepting foreign government's donations to her family's foundation. Now Democrats are more than happy to turn the tables on Trump amid growing complaints that his eponymous business interests are creating massive conflicts of interest even before he's sworn in.

"The American people deserve a president and White House that will act solely in our country’s interests, not those of any foreign government or business. Your private commercial dealings with repressive governments endanger this fundamental expectation of the president and deeply trouble many who care about human rights,” Rep. James McGovern, co-chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, wrote in a letter to Trump on Monday. “I urge you to immediately and completely end your business dealings with the Bahraini and other foreign governments.”

 

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