The lawsuit was brought by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia, who said Trump was in violation of the emoluments clause that restricts members of the USA government from receiving gifts from foreign and domestic entities.
"Word just out that I won a big part of the Deep State and Democrat induced Witch Hunt", Trump wrote on Twitter.
A spokesperson for the Department of Justice, which is representing Trump in multiple emoluments lawsuits, said in a written statement to Newsweek that it is "pleased that the Fourth Circuit unanimously chose to dismiss this extraordinarily flawed case". "I don't make money, but lose a fortune for the honor of.serving and doing a great job as your President (including accepting Zero salary!)". That didn't cut much ice with the judges though, given that Trump and his administration have said that it's official and is full of pictures of him doing presidential stuff - "all the trappings of an official, state-run account", as Parker put it.
Since Trump clinched the presidency, the Trump International Hotel in Washington has emerged as a particular source of controversy, as it has become a magnet for lobbyists, foreign governments and organizations friendly to the president's agenda, who have given the appearance of gathering at the establishment in an attempt to curry favor with the administration. The Foreign Emoluments Clause of the Constitution prohibits people holding office from accepting "any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state" without congressional consent.More news: Seoul denies Japan claim of North Korea sanctions violations
The government lawyers also want the court to suspend legal discovery recently approved by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, which would force Trump-related entities such as his NY and D.C. hotels, Trump Tower, the Trump Organization, and Mar-a-Lago Club to turn over business tax returns, receipts and other documents.
The attorneys general from Maryland and District of Columbia issued a statement regarding the court's decision this afternoon.
The decision originated from a complicated series of legal maneuvers by which the plaintiffs tried to keep the case out of the appellate court's jurisdiction, a strategy that proved unsuccessful after Trump's lawyers managed to get the Fourth Circuit to intervene about a claim unrelated to Wednesday's decision: whether or not the president, in his personal capacity, is absolutely immune from such lawsuits.
The Fourth Circuit did not buy these arguments.
The lawsuit argues that the hotel, with its association with the president, takes business from other establishments, including Washington's nearby convention center, which is owned by the district's government.More news: United Kingdom economic growth exceeds forecasts in May, driven by British carmakers
"We are pleased that the Fourth Circuit unanimously made a decision to dismiss this extraordinarily flawed case", Justice Department spokeswoman Kelly Laco said in a statement.
"All Americans suffer when our chief executive is vulnerable to corrupt foreign influence", they continued.
"The District and Maryland have manifested substantial difficulty articulating how they are harmed by the President's alleged receipts of emoluments and the nature of the relief that could redress any harm so conceived", the court added. "We will continue to pursue our legal options to hold him accountable".More news: ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Breaks Netflix Record For Most-Viewed Series