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Having come under criticism this week for characterizing his association with North Korea under Kim Jong Un as a special relationship — adopting a term normally reserved in the language of diplomacy to describe the tight and long-standing linkage between the United States and the United Kingdom — President Trump appeared to suggest with a Saturday retweet that not only he, personally, but the Trump Organization, his family business, was actively engaged in the work of safeguarding the vital transatlantic partnership.

Critics of the irregular presidential tweet quickly emerged, taking issue with it on ethical, logical and, most frequently, legal grounds, arguing it violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution:

At least one critic played it for a laugh:

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