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Syrian government and opposition delegates to peace talks in Geneva on Saturday warned of the impact on negotiations after a day of violence in Syria that included jihadist suicide bombings and missile strikes by the air force.

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The United Nations opened the peace talks with a symbolic ceremony on Thursday in Geneva, attended by representatives of the warring sides. But there has been no further direct contact with UN mediator Staffan de Mistura, who is still trying to get agreement on how the talks should be arranged.

With tensions palpable among participants, the United Nations is treading carefully in its efforts to revive negotiations after a 10-month hiatus.

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“Every time we have talks, or negotiations, there is always someone who tries to spoil,” de Mistura told reporters before meeting the government delegation. “I am expecting (it),” he said.

A ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey with Iran’s support is increasingly violated with groups opposed to the truce and the Geneva process also attempting to force their collapse.

Suicide bombers stormed two Syrian security offices in Homs on Saturday, killing dozens with gunfire and explosions including the head of military security, prompting airstrikes against the last rebel-held enclave in the western city.

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The jihadist rebel alliance Tahrir al-Sham, which opposes the talks – although it has fought alongside factions that are represented there – said that five suicide bombers had carried out the attack. It celebrated with the words “thanks be to God” but stopped short of explicitly claiming responsibility.

Tahrir al-Sham was formed this year from several groups including Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, which was formerly known as the Nusra Front and was al Qaeda‘s Syrian branch until it broke formal allegiance to the global jihadist movement in 2016.

Warplanes also carried out six raids on Douma in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, resulting in six deaths, and earlier, an air raid in Hama killed four people from the same family, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Speaking to Reuters, Basma Kodmani, a negotiator from the opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC), said groups backing the talks had abided by the ceasefire, but questioned the government’s commitment and whether Russia, a key Assad ally, was ready to pressure it to curb the violence. [L8N1GA0B1]

“The ceasefire…is violated today in the most horrible way,” she said. “The use of napalm yesterday and today massive air bombings on the suburb of Waer of homs city. That is giving us very negative intentions about what the regime’s intentions are,” she said.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry said it had written to the United Nations demanding condemnation for Saturday’s attack and what it called other terrorist acts. Damascus regards all the groups fighting against it as terrorists.

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“The terrorist explosions that hit Homs city are a message to Geneva from sponsors of terrorism, and we tell everyone that the message is received and this crime won’t pass unnoticed,” the government’s chief negotiator Bashar Ja’afari told reporters.

Although Assad’s government has controlled most of Homs since 2014, rebels still control its al-Waer district, which warplanes bombed on Saturday, wounding 50, the Observatory said.

“If it (ceasefire)is not credible, if nothing is happening here in Geneva, I fear that the ceasefire even for the opposition is going to collapse,” Kodmani said.

“Where is Russia to get compliance again from the regime so that the talks in Geneva can take place?”

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De Mistura handed a working paper on procedural issues to delegations at the talks on Friday, but there appeared little prospect of them meeting directly soon. Further bilateral talks are scheduled for later on Saturday.

The envoy is looking to lay the foundations for negotiations to end the six-year-old conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions.

“It may be good not to have too high expectations but it also reflects the state of things,” said a Western diplomat.

“To get them in the room is symbolic. But there is no way you can get anything out of that at the moment unless you have the beginning of an agreement between the backers.”

Saturdays are usually one of the busiest days of the week for the Mont Rigaud ski hill, located roughly 70 kilometres west of Montreal.

However, rain and mild temperatures made clientele hard to come by.

On weekends, the ski hill typically has around 3,000 people a day taking to the trails, but this Saturday there were only about 50 people.

“Even if there’s warm weather like 10 C or 5 C that’s OK, the snow doesn’t melt that fast,” said Luc Elie, Mont Rigaud ski hill owner.

The ski hill makes snow at the beginning of the season, which serves as a base coating on the trails.

Elie said people think because snow has melted in their yards that it’ll disappear from the ski hills.

“There’s a big base,” he said. “We have over two feet and in some places over three to five feet of snow.”

With spring break on the horizon, Elie is hoping for Mother Nature to cooperate.

After all it’s one of the busiest times of the year.

“Usually every day of the week is like a weekend,” Elie said. “It’s a very important time of the year for us.”

Mont Rigaud plans to stay open for skiers until early April.

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In December, President Donald Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer was on a panel when he said keeping an open channel from the White House to the press is the difference between “a democracy vs. a dictatorship.”

Spicer barred several major U.S. media outlets from attending an informal, on-the-record White House press briefing Friday.

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The list included CNN, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and Politico.

The Trump campaign was well-known for banning reporters from his campaign events for weeks at a time.

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In the most recent twist of irony for the Trump administration, Spicer was on a panel hosted by Politico’s Jake Sherman in December, where he was asked about barring reporters from attending presidential events.

Spicer said: “There’s a big difference between a campaign where it is a private venue using private funds and a government entity, and I think we have a respect for the press when it comes to the government that that is something that you can’t ban an entity from —; Conservative, Liberal or otherwise. I think that’s what makes a democracy a democracy vs. a dictatorship.”

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During Spicer’s informal briefing, he denied he was playing favourites by his actions.

“We’ve brought more reporters into this process. And the idea that every time that every single person can’t get their question answered or fit in a room that we’re excluding people. We’ve actually gone above and beyond with making ourselves, our team, and our briefing room more accessible than probably any prior administration. And so I think you can take that to the bank.

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“We do what we can to accommodate the press. I think we’ve gone above and beyond when it comes to accessibility, and openness and getting folks – our officials, our team.”

You could soon be taking a public transit bus from Metro Vancouver to Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton.

BC Transit is looking at the possibility of connecting Vancouver and the Sea-to-Sky corridor with public transit service. The areas are currently only connected by private bus companies and seasonal float plane routes.

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The inter-regional transit network is part of BC Transit’s Sea-to-Sky Transit Future Plan project which also hopes to improve transportation within the Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton communities. Routes are currently only available between Whistler and Pemberton.

The plan makes clear that introducing weekday service between Metro Vancouver and Squamish is a high priority, considering the high traffic volume between the two regions and the number of Squamish residents who commute into the city for work each day. Its goal is to have this completed by 2020.

The initial service would include weekday peak hour trips between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

That service, along with the introduction of mid-day or evening transit between Pemberton and Whistler and further study into the region’s transit needs, is expected to cost roughly $800,000.

Just the service between Metro Vancouver and Squamish is estimated to bring in $121,200 in annual revenue with three buses dedicated to the route serving 40,400 passengers a year. It could cost $626,600, shared between the regions and BC Transit.

The proposal plans to increase weekday service and add weekend service between Squamish and Metro Vancouver by 2025. It will also begin routes between Squamish and Whistler (which previously operated between 2005 and 2011), meaning passengers can travel between Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton entirely on transit.

BC Transit also proposes that by 2025:

Weekday service will add additional trips between 9 a.m and 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.Weekend service is introduced with four round trips per day, operating every two hours

While there are no estimates on how long the bus route would take to travel between the communities, the typical drive from downtown Vancouver to Squamish is roughly one hour. It takes about another 45 minutes to get to Whistler and just over two hours to get to Pemberton. There is no indication how much a ride between any of the communities would cost but the plans suggest a zone-based system similar to TransLink’s Metro Vancouver structure.

“It’s time for action. The province is committed to the Sea-to-Sky as the next logical step for regional transit in the province… but the governance structure and funding formula is going to be a challenge to reach an agreement on,” Jordan Sturdy, MLA for West Vancouver-Sea-to-Sky, said about the project.

The Sea-to-Sky region is home to nearly 40,000 people and its population has increased 86 per cent in the last 25 years. Census data from 2016 shows the population of Squamish increased over 13 per cent between 2011 and 2016, while Whistler grew by over 20 per cent and Pemberton grew by almost 6 per cent. The whole region expected to continue growing by 2.2 to 2.6 per cent each year until 2031, partly due to staggering home prices in Metro Vancouver that are pushing more people farther away from the city.

Elements like growing tourism and more jobs in the region means that thousands of people visit the Sea-to-Sky corridor every day. Seasonal swells in Whistler’s population can grow to up to 45,000 people on a holiday weekend, for instance, and the resort town records 2.7 million tourists each year.

New tourist attractions like the Sea-to-Sky Gondola in Squamish – which just counted its one millionth visitor – are also helping to push the region onto the map. In 2015, the New York Times named Squamish as one of the 52 places to go in 2015 because of the city’s access to one of the West Coast’s best wilderness playgrounds.

BC Transit will be hosting six public consultations in early March on the proposed Sea-to-Sky transit changes. The consultations will include conversations about where bus stops should be located, routing, schedules and fares.

A previous survey of over 2,700 people, mostly from Squamish and Whistler, found 43 per cent of respondents preferred Vancouver’s Waterfront Station as the most desirable pick-up and drop-off location in Metro Vancouver. Garibaldi Village and downtown Squamish were the most preferred in Squamish. The Village was the top pick in Whistler and downtown Pemberton was the most preferred stop in the Pemberton area.

A 17-year-old transgender boy moved within one match of winning a Texas state girls wrestling title.

Mack Beggs pinned Kailyn Clay to improve to 56-0, putting him in Saturday afternoon’s championship match.

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Beggs is a junior from Euless Trinity in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. His family has said he would rather be wrestling boys. Some girls and their advocates agree.

They say the testosterone Beggs has been taking while transitioning from female to male has made him too strong to wrestle fairly against girls. But state policy calls for students to wrestle against the gender listed on their birth certificates.

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So Beggs beat Taylor Latham and Mya Engert handily on Friday before his victory over Clay that sent him to the finals.

In the semifinals, the match was halted for a couple of minutes because Beggs had a bloody nose. Trainers finally managed to stop the bleeding and the fight resumed. Not long after, Beggs slammed Clay on the mat and pinned her.

He and Clay shared a long hug before an official raised Beggs’ arm to signal victory, and the wrestler scurried off the mat. Clay’s coached shouted to reporters that she “did not have permission” to talk to them after her loss and both of her parents declined comment.

Beggs, who reached the state tournament after two opponents forfeited, will face Chelsea Sanchez for a shot at a state title.

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Beggs’ participation comes at a crucial moment, with the public and politicians debating the growing belief that gender is fluid. Just this week, the Trump administration announced an end to federal protections that allowed transgender students to use facilities based on their gender identity, leaving states and school districts to determine their own policies.

And in Texas, lawmakers are considering a bill similar to HB2, the North Carolina law that prompted the NBA to move this year’s All-Star Game out of that state. If passed, the Texas version, called SB6, would require transgender people to use the bathroom of their “biological sex.”

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The University Interscholastic League, which oversees athletics in Texas public schools, enacted the birth certificate policy Aug. 1.

Attorney Jim Baudhuin tried and failed to get injunctions before both the district and regional meets to prevent Beggs from competing while he transitions. He told The Associated Press earlier this week he doesn’t blame Beggs for the situation, but faults the UIL.

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“The more I learn about this, the more I realize that she’s just trying to live her life and her family is, too,” Baudhuin said. “She’s being forced into that position. Who knows, through discovery we may find out that’s not the case. But every indication is, the way the winds are going now, the blame rests with the UIL and the superintendents.”

Despite criticism of the policy, UIL executives don’t envision a change.

“Ninety-five percent of the school superintendents in Texas voted for the rule as it was proposed, which was to use birth certificates,” UIL deputy director Jamey Harrison said. “So any rule can be reconsidered, but … given the overwhelming support for that rule, I don’t expect it to change anytime soon.”

Saskatoon police responded to a report of an armed robbery that turned out to be fake but led to an arrest of a wanted man.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m. CT on Friday, an unknown person calling from a blocked telephone number reported an armed robbery at a restaurant in the 2400-block of 22nd Street West.

Police officials said the caller indicated he was in the “back of the store” and that there was a man with a shotgun in the kitchen area.

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    The caller also provided a physical description of the suspect but hung up when the police operator asked for their name.

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    As the first officers arrived on scene, they observed a man running from the area that matched the description given by the caller.

    During a foot pursuit, the man ran out onto the street and into the side of a car travelling on 22nd Street. Despite denting the car, police said he got up and continued running before being arrested at gunpoint a short distance away.

    Investigators spoke with staff at all restaurants on the block but found no one who knew anything about the alleged robbery. No weapon was found by police.

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    However, it was discovered that the 17-year-old boy did have an outstanding warrant for his arrest for breaching a court order. He was checked over by MD Ambulance paramedics and taken to the police detention centre.

    Investigators are still trying to figure out who made the false report.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Saskatoon police at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Montreal police Chief Philippe Pichet called an emergency meeting with senior officers Saturday morning, following calls for an administrative inquiry by Quebec’s Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux on Friday.

Pichet took to 桑拿会所 explaining the meeting was to take stock of the current situation and outline the next steps in the inquiry.

An investigation into the force was launched earlier this week after allegations of corruption, relating to the fabrication of evidence, were brought to light.

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    The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) was initially tasked with looking into the matter, but on Friday, Coiteux announced plans to expand the investigation after provincial police were made aware of several other cases of criminal activity within the force.

    The RCMP, as well as local forces from Longueuil, Quebec City and Gatineau will aid in the SQ’s ongoing investigation.

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    At a press conference Friday, Coiteux also announced a separate administrative probe will look specifically at how Montreal police handles internal investigations and how the force operates.

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Knights at Attack – 7:30 p.m. – Harry Lumley Community Centre – Owen Sound, ON

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“I found out (I would be starting) three or four minutes before we went out for introductions.” – Knights’ goalie Tyler Johnson on his surprise start Friday against Windsor.

Where the teams sit

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    London and Owen Sound are in the thick of the hunt for the top spots in the Western Conference as the teams are separated by just four points, both have 39 wins and 11 games remaining.

    The Knights are coming off a 4-1 victory over the Windsor Spitfires which was supposed to mark the return of Tyler Parsons to the London net.  Minutes before the puck dropped, Parsons fell ill and was replaced by Tyler Johnson who went out and made 36 saves, 19 of them in the third period, to help London capture the win.

    The Knights have now reeled off three straight victories and thanks to an Erie loss in Guelph, sit four points back of the Otters for first place overall.

    Owen Sound owns the most remarkable run by any team during the 2016-17 season.  From December 5 to February 17 they lost just two games, both to London.  Their record over that span was 22-1-0- but they still sat in fourth place in the West.

    After beating the Knights 6-1 on February 17, the Attack dropped a 3-2 shootout loss to Oshawa on home ice and then a 5-3 decision in Mississauga on Family Day.  Owen Sound bounced back and beat the Kitchener Rangers 5-0, getting 21 saves from goaltender Michael McNiven, as he posted his sixth shutout of the season. (He is tied for the league lead with Michael DiPietro of Windsor).

    The season series so far

    It has been a true pot luck.  There has been a little bit of everything.  Heavy on shootouts and light on dull moments.

    The first two games, the teams played went all the way through 65 minutes without a winner. The Attack won both by scores of 2-1 and 3-2.

    The third meeting became one of the most memorable that the clubs have ever played.

    It happened in Owen Sound on a Saturday afternoon in late January.  The flu had rocked its way through the Knights’ dressing room, and coupled with injuries, London was missing eight regulars from their lineup.

    The Knights were coming off a loss less than 24 hours earlier and fell behind 5-1 early in the second period.  There was every reason to pack it in and wait for the final buzzer.  Instead, London head coach Dale Hunter made a goaltending change.  Jordan Kooy came into the net for the final 32 minutes as the Knights erased the deficit and pushed the game to yet another shootout on the back of a Mitchell Stephens hat trick.  Stephens had a chance to win the game in the shootout and made no mistake as London left Owen Sound with a 7-6 win.

    Since that day the teams have traded lopsided victories. London blanked the Attack 4-0 and then two weeks later, Owen Sound won 6-1.

    Add them up and the Attack have the edge in the season series by one win.

    The match up

    The Knights are coming off a big win over the Spitfires that saw them sacrifice to block shots and bare down to bury their chances.  They will have to be wary of any kind of letdown heading into the Harry Lumley Bayshore Arena.

    London entered the game against Windsor trying to fend off a team that was within three points of them in the standings.  The Attack are just four points back.

    As much as teams will say they aren’t concerned who they have to play in the first round of the playoffs, staying out of the 4-5 matchup is a good idea.  That will mean finishing in first or second place in the Midwest Division.

    Owen Sound has preached consistency all season and found it in early December.  Their first real sustained hiccup since then came last week when they went back-to-back games without picking up a win.

    They will be out to prove to themselves that they are still in a groove as they hit the final 10 games on their schedule.

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    Some people like surprises.  Johnson seems to be one of them.

    He says he found out that he would replace Parsons in goal three or four minutes before the London Knights were introduced before their game against Windsor.

    “I had left my blocker and my helmet in the bench (where the back-up goalie sits),” Johnson recalled.  “I skated out with a hat and my glove on as they called Parsons’ name.  It was kind of interesting.  I really didn’t have a lot of time to prepare, which can be good because you can’t overthink it.”

    Johnson played outstanding in the Knight net and London got a very important 4-1 win.

The New York Times is fighting back against accusations of “fake news” and dishonesty with a new TV advertisement.

It’s the first time the NYT has issued a TV spot in seven years, and it was released the week U.S. President Donald Trump barred the paper, along with a couple of other media organizations from a press briefing.

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The commercial, called “The Truth is Hard,” will air during Sunday’s Academy Awards.

The 30-second ad includes audio from voices in the vein of news clips, talking about certain “truths,” from “the truth is our nation is more divided than ever” to “the truth is the media is dishonest.”

The clip, also posted on the Times‘ official YouTube page, has more than 1.5 million views since it premiered Thursday.

New York Times executive David Rubin reportedly said the ad is targeting the “national dialogue going on right now about facts and the truth.”

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“What does that mean in a world of ‘fake news’?” he said, according to CNN.  “And what is the role of journalism and journalists in that process and what is the role of reader in supporting that journalism?”

“Specifically, the research found that some people do not realize all that goes into having reporters out in the field, in hard-to-reach places, covering complex topics,” the paper said in a release.

The going rate for a 30-second spot during the Oscars can reach as high as US$2.5 million.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer said earlier this week that he didn’t think Trump would watch the Oscars on Sunday.

“Hollywood is known for being rather far to the left in its opinions. I have to be honest with you. I think the president will be hosting the Governors Ball that night,” Spicer said

Despite not planning on watching, Trump responded to the ad, in true Trump fashion Sunday morning.

On Friday, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced that Meryl Streep will be a presenter during the live show. Streep criticized the president during her speech at last month’s Golden Globes, especially Trump’s apparent mocking of a disabled Times reporter.

Trump quickly fought back on 桑拿会所, calling the actress “overrated.”

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The 89th Academy Awards will air at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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The Kuwaiti government could pay up to $60,000 to President Donald Trump‘s hotel in Washington for a party on Saturday that will be an early test of Trump‘s promise to turn over profits from such events to the U.S. Treasury.

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The Kuwait Embassy is hosting an event to mark their National Day. Similar National Day celebrations at the Trump International Hotel for a crowd of several hundred can run from $40,000 to $60,000, according to cost estimates from the hotel seen by Reuters. The hotel declined to comment on the figures.

One of Trump‘s lawyers, Sheri Dillon, pledged at a Jan. 11 press conference to donate any Trump Hotel profits from foreign governments to the U.S. Treasury.

The White House and Alan Garten, the general counsel for the Trump Organization, did not return calls for comment on whether any profits from foreign government payments to the hotel have been donated. Dillon’s firm declined to comment.

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Kuwaiti Ambassador Salem al-Sabah told Reuters he was paying the Trump Hotel an amount similar to what he had paid the Four Seasons hotel to host a previous National Day event. He said he expected the event to draw 500 or 600 people, but declined to disclose specific cost details.

The Four Seasons, which declined to comment, also charges prices in the $40,000 to $60,000 range for such events, according to cost estimates seen by Reuters.

A watchdog group led by former ethics lawyers for the Obama and George W. Bush administrations sued Trump in federal court in January, accusing him of violating the Constitution by allowing foreign government payments to businesses he owns.

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Some ethics lawyers say even if Trump turns over all of the profits from the Kuwait National Day party, he would still be in violation of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits government officials from accepting “any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

They say all of the income from the event, not just profits, would need to be donated to the U.S. Treasury to avoid contravening the constitutional ban.

Trump resigned in February as an officer of Trump Old Post Office LLC, the company that operates the hotel, but Richard Painter, Bush’s chief ethics lawyer, said theresignation made no difference as long as Trump retained an interest in it.

The ethics experts say Trump is still technically a recipient of payments to his hotels because he still has an ownership interest in them.

Dillon, Trump‘s lawyer, argued at the Jan. 11 press conference that payments to Trump‘s hotels do not violate the Constitution because “paying for a hotel room is not a gift or a present and it has nothing to do with an office.”

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She also said that a separate law banning federal employees from engaging in matters affecting their financial interests does not apply to the president. The head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics agreed in public remarks in January but said it was “consistent policy of the executive branch” for the president to nevertheless avoid financial conflicts of interest.

The office declined to comment when asked by Reuters whether Trump would be contravening the Constitution if he did not turn over all hotel income from foreign governments.

Four Democratic U.S. lawmakers asked the Government Accountability Office on Feb. 16 to assess whether Trump had made any payments to the Treasury resulting from profits at his hotels. GAO spokesman Chuck Young said the request was still being reviewed and the agency had not yet decided what to do about it.

When the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee was asked on Feb. 23 whether it would be tracking payments from foreign governments to Trump Hotels, and from the hotels to the U.S. Treasury, a spokeswoman for the committee declined to comment.