As for the secret service, as I posted elsewhere yesterday, others get compensated. We (the people) don't have to rent expensive resort real estate around the eastern seaboard because our leader won't confine himself to public housing. For the same reason the military can't just send a guy around to follow the president, but has to lease more space in resort housing, a first. I called it Fort Dump, it will be located in the Trump Motel. Did Trump lie about accepting only a dollar? Regarding the copyrights, the real news sources think it's happening. Alternate news only matters in an alternate universe.
Is he really declining his pay as President, as promised? Ignoring China offering him copyrights, foreign dignitaries using his property to grease their meetings with him, secret service protection renting his hotels and protecting his family business, and the pentagon renting bases in his multiple homes, is he keeping the $399,999 he promised to forgo? Maybe he'll just donate it as a tax deduction so he can continue to avoid paying any tax. He's smart.
China didn't offer him copyrights. In fact, they had been declining his request to use the brand he had established with his own name and allowed others to use Trump as a product name.
The secret service pays everyone they protect for use of their property when protection details are there. Doesn't matter whether it is Kennebunkport or Kalorama. If they are on the premises, they pay.
Did you just discover this when the diggers lit into Trump for anything they could spin?
I think you need to be called Rapunzel for your attempts to spin straw into gold. Fool's gold.
Don't Bill and Hillary live in NYC too?
Downtown DC isn't cheap either.
As to the copyright. A copyright doesn't make you any money. I have a couple of thousand photographs which I hold copyright on. Unless I sell them it isn't worth a penny. Now, if someone else sells one of my images as their own, then, I can make some money so long as
1 - I find out about it
2 - I think the matter worth pursuing
3 - I am willing to pay a lawyer to sue for me.
I did have one image that was a medalist in a salon that showed up on a stock photo site. When I discovered it, I notified the site. Within a day the guy who put the image up as his own lost his account because they discovered that every image he put up was from exhibitions.
Regardless of what you think your copyright is worth, Trump is evidently motivated to pay a team of lawyers to fight for his in Chinese courts. He has tied his wealth directly to his name, and materially profits from controlling the use of his name.
The granting of something very valuable to him by a foreign power is exactly what is described by the Emolument clause, AFAIK.