Trump wants to make it harder to take your coffee table out of your house
Trump is considering legislation to make taking out your coffee can be a crime if you are caught doing it in public.
He told reporters Tuesday that the bill, which is being introduced by Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Rep. Mark Sanford, R.C., would allow authorities to seize the coffee table if you have been caught doing so.
That’s according to an aide who described the proposal as a “totally new” version of the so-called “coffee house” provision that’s already in place for some states.
“It’s a little bit more stringent than the previous one that we had and we think that’s important,” the aide said.
But the aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the proposal was being discussed privately, said the bill would be more difficult to enforce than the earlier version.
“There are other places that you could take a coffee table, there are other ways to take it out of the house,” the staffer said.
“So we’re looking at that.”
The idea that taking your coffee out of a coffee house could be a criminal offense dates back to the 1920s, when Congress enacted a law that made it a felony for anyone to remove or destroy a coffee-table table in a public place.
That law was eventually repealed in 1972 and a new version of it, the Coffee House Preservation Act, was enacted in 1979.
The act makes it a crime for someone to “destroy, damage or remove or cause to be destroyed, damaged or removed a coffee cup or other receptacle, or any part thereof, for the purpose of taking the cup or receptacle out of, or into, a public or private place, or for the use of such receptacle in or for an exhibition of a beverage or a food product.”
Under that version, a person could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
A spokeswoman for Flake, who has been a critic of Trump on Twitter, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
The new bill would allow prosecutors to seize a coffee shop’s coffee table as a felony, punishable by up to two years in jail and a fine up to $1,000.
But there’s no indication that the legislation has attracted the support of Trump, who is currently weighing whether to run for reelection next year.
“The law is very specific in what it says,” the Senate aide said of the proposal.
“He said it’s very specific.
He’s not interested in changing it.”
Flake’s proposal has been around for a while.
In April, he introduced a bill that would make it a misdemeanor for a public official to use a private jet, bus or private helicopter to transport coffee to or from a coffeehouse or coffee shop.
And in June, he reintroduced a similar bill that said coffee could be seized and taken away from a public building.
In January, Trump signed an executive order that would temporarily bar the United States from taking any actions to restrict the sale of coffee to and from the United Nations.
But in June 2018, the Trump administration said it would reconsider, citing “the United States has always stood up for the right to use our coffee as a national symbol of hospitality.”