NEW YORK -- A New York judge has rejected a lawsuit by restaurant workers, a hotel event booker and a watchdog group who say President Donald Trump has business conflicts that violate the Constitution.

The lawsuit was rejected Thursday by federal Judge George Daniels, who says the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue.

The lawsuit earlier this year alleged that Trump's "vast, complicated, and secret" business interests were creating conflicts of interest. The lawsuit claimed the business ties violated the Constitution's ban against receiving money from foreign governments for hotel stays or office leases.

Trump had called the lawsuit "totally without merit."

The lawsuit asked the judge to declare Trump's business dealings a Constitutional violation.

Daniels said the issue does not belong before the courts unless Congress addresses the issue.

Other lawsuits have made similar claims.