Trump Not Doing Enough to Avoid Conflicts of Interest

Josh Kim
Ноября 26, 2016

And Donald Trump was not your ordinary presidential candidate.

"If Trump had said on the campaign stump what he told the New York Times on Tuesday regarding the United Nations climate accord, Hillary Clinton would be president-elect, not Trump", the insider said.

Painter, the ethics lawyer for George W. Bush, predicts the political divide in Washington is going to make things worse.

That's a significant shift from Trump's past statements that climate change is a "hoax" perpetrated by the Chinese to make USA manufacturing less competitive.

"Well, I think there is some connectivity", Trump said Tuesday. "He may give up some of the value of his name by taking the name off the building and off the organization, but that was his decision when he chose to run for president".

In India, the newspaper Economic Times reported that Trump held a meeting in NY a week after his election with business partners who put up the Trump Towers Pune in the western part of the country.

No mention of his own apparent ethical conflicts of interest, namely the need to immediately place all of his business holdings in a blind trust, which does not mean handing them over to his own children. Trump Jr. also retweeted an academic who argued that anti-Semitism is a "logical" response to a belief that Jews control the world's banks.

The Wall Street Journal editorial page is among the most prominent voices calling on him to sell everything.

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After a campaign filled with Donald Trump's denunciations of "Crooked Hillary" Clinton, the president-elect declared Tuesday that "I don't want to hurt the Clintons; I really don't", and a top adviser said he had no interest in pursuing further investigations.

The insider expressed concern that Washington-based Republican Party operatives - including Reince Priebus, Trump's newly appointed White House chief of staff, and Spicer, among others - were attempting to moderate Trump's message to make it more compatible with the views of House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "There's never been a case like this", he said. Under federal law, executive branch officials who are forced to sell investments, like Cabinet appointees, can defer paying capital gains taxes as long as the money is placed in a diversified investment fund approved by the government.

"Trump didn't say [NBC reporter] Katy Tur by name, but talked about an NBC female correspondent who got it wrong, then he referred to a frightful network correspondent who cried when Hillary lost who hosted a debate - which was Martha Raddatz, who was also in the room".

- Said he saw no problems in working out any potential conflicts of interest between his companies and his White House post.

"If the president wants to ask Ivanka what she thinks about keeping Guantanamo open, that's a pure foreign policy question and does not have any business connections", Rivkin said. If it's so important to the American people, I would go for it.

"Look, I want to move forward, I don't want to move back".

But the main point, he said, is that this is what Trump signed up for, no matter how painful selling would be. They suggest that Trump is not, let's just say it, as insane as he sounded during the campaign.

"You can not be president of the United States and collect money all over the world from people merely for putting your name up on a building", Painter said. "People leave salaried positions making millions of dollars a year to make $100,000, $150,000 a year for the government".

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