Donald Trump, the president elect, recently made racist comments about a federal judge presiding over a federal lawsuit against Trump. He challenged the judge’s independence because of the judge’s name is of Mexican origin. The judge is American, not Mexican, making Trump’s charge nonsense, but the episode establishes that Trump understands the concept of conflict of interest.
Trump has substantial business interests, which could benefit from decisions that he makes as the President of the USA.
He has promised to separate himself from his business interests by putting his family in charge of the business. Most professionals would not consider this to be adequate separation. But even then, the family remain politically involved at the deepest level. Trump’s son in law, Jared Kushner, is completely involved in the selection of the cabinet.
This is the epitome of nepotism and conflict of interest.
Trump is tramping in the pillars of democracy.
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