Within a few days Donald Trump will be the President of the United States of America. His conflicts of interest are his Albatross. They have the potential to destroy his administration.
The big story at the press conference on January 11, 2017 was supposed to be about how the President-Elect is dealing with his conflicts of interests. Donal Trump is a master of diversion, and the subject took second place to his arguments with the press. And they fell for it.
Trump is not putting all his businesses into a blind trust, as is the precedent. His sons are going to continue running the business. His only concessions are: “no foreign deals while he is President” and “an ethics adviser to be appointed to the management board of the trust to oversee any potential conflicts of interest.”
The Office of Government Ethics said Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest plan is “meaningless” and sets up the incoming administration for constant controversy.
The plan does not match the “standards” of US presidents over the last 40 years.
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