‘US law doesn’t bar Trump from busi­ness em­pire’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

US law does not for­bid Don­ald Trump from man­ag­ing his cor­po­rate em­pire from the White House, ac­cord­ing to one of his top ad­vi­sors, who coun­selled nev­er­the­less that the ty­coon’s busi­nesses be run by his chil­dren.

Rudy Gi­u­liani, a for­mer mayor of New York and one of the lead­ers of Mr Trump’s pres­i­den­tial tran­si­tion team, told CNN that Amer­i­can pres­i­dents are not covered un­der laws pre­vent­ing high govern­ment of­fi­cials from hav­ing pri­vate in­dus­try ven­tures while in of­fice.

“You re­alise that those laws don’t ap­ply to the pres­i­dent, right? The pres­i­dent doesn’t have to have a blind trust,” Mr Gi­u­liani said.

“For some rea­son, when the law was writ­ten, the pres­i­dent was ex­empt,” said Mr Gi­u­liani, an at­tor­ney who also served years ago with the US Jus­tice Depart­ment.

In a sep­a­rate in­ter­view on ABC’s “This Week,” Mr Gi­u­liani coun­selled that Mr Trump should nev­er­the­less re­move him­self from the run­ning of his busi­ness em­pire.

“For the good of the coun­try, and the fact you don’t want a ques­tion com­ing up ev­ery time there’s a de­ci­sion made, he should ba­si­cally take him­self out of it, and just be a pas­sive par­tic­i­pant in the sense that he has no di­rect in­volve­ment,” he said.

But Mr Gi­u­liani told CNN Mr Trump’s grown chil­dren should con­tinue to ac­tively man­age the in­com­ing pres­i­dent’s busi­nesses.

Some have ar­gued that Mr Trump’s three old­est chil­dren – Ivanka, Don­ald Jr and Eric – should have no deal­ings with his busi­ness while their fa­ther is in of­fice, cit­ing po­ten­tial con­flicts of in­ter­est.

Mr Gi­u­liani said such a re­stric­tion would be un­rea­son­able. Ivanka, Eric and Don­ald Jr are ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dents of the Trump Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

All three, along with Mr Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kush­ner, are also mem­bers of the pres­i­dent-elect’s tran­si­tion team.

Mr Trump has said lit­tle about his po­ten­tially un­prece­dented con­flicts of in­ter­est as pres­i­dent. –

Photo: AFP

Rudy Gi­u­liani feels the chil­dren could man­age the busi­nesses.

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