‘No con­flict of in­ter­est with busi­ness’: Trump

The Myanmar Times - - World -

DON­ALD Trump said his pres­i­dency would not be marred by con­flicts of in­ter­est stem­ming from his busi­ness em­pire, but he was vague on what he would do to en­sure this.

The is­sue of Mr Trump rec­on­cil­ing his White House du­ties while own­ing bil­lions in as­sets around the world has been a key con­cern since he won the pres­i­dency on Novem­ber 8.

“In the­ory I could run my busi­ness per­fectly and then run the coun­try per­fectly. There’s never been a case like this,” the New York Times quoted the real es­tate ty­coon as say­ing in an in­ter­view on Novem­ber 22.

“I’d as­sumed that you’d have to set up some type of trust or what­ever and you don’t,” Mr Trump said.

But he added, “I would like to do some­thing” to sep­a­rate his two ar­eas of re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Mr Trump has said so far that he would have his chil­dren take over.

American ethics law is le­nient here: Mr Trump is not re­quired to give up his busi­ness port­fo­lio.

The Constitution does state that no one hold­ing fed­eral of­fice can re­ceive a gift or “emol­u­ment” from a for­eign govern­ment. But this does not mean they can­not do busi­ness with pri­vate part­ners over­seas.

Mr Trump said in the in­ter­view that in the­ory he can keep sign­ing checks at his com­pany but that he is “phas­ing that out now” and turn­ing it over to his chil­dren.

Mr Trump also said that he is con­sid­er­ing one-time pres­i­den­tial ri­val Ben Car­son as pos­si­ble Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Sec­re­tary.

“I am se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing Dr. Ben Car­son as the head of HUD. I’ve got­ten to know him well – he’s a greatly tal­ented per­son!” the pres­i­dent-elect said on Twit­ter.–

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