Re­port: Trump plans to shut­ter his char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — An­drew Blake

Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump in­tends to shut­ter his per­sonal char­ity and divvy up its as­sets amid on­go­ing con­cerns re­gard­ing the po­ten­tial con­flicts of in­ter­est and ethics vi­o­la­tions that could arise af­ter he takes of­fice next month, The New York Times re­ported.

Mr. Trump and uniden­ti­fied aides to the pres­i­dent-elect have re­cently con­ceded that “he in­tends to dis­trib­ute the as­sets of his per­sonal char­ity and then shut­ter it,” The Times re­ported Satur­day.

The char­ity, the Don­ald J. Trump Foun­da­tion, was es­tab­lished in 1988 in or­der to dis­trib­ute pro­ceeds of the New York busi­ness­man’s best-sell­ing book, “Trump: The Art of the Deal.”

Nearly 30 years later, how­ever, its op­er­a­tions be­came a light­ning rod for crit­i­cism dur­ing Mr. Trump’s suc­cess­ful White House cam­paign.

“I cer­tainly can’t deny there is a greater de­sire to sort of clear the decks as much as pos­si­ble to avoid dis­trac­tions,” Alan Garten, Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion gen­eral coun­sel, told The Times.

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