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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 10:09

Trump’s Conflict of Interest Plan Won't Prevent Conflicts of Interest

Written by  Clare Foran

President-elect Donald Trump announced at a press conference Wednesday that he is transferring control of his company to his sons, a plan that falls short of what ethics experts have advised for the president-elect to prevent conflicts of interest as a result of his business entanglements.

As a result, the steps announced Wednesday won’t actually resolve Trump’s potential conflicts of interest, according to Norman Eisen, the former White House ethics czar under President Obama. “Mr. Trump’s ill-advised course will precipitate scandal and corruption” Eisen said in an e-mail, arguing that when he assumes the presidency, Trump will be poised to violate a provision of the Constitution intended to prevent foreign governments from buying influence in the U.S. government.​

Trump ran on the promise that his success as a businessman would translate into a successful presidency. But in the aftermath of the election, Trump has faced pressure to resolve potential conflicts of interest posed by his business dealings. And on Wednesday, he explained that  his “two sons ... Don and Eric are going to be running the company.” He went on to say: “They are going to be running it in a very professional manner. They’re not going to discuss it with me.

Read more at TheAtlantic

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