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After months of muddled talk, willful ignorance, and blatant displays of genuine conflict of interest, Donald Trump has announced that he has circled back to the same non-solution that he started with months ago.
I will be holding a major news conference in New York City with my children on December 15 to discuss the fact that I will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! While I am not mandated to do this under the law, I feel it is visually important, as President, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses. Hence, legal documents are being crafted which take me completely out of business operations. The Presidency is a far more important task!
Donald Trump talked about putting his business into a “blind trust” all the way back in the GOP primary debates where he promised to that his business would be run by his children and existing Trump organization executives. Which is, of course, not a blind trust in any sense of the term. Trump continued to talk about a blind trust while asking that his children be given security clearance, asking that his son-in-law be given security clearance, and involving all of them in supposedly diplomatic meetings in which Trump mingled his own business requests with the business of the United States.
“The law’s totally on my side, meaning, the president can’t have a conflict of interest,” he said.
He could run his business and the presidency, both from the same desk, pitching some building projects in between discussions of just where a few bombs might fall.
But now Trump has clamped on his MAGA hat, waved a flag, and sacrificed by apparently offering—the same utterly inadequate plan he started with. It’s “visually important”!