Donald Trump announces to'leave business'
NEW YORK (APP): US President-elect Donald Trump has said he will announce next month that is leaving his business "in total" to focus on running the country, a response to growing worries over his businesses' conflicts of interest around the globe.
"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," he said in a series of tweets Wednesday.
A press conference is planned for Dec. 15 in New York, Tump said.
The president-elect said that while he is not mandated to hand off the business, he feels it is "visually important, as President, to in no way have a conflict of interest" with his businesses.
However, there are several questions swirling around Trump's plan, including whether it will actually address the fundamental conflicts that exist between his business and his presidency.
If Trump hands off the business to his children, as he has indicated he would like to do in the past, it could still present conflicts or perceived conflicts of interest between the Trump administration and the Trump family. In the past, presidents have placed their funds in a blind trust, operated without their knowledge by an independent party.
Meanwhile, Trump remains close to his children, with many currently occupying official roles in his presidential transition.
Trump tweeted that his children will be present at the Dec. 15 conference, suggesting they will be playing some role in his business going forward which also means that the fundamental issues surrounding Trump's business empire and his upcoming presidency will largely remain as well.
Earlier this month, Congresswoman Katherine Clarke, a Democrat, introduced a bill that would require the president and vice president to place all assets in a blind trust or to notify the Office of Government Ethics when they take a course of action that would affect their finances.