Perhaps seeking to quell a flood of reporting on potential conflicts of interest in a Donald Trump administration, the President-elect announced Wednesday that he would soon separate “in total” from the business conglomerate that bears his name.
Yet in the series of tweets publicizing this upcoming move, Trump said only that he would remove himself from the Trump Organization’s “business operations,” leaving open the possibility that he would retain a financial stake in the company while in the White House. His advisors suggested that he still plans to hand management of the company over to his three adult children in what he refers to as “blind” trust that ethics experts argue defies the definition.
Those experts say there are certain steps Trump can take now to dispel the cloud of impropriety already looming over his administration, though, like ditching his Washington, D.C. hotel lease and removing his children from his presidential transition team.
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