Team Trump: He’s ‘Been Very Clear’ He’ll Turn Business Over To His Children


Donald Trump’s transition spokesman Jason Miller said on Monday that the President-elect has “been very clear” about his plans to turn over his business empire to his adult children.

“President-elect Trump has spent tens of millions of dollars of his own money because he really wanted to focus on winning this office,” Miller told reporters on a conference call. “He’s always been very clear that he’s going to turn over the business to his adult children.”

Pressed for further details, Miller said he would “buck the question” and pass responsibility for further specifics onto Trump, who announced early Wednesday morning on Twitter that he plans to leave his business “in total.”

Trump’s tweets offered no further details about how far removed he would be or when he plans to withdraw from his holdings, but announced that he plans to discuss the subject in a Dec. 15 news conference.

Senior advisor Kellyanne Conway told the Associated Press on Wednesday that Trump’s adult children are expected to “increase their responsibilities” in his business.

Trump’s stated plans to turn his companies over to his adult children have raised concerns that the President-elect may still be aware of his businesses’ interests while in office and continue to draw a profit.


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