Trump On Business Conflicts: You Knew About This Before The Election!

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Following several reports laying out the potential conflicts of interest Donald Trump could have as president given his real estate holdings around the world, the President-elect dismissed concerns and said that voters knew about his business before the election.

Trump's tweet followed a Monday night report in the New York Times revealing that Trump raised the issue of wind farms in Britain during a meeting with Nigel Farage and other leaders of the Brexit movement following the election. Trump reportedly complained about the turbines that can be seen from his golf course in Scotland and asked for Farage and others to oppose new wind farms.

Following up to his tweet defending his business interests, Trump pushed for Farage to be Great Britain's ambassador to the United States.

The President-elect also reportedly used a phone call with Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri following the election to ask for help with a luxury office building Trump has licensed his name to in Buenos Aires.

Trump has said that he will hand over his business to his children, yet Ivanka, Eric, and Donald Trump Jr. are all members of the transition team, and Ivanka trump was photographed sitting in on Trump's meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last week.

According to the Washington Post, Trump's companies have done business in 18 countries spanning the globe, including Turkey, Indonesia, and Panama. The New York Times reported Monday that Trump's companies do business with entities owned by foreign governments, which could violate the Constitution.

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Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.
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