The election of Donald Trump to the office of the President of the United States is posing a series unprecedented potential problems to his future administration. A lifetime in politics prepares most presidential candidates who are career politicians for the restrictions of the highest office in the country. Careful maneuvering, such as the kind displayed by Trump’s former opponent, Hillary Clinton, ensures that a politician is able to walk a fine line, deftly avoiding any conflict of interests. However, this President-elect is a billionaire with a business empire that numbers numerous assets in various locations the world over.
Donald Trump’s Business Empire
The many business interests of Trump’s business empire are going to prove to be a headache for the White House. Donald Trump owns business ventures not only in the United States, but in other countries as well. However, Donald Trump’s future chief of staff is confident that White House counsel will be able to navigate the unusual situation. Reince Priebus feels that there will be no conflict of interests in the future Trump administration.
Donald Trump isn’t even in the White House yet. But there is already criticism about his business interests as head of the Trump empire interfering with his political interests as President-elect. Last week, Trump took a meeting with three business partners from India. They talked about a Trump property in the south of Mumbai, India. The meeting took place at Trump Tower. Donald Trump has been conducting business from there since he won the election on November 8. He has been handling everything from international calls with world leaders to planning his transition team to issues pertaining to his Trump businesses from there.
The President-elect’s daughter, Ivanka Trump has been in the spotlight as well. She recently joined her father for his meeting with the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe. Ivanka Trump is one of the vice presidents of the Trump Organization. After her father is sworn in as the President of the United States, things will change. She is going to be part of the team that is going to manage Donald Trump’s many businesses. So, there were voices who wondered what she was doing at a meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister.
Reince Priebus Answers Concerns
During an interview on CNN, Reince Priebus was asked about potential political or ethical minefields. And how he plans to handle the situation. The future White House chief of staff assured that there will be no conflict of interests.
“Obviously, we will comply with all of those laws and we will have our White House counsel review all of these things. We will have every ‘i’ dotted and every ‘t’ crossed, and I can assure the American people that there wouldn’t be any wrongdoing or any sort of undue influence over any decision-making,”
said Reince Priebus.
In a separate media appearance, the future White House chief of staff acknowledged that it is a “truly unique situation” to have a President-elect with so many international business interests.
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