US POLITICS

Trump Says He’ll Leave His Businesses, But Not How

He made the claims in a stream of tweets on Wednesday morning

US POLITICS
REUTERS
Nov 30, 2016 at 10:47 AM ET

President-elect Donald Trump claimed Wednesday morning that he intends to separate himself from his business empire to focus on being president — stopping short of offering any specifics of how such a complicated undertaking will take place. He also did not specify if he intends to sell off his businesses or just pass control of them to his children — which many see as insufficient to guard against conflicts of interest.

Trump announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he would give a press conference in two weeks, on December 15, to make the announcement, where more details may be given.

Assuming he doesn’t give one in the interim, it’ll be his first press conference since the election — and will set out to address one of the biggest red flags about his administration: the massive conflict of interest raised by the Trump Organization’s business dealings around the world.

In just the weeks since he won the election, Trump has already met with international business partners and mentioned his projects to world leaders in conversations in which he was speaking as president-elect. He has also had his daughter, Ivanka, sit in on meetings and phone calls with world leaders and put her, her brothers, and her husband on his transition team, indicating that they will all be much more involved with his administration than he claimed during his presidential run.

In earlier tweets and statements since the election, Trump has insisted that it’s not illegal for him to maintain control of his businesses, and suggested that his conflicts aren’t a problem — since the American people knew about them and voted him into office anyway.

With the Trump children so intertwined with his official duties — his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is being floated for various positions in the administration — and foreign governments sending diplomats to stay in his hotels to try to curry favor with the incoming leader of the free world, it seems impossible to entirely divest Trump from all of the businesses that carry his name, even if he truly wanted to do so.

It’s also important to note that many things Trump tweets — even now, after winning the election — are not actually true or possible. These tweets followed a much publicized tweet about how Trump would have won the popular vote, had “millions” of people not voted illegally — for which there is no evidence whatsoever.