Donald Trump and a lawyer surrogate spoke about steps he’ll take to maintain the appearance that he’s solved conflicts of interest, The Guardian reports.
Trump stressed that there’s no laws requiring him to settle conflicts. As expected, he won’t divest, sell holdings, set up a blind trust or have a public offering on his business. Instead, his sons will manage the business and he will step away from managerial duties.
Another minor concession is he will donate proceeds from foreign governments that stay in his hotels to the American Treasury Department.
Trump also referenced a deal he could have made in Dubai, which he didn’t, but could have if he wanted to:
“Over the weekend, I was offered $2bn to do a deal in Dubai” with “a friend of mine”. “Great guy.”
“I turned it down. I didn’t have to turn it down, because as you know, I have a no-conflict situation because I’m president … Pence also has it. I don’t think he’ll need it … I have a no conflict of interest provision as president … I could actually run my business and run a government at the same time. I don’t like the way that looks but I would be able to do that if I wanted to.”
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