Trump tweets: ‘I will be leaving my great business'

Trump: 'I will be leaving my great business.' Details on Dec. 15

WASHINGTON — While preparing to announce his economic team, Donald Trump said Wednesday that he and his children will hold a "major news conference" on Dec. 15 to discuss separation from his various business interests.

He plans to "discuss the fact that I will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" Trump said during an early morning tweet storm.

Critics said his business interests run afoul of conflict of interest laws, but Trump said he is not "mandated" to dis-invest. "I feel it is visually important, as President, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses," he tweeted.

The New York real estate mogul did not provide details about how his new business arrangement might work, and how his children might operate his empire moving forward. He tweeted that "legal documents are being crafted which take me completely out of business operations. The Presidency is a far more important task!"

Trump also plans to kick off a "thank you" tour of states that provided his margin of victory in the Electoral College, a series of rallies set to begin Thursday in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In recent days, congressional Democrats and government analysts have questioned how Trump could conduct the presidency without violating conflict of interest guidelines involving his various global businesses.

Ethics watchdogs have urged Trump to abandon any plans to let his children run his real estate empire, and instead put all of his assets into a blind trust.

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., plans to ask the Senate to pass a resolution that would require Trump to hand over control of his businesses.

“The American public has a right to know that the President of the United States is acting in their best interest, and not because he or she has received some benefit or gift from a foreign government like Russia or China or any other foreign entity,” Cardin said.

Trump will be inaugurated Friday, Jan 20.

 

(© 2016 WKYC)


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