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Will He?

Jan 3, 2017 5:18PM PST

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I disagree
Jan 4, 2017 2:42AM PST

None of the forefathers quit their business or farms in some concept of "conflict of interest" to serve as president. We don't require it of other govt officials and I don't see it as necessary for office of President either. In fact, one could point to Bill and Hillary's enrichment scheme using a questionable charity foundation as their "conflict of interest" while she was serving as Secretary of State. Where was the call for them to divest themselves of that to avoid "conflict of interest"? If whatever Trump does helps some business interest he has, so long as it's open and fair and others may also benefit from it, I see no conflict.

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Forefathers had little choice...
Jan 5, 2017 9:25AM PST

Its not like they ran many businesses, as in corporate or such, though various business were present. However, these usually came with "them" as they became POSTUS. Then at the same time as if "farmer" didn't have a golden contract to sell to the govt. other than typical arrangements.

In modern times, if a POSTUS owned a steel mill or company, he shouldn't have to forego that. But, it would place doubt in citizens minds if that steel mill got a loins share of govt. steel needs or related contracts. Sure, maybe more business but NOT a guaranteed one. It still has to go through the process to win a contract. A form of this is already shown on the oil pipeline. Th POSTUS has to be isolated from this and the best way is to divest from it. If not and anything, it will be a sore spot one way or another. Trump doing some fancy paperwork but yet still "keep interest" is wanting to have his cake and eat it too. This goes for anyone being POSTUS. Not good. ------Willy Happy

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Those who elected him don't see this as a problem,
Jan 5, 2017 10:12AM PST

but radical liberal lefties do when they weren't concerned about hilLIARy's Foundation influencing HER decisions in many countries who had donated millions to it. Hypocrites, all.

However, putting his entire enterprise into a blind trust won't make him any less money in the long run because those investments will continue to make money' he just won't know about it until he leaves office. The radical left are now demanding 'total divesting' of the enterprise so he CAN'T make any money off it in order to 'remove all doubt'. There was no such demand of their candidate even though there are LAWS in place that she was supposed to separate herself from it as part of the administrative cabinet.

Trump is NOT a stupid man....he has NO such requirement to dissolve his enterprise as President.....and since he's going to only be around in that position for a minimum of 4 years, and the possibility of 8 years, he's NOT going to sell off everything that took over 40 years to build and have NO business to go back to as he leaves the Oval Office. NOBODY who elected him cares about whether he keeps his companies or not. It's only the radical left and the lame street media who hate him anyhow who are demanding it.

Get over it....

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and how do you divest?
Jan 5, 2017 10:17AM PST

If you put it all in cash, and then drive the price of gold, silver and stock market down, then everyone says he benefited. If he puts it all in gold and inflation comes along, his valuation on the gold increases and everyone screams "conflict of interest", even if all gold holders of course benefited. There really is no way to "divest" to something that will avoid all appearance of conflict of interest.

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Exactly, so
Jan 6, 2017 7:51PM PST

you must rely on personal integrity. But don't Americans count on that in their elected leaders?

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depends on who elected them it seems
Jan 6, 2017 10:54PM PST