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    Donald Trump Says Conflicts Of Interest Arenít Illegal If The President Has Them.

    WASHINGTON ― President-elect Donald Trump told The New York Times Tuesday that laws around conflicts of interest don’t apply to him, and he can simply keep running his businesses from the White House.

    “In theory I could run my business perfectly and then run the country perfectly,” Trump said, according to tweets from New York Times reporters interviewing the president-elect Tuesday. “There’s never been a case like this.”

    He is technically correct on both counts.

    Federal conflict of interest laws do not apply to the president of the United States, and the obvious conflicts of interest created from his ownership of a global real estate empire are unprecedented in the nation’s history. Just because the federal laws mandating other federal officials to place their assets into a true blind trust run by an independent trustee do not apply to the president, does not mean that Trump’s conflicts of interest are not real.

    Trump seems to think otherwise: “The law’s totally on my side, the president can’t have a conflict of interest.”
    Donald Trump Basically Says Conflicts Of Interest Aren't Illegal If The President Has Them | The Huffington Post

    remind you of anyone?



    I'm a little surprised no one in the media has made this connection yet. Was just watching a segment with Wolf on CNN. He was interviewing a Trump surrogate. When he told him that Elijah Cummings had sent a letter , I think to Trump, asking him to clarify his comments, the surrogate smirked at the notion. Kellyanne Conway seems to have that same smug attitude towards the whole affair. And now, we have Trump channeling Richard Nixon, essentially boasting that being president means he doesn't have to concern himself with any conflicts of interest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bourne View Post
    The first slumlord/president in our nation's history.

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    on track to be the most corrupt president in modern history.
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    Actually the law is on Trumps side of this, but he still will turn the operations over to his Children,

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    Even if he divests his assets completely, his name will still be the brand. There's no way to avoid a conflict of interest here.

    The solution to this is that he has to answer for all decisions that benefit his company indirectly, or directly. Each situation should be dealt with individually. Enough scrutiny and Trump will try and stay as far away from his business as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNVolunteer73 View Post
    Actually the law is on Trumps side of this, but he still will turn the operations over to his Children,
    and yet, Hillary Clinton was held to a higher standard based on a hell of lot less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the watchman View Post
    and yet, Hillary Clinton was held to a higher standard based on a hell of lot less.
    The laws written by congress did not include the office of POTUS. But did include Cabinet and federal employees and members of Congress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNVolunteer73 View Post
    Actually the law is on Trumps side of this, but he still will turn the operations over to his Children,
    Trump has no need to turn anything over to his children unless he wants them to run the day to day operations of his corporation. This would not be a blind trust anyway.

    As Donald Trump has already stated, there are no laws banning the President from any "conflict of interest". Trump knows that no law exists.

    The only rule binding the President is the Constitutional rule of not receiving gifts or monies from foreign states.


    Article 1, ß 9, cl. 8

    No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State
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    Emolument
    The profit arising from office, employment, or labor; that which is received as a compensation for services, or which is annexed to the possession of office as salary, fees, and perquisites. Any perquisite, advantage, profit, or gain arising from the possession of an office.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNVolunteer73 View Post
    Actually the law is on Trumps side of this, but he still will turn the operations over to his Children,
    Yes...his children who are sitting in on meetings with foreign officials, and meeting with 'Russian supporters' in Paris. The 'law' needs to be changed and the same regulation applied to the prez as to other government officials.
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    Oh jesus, do you know how many founding fathers got super rich after writing the constitution?

    So what, Trump will make an extra million?

    How does that affect anything else he does?

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