Why Trump should keep his money from conflicts of interest
Trump should continue to keep his own money from his business interests, the president’s son-in-law and a top adviser to the president told NBC News.
Trump Jr. said that as president he would need to make decisions about his business that were based on a sound financial plan and a sound understanding of what the business was worth, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Trump Jr. added that if he is not making the best decisions for the American people and our country, he should not be receiving money from it.
Trump, who is the highest-paid chief executive in the world, has a net worth of $1.9 billion.
In the latest example of Trump Jr.’s efforts to make his father-in.law look like a business saviour, the White House on Tuesday asked the Office of Government Ethics to review the president and his son’s conflicts of interests, a move that could lead to a new ethics filing.
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy, a federal agency that oversees the White Houses Office of Management and Budget, sent a letter to Trump Jr., his son- in-law Jared Kushner and their legal team asking for a review of whether Trump Jr’s finances could be “appropriate and necessary to enable him to do his job effectively.”
The White House did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday evening.
A number of Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, said Trump Jr should release more details about his father’s finances.
Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, released a series of emails that said he “should not be accepting money from a foreign government, or accepting money for work related to the government, even if it is legally permissible.”
“I will be a little more careful in the future,” Trump Jr wrote in one email.
Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner released a statement on Tuesday saying that their father “has done so many great things, and continues to be a great father to all of us.”