Donald Trump Makes Good Moves On Ethics Issue

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Judicial Watch

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- President-elect Trump has to handle some pressing personal ethics issues as he takes on the presidency. As I wrote in the New York Times on the topic:

Given the potential for conflicts, it makes sense for the American people to demand assurances that the public interest won’t be harmed by the continued operation of Trump Inc. So, what to do?

First, let’s not pretend that the Trump children will not be conflicted in running the company for their father. That is why Mr. Trump should formalize his complete separation from his company and stop working on any aspect of his business. He should draw no pay. And, difficult as it may be, he should vow not to discuss any aspect of the Trump business empire with his children — or any other Trump executive.

Mr. Trump and those at the company’s helm should commit to full transparency by making public any contracts with any federal agency, foreign government or foreign corporation. Our nation’s enemies, and some of our friends, will seek to either curry favor with or damage America through the Trump businesses. By providing full transparency, Mr. Trump and his family can show that they take seriously that, as Mr. Trump has tweeted, it is “visually important, as president, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses.”

It would be in the company’s best interest to set up an internal watchdog to help develop procedures that could help avoid conflicts

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The Constitution’s Emoluments Clause bars the president from earning any compensation from a foreign government. Mr. Trump ought to consider a partial disinvestment from his company by either selling outright or rejecting the proceeds of any stakes with foreign government partners.

He should refuse any third party contributions to his personal foundation.

Above all, the Trump administration should be completely transparent on any government dealings with the Trump empire.

Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer announced his plans to handle these issues this week and he seems to have followed much of JW’s advice. His interest in the Trump Organization will be put in a trust and his company will be run by his two oldest sons. The company will hire an ethics officer to help police its dealings for any conflicts. And Mr. Trump’s business will forswear new foreign deals while turning over any “profits” from ongoing foreign deals to the U.S Treasury (to try to avoid the emoluments issue).

They are critics of the Trump ethics plan, and some of the questions about the transparency and enforcement of his promises are fair. But we think his plan is the right start.

While there is no off-the-shelf ethics plan for a matter as complex and unprecedented as this, Mr. Trump seems to be on the right track. As we said in the New York Times op-ed, it would be unfair to insist that Mr. Trump destroy his business to become president. This ethics plan follows many of Judicial Watch’s recommendations and reasonably addresses pressing concerns about separating Mr. Trump’s private business from the public’s business.

True to our independent, nonpartisan mission, we plan to police Mr. Trump on the ethics issue. We can see from the Hillary Clinton pay-to-play Clinton Foundation debacle what happens when politicians mix their government business with their private interests. We hope Mr. Trump understands this, but we’ll be watching just to make sure!

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gil
gil
4 years ago

that is where the hipocricy of the democraps come in. they don’t care if the politicians who came in has nothing and will come out millions richer after his term. they will fault the new president because he is rich and will continue to fault him if he becomes richer? Trump is not doing this because he wants to further enrich himself, he is already a billionaire in his own right. he is doing this for America whom he loves so much and would not want to sit behind and watch everything fall apart just like the other billionaires. he… Read more »

RealAmericansAgainstProGunAntiAmericans
RealAmericansAgainstProGunAntiAmericans
4 years ago
Reply to  gil

And that is the hypocrisy of people like you. You beliefs of “Evil democrats” is nothing but a delusion. Obama has done alot for this country. He gave us healthcare at an afforable price, ended two useless wars, fixed our economy and poverty is low with americans have more jobs and money ever, gas prices are at an all time low and some zero-tolerance guns laws have been passed making our people and communities safer. Trump wants to undo all of this. And people like you crave at violating human rights at every turn. You are nothing but brainwashed sheep… Read more »

OldCowboy
OldCowboy
4 years ago

@RealAmericansAgainstProGunAntiAmericans
Oh you poor deluded soul. Drink some more of your special Kool-Aid and go back to sleep.

Ron D
Ron D
4 years ago

You say obama did alot for this country. You full of it!! My brother is on disabilty and he can’t get his insuance renewed because theu can’t afford him because of Obama care and that is just to name one of the items that Obama fixed,besides turning loose and comunting all those felins he is turning loose on our Docratic society now.

Vanns40
Vanns40
4 years ago
Reply to  gil

He’s a troll who lives for this on this forum. Please, don’t engage. Just call him out by responding with “Trolling again..”.

RealAmericansAgainstProGunAntiAmericans
RealAmericansAgainstProGunAntiAmericans
4 years ago

#NotMyPresident This man is nothing but a liar and a traitor to the American people. He does not speak for me or the millions of americans who voted for a leader who would move our country forward to prosperity. The election was illegally rigged in his favor by russia, the NRA and the gun lobby. Obama has done a lot for the American people and has saved this country from the brink of destruction. And now it’s in the hands of a psychotic, racist, bigoted, moronic, childish madman with delusions of grandeur. He will turn this country into a 3rd… Read more »

OldCowboy
OldCowboy
4 years ago

To “RealAmericansAgainstProGunAntiAmericans”
You are a real true-to-life IDIOT!!!!! What rock have you been living under?? Wherever it is, you should rapidly crawl back under it. Better yet, leave this country and never ever come back.

Vanns40
Vanns40
4 years ago

Trolling by the river, trolling, trolling……

tomcat
tomcat
4 years ago

A person can’t be expected to throw away everything they have worked for their whole life. After all, the presidency is an eight year job, at most. Those calling for complete separation do not know what it is like to have built a business out of hard work. A number of them, most of the democrap crowd have lived from the government providing the milk for their bottles to their big benefits and retirement. It is well worth the trouble to have a business person occupy the White House and get us back on track rather than a lying, cheating… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
4 years ago
Reply to  tomcat

Trump said that he would only take $1 per year. That and divesting himself of everything… how is he supposed to live? The liberal/socialist/democrats are just trying to create an argument and manipulate him. If they are successful they will do the same thing to others. It is just more dishonesty.

Jim S
Jim S
4 years ago

Im not sure I agree with the writer. All founding presidents were business owners and continued to run their businesses while in office. Im sure some of them profited somewhat from the arrangement. I would much rather have a business owner in the White House rather than some life long bureaucrat or politician (those people seem to be the crookedest of the bunch). I feel there is more ethics in a person of means than one who is struggling (thats not an absolute). The clause was to prevent the president from earning money from a foreign government, not foreign investments.… Read more »

Boz
Boz
4 years ago
Reply to  Jim S

I absolutely agree!