More than two thirds of Americans are happy for incoming President Donald Trump to keep his business interests while he is in office, a telling finding that eviscerates yet another fake mainstream media talking point, that Trump has conflicts of interest.
The Bloomberg survey released Wednesday shows that 69 percent believe that passing legislation to stop Trump or his family’s businesses from profiting while he is President “goes too far”.
Only a quarter said that Trump should be mandated to sell off his business interests.
Trump detractors have raised the issue of The US Constitution’s “emoluments clause”, which prohibits public officials from taking payments “of any kind whatever from any king, prince or foreign state”.
Trump is scheduled to hold an event in New York next week to publicly announce that he is leaving business behind entirely in order to focus solely on his time in office.
While there is no law that mandates those in office not to have businesses, Trump said he sees it as “visually important, as President, to in no way have a conflict of interest.”
It seems that Trump is making a preemptive move to prevent his detractors from having any ammunition, given that many are already seeking ways to get him out of office before he even enters the White House.
The fake media has spread the talking point for weeks that even if Trump hands down his businesses to his family, it would still represent a conflict of interest because some of his children are involved in his transition team.
Some Democrats are attempting to have it made law that any sitting president or vice president should have to place all their business assets into a blind trust, or be mandated to get the approval of the Office of Government Ethics in order to make business decisions that could affect their status.
Trump told the New York Times that “In theory, I could run my business perfectly, and then run the country perfectly. And there’s never been a case like this where somebody’s had, like, if you look at other people of wealth, they didn’t have this kind of asset and this kind of wealth, frankly. It’s just a different thing.”
The latest Bloomberg survey also indicated that 51 percent are “very” or “mostly” confident that Trump will put the country’s interest before his family’s finances.
Trump also revealed this week that he sold off all stocks that he owns back in June because he fully expected to win the Presidency.
“I felt I was very much going to be winning, and I felt I had a tremendous, really, conflict of interest owning all of these different companies.” Trump said.
“I had a lot of different stocks before then too. What I did is I sold them,” he told NBC’s Matt Lauer on “Today” Wednesday.
“Why’d you sell all your holdings in June?” –@MLauer
“I felt that I was very much going to be winning.” -Trump
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 7, 2016
“I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to be owning stocks when I’m making deals for this country that maybe will affect one company positively and one company negatively. I just felt it was a conflict.” Trump added.
Before Trump has even taken office, he has already reportedly convinced Japanese business mogul Masayoshi Son, the CEO of Softbank Group, to invest $50 billion and 50,000 jobs in the United States.