Donald Trump speaking at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. Photo credit: Alex Hanson / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Trump unhappy because son must give up charity work due to possible conflict of interest

The U.S. president-elect recently announced he’d dissolve the Donald J Trump Foundation.

by: Obert Madondo | Published December 28, 2016 by Charity Files

U.S. president-elect Donald Trump is unhappy that his son Eric is being forced to relinquish charity work due to a possible conflict of interest.

Last week, Trump tweeted:

Not everyone is sympathetic:

In November, Trump reportedly told the editorial staff of the New York Times: “The law’s totally on my side: the president can’t have a conflict of interest.”

Really?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other Senate Democrats have promised to introduce legislation that would “force Trump to shed conflicts of interest.” The bill would consider any violation of ethics rules and conflict of interest a “high crime or misdemeanor under the impeachment clause of the U.S. constitution.”

The Atlantic recently released a “semi-comprehensive list” of business and personal concerns that may haunt Trump after he’s assumed office as the 45th president of the United States on 20 January.

According to The Atlantic:

Since his election, an ever-increasing level of attention has been paid to the unprecedented conflicts of interest that President-elect Donald J. Trump seems likely to bring with him when he assumes office… His first statement on the subject, which came via Twitter, suggested that he would make little effort to avoid entangling his business and his office.

In September, the Washington Post reported that Trump used $258,000 from his charity, the Donald J Trump Foundation, “to settle legal problems”. In what’s seen as part of an effort to disappear some of the potential conflicts of interest, earlier this month, Trump announced he’d dissolve the foundation.

But, as The Guardian (UK) reports, Trump “cannot move ahead with his plan to dismantle his charitable foundation because state prosecutors are investigating whether the president-elect personally benefited from its spending, the New York attorney general’s office said on Tuesday.”

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Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based progressive blogger, and the founder and editor of The Canadian Progressive. Follow him on Twitter: @Obiemad

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