President-elect Donald Trump, facing growing conflict-of-interest questions about his international business holdings, says on Twitter this morning that he “will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
Trump says he’ll be holding a “major news conference” in New York with his children on Dec. 15 to discuss the change. The role Trump’s children will play in his businesses isn’t specified in this morning’s tweets. Critics have said turning his businesses over to them won’t eliminate concerns about conflicts between Trump’s public duties and his private interests.
In a series of tweets beginning at 6:39 a.m., Trump said: “I will be holding a major news conference in New York City with my children on December 15 to discuss the fact that I will be leaving my …great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! While I am not mandated to ….do this under the law, I feel it is visually important, as President, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses..
“Hence, legal documents are being crafted which take me completely out of business operations. The Presidency is a far more important task!”
Trump’s holdings in Palm Beach County include his Mar-a-Lago Club and golf courses in West Palm Beach and Jupiter.