After setting a firm date of December 15th for a press conference revealing how he would extricate himself from his considerable business conflicts, Donald Trump took to Twitter yesterday to announce that he’d be postponing that press conference until January.
Even though I am not mandated by law to do so, I will be leaving my busineses before January 20th so that I can focus full time on the……— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2016
Presidency. Two of my children, Don and Eric, plus executives, will manage them. No new deals will be done during my term(s) in office.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2016
I will hold a press conference in the near future to discuss the business, Cabinet picks and all other topics of interest. Busy times!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2016
Obviously, the real reason that Trump postponed the press conference is that he has yet to figure out how to separate himself from his business conflicts in any meaningful way, and I suspect that he doesn’t want to announce a plan that will be a non-starter with the press before the Electoral College makes their decision. He also has a history of planning announcements that he has never actually followed through on (remember the press conference Melania was set to hold to discuss her visa issues?)
Leaving his business to his sons will not erase the conflicts, so long as Donald Trump (or his family) has an active interest in those companies. Moreover, even if his company doesn’t make any new deals during his administration, it doesn’t remove the fact that Trump owes money to banks; that his employees will expect a certain wage; and that branding on his existing properties can and will create conflicts around the globe. The conflicts are vast and his debt alone should be disqualifying. He has millions in debt, and much of that is with German and Chinese banks.
Newsweek also posted this morning an extensive look at the many business conflicts his presidency would be embroiled in, and how Trump’s business interests could affect policy. Mother Jones runs down his millions in debt, and where that debt resides . Vox, meanwhile, has a running list of all of his conflicts in bullet-point form.
The issue right now is business conflicts. Don’t let Donald Trump distract from that.
Oh, and Kanye West and his entourage entered Trump Tower this morning.
JUST IN: Kanye West walks into Trump Tower https://t.co/84ClHD4MX3— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 13, 2016
Donald Trump: doesn't have the time to address his business conflicts.— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) December 13, 2016
Also Donald Trump: has time to meet with Kanye West.
Keep your eye on the ball, people.
Trump is not yet in office and his conflicts of interest have already begun to cause blackmail on the United States! pic.twitter.com/yS8B5SUaaW— RogelioGarcia Lawyer (@LawyerRogelio) December 13, 2016