Ethics advisers said the “no new deals” pledge amounted to a “baby step” toward freeing Trump from a potential vulnerability during his time in office. But they said it would not be enough to combat the many entanglements already raising worries about presidential independence and decision-making.
“Every day there are going to be new negotiations, new terms, new transactions within the existing businesses,” said Norm Eisen, a chief White House ethics lawyer for President Obama.
“There's going to be a lot of major dealmaking inside existing projects. Even his [new Trump International Hotel in Washington] requires constant renegotiation between him and the United States,” Eisen added. “The notion of no new deals makes no sense whatsoever.” Read More
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