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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton recently asked how her challenger, Republican Donald Trump, could possibly avoid conflicts of interest tied to his business empire if elected. His answer was priceless.
Clinton raised the question via Twitter Wednesday, posting a “must read” link to a Newsweek story pointing out Trump’s many business entanglements.
Via that piece:
A close examination by Newsweek of the Trump Organization, including confidential interviews with business executives and some of its international partners, reveals an enterprise with deep ties to global financiers, foreign politicians and even criminals, although there is no evidence the Trump Organization has engaged in any illegal activities. It also reveals a web of contractual entanglements that could not be just canceled. If Trump moves into the White House and his family continues to receive any benefit from the company, during or even after his presidency, almost every foreign policy decision he makes will raise serious conflicts of interest and ethical quagmires.
Clinton then tweeted a series of questions about whether trump would allow his business interests to follow him into the White House.
“In sum, how will Trump guarantee that if forced to choose between America’s security and his own bank account, he won’t pick the latter?” she asked.
Clinton promptly provided her own answer: “It’s pretty clear: Trump’s spent his life unscrupulously looking out for his own wallet above all. Why would that change as president?”
If you’re thinking Clinton’s questioning of Trump’s possible conflicts of interest is pretty ballsy given her own situation over the past several years, you aren’t the only one.
Given the opportunity to respond to Clinton’s accusatory questions during a later interview, Trump vowed that he would sever ties with his organization for the duration of his administration.
“I will sever connections, and I’ll have my children and my executives run the company,” he told Fox and Friends.
Trump said he is glad to do so because, “It’s just so unimportant compared to what we’re doing about making America great again.”
The GOP contender continued with this zinger about what his presidency could mean for his business empire: “I guess you can say there’s a conflict, because as the … country gets stronger, that’s good for all companies, right?”