No Blind Trust in Sight

This week Trump offered his latest version of how we will avoid a problem with conflicts of interest from his business enterprise while president.

President-elect Donald Trump gave his first clues as to how he’ll step away from his businesses, saying he would put his two sons Don and Eric in charge by Inauguration Day Jan. 20 but offering no information about his own role…

“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 Presidency,” Trump said on Twitter Monday night. “Two of my children, Don and Eric, plus executives, will manage them. No new deals will be done during my term(s) in office.”

This is yet another iteration of the idea that Trump’s children can manage his business as a so-called “blind trust.” It therefore came as no surprise that Trump cancelled a planned press conference that was to take place tomorrow to discuss this further.

That’s why it was interesting to note a couple of the attendees at Trump’s meeting with “tech titans” today.

Notice who is sitting in on this meeting at the far end of the table: Donald, Jr. and Eric Trump.

The best reaction to this so far comes from Brian Buetler, who tweeted, “In the land of blind trusts, the one-eyed man is an insatiable frotteur who must be stopped.”

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.