The scope of President-elect Donald Trump’s business entanglements are unprecedented for a man about to assume the world’s most powerful office. His team has so far been vague as to how Trump will go about extricating himself from his business empire to avoid the appearance of conflicts of interest while he serves in the government.
Two-thirds of Americans think Trump must do just that, according to a Bloomberg News poll conducted between Dec. 2-5. Sixty-seven percent of those questioned said Trump must choose between being president and being a businessman. Twenty-seven percent said he doesn’t need to choose.
The president-elect is expected to appear with his adult children at a press conference next week to give more details on how he’ll handle his dual responsibilities. He announced on Twitter he plans to leave his “great business in total to fully focus on running the country,” but his campaign has not been forthcoming with more details on how that will be done. It’s also unknown the true extent of Trump’s businesses interests given his refusal to release his tax returns.
Those polled didn’t think it was necessary for Trump to completely sell his businesses “so that neither he nor his family could potentially profit from actions he takes as president.” Sixty-nine percent thought such action would go “too far,” while 26 percent thought he should sell his businesses.