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WATCH: Will Trump become POTUS with conflicts of interest?

Thus far, the president-elect has eschewed placing his holdings into a blind trust

November 14, 2016 08:00AM
By Alistair Gardiner

On Jan. 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, but he has some loose ends to tie up before then. According to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, members of Congress must remove themselves from government dealings that might affect their personal financial interests. Presidents, however, were made exempt from those rules due to the complexities of the job.

Trump has so far decided to eschew the precedent of placing his holdings into a blind trust, choosing instead to pass his business on to his children. This leaves the president-elect in the sticky situation of heading for the White House with a number of business interests that have the potential to interfere with his governance.

To see the full story and some examples of Trump’s possible conflicts of interest, watch the video above.

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