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Trump has 2,300-plus conflicts of interest so far, legal watchdog group says

By: - August 15, 2019 12:33 pm

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Donald Trump has surpassed 2,300 conflicts of interest since he took office in the intersection of his public role and private businesses,, a Washington, D.C.-based legal watchdog group says in a report released today.

“President Trump has used the presidency to provide free publicity for his properties, which he still profits from as president,” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government (CREW), says in a written statement. “When his personal financial interests diverge from America’s national ones, which does he prioritize? That’s not a question we should have to ask.”

The group’s tally includes:

– Trump visited his properties 362 times at taxpayer expense. The number of days he’s spent time at a Trump-branded property account for almost a third of the days he’s been president.

– 111 officials from 65 foreign governments have visited a Trump property.

– CREW recorded 630 visits to Trump properties from at least 250 Trump administration officials. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are the most frequent executive branch officials to visit Trump properties, other than the president himself. Jared has made 28 known visits, while Ivanka has made 23.

– 90 members of Congress have made 188 visits to a Trump property.

– As president, Trump has tweeted about or mentioned one of his properties on 159 occasions, and White House officials have mentioned a Trump property 65 times, sometimes in the course of their official duties.

– Political groups have spent $5.9 million at Trump properties since President Trump took office. In more than a decade prior to his run for president, Trump’s businesses never received more than $100,000 from political groups in a single year.

– Foreign governments and foreign government-linked organizations have hosted 12 events at Trump properties since the president took office. These events have been attended by at least 19 administration officials.

Politico reported this week on income Trump is getting from government spending at his properties.

Politico reports that the Constitution “bars Trump from receiving any money from the federal government aside from his annual salary. The president still profits from his properties despite leaving day-to-day management to his children.”

“The presidency should not be a money-making operation,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a member of the House Oversight Committee, told Politico. “The president is directing his subordinates in the executive branch of government … to stay at Trump properties.”

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Julie Hauserman
Julie Hauserman

Julie Hauserman has been writing about Florida for more than 30 years. She is a former Capitol bureau reporter for the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times, and reported for The Stuart News and the Tallahassee Democrat. She was a national commentator for National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday and The Splendid Table . She has won many awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is featured in several Florida anthologies, including The Wild Heart of Florida , The Book of the Everglades , and Between Two Rivers . Her new book is Drawn to The Deep, a University Press of Florida biography of Florida cave diver and National Geographic explorer Wes Skiles.