Does Trump still need to divest from his businesses completely?
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Does Trump still need to divest from his businesses completely?

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In his first press conference as President-elect, Donald Trump said he would not divest from his vast business holdings before he takes office. Instead, he's handing over management to a trust controlled by his sons, Eric Trump and Donald Trump, Jr. But ethics experts warn that keeping the business within his family still poses a massive conflict of interest between Trump's financial empire and serving the country. Should Trump sell off his business completely?

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At Talking Points Memo, Josh Marshall says Trump handing over control of his business to his sons is essentially a meaningless gesture that does nothing to solve the problem:

The key issue here is that Trump is not divesting himself of any of his assets. And they will be managed by his family. Fundamentally, all the incentives to curry favor with Trump's companies still exist... At the end of the day, this amounts to Trump will keep his business; his adult sons will run it.

Trump has insisted he will not discuss his business with his children, and his supporters are taking him at face value. 

“Under no circumstances has Mr. Trump requested nor would he participate in briefings regarding the business during his presidency,” spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in an email. “Additionally, he is not against restrictions on speaking with his family regarding the business.”

Others argue Trump will be ethically compromised from day one, and his involvement in a global business empire creates unprecedented and disturbing conflict of interest. Ethics advocates agree the only way to avoid compromise is for Trump to divest completely.

There are no laws that prohibit the president from running a business from the White House. And Trump's supporters say he should not have to let go of a business he spent his life building.

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