Should Trump produce 'Celebrity Apprentice' while president? | The Tylt
Should Trump produce 'Celebrity Apprentice' while president?
Critics say Trump is already treating the presidency like a side gig, and continuing to executive produce a reality TV show is just one more example of his cavalier attitude towards his responsibilities. “We need him to be president—full time—and not to have other contractual commitments elsewhere,” said Richard Painter, ethics counsel to George W. Bush. “He’s testing the limits on everything.”
Many are questioning whether the PEOTUS wants to just be a figurehead, allowing Vice President Mike Pence to do most of the heavy lifting while Trump continues to run his business empire.
The president-elect's supporters argue Trump was an unconventional candidate, and now he will be an unconventional president. "The idea that these men are going to be all work and nothing else all the time is just unrealistic because it's never happened in our lifetimes," said Trump campaign manager and top adviser Kellyanne Conway.
The Daily Wire called the controversy "a fake scandal," pointing out that President Obama received royalties from his books during his tenure, and saying that "conflicts of interest are certainly important, but Donald Trump's executive producer credit seems like a nothing-burger."