Pending labor disputes in Nevada and elsewhere also present a problem, the Times noted, given that “[t]he president appoints all five members of the National Labor Relations Board.”

And Trump’s foreign business holdings offer other complications.

“A close examination by Newsweek of the Trump Organization, including confidential interviews with business executives and some of its international partners, reveals an enterprise with deep ties to global financiers, foreign politicians, and even criminals, although there is no evidence the Trump Organization has engaged in any illegal activities,” the magazine’s Kurt Eichenwald wrote on Monday. “It also reveals a web of contractual entanglements that could not be just canceled. If Trump moves into the White House and his family continues to receive any benefit from the company, during or even after his presidency, almost every foreign policy decision he makes will raise serious conflicts of interest and ethical quagmires.”

Speaking to Forbes on Tuesday, attorney and former deputy White House counsel under President Barack Obama Leslie Kiernan wondered: “What if the president had to decide whether to impose sanctions against a country in which his family held substantial real estate that would plummet in value if the sanctions were imposed?”

“The American people need to know that Trump is not running the government to benefit his own corporate empire.”
—Robert Weissman, Public Citizen

“You do not want to hold financial interests that present a potential conflict of interest with your official duties,” Kiernan said.

To that end, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) this week wrote to House Oversight Committee chair Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) demanding a probe into Trump’s financial arrangements.

“We have never had a president like Mr. Trump in terms of his vast financial entanglements and his widespread business interests around the globe,” Cummings said in a letter (pdf). “Mr. Trump’s unprecedented secrecy and his extensive business dealings in foreign countries raise serious questions about how he intends to avoid conflicts of interest as president.”

As Public Citizen president Robert Weissman said Thursday: “The American people need to know that Trump is not running the government to benefit his own corporate empire.”

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