Trump’s boast about rejecting $2 billion Dubai deal proves he’s conflicted

Trump’s boast about rejecting $2 billion Dubai deal proves he’s conflicted

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday laid out his plan for turning over the Trump Organization to his sons and described what he says he will do to avoid the sorts of conflicts of interests that would potentially violate the Constitution. In so doing, though, he offered a bizarre boast that demonstrated why — even if you believe that he has the purest heart of any person elected to high office — it’s hard to trust that Trump’s massive business empire will not cause problems for his administration.

As he was about to announce the plan at a press conference—his first since July—Trump threw in this seemingly random aside:

… Over the weekend, I was offered $2 billion … to do a deal in Dubai — a number of deals. And I turned it down. I didn’t have to turn it down, because as you know, I have a no conflict situation because I’m president, which is—I didn’t know about that until about three months ago, but it’s a nice thing to have. But I don’t want to take advantage of something.

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