The top ethics officer in the land has denounced Trump’s unwillingness to separate himself from his businesses.
Clearly, keeping his global empire would result in huge conflicts of interest, ranging from potential for bribery to insider trading and other corruption.
On Wednesday, Trump came out with a plan supposedly meant to resolve those conflicts.
But it definitely didn’t.
Walter Shaub, director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, heavily criticized Trump’s proposed plan – saying it didn’t go nearly far enough, and that Trump needs to sell his business holdings, as Republican and Democratic presidents have both done in past decades.
“Every president in modern times has taken the strong medicine of divestiture,” he said. “Officials in an administration need their president to show that ethics matter, not only through words but through deeds. This is vitally important if we’re going to have any kind of ethics program.”
“This isn’t the way the presidency has worked since Congress passed the Ethics in Government Act in 1978, in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal,” Shaub noted.
Given that soldiers give their lives for America, “No, I don’t think divestiture is too high a price to pay to be President of the United States.”