Ethics Chief Calls Trump’s Proposed Conflict of Interest Plan “Meaningless” – and Much More

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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.”

Shaw has written for USA Today, CNN, Capitol Weekly, Independent Voter Network News, and The Energy Collective. At age 19, she was appointed to the Community Health Commission for the City of Berkeley by Mayor Tom Bates and served on the Mayor's Health Task Force. She acts and models professionally and has performed at Carnegie Hall. Shaw is a native San Franciscan. She studied political economy, public policy, biology, and rhetoric at UC Berkeley, and graduated in 2016. Through reformed education and effective communication, she is interested in making complex concepts accessible to broader audiences in hope of creating a more aware and active world.

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