A poll recently conducted by Bloomberg News asked whether Trump should have to choose between his businesses and presidency. Two-thirds of individuals responded that he needs to choose in order to avoid "the appearance of conflict of interest." (Zarroli) When asked if Trump should sell his business holding and place that money in a neutral asset such as the Treasury, 69% of respondents felt that was too much. Additionally, the exact same poll asked if they felt Trump was going to do the right thing. 47% of respondents felt that Trump would make the right decision.
I am personally in the majority with the poll who think that Trump should choose between his businesses and presidency. The idea of his selling his holdings is interesting and I'm not totally sure how I feel about that. I am concerned that even if he chooses the presidency (which is not even a question), how will he still benefit from the holding? If he is still making financially benefiting from it, that demonstrates a conflict of interest. As it is, I am skeptical that he is going to put the country's best interest as a priority as opposed to matters that affect businesses and corporations. If he still profits from the holdings, there should be some sort of action taken because as I said, it demonstrates a clear conflict of interest. While I am not thrilled about his presidency, I am interested to see how his presidency plays out because he is not the typical president that has historically run the country. He was a business man first and we do not have legislation to protect us or take action against him if he does start demonstrating conflict of interest.
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