A top ethics official says Trump is setting a bad example


A top ethics official says Trump is setting a bad example
  1. A top ethics official says Trump is setting a bad example
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A top ethics official says Trump is setting a bad example

Joseph Tanfani and Jim Puzzanghera

President-elect Donald Trump's plan to let his sons run his business drew a biting attack Wednesday from the federal government's top ethics official, who said Trump is setting a bad example for the rest of government.

Walter M. Shaub, Jr., director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, said in remarks at the Brookings Institution that Trump’s “perplexing” plan “doesn’t meet the standards that the best of his nominees are meeting and that every president in the past four decades has met.”

Trump said he will retain ownership of his businesses but step back from running them, placing them in a trust to be run by sons Donald Jr. and Eric. He and his attorney said Wednesday that the plan would mean he has no involvement in decisions and little information about what his sons are doing.

Shaub said that doesn't solve anything.

“The only thing this has in common with a blind trust is the label ‘trust,'” Shaub said. “His sons are still running the businesses, and, of course, he knows what he owns.”

“Stepping back from running his business is meaningless from a conflict-of-interest perspective,” Shaub said, adding that it is “quite obviously not true” that the president can’t have a conflict of interest. …

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