|Wait you thought I was going to follow the rules? That's just adorable.|
President-elect Donald Trump told The New York Times Tuesday that laws around conflicts of interest don’t apply to him, and he can simply keep running his businesses from the White House.
“In theory I could run my business perfectly and then run the country perfectly,” Trump said, according to tweets from New York Times reporters interviewing the president-elect Tuesday. “There’s never been a case like this.”
Wait, can he get away with this?
The answer is yes.
He is technically correct on both counts.
Federal conflict of interest laws do not apply to the president of the United States, and the obvious conflicts of interest created from his ownership of a global real estate empire are unprecedented in the nation’s history. Just because the federal laws mandating other federal officials to place their assets into a true blind trust run by an independent trustee do not apply to the president, does not mean that Trump’s conflicts of interest are not real.
Trump seems to think otherwise: “The law’s totally on my side, the president can’t have a conflict of interest.”
When Trump says that "the law's totally on my side" what he means is that he will not get prosecuted for not following these guidelines, and he is absolutely right.
After all who is going to go after him on this?
His Justice Department?
A Republican Congress?
This is why you do not elect a megalomaniac to the highest office in the land.
They believe they can get away with anything already, and once they enter the White House, for all intents and purposes, they can.
Trump supporters are not going to see the swamp get drained, they are simply going to see a whole new creature emerge from its depths.