jueves, 12 de enero de 2017

Trump asks public for blind trust


The president-elect’s ethics plan relies entirely on the good faith of his company and family.
President-elect Donald Trump is putting his assets into a trust, but not a blind one.

Donald Trump promises that he and his adults sons won’t talk business or policy while he runs the country and they run his company, but the country will have to take his word on it.

Trump says his company is hiring an ethics officer to review any new deals for conflicts of interest, but the ethics officer will report to business executives, not the public.

Trump says he’ll forfeit profits from foreign government officials who stay in his hotels, but he didn’t say how he’ll calculate profit or keep track of all such payments.

There is a common thread in the ethics plan Trump outlined Wednesday: His pledge to separate his private interests from public policy depends almost entirely on him and his team following their own rules, with almost a total absence of public disclosure, outside oversight or independent verification.

Trump’s self-verification system drew criticism from both parties after it was announced, including an extraordinary response from the government’s top ethics official.

"I need to talk about ethics today because the plan the president has announced doesn't meet the standards that the best of his nominees are meeting and that every president in the past four decades has met," Office of Government Ethics chief Walter Shaub said during an afternoon press conference hosted by the Brookings Institution.

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