Donald Trump Addresses The Two Issues Russia and His Business Trump Enterprises
On Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, Trump held his first press conference since six months in which he addressed both issues regarding the Russians having compromising information on him as well as separating himself from his business to eliminate possible conflicts of interest.
As the saga of the Russians hacking the DNC to aid Donald Trump in his victory in the 2016 United States Presidential Election continues, U.S. intelligence officials presented the now President-Elect Donald Trump with information that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information on him. This information was presented during last week’s classified intelligence briefing to both President Obama and President-Elect Trump in a two-page synopsis that came with the reports on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The information on these allegations came from memos that were compiled by a former British Intelligence Operative whose deemed credible by U.S. Intelligence officials. The synopsis also included that exchanges of information was going back and forth during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediates for the Russian government.
In a tweet,Trump had said, “Fake news – A political witch hunt.” During the press conference the following day, Donald confirmed his beliefs that Russia hacked the DNC, stating that they also tried to hack the Republican National Committee, but the RNC had a strong hacking defense, so the Russians were unsuccessful. However, Trump denied the allegations that Russia had compromising information on him, calling it a disgrace that the claims were reported publicly, seeing as they were presented under the privacy of a classified briefing. Trump even went as far as to bash news organizations such as CNN and BBC for reporting, what he had claimed to be, “Fake news”, and had denied them the opportunity to ask questions. The FBI is currently investigating the validity of the allegations, which are primarily based on information from Russian sources.
Another issue that is plaguing President-Elect Trump is the status of his businesses. Although it’s not required by law, Donald J decided that he will separate himself from his businesses and focus mainly on his presidency. Trump had stated that he given complete control to his sons, Donald Jr. Eric, and chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, in a bid to avoid conflicts of interest, and Trump also wanted it to be known that he was exploiting the seat of the president for his own personal gain.
Sheri Dillon, Trump’s lawyer, whose firm was instructed to draw up a structure to keep Trump’s business interests separate from the presidency decided to speak at the conference. “Together, Don, Eric, and Allen will have the authority to manage the Trump Organization and make decisions for the duration of the presidency without any involvement whatsoever by President-Elect Trump.” Dillon went on to add that an ethics advisor would be appointed to the management board of the trust to oversee any conflicts of interest. It was also stated by Dillon that no deals from foreign countries, and domestic deals will go through rigorous vetting.
Earlier on in the press conference, DJT had stated that he declined a $2 billion deal with Dubai, demonstrating that he is putting his businesses behind him. Although Trump isn’t required by law to relinquish his businesses, he stated that he is doing it to ensure the American people that he is not exploiting the presidency for his own personal gain.