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More conflicts of interest for Trump

Kai Ryssdal Nov 22, 2016
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Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump, right, invites United Kingdom Independence Party leader Nigel Farage to speak during a campaign rally at the Mississippi Coliseum on August 24, 2016 in Jackson, Mississippi.  Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images
Final Note

More conflicts of interest for Trump

Kai Ryssdal Nov 22, 2016
Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump, right, invites United Kingdom Independence Party leader Nigel Farage to speak during a campaign rally at the Mississippi Coliseum on August 24, 2016 in Jackson, Mississippi.  Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images
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President-elect Trump did a long and very wide-reaching interview at the New York Times today.

When asked about conflicts of interest between his official duties and his business dealings, he said “the law’s totally on my side” and that “the president can’t have a conflict of interest.”

We’ve talked about emoluments and the problems they might pose for Trump. And last week, Trump met with Indian business partners last week to discuss the opening of Trump-branded luxury apartments in MumbaiBut legally, what he said is in fact the case — conflict of interest laws don’t actually apply to the president.

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