Trump Tweets Business Plan, and One Phrase Puzzles

'No new business deals' during presidency
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2016 6:20 AM CST
2 Trump Sons to Run Business; Ivanka's Role Notably Unclear
In this January file photo, Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Donald Trump tweeted overnight that eldest sons Don and Eric would run his business enterprise while he's in the White House, though, as the BBC notes, he makes no mention of what daughter Ivanka's role will be. That could suggest that she and husband Jared Kushner will have more of a focus on Trump's political policies, with Politico noting that the couple is considering a move to DC. Earlier, Trump canceled a press conference set for Thursday in which he was going to lay out details about his business operation, and his tweets said only that it would be rescheduled in the "near future." Trump reiterated that he would be "leaving his businesses" before the inauguration to focus on the presidency.

"Two of my children, Don and Eric, plus executives, will manage them," he wrote. "No new deals will be done during my term(s) in office." That last line is a little puzzling, a former White House ethics adviser under George W. Bush tells the New York Times. "Is he going to continue to borrow money from foreign banks like Bank of China? That is a deal," says Richard Painter. "Or collect rent from foreign government-owned companies? That is a deal. Will he still be hiring people, or having people stay in his hotels?" One example of the complication he faces: Trump is part owner of a Vegas hotel whose employees are in a dispute with the National Labor Relations Board. As president, Trump would appoint members to the NLRB. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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