Trump’s sons are supposed to keep him away from his businesses. But according to them, they talk frequently.
President Donald Trump has ignored the advice of the independent Office of Government Ethics and other ethics experts to fully divest from his businesses. Instead, he insists that, because he has resigned from management positions and handed control over to his adult sons Eric and Donald Jr., he has no conflicts.
Trump and his lawyers say that by putting his sons in charge, Trump has set up a firewall between his administration and his businesses, though he still owns them. But his sons’ own public statements show there’s no firewall at all.
Donald Trump Jr. told the Associate Press on Tuesday that he “has spoken to his father more frequently in recent weeks,” though he said he didn’t discuss the details of either business or the government with his father.
Yet a few weeks ago, defending his father’s business arrangements, Trump Jr. said he had almost no contact with his father.
“I basically have zero contact with him at this point,” he said in a speech at a GOP fundraiser in Dallas, according to NBC news.
In a March interview with Forbes, Eric Trump said that he would give his father business profitability updates as often as every quarter.
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