When President Donald Trump came into the White Home, he announced that he would leave his business in the hands of his adult children. The arrangement was immediately slammed as a conflict of interest.
Over the past year, the Trump brothers — Eric and Don Jr. — have insisted that they don’t make money from their father’s business overseas.
The Washington Post fact-checkers recently handed the bothers each “four Pinocchios” — their worst grade for liars.
The Post cited a quote from Eric Trump, delivered on Fox News in mid-October: “when my father became commander in chief of this country, we got out of all international business.”
From Donald Trump Jr., the outlet cited a similar quote — also delivered on Fox News in October — “we’ve been international businesspeople for decades, but we can’t even do those kinds of deals anymore. We can’t even continue, and because we chose not to because we didn’t think it was appropriate.”
The Post’s fact-checkers outlined a string of international business deals that the Trump Organization has recently closed. Those include a recently-approved plan to build 550 houses near their golf course in Scotland and the sale of a Beverly Hill mansion to an Indonesian billionaire.
In early October, Politico reported that a foreign government was booking rooms in Trump’s properties and not even bothering to stay in them. NBC reported this summer that representatives from at least 22 foreign governments have shelled out cash at Trump properties.
When they come into the Oval Office, most presidents put their assets in a blind trust. But Donald Trump did not make that move, instead, his trust is controlled by his sons.