Trump Averages Two and a Half Conflicts of Interest Per Day, Study From Watchdog Group Says

Calling President Donald Trump’s tenure in the White House an “ethical disaster,” watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a report Friday listing over 3,000 conflicts of interest between Trump’s business dealings and his presidency. That averages out to approximately 2.5 conflicts of interest per day.

CREW’s report lists how many times foreign officials have visited properties owned by Trump, how many political events were hosted at Trump-owned properties and how many times Trump has visited one of his own golf courses.

“President Trump’s time in office has been an ethical disaster,” the report reads. “While previous administrations have taken every precaution to avoid the appearance that the president’s official actions could be tainted by their private business interests, President Trump has instead done the exact opposite, blatantly and regularly using his office for his own financial gain.”

“Three-thousand conflicts of interest later,” the report continues, “President Trump has sent a clear message to special interests, foreign governments, and others trying to influence the federal government that his presidency is effectively for sale.”

President Donald Trump has reportedly had over 3,000 conflicts of interest while in the White House, a study alleges.
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According to the report, 78 political events have been held at Trump’s properties, along with 13 events for foreign governments. In addition, 134 foreign officials and 123 members of the U.S. Congress have visited a business owned by Trump.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has reportedly visited Trump properties 21 times, more than any other member of Congress. Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, who was a member of Trump’s legal defense team during the impeachment proceedings against the president, has allegedly been a visitor to Trump-owned properties 10 times.

Trump himself has visited business owned by the Trump Organization 461 times with 267 of those instances being visits to a Trump-owned golf course.

In addition, CREW claims that the Trump Organization has applied for 65 trademarks in foreign countries including two in Argentina, signaling the beginning of construction of a new Trump Tower in Buenos Aires.

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

CREW defines “conflict of interest” as “any interaction between the Trump Organization and the government and between the Trump Organization and those trying to influence the Trump administration.”

But Trump has asserted that conflict of laws do not apply to him, telling The New York Times in 2016 that “the law is totally on my side, meaning the president can’t have a conflict of interest.”

In 2017, Trump handed control of his businesses over to his sons, Eric and Donald Jr., but allegations exist that Trump is profiting by continuing to use businesses under the Trump Organization umbrella for governmental and personal events.

Trump’s spending has come under scrutiny in the past. In September 2019, the Pentagon revealed that the Defense Department had spent approximately $184,000 while traveling to the Trump Turnberry resort in Scotland during a period of two years. That amount includes the price of accommodation at the resort and other assorted travel expenses.

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