Donald Trump's global business empire poses widespread potential conflicts of interest with his presidency. The question is how to solve them.
Articles over the weekend in The Washington Post and The New York Times offered new details on how Trump and his family met with their overseas business partners after the election. The Post story described plans for a luxury Trump tower in the country of Georgia that had been bogged down for years in government red tape, but suddenly got clearance to proceed.
Separately, The New York Times reported that Trump's business partner in the Philippines, Jose E.B. Antonio, flew to New York to meet with the Trump family after the election. Antonio was recently appointed the Philippines' official envoy to the U.S., and he and the Trumps discussed expanding their relationship after Trump becomes president, the report said.
The stories follow news that Trump met with his Indian business partners after the election, and that he spoke with British politician Nigel Farage about offshore windmills that could affect his Scottish golf course.
Trump has flip-flopped on whether or how he plans to ring-fence his business from his presidency. At first, he said he would hand the company over to his children, who he promised would have no role in government.
But since then, his kids — especially daughter Ivanka — have attended official meetings with the president-elect. And Trump told The New York Times last week that since government ethics rules don't apply to the president, he isn't required to make any changes.
"The president can't have a conflict of interest," he told the Times.