Donald Trump finally says he’ll leave his ‘great business’ to become POTUS

My original headline was going to be “Moron decides to be president after all.” Or: “Narcissistic douchebag admits obvious.” In the weeks following Donald Trump’s electoral victory, media outlets have been writing frightening stories about the massive conflicts of interest that Trump faces as a businessman/CEO. The Trump Organization has business interests around the world and there would simply be NO WAY that Trump could maintain any kind of controlling interest in Trump Org and still be president. He’s made a lot of noise about wanting to do just that though, especially as the horror stories about his conflicts have grown in the past few weeks. But now it’s fine, because Trump is going to announce that he’s leaving his business. He announced on Twitter that he would be making the announcement in December. Since I don’t want to embed another tweet-storm, here’s what he wrote:

“I will be holding a major news conference in New York City with my children on December 15 to discuss the fact that I will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! While I am not mandated to do this under the law, I feel it is visually important, as President, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses. Hence, legal documents are being crafted which take me completely out of business operations. The Presidency is a far more important task!”

[From Trump’s Twitter]

Yeah. I find it disturbing that it’s taken Trump three weeks to realize or understand that he couldn’t do both. I find it disturbing that he’s painting this as his choice, his decision to make, that he could totally do both and there wouldn’t be anything illegal or unethical about it.

What else? Trump’s Treasury Secretary will likely be Steve Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs guy who oversaw thousands of mortgage foreclosures during the housing and financial crisis. I hope the Rust Belt really loves how their president doesn’t have any ties to the big bankers and Wall Street.

Trump also had dinner with Bain Capital, I mean, Mitt Romney. This was the scene last night:

Photos courtesy of Getty.

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  1. HK9 says:

    There is no necessity to hold a press conference about this. Draw up the papers, make it so and move on already. To my knowledge previous presidents did this as a matter of course. Why does he need a pat on the head for doing the obvious?

    • swak says:

      Trying to pull attention away from something else?

    • MellyMel says:

      Because he’s a B(?) level reality show star who craves the cameras and attention at all times. But also what swak said.

    • frankly says:

      He also had that surrogate out making a big deal about all the Trump buildings being handicap accessible – that’s the law, genius. You don’t get a cookie for that.

      Like, I decided not to rob a bank today. I’m a hero. So much sacrifice. News conference forthcoming…

      • Esmom says:

        Exactly. He’s such an awful person. Human garbage. I know I’m preaching to the choir but I can’t for the life of me see how anyone at all can think he’s remotely Presidential.

      • Janetdr says:

        frankly, you made me smile today!

    • T.Fanty says:

      In other news, I did not rob anyone today. I will accept your admiration below.

    • Megan says:

      The bar is so low for Trump he needs to be applauded for doing what is expected of him.

      Mnuchin should be in jail.

    • Embee says:

      “Hence, legal documents are being crafted which take me completely out of business operations.”

      Says nothing about ownership; if ownership still exists then so, too, the conflicts.

      Operations is day-to-day activities.

    • jwoolman says:

      The electoral college meets on December 19. He will just be saying he will do this on December 15 to forestall any movement by electors to shift their votes because of his greed. After December 19, he doesn’t actually need to follow through with it.

      • Rapunzel says:

        I think you’re on to something here, jwoolman. This is a tactic to forestall any faithless electors from switching to Hillary. It’s no coincidence that he’s planning a big media splash 4 days before the electorate convenes. And announcing it in plenty of advance so it sinks in.

        Otherwise, why wouldn’t he just hold a Press Conference today? And get it over with? The timing is getting ultra suspicious. Notice this happened after a spate of negative articles about his conflicts, and the story of the elector in Texas who refused to vote for him. The chatter about electors switching votes (not voting for Trump) is getting louder, Donald. Better distract before people start getting ideas.

    • Me Three says:

      He is NOT divesting himself of his businesses. All he said is that he’s going to separate himself completely from the business but he seems to believe if his children are running it, it’s a blind trust. It’s not. For it to be completely blind, they would need to sell the business and an economic advisor or someone he trusts would then invest the proceeds into stocks etc. without his knowledge. That’s a blind trust. Saying you’re severing ties but your kids are going to run it? Means nothing! He’ll know that the hotel they’re selling their name rights to in Bahrain has run into trouble and maybe sell them some weapons to move it along. This is unacceptable. Sell your business or step down.

  2. Rapunzel says:

    So in Trump logic, Hillary getting paid to give speeches to Goldman Sachs= horribly corrupt, but giving a Goldman guy control of the federal treasury= fine and dandy. I can’t roll my eyes enough.

    And someone needs to explain to Trump that a guy with his name plastered all over his business ventures can’t ever leave his company in total.

  3. Cerys says:

    It’s alright, Donald, you can stay with your “great business” and let someone else be President. We don’t mind. Honestly, it’s fine.

  4. huh says:

    Trumpanzee needs to shut his piehole. He has no idea what’s about to hit him*rubs hands gleefully*

  5. lightpurple says:

    ” While I am not mandated to do this under the law, I feel it is visually important, as President, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses.”

    “The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them.”


    “[N]o Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

  6. Shambles says:

    Congrats, asshole. You finally understand one facet of your job. Of course he had to throw in, “I’m not mandated to do this under the law,” because bratty children always have to have the last word.

    This does not make everything okay. I’m still incredibly distrurbed by the fact that he’s still holding rallies. The “victory tour” is confirmed.
    He. Does. Not. Know. What. His. Job. Is.
    Please, electoral college, I beg of you…

  7. Trendy says:

    Complete separation is necessary. As long as his children still run his business then the conflict still exists. We’ll have to wait a see if he has an actual plan for a blind trust. If not then the announcement is useless.

    • swak says:

      Was just thinking, if his children take over the businesses then shouldn’t his son-in-law be out of any type of position in the White House – official or not. The best solution would be a blind trust where NO ONE in the Trump family was involved in the businesses.

      • Rapunzel says:

        @swak- blind trust or not, Trump still has massive conflicts. Dignitaries still know his hotels and will feel pressured to stay there. AFIK, that DC hotel will still have a Government lease. Conflict. And Secret Service will still be lining his pockets by renting two floors of Trump Tower in NYC, at millions of dollars in cost to taxpayers. And that’s all just for starters.

      • Trendy says:

        Agreed. His children are always around as informal advisors so nothing is blind. He also has his name on multiple properties around the world. The only solution is to liquidate his assets and get a blind trust. But he won’t do it. It sucks to ask someone to do that, it’s an ACTUAL sacrifice for your country to do that. BUT I didn’t ask him to run for president.

      • Arock says:

        It’s totally unrealistic to believe that an individual so attached to his brand and businesses will be able to separate himself in way that does not cause concern. Blind trust or not, his position is in clear conflict of stated laws in respect to the presidents directive. How his fake university, casino involvement, labor issues, and tax practices are somehow less of a concern for people than hillarys non profit and speaking engagements is an example of the clear hypocrisy existing in his administration (omg that phrase makes me hard gulp). Throw in the Russian involvement and a clear sexual harassment for good measure. It seems in clear conflict- does anyone have any insight into how this is not illegal? There must be some kind of oversight process for issues like this, right?

      • Megan says:

        Trump isn’t going to liquidate his assets and put them in a blind trust. This is one giant grift to enrich himself and his family. His company just trademarked the term American Idea, no doubt as part of their international marketing plans.

      • Rapunzel says:

        Megan- tell me they didn’t really trademark that!! Insane.

        Also insane that the man who just became President is encouraging his poor working class followers to buy a 150$ X-Mas ornament, which says make America great again, but is actually made in Bangladesh.

    • Bonzo says:

      Exactly. Unless he sells his businesses and does not personally profit from the policies and decisions he makes while in office, this statement is absolutely worthless.

      Like his Carrier announcement, it’s best to get the details before assuming that he’s not just spinning another one of his lies. Based on what we’ve seen so far, it’s likely that the employees of Carrier will have to make concessions on benefits and/or taxpayers will be paying for the *savings* of keeping those 1,000 jobs in the US.

      I don’t expect Trump to sell his ownership in his businesses, either. He will still benefit personally from his actions while President and will be bribed by politicians worldwide to curry favor. Mark my word.

      Watch Think Progress, Washington Post and New York Times expose the conflicts.

      • lightpurple says:

        And while 1,000 jobs may mean a great deal to the people who hold them, 1,000 jobs is not a lot of jobs.

      • Bonzo says:

        Yep. Paul Krugman at NYT tweeted this earlier today:

        “If Trump did a Carrier-style deal every week for the next 4 years, he could bring back 4% of the manufacturing jobs lost since 2000.”

  8. LinaLamont says:


    This is for those who are interested in financially supporting.
    Recount…Wisconsin tripled the estimated amount to recount.
    The movement is losing steam.. the donations have slowed down considerably.

    Please pass it along, if you haven’t, already.

    It seems as if there are nefarious goings-on behind the scenes?
    I thought I read that Pennsylvania was doing something similar with hand recounts.

    Ugh. Bob Gates changed his tune about Trump. They’re all caving. Trump is going to be the new norm. People are becoming desensitized.

    • Whatevs says:

      A clerk in Hortonville WI, population 2700, gave Trump 403 extra votes on election night. An activist on Twitter noticed the number of votes for Trump exceeded the total number of ballots cast. The same thing happened in next town over in Grand Chute which amounted to 1200 extra votes for Trump and in precincts in Sauk County. Trump lost 5000 votes in WI last week before the recount was initiated.

      • Kitten says:

        Whoa this is good to know. Thanks to you and Lina for info.

      • MC2 says:

        I read that- three different counties in WI had more votes total then people who voted & thank god someone noticed (how many did we not). When the counties corrected their calculator “error” HRC’s numbers stayed the same in all three. Meaning three counties in WI gave Trump tons of extra votes, claimed it was a error in math & then they walked away saying “Oops”. Now they are being asshats about the recount. I want someone jailed for this- they are doing voter fraud & getting away with it.

    • cindy says:

      “Trump is going to be the new norm”
      I have the sickening feeling this is true.

  9. Megan2 says:

    You know all those news stories about how much he hates unflattering pictures of himself (insert are there any other kind comment here), particularly the ones where you can see his extra chin and facial fat? All I can think when I look at this picture is that he watched a few ANTM episodes on YouTube and is trying to “smize” the chin fat away.

    I hate this man so much I don’t even know what else to say anymore.

  10. suze says:

    “Visually important”


    • lightpurple says:

      I think someone recited the standard government ethics language of “must avoid the appearance of impropriety,” and he got “visually important” out of that. Ethics is a new thing for him.

      • MC2 says:

        Ahahahaha! I bet this is it! It’s like a Dr Suess machine- good ideas go into Trump and spit out nonsense.

    • Sixer says:

      That’s what I saw! What on earth?! I translate that as, “I’m only pretending and I don’t care if you know it.”

      It’s descending into farce.

      • Esmom says:

        That’s exactly right, Sixer. He’s not even implying it, he’s flat out saying that. The only thing I disagree with is it’s already been a farce. But this whole thing continues to descend indeed.

      • MC2 says:

        Someone should tell him not to read the notes that Putin left on the bottom of his speech. Next thing you know he’ll be pulling a Scott Disick & giving out tweets with Russia’s instructions on when & how left on top.

    • Esmom says:

      suze, I know. I froze in mid-stride in my kitchen when I heard him saying this on the radio this morning. He’s saying he is only doing this for appearances. He doesn’t have an ounce of integrity. But we already knew that. Sigh.

    • Trashaddict says:

      One of many WTF moments we can expect for the next four years. Sigh.

  11. Eener says:

    Me thinks there are some mandates under the law for you to do this….and isn’t he losing his lease on the Trump Hotel in DC?

  12. S says:

    Except that if your children are running it — the same children that are deeply, intrinsically involved in your administration, with official positions on the transition team and presence in meetings with world leaders and whom you’ve repeatedly called “your closest advisors” — and the main asset of said “great business” is literally YOUR FREAKING NAME and licensing it for use worldwide, then there is no freaking way for Donald Trump to divest himself of his ties and obvious conflict of interest without SHUTTING THE ORGANIZATION DOWN. Which he 100% is not going to do.

    Saying he’ll step down as CEO, even signing paperwork to make it “official,” is a feeble, half-assed smokescreen that does NOTHING to eliminate Trump’s actual massive conflicts of interest and propensity for self-dealing. MOST Trump licensing deals are done overseas, because the Trump brand isn’t that valuable to slap on properties here after the bankruptcy and/or collapse of his casinos, magazine, steaks, vodka, “university” scam, etc. The Trump company has continued to trademark names and negotiate licensing deals worldwide WHILE campaigning for President. And even after the election, using phone calls with world leaders as opportunities to ask for government favors that benefit his business deals. It’s literally insane. They’ve actually registered names and deals which explicitly capitalize, or try to, on the idea that Trump will run the USA. It’s their actual, stated added-value tie-in. And these are in countries like Saudi Arabia where, somehow, if Hilary Clinton’s charitable foundation that provides lifesaving medications in that region, received donations from Saudis, it’s something that looks terrible and fishy, but if Trump registers EIGHT companies there AFTER announcing his run, and brags about how, “they buy $40 million apartments from me,” it’s fine and dandy.

    I mean, you know, when has a father ever done anything extraordinary to prop up his children’s business interests? It’s not like anyone in the Trump family has ever purchased 2 million dollars worth of casino chips they never planned to use to tender an illegal loan to their offspring in order to prop up a failing business or anything … Oh. Right.

    WTF America? WTF?

    • Kitten says:

      This!!!! All of this!!!!
      Why aren’t people enraged?!?!?! WHY does this man get away with everything? I just don’t understand it.

      • suze says:

        Come on. It’s not visually important!

      • SusanneToo says:

        He did say he liked uneducated(i.e. stupid)voters and that’ exactly who supports him.

      • Kitten says:

        There’s one floating around in this very forum, grammatical errors and all.

        Also, I was just reading about Mnuchin. SMDH…my god what a house of horrors this orange-faced monster is creating.

    • SusanneToo says:

      @Kitten. Check the Amy Adams thread. The person you referenced is there denouncing casey affleck as a sexual predator while here passionately supporting sexual predator trump. The word hypocrisy must be missing from his/her Webster’s.

  13. Rhiley says:

    Did anyone read Station Eleven when it first came out but now wants to read it against the backdrop of a trump presidency? If you haven’t read Station Eleven, I highly recommend it.

  14. cindy says:

    Last night Rachel Maddow played the footage of Romney blasting Trump as a dangerous misogynistic, lying grifter fraud who would destroy America if elected. Than she played the footage of Romney talking to reporters after his little dinner with Trump, calling it great and constructive, etc. So everyone on the right is falling shamelessly into place behind Trump, as long as they get something out of it. My brain is reeling. It’s like what is happening is of such nightmare proportions, I can’t process. And Trump’s evil smirk in that photo with Romney. I just don’t know anymore. One minute I think, okay, we will survive this, just have to get through four years and repair the insane damage Trump has done to the economy, global rations and civil rights later. The next minute I think nuclear war.

  15. robyn says:

    Another sleepless night. Trump and his voters have extinguished the flames of decency in America. He and his band of grinning gloating cohorts will have successes and failures, but it doesn’t matter. Voters chose a leader who will run the country like a mob boss with veiled and not so veiled threats called “negotiations”, strong-arm tactics and colluding with like-minded criminals, dictators and bigots of the world. He is making a sucker out of everyone, including Mitt Romney who I thought was a decent man. Why isn’t Trump in jail for working with Russia to get himself elected and why doesn’t anyone care that his business ties throw any thoughts about ethics out the window. Trump exposed what is rotten in America and I am heartbroken.

    PS Sorry for re-posting this but this is how I still feel after a sleepless night.

    • bleu_moon says:

      In previous elections any ties to Russia would have been a scandal. Trump quoted “Sputnik” (which is Kremlin propaganda) at a rally in October to smear Clinton. He appeared on Russia Today which is funded by the Russian government. He suggested Russia hack Clinton to find “missing” emails. He refused to acknowledge that Russia was behind the DNC hack even after US intelligence agencies confirmed it. He is rumored to owe money to Russian banks and has business ties in Russia. Of course we can’t confirm this because he won’t release his tax returns. He has spoken admiringly of Putin.

      None of that matters because he told white folks in America that it was okay to hate people of color and LGBT people again.

    • EM says:

      For the record, I am so pissed at Courier for giving Trump a success before getting into office. The reality is that they are getting a great deal most likely through tax breaks and that people will not be helped. Courier wants to play this game then F off I will keep them off my purchase list this coming summer.

    • reg says:

      Your pretty close, he is very familiar with Mafia, Melania was supposedly introduced
      to him by the mafia. He wont release his tax returns because Russia is running
      this game. I wander how long before he’s impeached for running his business out
      of the oval office…

  16. Harla Jodet says:

    The smiles on Donny’s and MItt’s faces in the first photo are very telling. Donny looks evil and Mitt looks like “I can’t believe he’s our next President”.

    • Mel M says:

      Yeah, the memes coming out with that pic are hilarious but also frightening. I still can’t believe this is actually happening, it’s like the twilight zone and everyone has been turned into pod people.

      • cindy says:

        dear god yes!!!!! Its surreal and bizarre and every day it’s one (or ten!) more scary/weird things for the brain to have to process. That picture with Trump and Romney is….like from a horror movie? I sometimes feel we are living out a bad YA dystopian novel and whats next? The hunger games? Will Romney start tucking a white rose in his breast pocket? When will my brain be able to accept this????
        WTF WTF WTF????

    • HappyMom says:

      Yes-OMG the look on both of their faces is priceless. Trump looks like the devil and Romney is like, “I know, but I’m tempted.”

    • lightpurple says:

      Romney and Trump have known each other and been friendly with one another for decades. Romney is not as pure and decent as he pretends to be.

      • Kitten says:

        Yeah I never understand why people speak so highly of him. Sure, he’s better than Trump but is that our new political standard? Because that’s a low-ass bar.

      • lightpurple says:

        Still infuriates me that he got a $77,000 a year tax break for years for the care and feeding of Ann’s HORSE.

      • SusanneToo says:

        How else would she afford $900.00 tee shirts LP?

      • lightpurple says:

        Just another Romney story, when he was governor of Massachusetts, the MA Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor of same sex marriage and gave the state six months to prepare for necessary changes to allow the issuance of marriage licenses. Romney refused to accept the opinion of the state’s highest court and petitioned them several times asking for a separate but equal civil union provision, and other crap. He then tried to get a ballot referendum blocking marriage equality, arguing that we all should be able to vote on whether certain people could marry one another, (I wrote him saying that I wanted to vote on HIS marriage and would vote NO) and tried to get an amendment to the state constitution barring same sex marriage. This is all AFTER the court had ruled that it must happen. While the legislature was debating his amendment proposal, he had church groups from Kansas bused into the State House and had them stage protests on the State House steps, where they blocked MA residents from entering our own state house AND where they harassed MA residents passing by on the street or on the Common because they considered us all gay and evil. He met with the plaintiffs in the Goodridge case and then said horrible things about them and their families. He put immense pressure on the legislature to vote in his favor and argued for party unity – Republicans were not to vote for what their constituents wanted. This combined with Barney Frank’s announcement that he would out a MA state senator if he voted in favor of Romney’s amendment, resulted in my then Republican state senator coming out on the state Senate floor as he cast his vote against Romney’s bill. Mittens Romney, keeper of “binders full of women”, not a decent guy.

    • EM says:

      Is it me or does Donnie look like he’s aged at least 5 years since the win? I mean jeez you age after a few years in the office not before.

      • jwoolman says:

        You’re right, he doesn’t look well. He’s 70 years old and the next four years are going to be spent doing a job he doesn’t want and doesn’t know how to do. He doesn’t have Hillary’s stamina, enthusiasm for the job, and knowledge. He’s trying hard to make $$lemonade$$ out of a lemon with all his wheeling and dealing, but I don’t think he’s happy about it. He doesn’t like criticism and the President is a criticism and protest magnet. Plus his every move will be scrutinized.

  17. Josefina says:

    Aw, how kind of him to do that.

  18. MellyMel says:

    President Snow’s face in that first picture with Mittens is what nightmares are made of. *shivers*

    • cindy says:

      Didn’t see your post. I guess I am not the only one comparing this with President Snow. Holy crap. I’m glad I’m not the only one.

  19. Luca76 says:

    But the only way for there to be transparency would be if he did what every other president has done and liquidate his assets and put them in a blind trust. And that’ll happen when hell freezes over.

  20. gwen says:

    I don’t believe one word this man says.

  21. Veronica says:

    Good. Now shut up and do the rest of your job.

  22. Nameless says:

    He looks haggard AF and is clearly stress eating. If this guy makes it through the next four years without some type of vascular event I’d be moderately surprised.

    • Christin says:

      The photo of his youngest son reaching around his waist (saw it on here yesterday) really showed how massive he is. The dark suits and long ties help hide it. He’s getting close to Taft size.

      • Nameless says:

        There’s pics out there of him in a golf shirt. Dude is calling women fat pigs, and he’s f’ing obese. Yeah those ties are weirdly long!

    • Snowflake says:

      This^^ he looks like hes going to have a heart attack any second. I do not understand how people can say Hillary is in worse health than him.

    • SusanneToo says:

      Don’t tease us, please.

  23. SusanneToo says:

    BS, BS, BS. It’s all visuals. He’s not divesting himself of anything by turning it over to his spawn. Are they still going to get security clearance, turn up at meetings with foreign leaders, co-govern with d-bag? BS!!!

  24. MFM008 says:

    Liar. All he does is LIE.

  25. Greeneyes says:

    STILL there will be a breach of contract & an illegal appearance if not actually illegal..

    The Washington D.C. Hotel & the wording content regarding ANY Govt official or their representative gaining financially from the Federally Owned building..

    • lightpurple says:

      And that’s just the Washington DC issue. The Secret Service are going to have to rent an entire floor in Trump Tower in New York City at the cost of several million a year.

  26. prince says:

    shaming him for gaining a few pound. if someone did that to hillary Clinton wouldn’t u hypocrites unleash hell on that person. body shaming is wrong whether its a msn or a woman.

    wow. the hypocrisy. hillary ssid anyone who refuse to accept the election results is a threat to democracy, but she is asking for a recount. typical hillary.

    jill stein tweeted, bladting her about how she conceded but is supporting#recount2016. telling het that’s no y how democracy works.

    • robyn says:

      If this is you, Donald, on a scale of one to ten you are a minus one.

    • Ashamed 2 b a Fl girl says:

      This is the man that calls women “fat pigs” he’s fair game and he’s a fat pig.

    • Kitten says:

      You shouldn’t be this drunk at 1:05 in the afternoon.

    • jwoolman says:

      He’s gained more than a few pounds and is obviously sensitive about it. He used to be in reasonable shape until fairly recently, so this is a health issue for him. At the age of 70, it’s not a good idea to add enough pounds to put you in the obese category. He’s a big guy so he shouldn’t be skinny. But something really is wrong. Could be a combination of bad food, stress, less exercise and sleep deprivation that has put on the pounds. The body armor can’t explain the big change in how he looks. But it really is a health problem and is unlikely to resolve without dedicated effort.

      He especially looks bad to me since the election. He’s trying to enjoy letting loose his inner megalomaniac, but he looks uncharacteristically stressed. Despite the business advantages, I don’t think he is looking forward to the next four years.

      • SusanneToo says:

        I prefer to believe it’s the ugliness of his soul manifesting itself in his outward appearance. I have as much sympathy for him as he has for anyone not a blood trump. As in, none at all.

    • lightpurple says:

      Just curious as to what your native language is?

  27. prince says:

    Clinton supporters calling trump a lair. lol. clear case of pot calling kettle black.

    hillary Clinton is the queen of liars. even after she lost the election she’s still lying. pretending to concede when she supports the recount. she’s gonna lose twice and she will go down in history as a sore loser who couldn’t tell the truth.

    • jwoolman says:

      Recounts are a normal part of our system. There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking for recounts. If Trump was deemed the loser with such small differences, he would be wise to ask for recounts also.

      The Democrats, however, did not ask for a recount. The Greens did. They have the standing to do it because their candidate was on the ballot. That’s good, not bad.

  28. prince says:

    trump refused to take the annual salary of the POTUS now he has abandoned his multi billion dollar empire just so he can focus properly on making america great again. he is tge best. hillary would never refuse a paycheck. she doesn’t even care where and from whom the pay check is from.

    • Bootsie says:

      I honestly do not understand how it’s possible to be this resistant to seeing the truth of a situation. Do you genuinely perceive him to honest, self-sacrificing and dedicated to the good of the country?! Genuinely? HOW? How are you that blinkered? And who are you going to positively compare him to once he’s president and Hillary isn’t around for you whine about and say “well at least he didn’t do xxxx”(insert whatever the latest Bullshit made up fake news story on Breitbert is) even though Trump is easily one of the most corrupt, narcissistic and vile men ever to win high office and that’s saying something.

    • Tate says:

      Oh yeah, Trump is all about sacrificing for others. 🙄🙄🙄

      If you don’t think he is going to make a shit load of money while in power than you are just plain delusional.

    • jwoolman says:

      Trump has to take the Presidential salary. That’s the law. He is free to give it away if he wants, but it reminds him that he works for us.

      I doubt that Trump is actually divesting of his business interests. He did not say he was selling his businesses or putting them in a true blind trust (managed by someone other than his children, as is required in a blind trust). He is simply giving the appearance of not being in charge of it.

      I think this is all for the benefit of the Electoral College meeting on Dec 19. He did not say the process would be completed by Dec 15, just that he will announce his intentions to do “something” to counter the criticism he has been getting from people of all political stripes. After December 19, my guess is that we won’t hear anything about it.

    • lightpurple says:

      You do know he is charging the Secret Service rent in excess of $1.5 million annually for space in Trump Tower, which far exceeds the $400K presidential salary, right?

  29. TotallyBiased says:

    “Not mandated under the law.”. Actually, you are, idjit. Sigh. And I presume there is nothing voluntary about it, that his lawyers have advised him he has no choice.

  30. Julia says:

    So he’s leaving his angry investors, customers and pending lawsuits to run the country. Lucky us.

  31. moo says:

    The man consistently lied over and over and over and over during the primaries … why should anyone believe this cr@p?

  32. LinaLamont says:

    I’d laugh if it weren’t going to affect those of us who voted for HRC. Eh, I laughed, anyway.

    A microcosm of morons.

  33. Bapril says:

    Notice how he didn’t say he was putting his businesses in a blind trust? Yup. You know he’s letting his kids run everything which changes nothing in terms of conflicts of interest. It’s ridiculous.

  34. Dinah says:

    The red states are already receiving a direct hit of karma’s fury.

  35. MisJes says:

    Say what you will about PE Donald Trump, but there is no denying that is a genius businessman. Hopefully he will bring that to the presidency when he takes the reins.

    • Lambda says:

      When, in the early 90s, the banks decided to bail Trump out, a few bankers noticed that he barely had any notions of basic economics. Yet his name had brand value, and he showed himself, for the first time, contrite and pliable. If he’s a genius, he’s one at self promoting. Plus he has an enormous narcissistic drive, that keeps him awake all night long, brooding and plotting. There’s several profiles on him from the 90s, way before any political scrutiny. Read up, it’s enlightening (and sickening).

      You’ve been conned. He has no viable economic program other than benefiting people of his class.

    • jwoolman says:

      Trump is not a genius in business. He just had a rich father who started him off and then periodically bailed him out.

      He also is highly unethical. His business model includes running businesses into the ground doing the stuff he had promised not to do, skimming all his money off the top and then letting the poor fools who partnered with him deal with the bankruptcy. It’s not that easy to push a casino into bankruptcy, but Trump has the gift.

      He also routinely cheats his contractors – either not paying them at all or paying them a small fraction of what is owed. Small businesses foolish enough to extend him credit (assuming he was too rich to not pay people) couldn’t fight endlessly in court- it’s like Walmart, they can take a loss in one location to destroy local businesses in a price war the little guys can’t keep up. Trump just threatened to keep them in court forever and in some cases, that really put them out of business entirely. I know I couldn’t survive that kind of loss myself. And his claim that all the contractors he stiffed did bad work is what every non-payer says. I always change contracts to insist on third party mediation over any payment disputes, so someone else has to look at my work rather than letting an unethical client make that decision. You have to watch out for snakes like Trump when you have a small business. People who work with him once don’t usually want to repeat the experience.

      No American bank will finance his projects anymore. That’s why he had to go to Deutsche Bank in Germany and the Bank of China and very likely Russian friends of Putin. He defaults on loans, not exactly a way to win friends in financial circles.

      He is undoubtedly lying about his income and assets. Very doubtful that he has ever been a billionaire. One of the reasons he had to quickly settle the Trump University fraud suits was because one of them would have put him under oath to answer questions about his true financial status. Whenever that has happened before, it has always come out that he has been inflating his worth considerably. But before, he could get away with it because he was just a sleazy New York businessman. Now he’s under more scrutiny than ever before in his life.

  36. reg says:

    This is a three card monte.
    He wants his children to run the business, and wont divest it, his children join him in meetings and phone calls with leaders of foreign governments, look for him to
    be impeached in the near future.

  37. Eric says:

    I smell impeachment also. Which, in the long-term would be the best thing that could happen to Clockjerk Orange. He will go back to running his “businesses” and complain heartily about how he was wronged by being impeached. He won’t have to work as the POTUS (which he never wanted in the first place–just wanted a platform to advertise himself). So it will be a win-win-win for him ultimately.

    The more frightening things are a) what calamity will he unleash on the citizens of America during his reign and b) which clown who follows him will have the most power.