I have read several opinions recently that have implored readers of this newspaper to stop “undermining” President-elect Donald Trump. I agree. I want to support Mr. Trump and help him succeed. But to receive my support, I need to be assured Mr. Trump will be working to do what is in the best interests of this country, and the American people.
I do not believe Mr. Trump can serve the country as president while simultaneously owning a world-wide business enterprise, because doing so, would introduce a major conflict of interest and seriously damage the presidency.
Before assuming the presidency, Mr. Trump must divest his business enterprises into a true blind trust managed by an independent trustee with no family relationship, in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act. Only then, can the people be assured Mr. Trump is representing our interests, and not his own.
During his campaign, Mr. Trump knew full well the Constitution mandates our presidents to eliminate all potential conflicts of interest before serving as president. When Mr. Trump refuses to divest from his business holdings, he undermines himself by giving the people and Congress, reasons not to trust his decisions.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, is introducing a bill in January 2017 to require all future presidents comply with the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has already come out in support of this bill. Please write your congressmen and urge them to support this important legislation and maintain the integrity of our democracy.