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Ex-Ethics Boss Fears Trump 'Profiting From the Presidency'

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Monday, 31 Jul 2017 01:49 PM

Donald Trump is putting the United States at risk by appearing to use his position to advance his business interests around the world, says Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics.

"His actions create the appearance of profiting from the presidency, and the appearance here is everything …" Shaub told The Guardian in an interview published Monday.

"The fact that we're having to ask questions about whether he's intentionally using the presidency for profit is bad enough because the appearance itself undermines confidence in government.

"It certainly risks people starting to refer to us as a kleptocracy. That's a term people throw around fairly freely when they're talking about Russia, fairly or unfairly, and we run the risk of getting branded the same way. America really should stand for more than that."

Shaub said it is hard to know whether Trump's decisions "are motivated by his policy aims or his financial interests.

"And that uncertainty alone creates the problem because, whatever his intent, people having to ask undermines the faith in governmental decision-making and puts a cloud over everything the government does."

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