The New York Times blasted the Trump administration for having potential conflicts of interest in an editorial published Monday.
The story appeared on the paper's website days after members of President Donald Trump's staff submitted their financial disclosure forms. The Times called them "opaque, incomplete filings — which met the bare legal requirements for disclosures."
The Times, which is often critical of Trump and his team, called out specific members of the administration for what it views as their questionable financial situations.
"In 2011, Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, took a leave of absence as partner in the Wisconsin law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich," the Times writes. "Why then was he paid more than $300,000 in bonuses and other payments in 2016, after he quit?
"Did Mr. Priebus' big payday have anything to do with his new job in the Trump administration, and his firm's boast to potential clients that it possesses the 'connections to help you shape public policy?'"
Regarding counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, the Times notes "she still has a financial interest in her firm, the polling company WomanTrend. Is she recusing herself from White House initiatives that could benefit her company and clients?"
The paper, whose motto is "All the News That's Fit to Print," also referenced the stock holdings of deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland and said they could cause a conflict in her White House role.
"There may be legitimate answers. But the White House has provided none and has no legal responsibility to do so," the Times writes.
The paper also wrote that Trump has not been entirely transparent about his financial dealings, so it jokes that his employees don't have to be either.
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