The 45th president of the United States has just been sworn in. Can the mountain of potential ethical violations that he is under investigation for bring him down?
- By David RothkopfDavid Rothkopf is visiting professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His latest book is The Great Questions of Tomorrow. He has been a longtime contributor to Foreign Policy and was CEO and editor of the FP Group from 2012 to May 2017.
On this week’s episode of The E.R., David Rothkopf, Julia Ioffe, Kori Schake, and new guest, Susan Hennessey, take a look at Donald Trump’s laundry list of conflicts of interest and question whether he is directly violating his obligations — and the law — in his new job as president of the United States.
As President Trump begins his first week as commander in chief, he faces a complex web of potential conflicts of interest and ethics battles. His children will be taking over the family business, and Trump claims that he has placed all of his business interests and assets in a blind trust. But is it really blind if the Trump heirs still have the ear of the president? And what about those pesky anti-nepotism laws? Or the emoluments clause? Do any of those matter to the new Trump administration? Or the American people?