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Politicians' Second Jobs: Should They be Allowed to Keep Them?
President Trump has been criticized as having an "
unprecedented conflict of interest
" for his continued business involvement during his Presidency.
Foreign state officials as well as representatives of various commercial industries have stayed at
properties related to Trump.
To avoid conflicts of interest, former Presidents (including Reagan, Bush, and Clinton) had placed their assets in
while holding office as a way to minimize financial interests outside of their political service.
The Trump campaign directed millions of dollars in political expenses to
Trump-related business ventures
, directly using his political activities to enrich his "second job."
For some, Trump's business success is an inextricable part of his credibility as a politician.
Trump's business activities involve his ownership of assets, not salaried employment. As such, they would not be constrained by a regulation on 'second jobs'.