President-elect Donald Trump has received a great deal of criticism from the media for the potential conflicts of interest due to his wide-ranging business interests, but most citizens believe he should be able to keep them, according to a Bloomberg poll.
Although two-thirds of poll respondents said Trump needs to choose between being the president or being a businessman, 69 percent believe he and his family should be able to retain control of their business empire while he serves as commander-in-chief.
When asked the question of whether Trump should sell his business interests so he can take office, 69 percent said that went “too far” while only 26 percent said he should.
“The public seems to be giving him a long leash,” said pollster J. Ann Selzer, who oversaw the survey. “Most Americans don’t seem concerned about him changing positions that were the core of his campaign.”
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Trump himself has said it would be inappropriate for him to be involved in business while also leading the country. During an interview on NBC's “Today” show, Trump said he had sold many of his stocks even before winning the election in November.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to be owning stocks when I’m making deals for this country that maybe will affect one company positively and one company negatively. So I just felt it was a conflict,” he said, according to NPR.
A Trump spokesperson did not provide proof of stock sales.
On Nov. 30, Trump tweeted he would hold a press conference with his children on Dec. 15 to discuss how the family would address business interests before he takes office.