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Trump: Potential Conflicts Of Interest 'Not A Big Deal'

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President-elect Donald Trump said his business interests don't deserve the amount of media attention they've been getting.

"It's a very routine thing. It's not a big deal,” Trump told reporters on Dec. 28 when asked how he plans to ensure there won't be conflicts of interest during his time as president, reported CNN. “You people are making that a big deal, the business, because look, No. 1, when I won, they all knew I had a big business all over the place.”

"It's a much bigger business than anybody thought. It's a great business. But I'm going to have nothing to do with it,” Trump added.

Trump went on to say his business acumen is a major reason he won the presidency and that his business interests are not a concern for average Americans.

"But when I ran, people knew I had a very big business. They elected me I guess partially for that reason," Trump said, according to The Hill. "So I think that's going to work out very easily. It's actually a very simple situation. It's not a big deal."

According to CNN, Trump has investments in 144 companies in 25 different countries.

That tally includes eight companies in Saudi Arabia, 12 companies in the United Arab Emirates, four in Qatar, two in Egypt and nine in China.

Trump has repeatedly said his business decisions will be passed on to his two oldest sons, Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump.

“By hanging on to the interest and letting his sons manage it, he’s flying in the face of what every president has done in the last 40 years,” Norm Eisen, a former ethics lawyer for President Barack Obama, told USA Today. “It will only be a matter of time before we have our first major scandal.” 

Sources: CNN Politics/Twitter, CNN, The Hill, USA Today / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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