As it turns out, the large stack of files next to President-elect Donald Trump at his press conference were not documents, but blank sheets of paper.
During Donald Trump’s press conference Wednesday there was a table beside him stacked with folders filled with papers that Trump referred to as documents which were supposedly the paper work required for turning his businesses over to his sons.
‘So this is all — just so you understand, these papers — because I’m not sure that was explained properly. But these papers are all just a piece of the many, many companies that are being put into trust to be run by my two sons that I hope at the end of eight years, I’ll come back and say, oh, you did a good job. Otherwise, if they do a bad job, I’ll say, you’re fired.’
At the press conference the Trump transition team refused to let any reporters look inside any of the folders or examine the papers. CNN discovered why:
Update: The Trump team did not allow the press to see the contents of the folders. Photo by Noah Gray/CNN pic.twitter.com/zKc9fv3Sba
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A dramatic stunt, meant to showcase how much work it is for Trump to transfer his businesses to his sons, turned out to be fake. The documents inside the folders were blank, and simply for show.
The head of the Office of Government Ethics, Director Walter Shaub, emphasized the meaninglessness Trump’s plan to not set up a blind trust, or simply divesting himself of his interests.
‘The plan the president-elect has announced doesn’t meet the standards that the best of his nominees are meeting and that every president in the last four decades have met. Stepping back from running his business is meaningless from a conflict of interest perspective.’
Trump has always taken the American people, especially those that follow him, as fools. He banks on the fact that the people listening and paying attention to him won’t dare question him. That’s all that can be taken away from today’s press conference with a folding table full of folders full of empty documents.
Donald Trump is scamming nearly half of the American people. He absolutely could have put his assets into a blind trust or divested his interests. The argument from Trump’s people is that it would be too hard to do. The reality is that he is not willing to come out of his safety bubble, just like with his refusal to release his taxes.
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