On Saturday, Donald Trump said he will dissolve the Trump Foundation, one of his major business conflicts of interest.
The president-elect stated that his reason for dissolving the conflict of interest was “to avoid even the appearance of any conflict with my role as President.”
But there’s a catch. Amy Spitalnick, the attorney general’s press secretary, wrote in an email that, “The Trump Foundation is still under investigation by this office and cannot legally dissolve until that investigation is complete.” Spitalnick also confirmed that foundation’s fundraising activities will “remain suspended.”
Eric Walker, deputy communications director of the Democratic National Committee, said: “Trump’s announcement today is a wilted fig leaf to cover up his remaining conflicts of interest and his pitiful record of charitable giving.”
Walker added, “There is something richly symbolic about Donald Trump choosing Christmas Eve to shutter the one part of his financial empire that could in theory have a positive impact on people’s lives, if it were being used in the right way. He still has not taken any concrete steps to divest from his business, which currently allows him to profit off of the presidency while leaving him susceptible to foreign influence.”
So will he, or won’t he? I guess we will have to wait and see.