Tuesday 22 August 2017

Ethics watchdog 'must be careful', warns chief aide

Priebus
Priebus "I'm not sure what sort of standing he has any more to be giving these opinions." Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Laurie Asseo

Donald Trump's incoming chief of staff warned that the top US ethics official "ought to be careful" after publicly criticising the president-elect's plan to step down from leading his businesses while keeping his ownership interests.

"That person is becoming extremely political," incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said about Walter Shaub Jr, director of the Office of Government Ethics.

"I'm not sure what sort of standing he has any more to be giving these opinions."

Mr Trump has announced his two adult sons would run his company and would take steps to limit any conflicts, including a ban on new international business deals.

Mr Shaub said Mr Trump's plan to step down from leadership roles while still owning the business was "meaningless from a conflicts-of-interest perspective".

Irish Independent

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