While we find ourselves in the early, frenetic days of the Trump administration, it’s far from clear exactly what to expect from a White House that has single-mindedly pursued its own private list of policies without much concern for fallout or for some campaign promises. In what appears to be a intentional pattern of confusion, some of the President’s campaign promises have been confusingly dropped by the Oval Office, only to picked back up within hours.
The inauguration of President Donald Trump, titan of commercial real estate, marked the start of a great number of legal fights concerning his numerous undivested CRE holdings. One set of concerns raised by the political opposition centers on what it means legally for the sitting President to be doing business with foreign governments, something that appears to be happening routinely within the context of his ownership of Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, just blocks from the White House. The broad argument from political opponents goes: with each hotel bill paid by a foreign government staying at the luxury hotel comes a potential conflict of interest as long as the President continues to own that hotel.