Donald Trump, it’s true, is rather a renegade politician who, if nothing else, marches to his own drum.
And even his most inner-circle friends, like adviser Kellyanne Conway, say he certainly listens to all sides of a story, but when it comes to making the final decision, it’s all Trump, all the time.
So on the point of Trump’s many, many business ventures, and what he would do with them once he took over the White House high office, the answer hasn’t been very clear. Advisers whispered he would transfer ownership of his stocks; media pundits used the information to prod, press, slam and shame him and paint him as a bought-and-sold kind of candidate, open and vulnerable to various business interests.
But once again, Trump proved he has a mind of his own. Apparently, on the sly, he took matters into his own hand and fixed the issue.
As Matt Palumbo with AllenBWest.com reported, citing the Washington Post: “Trump sold all his shares in companies in June, his spokesman said Tuesday.”
The newspaper painted Trump’s sell-off as a means of acquiring necessary cash to finance his campaign against Hillary Clinton. But the overshadowed point is this: He now has no business conflicts of interest.
“The sell-off could help address conflict-of-interest worries about his stock portfolio, a sizable part of Trump’s financial life that was worth roughly as much as $40 million as of December 2016,” AllenBWest.com wrote, citing the Post again.
It’s not until May of 2018 that Trump will have to file personal financial information again.
But if Democrats want to slam him for making money, they ought to look at their own holdings. Amng CheatSheet.com’s list of 15 richest politicians in America are Nancy Pelosi, Richard Blumenthal, Diane Feinstein, John Kerry and Mark Warner – all Democrats. And they didn’t get their money by working at the local Walmart or deli. Most invest – same as Donald Trump.