'Extraordinary': Trump has generated 3,400 conflicts of interest since entering White House, report states
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President Donald Trump has created 3,400 conflicts of interest since joining the White House in 2017, according to a report by the Washington Citizens Watchdog for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW).
Around 400 of these conflicts have occurred since February, according to CREW, an organization that monitors the influence of money in Capitol Hill and keeps an eye on the Trump administration.
Mr Trump's business interests have been subject to repeated scrutiny since he took office. Some critics have claimed the only reason he ran for the White House in the first place was to promote the Trump brand.
The CREW report came as New York State continued its investigation into the Trump Organization for "improperly increasing the value of Mr. Trump's assets in the financial statements to secure credit and gain economic and tax benefits."
The President has made 503 visits to the Trump property since joining the White House, 74 of which were this year alone.
According to Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold, the Secret Service paid approximately $ 1.1 million to the Trump Organization, with the president making repeated trips to private properties and resorts during his tenure.
Government employees, foreign diplomats, and members of Congress also frequently visited Trump properties. Government buildings are usually used for official business.
Around 231 interest group events and another 88 faction events - many of which are associated with Mr Trump - in Trump properties generated an estimated $ 23.2 million in revenue for the Trump organization, the CREW report said.
Meanwhile, the President and other White House officials have used their government platforms to promote or mention Trump companies 426 times, the report adds. Foreign governments granted the Trump Organization 67 trademarks - around 46 from China.
“The extraordinary numbers in this report paint a picture of a president fixated on the personal financial benefits he could derive from his public service - and an entire ecosystem of officials, special interests and governments taking advantage of that fixation for favor and gain favor to advance their own interests, ”said Noah Bookbinder, executive director of CREW, in a statement.
"From overseas governments and industries throwing lavish events on his property to donors and customers buying their way to ambassadors and top political positions, corruption surrounds this president literally every day."
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