President Donald Trump took power while retaining ownership of his private businesses around the world and is mired in dangerous, unprecedented, and unconstitutional conflicts of interest. The true extent of his partnerships and indebtedness to foreign states and creditors is unknown while Trump refuses to release his tax returns. The Trump family continues to promote their private business interests at home and abroad, and the administration has used the White House itself to hawk family products in an outlandish display of profiting off of the presidency.
What are the consequences for Americans of Trump’s foreign and domestic conflicts of interest and continuing constitutional violations? What are the risks to America’s national security and the integrity of our economy and democracy? And what can be done to remedy these violations and defend against the worst ramifications?
On the eve of Kuwait celebrating its National Day at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, please join the Center for American Progress to discuss the risks to America’s national security, economy, and democracy posed by Trump’s conflicts of interest and constitutional violations and to explore legal remedies and other avenues for oversight and accountability.
Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President, Policy, Center for American Progress
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD)
Norman Eisen, Board Chair, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington; former White House Ethics Czar, former U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic; Fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen
Vikram Singh, Vice President, National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress
Liz Kennedy, Director, Democracy and Government Reform, Center for American Progress