Letter to the Editor: Presidential Conflicts of Interest

Our President should be the guardian of the American people. We should be able to trust his motives and thus his decisions. So far President Trump has not inspired much trust.

President Trump is the first president in 40 years to not show the American people his tax returns. How can we trust any tax reform he recommends if we don’t know how it will benefit his businesses?

Given the President’s apparent Russian connections and his former aides’ dealings with Russia, and his lack of real separation from his business enterprises, I wonder what he’s hiding. It’s highly unusual and unethical for an American president to not completely separate himself from his personal business interests.

Also, the fact that President Trump holds meetings with foreign dignitaries at his privately owned business establishment, Mar-a-Lago, makes me wonder how much he benefits by doing this. The American taxpayer is footing a huge bill for the events he holds there. Even if he doesn’t profit personally, I find it shocking and unethical that he would have us, the American taxpayer, pay the bill for these meetings. Isn’t this one of the reasons we have a White House?

It’s time to let our senators and congressmen know how we feel about these issues. Call, write and fax our Senators Tammy Baldwin, Ron Johnson and Congressman Mike Gallagher. 1. Let them know we want to see President Trump’s tax returns before any tax reform. 2. Let them know we want a thorough and independent investigation of his business connections with Russia and other nations. 3. We want to know if or what he gains financially from holding expensive meetings outside the White House.

We have to remember that the Trump agenda is not the American people’s agenda. He lost the popular vote by over 2.5 million votes. He was elected by the Electoral College not the majority of American voters. Our representatives in Congress have to remember this. In these circumstances, trust and transparency are all the more important.

Glenna Peters

Sister Bay, Wis.

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