As I wrote previously, Donald Trump will take office as the most conflicted president in history. The president-elect’s business ties are extensive, including investments in Middle Eastern countries, massive debts to banks in China and Germany, and even shares in the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. Although Trump has pledged to “remove” himself from his business operations, in reality he is doing nothing of the sort – he will hand control (at least on paper) to his children, leaving him able to exert any amount of control he wants and influence American policy to benefit and enrich himself.
The web of Trump’s conflicts is extensive and confusing. Thankfully, Larry Buchanan and Karen Yourish of the New York Times have created some excellent graphics that explain the major conflicts in easy-to-understand visuals. I recommend bookmarking the article for future reference, because we have certainly not heard the last of this topic.