Putin, Trump and the kids
This week, we look at media commentary on Donald Trump’s political relationship with Vladimir Putin — and at the US president-elect’s business relationship with his adult children.
Bargaining with Putin
The Financial Times says that making a peaceful deal with Vladimir Putin could transform Donald Trump from a reality-TV star to a statesman. But the newspaper warns that extreme caution is necessary, because Putin “wants to rewrite the rules”.
… Mr Putin wants to tear down the current US-backed political order in Europe and indeed worldwide, which he sees as unfair and inimical to Russia’s interests. A softening of the international constraints that restrict his ambitions might deliver a temporary thaw in US-Russian relations. But it could also undermine long-term US and western interests and undercut security and stability elsewhere. …
Trump’s tangled web
The New York Times is concerned that, as US president, Donald Trump will put his family’s business interests before the interests of the country. The newspaper says that Trump’s tax returns, as well as his business connections to foreign governments, should be reviewed by Congress.
… Presidents are not subject to most federal ethics and conflict-of-interest laws, so Mr. Trump won’t be required to sell or give up control of his companies when he takes office in January. In the recent past, this hasn’t been a problem, because presidents by tradition put their assets — stocks, bonds and real estate — into blind trusts, run by independent managers, to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest. Mr. Trump, however, says that he intends to give control of the Trump Organization and the more than 500 limited liability companies through which he owns his assets to three of his adult children …