Following Donald Trump’s tumultuous press conference on 11 January, we look at media commentary on the president-elect’s business interests and how they might influence his presidency.
The New York Times writes that Trump is showing no sign of moderating his public persona. Instead, he provided a “television spectacle” that was short on details.
... On his promise to reveal his tax returns, which could prove he has no financial or business ties to Russia: "I'm not releasing the tax returns because as you know, they're under audit." He added, "You know, the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters, O.K.?" ...
The Wall Street Journal writes that Trump is moving in the right direction with his plan to reduce conflicts of interest. But the newspaper is critical of some of the president-elect’s statements.
... He mentioned that over the weekend he was "offered $2 billion to do a deal in Dubai with a very, very, very amazing man, a great developer from the Middle East" — as if he deserved credit for turning down money that could be construed as a bribe. A more appropriate response would have been to end the conversation and usher the man out. ...
The Financial Times describes Trump’s plan to avoid conflicts of interest as “farcical”.
... Mr Trump declared that he would separate himself from his business "in total". He has done nothing of the kind. He has handed over control of his companies — to his sons, with whom he is in constant contact. ...