Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States
Goal: Renounce control over businesses right away.
Donald Trump has yet to diverge from his numerous businesses though he promised to do so before his inauguration. There is reportedly no evidence that he or Ivanka filed the proper paperwork to relinquish control. His daughter is on the hook because her husband, Jared Kushner, was chosen for senior adviser. Trump hosted a news conference that included a table stacked with folders and papers he claimed were the documents detailing his plans to hand control over to his sons, but the longer he takes to actually sever ties, the more suspicious citizens will become that those folders were just a bunch of smoke and mirrors.
Officials in the states where Trump has businesses have affirmed that not even one of the numerous documents needed to relinquish control have been received. His primary holdings company operates out of New York, and he has three businesses in Florida. Most of Trump’s businesses are in Delaware, though, and four of them have ties to Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. Ivanka is still listed as an officer for two of these entities. Already, Trump has held several inaugural events in the hotel, and though he claims money spent by foreign guests would be donated to the U.S. Treasury, he has yet to detail how the department would actually get those funds.
Initially, it was suggested that Trump sell off his businesses and put all his assets in a blind trust before assuming his elected role, but he refused. Instead, he claims to be utilizing a family trust, divesting control to his sons, and completely shutting down the Trump Organization. Trump is officially president, yet there is no evidence that he or his daughter are cutting themselves off from their businesses. Sign this petition to demand that they file the paperwork immediately.
Dear President Trump,
At your news conference, you showed off a table piled with folders of documents you claimed detailed how you would relinquish control of your businesses. You promised that by the time you took office, your business ties would be cut, but officials in New York, Florida, and Delaware all claim that no paperwork has been received from either you or your daughter to begin these measures.
America needs to trust that you have the people in mind over your own companies’ interests. Your hotel in Washington, D.C. alone is enough to rouse a lot of controversy, and your citizens deserve better. I urge you to take the proper steps to file documents that relinquish your control over all your businesses immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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