Eric Trump said in an interview aired early Tuesday that sharing profit reports with his father “doesn’t blur the lines” in separating the family business from President Trump’s administration.
“You’re allowed to show that and remember the president of the United States has zero conflicts of interest,” Eric Trump told ABC’s Good Morning America. “Zero.”
Then-President-elect Trump handed the family business over to his two adult sons, Eric and Donald Jr., shortly before taking office in January.
He also put his assets into a revocable trust in an attempt to assuage conflict-of-interest concerns. But critics called the trust “meaningless” and “wholly inadequate” at the time, saying the only way to avoid conflicts of interest was a true blind trust.
“They are not going to discuss [the business] with me,” President Trump said about his sons at the time. “Again, I don’t have to do this. They’re not going to discuss it with me.”
Eric Trump echoed his father’s earlier remarks in the new interview.
“We don’t talk about activities in the business. We don’t talk about what we’re doing in the business,” he added.
Eric Trump said he would be handing over quarterly financial reports late last month, Forbes reported, something that has concerned ethics experts.
“It just means that a lot of what they say is malarkey because the president isn’t distancing himself from the business. … But at the end of the day, he owns the business. He has the conflicts that come with it,” Richard Painter, former chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, told the outlet.