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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a government watchdog, announced that President Trump has amassed more than 3,000 conflicts of interest between his businesses and his office in the more than three years of his presidency, according to Salon.

A CREW report detailed the improper relationships between Trump, his business empire, and those trying to influence public policy, including lobbyists, foreign governments, and members of Congress.  

“Every one of the more than 3,000 conflicts of interest that President Trump has incurred through his businesses raises new questions about whether he is making decisions in the interest of the American people or his own bottom line,” said CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder in a statement. “Not only does he appear to be profiting from the presidency daily, but he is constantly facing new temptations to use his office for his own benefit.”

After Trump took office and refused to divert from his businesses, hundreds of people and groups have interacted with the president in ways that “showcase the president’s willingness to blend his personal gain with his professional responsibilities,” CREW said. 

Some key statistics from the report:

  • 55 members of Congress have made 78 visits to Trump’s resort properties;
  • Cabinet members have patronized Trump properties and attended events with special interests or wealthy political donors at least 30 times;
  • Foreign government-tied entities have held 13 events at Trump properties, and at least 134 foreign officials have visited one of Trump’s properties (violations of U.S. Constitution’s Emoluments Clause);
  • Special interest groups have sponsored 117 events at Trump properties since he took office.

The president’s frequent interactions with people and groups with their own agendas in U.S. policy amount to an “astonishing rate of corruption,” CREW said. 

“The president’s decision to retain a financial interest in the Trump Organization sets a dangerous precedent for future presidents and officials who will be less inclined to separate their own interests from their public duties and to choose duty over corruption,” Bookbinder said. 

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