White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Thursday that Mr. Trump was the first to recommend the Doral Resort as a location for the G7.
I've been thinking about it with some of our vanguard, "Mulvaney said. "We had the list and he says," What about Doral? "And it was like," That's not the craziest idea. It makes perfect sense. "
These statements alone would probably be enough to create a conflict of interest issue for Mr. Trump if he were not president, said ethics and procurement lawyers.
It violates the law that an employee of an executive "personally participates in a decision, approval, rejection, referral, consultation, investigation, or otherwise on a matter that has a direct financial impact on a company that does so Spouse or the children of this employee or an organization to which he serves as a senior officer, director, trustee, general partner, "the statue states.
A separate Federal Code of Conduct on Behavioral Standards, issued by the Office of Government Ethics in 1992, states that "employees may not use public office for private gain," even though these rules do not apply to the president.
The president and vice-president are exempt, Mr Baran said, because Congress generally can not impose restrictions on them, since the president can not be forced to re-use them and delegate his constitutional powers to another ,