On CNN now: Trump wants top secret clearance for his children.— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) November 14, 2016
But sure. Let's all give him a chance, though he's acting like every despot.
No one with any sense should believe for a second that Trump won't share classified info with his kids now that he's telegraphed he wants to— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) November 15, 2016
This is extraordinary on a number of levels, not least of which is that Trump's kids will still be running his business.
And, on a side note, even a blind trust wouldn't solve the massive conflict of interest problem, because Trump's portfolio of equity and assets isn't a bunch of diversified investments, but mostly his own real estate property and product lines. Even if it were all dumped into a blind trust, he'd still know where he owned hotels, golf resorts, etc. and where his apparel etc. are manufactured. The only solution to this humongous conflict of interest is complete divestment, which has never been on the table.
It's deeply concerning that Trump would even be asking for top secret security clearances for his children, given the provisions against nepotism in the White House. Especially because there's zero chance he'll abide by existing regulations and norms.
So his kids will be running his private business while also privy to the nation's most sensitive classified information.
This is a major security concern.
It is also, to be totally blunt, a feature of despotism.
And, once again, I'll wonder aloud why it is that this nation's power brokers are taking the position that we must give Trump a chance.
We already have evidence of more corruption in six days of the Trump transition than in eight years of Obama’s actual presidency.— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) November 14, 2016
Or, you know, than in Hillary Clinton's entire career. Which you wouldn't know, given the election coverage. During which the media reported endlessly about appearances of conflict regarding the Clinton Foundation, while lazily ignoring the glaringly obvious actual conflicts of interest awaiting Trump if he reached the Oval Office.
Which he will. Since no one with any power seems concerned with raising any of the number of disqualifying issues that have emerged even in the last week.