Pence Says Trump Will Be Able to Separate His Business From Presidency

WASHINGTON (Tribune Washington Bureau/TNS) -

President-elect Donald Trump will “create the proper separation” between his vast business holdings and his government work, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said Sunday, addressing concerns about the potential for conflicts of interest.

Pence said on Fox News that lawyers and experts were working on how to untangle Trump’s holdings from the presidency.

“I’m very confident working with the best legal minds in the country that the president-elect and his family will create the proper separation from his business going forward,” Pence said.

Trump has said he will allow his adult children to run his business ventures. Government watchdogs have said he should divest his holdings or set up a blind trust. Among the potential problems is that Trump’s company has operations in other countries, often in connection with foreign governments that could steer money toward his family in an effort to influence his decisions.

Pence said he does not believe Trump’s business entanglements will be a concern because “the president-elect of the United States is completely focused on the people’s business.”

Trump and Pence spend a second day at the president-elect’s golf club in Bedminster, N.J., meeting with candidates for top administration jobs.