A Michigan congressman became one of the first Republican lawmakers to raise questions about Donald Trump’s numerous business interests around the world.
U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, of Cascade Township, said “it’s certainly a big deal” to have contracts with foreign governments.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) November 22, 2016
The tweet came just two hours after Trump downplayed his conflicts of interest, saying “only the crooked media makes this a big deal.”
Prior to the election it was well known that I have interests in properties all over the world.Only the crooked media makes this a big deal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2016
Trump’s conflicts of interest have raised serious questions about how his willingness to act on behalf of Americans when his global investments are at stake. Despite the concerns, Trump has refused to voluntarily disclose his conflicts of interest.
In February, Rep. Amash told Reason that Trump “is genuinely terrifying and should go back to ‘The Apprentice.'” Amash was endorsing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at the time and congratulated Trump when he won the election.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.