Hillary Clinton went on an all-out Twitter assault of her opponent Wednesday. The Democratic presidential nominee tweeted a total of 20 questions aimed at Donald Trump’s business dealings with foreign nations. The tweets stemmed from a Newsweek article that explores Trump’s business ties and how they could “upend” national security.
Clinton kicked off the string of tweets asking whether Trump would sever ties with “questionable organizations,” should he become president.
Then, she pressed him on his tax returns.
Clinton then brought up what some have called Trump’s affinity for dictators. She highlighted sections of news articles to further her points.
The former Secretary of State also wants to know about Trump’s connections to Russia.
Clinton went on to ask Trump if he’d value his business more than his role as president, should he be elected.
She also brought Trump’s children into the mix.
Clinton closed her tweets asking how Trump can ensure he will choose America over his business.
Her campaign followed up the tweet-storm with a post on its website highlighting what it calls Trump’s “sketchy relationships with foreign countries.”
Trump’s is expected to place his company in a blind trust which his children will run if he’s elected. However, Kurt Eichenwald — who wrote the Newsweek article — points out that Trump cannot exactly do that.
Trump’s business conflicts with America’s national security interests cannot be resolved so long as he or any member of his family maintains a financial interest in the Trump Organization during a Trump administration, or even if they leave open the possibility of returning to the company later. The Trump Organization cannot be placed into a blind trust, an arrangement used by many politicians to prevent them from knowing their financial interests; the Trump family is already aware of who their overseas partners are and could easily learn about any new ones.
Trump has not commented on the questions but his daughter, Ivanka, was asked about how her family would prevent conflicts of interest if her father is elected president.
“As a private business, we can make decisions that are not in our best interest. We’re not beholden to anyone to shareholders. We can say, you know what, we’ll do less deals and not going to do that deal even though it’s a fine deal and economically reasonable because it could create a conflict of interest,” Ivanka Trump told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”