Donald Trump's IRS Nominee Didn't Disclose He Owned Multiple Properties in Trump Hotel
Chuck Rettig, President Donald Trump’s pick to run the Internal Revenue Service, owns multiple properties at the Trump-branded hotel and tower in Waikiki, Hawaii. Rettig had previously disclosed a 50 percent stake in two rental units in Hawaii but didn’t detail their specific location, according to a memo obtained by Politico.
Walter Shaub, the former White House ethics chief, told the The New York Times when he resigned from his position in July 2017 that the U.S. was “close to a laughing stock” because of Trump’s relaxed ethics.
“It’s hard for the United States to pursue international anti-corruption and ethics initiatives when we’re not even keeping our own side of the street clean. It affects our credibility,” he said. “I think we are pretty close to a laughingstock at this point.”
Separately, Shaub told The Guardian: “The fact that we’re having to ask questions about whether he’s intentionally using the presidency for profit is bad enough because the appearance itself undermines confidence in government.”