HuffPost: Former Ethics Chief Warns That Trump Could Make U.S. Look Like A ‘Kleptocracy’


The former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics warns that President Donald Trump’s “wildly inappropriate” business dealings could drive the rest of the world to view the U.S. as a “kleptocracy.”


Walter Shaub, who resigned as the agency’s top official earlier this month, said the White House is in the midst of an “ethics crisis” and accused Trump of using the presidency to run a “free advertising campaign” for his companies.

“It’s wildly inappropriate for him to be running a hotel that he’s leasing from the federal government,” said Shaub, who currently serves as the senior director of ethics for the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center. “As a president, you shouldn’t be doing business with the United States government. He’s his own landlord at this point.”