Trump could be violating his oath of office even before he takes it.
Richard Painter, Chief Ethics Counsel for George W. Bush, and Norman Eisen, Chief Ethics Counsel for Barack Obama, believe that if Trump continues to retain ownership over his sprawling business interests by the time the electors meet on December 19, they should reject Trump.
In an email to ThinkProgress, Eisen explained that “the founders did not want any foreign payments to the president. Period.” This principle is enshrined in Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution, which bars office holders from accepting “any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.”
The solution is simple, really. Trump sells off his assets before being sworn in. Otherwise, as Mr. Painter and Mr. Eisen suggest, the Electoral College should refuse to vote him into office.
That won’t happen and the Republicans will figure some way to wiggle around this, believe me. They’re not going to let a little thing like the foundation of the laws of the country get in the way of them ruling the country.