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Reader's View: Of course a president can have a conflict of interest

The idea that a president cannot have a conflict of interest is ludicrous on its face. The line between conflict of interest and corruption is a fine one. Disgraced President Richard Nixon said, "If a president does it, it can't be illegal." He was proved wrong when he kept a nest of burglars in the White House basement.

Any politician, even a president, who puts the needs of himself, his friends, or another country before the interests of the United States and its people is guilty of corruption and possibly treason.

My birthday is on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20. It was a dark day when Nixon assumed office, and it will be another dark day on Jan. 20, 2017.

We do not have kings or a royal court in the U.S. The electoral college elected Trump as president-elect even though more citizens voted for the other candidate. They elected one man to be president, not his family, not his sons or daughters, one man. I expect he'll serve in the best interest of the United States and its people, even though this may damage him financially, damage his business interests, cause him stress and grief, or even make him angry.

Being the president of the U.S. is not a game show; what you say and do is reality. It has effects and cannot be edited out. I assume Trump knew the rules when he ran for the office.

Bryce Makela

Duluth

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