Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump signs a hat for a supporter after speaking at a campaign rally on April 11, 2016 in Albany, N.Y.

Trump’s Efforts To ‘Drain The Swamp’ Lagging Behind His Campaign Rhetoric

Still, the promise to drain the swamp “is a central topic to why President Trump won this election,” said John Pudner, director of a conservative good-government group called Take Back Our Republic. His sense of the situation now: Trump started strong on the ethics issues but needs to do more follow-up.

Pudner also sees a problem, though: Trump’s own decision to maintain ownership of his business empire, through a transparent trust that designates him as the only beneficiary. Pudner said it would have been wiser to avoid conflicts of interest by divesting — selling — the businesses, as other recent presidents have done.

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