US risks being seen as ‘kleptocracy’ under Trump: former ethics chief

Peace and Freedom

AFP

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WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States is at risk of being viewed as a “kleptocracy” under President Donald Trump, the former head of the US government ethics office said in an interview published Monday.”His actions create the appearance of profiting from the presidency, and the appearance here is everything,” Walter Shaub, former director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), told the Guardian newspaper.

“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,” Shaub said.

“It certainly risks people starting to refer to us as a kleptocracy,” he added. “America really should stand for more than that.”

Shaub, who stepped down from his post in July, said Trump did not appear to be violating any…

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