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Trump team defends Donald Trump Jr. role in transition

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President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team defended Wednesday the involvement of Trump’s eldest son in the selection of cabinet appointments despite criticisms that his inclusion blurs the lines between Trump’s government and business interests. 

Pointing to Donald Trump Jr.’s publicly announced position on the transition’s executive committee, spokesman Jason Miller swatted aside any concerns. 

“The transition team has been very transparent and the fact that Donald Trump Jr. is on the transition team — he’s the one helping us form this government and put things together, we’ve announced that right from the beginning,” Miller said. 

“It only makes sense that a transition team member was active in that process.”

Politico first reported that Trump Jr., an avid outdoorsman, had been involved in the selection of the new administration’s secretary of the Interior, now expected to go to Montanta Rep. Ryan Zinke (R). 

{mosads}Critics are questioning Trump’s son’s level of involvement considering his likely future helping to run his father’s businesses. 

The president-elect postponed a press conference scheduled for Thursday where he planned to outline how he would separate himself from those business interests. 

Trump later took to Twitter to announce he would leave his businesses to both of his sons, Donald and Eric, as stewards, writing that “no new deals will be done” during his time in office. 

But that hasn’t quelled concerns of those who argue that Trump’s business interests should be completely separate from the transition team already to ensure no conflicts.  

Democrats continue to raise potential concerns about Trump’s businesses. On Wednesday morning, Democratic lawmakers warned that the president-elect will be in breach of his contract with the General Services Administration if he does not sell his interest in his new Washington, D.C. hotel, which is in the government-owned Old Post Office building.

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