Steve King: Not 'unethical' for Trump kids to get security clearances

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“I do not think it’s unethical,” he told host Chris Cuomo on CNN’s “New Day” Wednesday. "I think what’s really ethical is him suspending his business endeavors to serve our country."


“If Donald Trump, president-elect, wants to bring his family members into high-level positions where they would need security clearance, I do not have a philosophical or legal or logical reason why that shouldn’t happen,” King added.

“This is a new era, a fresh start. I think we should give the president some room. His interests go completely to the United States of America.”

Reports emerged Monday that Trump is seeking top-secret security clearances for three of his adult children.

Trump has purportedly asked the White House about giving such credentials to Eric, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, as well as Ivanka's husband, Jared Kushner.

King on Wednesday said there is precedent for presidents having close relatives serve in their administrations.

“I mean, I look back at John F. Kennedy when he was elected. He appointed his little brother Bobby to be attorney general. I don’t remember this discussion at all and I watched it pretty closely back then.”

King added it would prove difficult ending concerns about conflicts of interest due to the size of Donald Trump’s business ventures.

“He has a huge empire that he’s built that needs to be operated and run efficiently,” he said.

“I don’t know how you could ever get to that point where you assure everyone that there wasn’t some kind of crossover of knowledge base that wouldn’t be helpful to the Trump empire.”

Donald Trump earlier Wednesday called reports he is seeking security clearances for his children “a typically false news story.”

Critics have argued Donald Trump’s dual roles in business and politics could become a conflict of interest for his future White House.