holdings are hotels and golf resorts from Panama to Scotland,
besides a winery and modeling agency. Legal experts say the only
way he could entirely avoid conflicts of interest would be to
sell his global holdings.
Last month Trump said he would hold a news conference on
Thursday to spell out how he would separate himself "in total"
from his worldwide business holdings.
"The announcement will be in January," Trump spokesman Sean
Spicer said on Monday, without giving any reason. The Republican
president-elect has not held a news conference since winning the
Nov. 8 election.
After Trump's victory, his company, the Trump Organization, said
it was looking at new business structures with the goal of
transferring control to Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric
Trump, three of his children who are involved with the company.
In a series of messages on social network Twitter, Trump said he
would leave his businesses before taking office on Jan. 20, to
focus on the presidency.
"Two of my children, Don and Eric, plus executives, will manage
them," Trump tweeted late on Monday. "No new deals will be done
during my term(s) in office."
The messages did not mention a role for Ivanka Trump in the
businesses. Trump added that he would hold a news conference in
the "near future" to discuss business matters, his cabinet picks
and other topics.
In a series of tweets last month, Trump said, "Legal documents
are being crafted which take me completely out of business
operations." He did not say what the planned change might mean
for ownership of his businesses.
(Reporting by Steve Holland in Washington; Additional reporting
by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Writing by Eric Beech;
Editing by Mohammad Zargham and Clarence Fernandez)
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