Steven Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Treasury Secretary, gets on an elevator after speaking with reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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businesses to avoid conflictsPresident-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday he's leaving his business empire to focus on being the nation's 45th president, declaring he can successfully avoid conflicts of interest between governing and profiting in the private sector.Trump did not provide any details about how he planned to separate from his businesses, though he said legal documents were being prepared.Ethics experts have pushed for Trump to fully exit the ownership of his businesses using a blind trust or equivalent arrangement.The onetime Goldman Sachs banker, together with Wilbur Ross, Trump's nominee for commerce secretary, outlined Trump's economic agenda, including what Mnuchin called the largest tax overhaul since the Ronald Reagan administration, in an interview on CNBC.Trump was slated to meet Wednesday with another potential secretary of state pick, retired Marine Gen. John Kelly.
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