Poll: Majority of Americans think Trump should keep his businesses

Two-thirds of U.S. adults think Donald Trump needs to choose between being president or a businessman, but slightly more — 69 percent — believe it goes too far to force him and his family to sell their business empire to avoid conflicts of interest.

The first Bloomberg National Poll since the election shows 51 percent of those surveyed are very or mostly confident the billionaire businessman will put the nation’s best interests ahead of his family’s finances when he deals with foreign leaders.

The president-elect has has made a vague pledge on Twitter that he will seek to distance himself from his businesses to avoid any appearance of a conflict, although ethics experts have suggested that selling his corporate assets is the only sure way to separate them from his new position of power. He’s scheduled a Dec. 15 news conference to address the topic.