Despite President-elect Donald Trump’s announced plans to sever bonds with his real estate empire over concerns of possible conflict of interest, the New York businessman responded Saturday to a CNN report blasting the cable giant for advancing a story he intends to maintain a relationship NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice, while serving in the White House.
Reports by @CNN that I will be working on The Apprentice during my Presidency, even part time, are ridiculous & untrue – FAKE NEWS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2016
Following a Friday television appearance where campaign manager Kellyanne Conway hinted Trump may continue in his role as a credited executive producer of the television series, which is entering its 16th season, CNN said the president-elect would indeed remain attached with the show.
During the CNN interview, Alisyn Camerota inquired if Trump’s relationship with the show would persist, to which Conway drew a comparison between The Celebrity Apprentice and the amount of time President Obama has spent on the golf course during his two terms in office.
“He’s a very transparent guy. Everyone can see what he’s doing, and the fact is that he is conferring with all types of experts who tell him what he can do and not do as President of the United States. If this is one of the approved activities, then perhaps he will consider staying on,” Conway said.
Conway’s words led to a firestorm of criticism among Democrats.
Although Trump’s Twitter denial did not defend Conway, it was clear he was directing his rage at CNN for manipulating his campaign manager’s language. Conway never stated Trump was committed to remaining with The Celebrity Apprentice; rather, Conway indicated Trump would consider his association with the reality show.
Mr. Trump is expected to announce his strategy for separating himself from his real estate holdings during a Dec. 15 press conference in New York.
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