Trump announces Dec. 15 news conference to discuss leaving business

Steve Holland and Doina Chiac

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday he will be leaving his far-flung business "in total" to focus on running the country and will outline the plan in a Dec. 15 news conference with his family.

Under pressure to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, Trump announced his plans in a series of tweets but did not explain exactly what he would be doing with his assets.

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"I will be holding a major news conference in New York City with my children on December 15 to discuss the fact that I will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" Trump said.

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Trump said he is not required by law to alter his relationship with his business, but added: "I feel it is visually important, as President, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses."

"Hence, legal documents are being crafted which take me completely out of business operations. The Presidency is a far more important task!" he added.

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