The subject of President-elect Donald Trump's extensive foreign real estate holdings has already become a source of controversy for the New York businessman. After reports circulated yesterday — and were subsequently denied by both sides — that Trump allegedly brought up some red tape that was holding up construction on a Trump property in Buenos Aires with the President of Argentina, the controversy has intensified. Democrats in particular have openly questioned how Trump can impartially direct United States foreign policy with countries where he has major business holdings, and many have called on Trump to divest his real estate holdings — those in foreign countries in particular.
For his part, Trump has steadfastly refused to entertain the notion, defiantly stating on Twitter that this is a fake controversy created by his ever-present nemesis, the "crooked media":
Prior to the election it was well known that I have interests in properties all over the world.Only the crooked media makes this a big deal!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1479780861.0
Congressional Republicans have been slow to openly criticize Trump for apparent or potential conflicts of interest that might arise, even though the potential for at least the appearance of a conflict of interest is readily apparent.
However, Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) has demonstrated no such reticence, criticizing Trump for virtually inviting the same kinds of criticism that he leveled against the Clinton Foundation and challenging Trump to fulfill his promise to "drain the swamp" of public corruption:
You rightly criticized Hillary for Clinton Foundation. If you have contracts w/foreign govts, it's certainly a big… https://t.co/QQaMn80sy3— Justin Amash (@Justin Amash)1479787959.0
Amash is no stranger to controversy within his own caucus. As one of the more doctrinaire libertarians in the Republican caucus, Amash's stances on issues ranging from the economy to foreign policy have frequently brought him into conflict with GOP leadership, who have even in the past recruited challengers to run against him in primaries in his own district.