As president, Mr. Trump would have the authority to make a vast range of decisions that would directly impact his substantial net worth. Tax, regulatory, monetary, and environmental issues, among others, would raise obvious conflict of interest issues that would have to be addressed before Mr. Trump could assume the duties of president. For example, Mr. Trump has campaigned on a promise to implement massive cuts in personal and corporate taxes, which most economists agree would result in much larger budget deficits and therefore higher interest rates in order to avoid inflationary pressures; this is certainly the record of what happened following the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003. Would Mr. Trump be willing to place his real estate empire in jeopardy because of higher interest rates in order to live up to a campaign promise? How should we view his promise to eliminate the estate tax, a change of enormous benefit to the wealthy, including himself? The man's demonstrated proclivity to focus solely on himself when presented with an issue leaves little doubt as to which course he would pursue.