Donald Trump says he dumped his stocks six months ago because he assumed he'd win and didn't think it would be appropriate for him to be making 'deals for this country' that could benefit him personally.
'I thought I was very much going to be winning,' he said Wednesday in a phone interview with Today show host Matt Lauer. 'And I think I would have a tremendous, a real conflict of interest owning all of these different companies.'
The president-elect said he made no secret of the sell-off: 'I let everybody know.'
Trump sold off his shares of Energy Transfer Partners, the owner of the Dakota Access pipeline, and Boeing in June, along with his other stocks.