NEW YORK — Donald Trump told ABC News on Wednesday that he would never sell his company if he were president.
The presumptive Republican nominee was asked about a report that he had agreed to sell the Trumps’ business to China.
Trump responded, “I will never sell.
You know, I don’t have any interest in the business.”
He also said he doesn’t have much time to waste on politics.
“I’ll probably be in office for the next eight years,” Trump said.
“But I don, you know, you just gotta be careful about that.
I mean, you can’t just spend all that time with it, and then go home and just, you’ve got to make sure it’s right for you.””
It’s a very, very complex business, you’ll have to be very careful about, you don’t want to run it,” he added.
“And I’m not going to do it for the sake of it, because I know that’s going to be a big issue in 2020, but for the long term, I would never do it.”
Trump, who is set to speak at the UN General Assembly later Wednesday, also said that he thinks China has a “great opportunity” to “create an open-door policy” with the United States.
He said that “the whole world is watching” the UN summit and has “real concerns” about China’s growing influence in the world.
“I don’t think we’re going to have an open door policy.
I think the whole world knows it,” Trump told reporters.
“They know that China’s trying to get into our business.
We’re trying to keep them out.”
China is currently the world’s second-largest economy and the second-biggest exporter of goods and services.
The Trump Organization has been the subject of a wide-ranging U.S. investigation for alleged tax evasion and other alleged misdeeds.
Trump, whose presidential bid has largely been overshadowed by the investigation, has not publicly commented on the ongoing investigation.
Trump’s remarks were the latest in a string of controversies surrounding his business empire.
In February, a former Trump associate said he had given $1.9 million to the Clinton Foundation in exchange for political favors and favors for a Chinese-born businessman, Anthony Scaramucci.
In April, Trump was accused of violating ethics laws by making illegal campaign contributions.
And in September, he was accused by more than 20 women of sexual harassment and assault.