(Reuters) – US President Donald Trump’s candidate to head the Department of Agriculture said in Senate ethics disclosure forms that he would place his assets, which include partial ownership of a grain trading company, in a blind trust.
Republican Sonny Perdue was appointed to head the department the day before Trump’s inauguration. Progress on its confirmation has been slow, with media reports suggesting that undoing its various business entanglements caused the delay in ethics filings.
Representatives for Perdue did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment on the delays.
The divestment plan was revealed in documents posted online over the weekend by the US Government Ethics Office.The submission of the ethics filings is a key step towards possible confirmation.
Perdue, the former Georgia governor, also said he would resign from his positions with the National Grain and Feed Association, the Board of Governors of the Center for Bipartisan Policy and the Georgia Agribusiness Council.
Perdue has received strong support from agricultural trade groups. The Senate Agriculture Committee has not yet released a schedule for its confirmation hearings.
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