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Some Trump practices mimic what he rapped Clinton for

President-elect Donald Trump spoke to reporters at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach on Dec. 21.Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump is adopting some of the same practices for which he criticized Hillary Clinton during their fiery campaign, such as installing Wall Street executives in his Cabinet and giving prominent roles to political donors.

A number of former employees of the Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs will have a major part in crafting Trump’s economic policy.

He has tapped Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn to lead the White House National Economic Council. Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary nominee, spent 17 years at Goldman Sachs and Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor, started his career as an investment banker at the firm.


On the campaign trail, Trump derided what he said were Clinton’s close ties to Wall Street. “She’s totally controlled by Wall Street and all these people that gave her millions,’’ he said at a May rally in Lynden, Wash.

But Trump has stocked his Cabinet with six top donors — far more than any recent White House has. ‘‘I want people that made a fortune. Because now they’re negotiating with you, OK?’’ Trump said in a Dec. 9 speech in Des Moines.

Linda McMahon, incoming administrator of the Small Business Administration, gave $7.5 million to a super PAC backing Trump, more than a third of the money collected by the political action committee.

Trump has denounced Clinton for what he calls her mingling of business and politics.

‘‘It is impossible to figure out where the Clinton Foundation ends and the State Department begins. It is now abundantly clear that the Clintons set up a business to profit from public office. They sold access and specific actions by and really for I guess the making of large amounts of money,’’ he said at an August rally in Austin.

While the president-elect has promised to separate himself from his businesses, there is plenty of overlap between his enterprises and his immediate family.


His companies will be run by his sons, Donald Jr and Eric. And his daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have joined Trump at meetings with world leaders of countries where the family has financial interests.

In a financial disclosure he was required to file during the campaign, Trump listed stakes in about 500 companies in at least 25 countries.

Ivanka Trump, in particular, has been made early efforts to leverage her father’s new position into profits.

After an interview with the family appeared on ‘‘60 Minutes,’’ her jewelry company, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, blasted out an e-mail promoting the $10,800 gold bangle bracelet that she wore during the appearance. The company later said they were ‘‘proactively discussing new policies and procedures.’’

Ivanka Trump is also auctioning off a private coffee meeting with her to benefit her brother’s foundation. The meeting is valued at $50,000, with the current top bid coming in at $25,000.

In the October presidential debate, Trump promised to push for an investigation into Clinton’s handling of her State Department e-mail.

‘‘If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation, because there has never been so many lies, so much deception,’’ he said.

Since winning office, Trump has said he has no intention of pushing for an investigation into Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server as secretary of State or the workings of her family foundation. ‘‘It’s just not something that I feel very strongly about,’’ he told The New York Times.


During the campaign, Trump also criticized Clinton for holding few news conferences. ‘‘She doesn’t do news conferences, because she can’t,’’ he said at an August rally in Ashburn, Va. ‘‘She’s so dishonest she doesn’t want people peppering her with questions.’’

Trump hasn’t held a news conference since July 27.