Is he lying? I don’t understand. I hate everything.
H. Nemesis Nyx

So, most federal employees cannot take actions that will benefit them. The President (and the president only) is exempt from this rule. The reason is that the President takes sweeping actions that benefit the whole country. If s/he was never allowed to do anything s/he benefited from s/he would literally not be able to do her/his job.

Eric Lipton covered it on Fresh Air last night.

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