Trump Jr. Blurs Line Between Business And Politics In India Trip
- Author: Jon Douglas Feb 20, 2018,
Feb 20, 2018, 18:34
Trump Jr. responded to the latest claims by arguing that he's been building relationships in India for years, reported BBC News, and that his itinerary during the trip was created to "steer clear of politics".
"For many people wanting to impact American policy in the region, the cost of a condo is a small price to pay to lobby one of the people closest to the president, far away from watchful eyes", Libowitz said.
The White House refused to comment on whether Trump Jr's trip would present a conflict of interest, according to The New York Times.
"The Trump Organization has hosted events for its residential owners in the past", a spokesperson for the Trump Organization said at the time, in a statement shared by Tribeca Developers. Currently, the Trump Organisation has 5 projects in India, making the nation Trump brand's largest brand outside the US. An apartment in the Trump Towers complex in Gurgaon runs between $775,000 and $1.5 million.
He will also visit the cities of Kolkata, where a new project is set to break ground, and Pune, the only project that has been completed of the four.
The Trump Organization has licensing agreements with all its Indian business partners, who build the properties and acquire the Trump name in exchange for a fee.
Starting on Tuesday, Trump Jr., 40, will be meeting with investors and business leaders in cities where the Trump Organization has real-estate projects - in Mumbai, Kolkata and the New Delhi suburb of Gurgaon. Its interiors are designed by HBA Studios, which has been described as "one of the biggest names in luxury interiors."> In Pune, two towers of 23 stories each are being constructed over an area of 268,000 sq ft in collaboration with Panchshil developers.
Government transparency campaign group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (Crew) said in a report released last month that President Trump was profiting from his businesses as a result of being president.
"What is to stop a foreign national with interests before the USA government from asking Don Junior to raise some issue or concern with his father?" And even though President Trump is still a beneficial owner of the family business, he is not subject to conflict of interest laws, as the president is exempt.
The overlap in India between father and son creates a spectacle with few parallels in business and diplomacy. Some apartments are on the market for more than $1 million. Trump Jr.'s visit to India is expected to reinforce the trend.