Trump Jr. Busted Trying To Cash In On Father’s Presidency By Offering Dinner To Foreign Investors: Report
Donald Trump Jr. is openly seeking to cash in on his First Family status by offering Indian property investors an exclusive “dinner and conversation,” The Guardian reported Monday.
From the Guardian:
“Prospective investors in a Trump Tower project near Delhi are being offered a conversation and dinner with Donald Trump Jr. as part of a marketing campaign that has drawn criticism from corruption watchdogs.”
Full-page advertisements reading “Trump is here. Are you invited?” featured on the front page of three Indian national newspapers at the weekend ahead of a visit by the US president’s son to India this week, according to The Guardian.
Trump Jr. took on day-to-day control of the Trump Organization when his father became president in 2016. However, ethics lawyers warned of clashes of interest between the White House and the Trump Organization’s finances, with President Trump remaining the owner.
Those who purchase an apartment before Tuesday in a tower block the company is developing with local partners in Gurgaon, about an hour south of Delhi, will be invited to dine with Trump Jr. on Thursday, The Guardian reported. Some apartments are on the market for more than $1 million.
Daniel S. Markey, who worked on South Asia policy for the State Department during the George W. Bush administration, expressed surprise at Trump Jr.’s involvement in the deal.
“The idea that the president’s son would be going and shilling the president’s brand at the same time Donald Trump is president and is managing strategic and foreign relations with India – that is just bizarre,” he told The New York Times.
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.
It pointed to reports in Indian media that prices of apartments in Trump Organization branded developments in India had soared by up to 30 percent since Trump took office.
A similar arrangement promoted by the developers, Tribeca and M3M, to fly buyers to New York to meet Trump Jr was described by the former Obama corruption watchdog, Norman L Eisen, as an “ethics atrocity”.