Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worst for president Donald Trump, they did. The New Yorker just released a bombshell report revealing a corrupt operation tying a Donald Trump hotel to Iran’s revolutionary guard.
According to the report, the Trump International Hotel & Tower Baku — conceived in 2008 as a luxury apartment building but converted in 2014 into a hotel — has never opened, and both local observers and international experts are baffled by the building’s existence.
Former top official in Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Tourism wondered why the building would be place there. “Why would someone put a luxury hotel there?” he said. Nobody who can afford to stay there would want to be in that neighborhood.”
A Raw Story report states that “U.S. officials believe that official, Ziya Mammadov, laundered money for the Iranian military, although no formal charges were brought against him or his son, Anar Mammadov — who is Trump’s partner in the Baku hotel venture.”
The Trump Organization’s chief legal officer, Alan Garten, dismissed any concerns by saying the company never engaged directly with Mammadov.
But in the report written by Adam Davidson of the New Yorker, he stated that he spoke with an Azerbaijani lawyer:
“He told me, ‘We were always following their instructions. We were in constant contact with the Trump Organization. They approved the smallest details.’ He said that Trump staff visited Baku at least monthly to give the go-ahead for the next round of work orders. Trump designers went to Turkey to vet the furniture and fabrics acquired there. The hotel’s main designer, Pierre Baillargeon, and several contractors told me that they had visited the Trump Organization headquarters, in New York, to secure approval for their plans.”
Ivanka Trump also was involved in the project, according to the Azerbaijani lawyer:
“She had very strong feelings, not just about the design but about the back of the hotel—landscaping, everything.” The Azerbaijani lawyer said, “Ivanka personally approved everything.”
You can read the whole report here.