A group of Trump Hotel executives have retreated behind the glass walls of an office at Trump Tower in Panama where they were seen carrying boxes of documents for shredding, The Associated Press reports.
According to the news agency, executives from the Trump Organization, involved with the management of the building, are refusing to comply with a termination notice levied by the hotel’s owners’ association. Instead, according to the AP, “Trump’s managers retreated behind the glass walls of an office where they were seen carrying files to an area where the sounds of a shredding machine could be heard.”
“The hotel owners’ team and its allies were barred by Trump Hotel staff from entering the room containing the building’s closed-circuit TV system as well as key computer servers for the hotel and apartments that share the property. In response, they shut off power to the room — bringing down phone lines and internet connections within the building.”
As of last night, “lawyers, notaries, and rival security personnel” had begun negotiations on behalf of the Trump Organization and the ownership group that they refuse to leave the area where the sounds of a shredding machine could be heard.”
The report also notes that on Friday night, lawyers, notaries and rival security personnel gathered at the hotel in Panama City while talks were underway to prevent the conflict from deteriorating further.
It should come as no surprise that Donald Trump’s business career has led him into some shady dealings. Last November, Reuters reported that Alexandre Nogueira, the Brazilian businessman who in 2007 helped facilitate funding for the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City, had secured investments related to the project — Trump’s first international hotel property — from, among others, a convicted Columbian money-launderer, suspected human trafficker from the Ukraine, and a Russian operative who once did five years in an Israeli prison for kidnapping somebody. Additionally, it was reported that Norueira pocketed deposits on some units in the building, double-sold others, and is currently under investigation in Brazil for laundering money himself.
Representatives of the Trump Organization declined to comment.
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