According to a new report on Forbes Magazine, President Donald Trump used a White House meeting with Georgia Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvililast to talk about a long-stalled real estate project.
Citing two former Trump business partners, the magazine reported that Trump brought up plans to build a Trump Tower in the former Soviet state.
As president, Trump has vowed to not be involved in making deals that benefit his businesses and has instead given responsibility for running his businesses to his sons, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. But he has done the opposite.
Trump first unveiled plans to build a Trump Tower in the Georgian city of Batumi in 2011, according to an article published in The New Yorker.
The publication writes that the proposed deal to fund the tower’s construction raised concerns about whether the project would be used as a vehicle to launder money:
“The deal, for which Trump was reportedly paid a million dollars, involved unorthodox financial practices that several experts described to me as ‘red flags’ for bank fraud and money laundering. Moreover, it intertwined his company with a Kazakh oligarch who has direct links to Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin.”
A groundbreaking ceremony for the tower was held back in 2012. However, the project has completely stalled since then and workers haven’t even dug any foundation for the proposed tower due to the lack of payment.
You have to wonder, what secrets will Mueller find when he investigates the President’s foreign deals?