Trump Jr. Blurs Line Between Business And Politics In India Trip

A Trump-branded complex under construction in Guragon a fast-growing city outside New Delhi Feb. 16 2018. India is the Trump Organization's biggest international market with four real estate projects underway The Trumps and their partners pitch buyer

A Trump-branded complex under construction in Guragon a fast-growing city outside New Delhi Feb. 16 2018. India is the Trump Organization's biggest international market with four real estate projects underway The Trumps and their partners pitch buyer

India is the Trump Organization's biggest worldwide market, with four real estate projects under way. The move comes following the announcement a year ago that the organisation would not enter into any new overseas deals while Trump is president.

Donald Trump Jr.is pulling out all the stops on a visit to his company's biggest global market.

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 ads show a picture of Trump Jr. with the headline: "Trump has arrived". Modi will also speak at the summit on the topic of "Preparing India for the Future".

Some people here say the Trump Tower newspaper ads were crass, since the average annual income for people in India is less than $2,000, making that luxury lifestyle far out of reach.

However, corruption watchdogs are criticizing, saying the Trump family is cashing in on the President's name. Tribeca Developers is the official representative of Trump Organisation in the country.

President Trump handed over the reins of his business empire to sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, before his presidential inauguration.

Construction of the Gurgaon apartment complex outside New Delhi is expected to be completed by 2023.

Images of the president and Ivanka Trump have been removed from advertisements in India, but still local buyers associate the company's brand with the president.

A similar arrangement promoted by the developers, Tribeca and M3M, to fly buyers to NY to meet Trump Jr was described by the former Obama corruption watchdog, Norman L Eisen, as an "ethics atrocity". Trump is billed as a keynote speaker, along with Prime Minister Modi.

Being projected as a coveted brand to be possessed by a privileged few, Trump Tower, on the city's Eastern Metropolitan Bypass, comprises 136 units of luxury apartments in a G plus 38-storey-high structure.

The Trumps' partner in Pune is Panchshil Realty, which was co-founded and is run by two brothers, Atul Chordia and Sagar Chordia, who are active in the Opposition Nationalist Congress Party and who have a longstanding relationship with the head of the party, Sharad Pawar. The Trump Organisation gets a cut of the sales, with payments increasing if the units sell above market rates. Perhaps Modi or his friends will be interested in a condo, too, since numerous actual units have yet to be sold.

The dinners - and a massive advertising campaign before the trip by one of Trump's Indian business partners - have reignited criticism from ethics experts.

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