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Why is Trump Jr's dinner offer in India being criticized?

Donald Trump Donald Trump
| 20 February, 2018, 20:51

Trump Jr. will also deliver his maiden speech in India where he will speak on "Reshaping Indo-Pacific Ties: The New Era of Cooperation" at a global business summit on Friday.

United States President Donald Trump's eldest son Donald Trump Jr, who is on a week-long visit to India, landed here on Tuesday.

One of the dinners, for people who have pre-booked condos in Trump Towers near New Delhi, was heralded by a series of front-page ads in two of the country's biggest newspapers over the past few days.

But Trump Jr. did not respond to a question from CNN outside the New Delhi meeting about whether his visit to the Trump Organization's biggest worldwide market would fuel concerns about mixing business and politics.

Trump Jr is also expected to attend the Global Business Summit in New Delhi during Feb 23-24, where senior Indian politicians are likely to be present.

The Trump family does not own or build any of the properties. Eric Trump told The Washington Post past year that "the company and policy and government are completely separated". The Trump Organization's spokesman did not return calls or emails requesting comment.


Apartments worth $70 million have been sold since the Gurugram towers project was launched in early January said Amit Sharma, spokesman for the Gurugram developer. Residents will have a clubhouse, an infinity edged temperature-controlled indoor pool, a spa, fitness centre, a fine-dining restaurant, business centre, and in-residence catering.

On Thursday he will be in India's business capital, Mumbai, where he is to quaff champagne with the city's elite at a reception hosted by the Lodha Group, the real estate company that is building the golden-hued Trump Tower there. The Trump Organization has more business entities in India than in any other foreign country, financial filings show, with licensing bringing in estimated payments of $1.6 million to $11 million since 2014.

The rest of the details of Donald Trump Jr's itinerary are not yet clear, despite repeated emails to the Trump Organisation and its Indian partner Tribeca. As with most of its foreign deals, the Trump family licenses its name to the projects, collecting hefty royalty fees but avoiding risky investments.

The election changed that, he said, meaning the kids now have to step in.

Daniel S Markey, who helped coordinate the US State Department's South Asia policy during the George W Bush administration, said: "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 freaky". "She has a better public image".

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