Conflict of Interest? Trump Sons Go to Dubai for Golf Complex
U.S. President Donald Trump’s sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump are expected to visit Dubai this week to open a Trump-branded golf complex in what many see as a conflict of interest between the Trump real estate business and his new job as U.S. president.
Trump’s sons will be the guests of honor for the opening of the Trump International Golf Club Dubai on Feb. 18, according to an invitation sent to guests by Dubai-listed developer DAMAC Properties.
DAMAC and real-estate mogul Trump announced in 2013 it would build the complex in its US$6 billion, 28-million-square-foot ‘Akoya by DAMAC’ development. DAMAC pays a licensing fee to the Trump Organization to use the Trump brand.
Last month, then-President-elect Trump said he turned down a US$2 billion deal offered by DAMAC Chairman Hussain Sajwani because he did not want to “take advantage.”
Trump has been criticized for not distancing himself enough from his family business, the Trump Organization, since he was elected president in November. In January before his inauguration, the Trump organization pledged not to pursue any future projects outside of the United States.
But Trump has maintained ownership of his global business empire, though he has handed control to his sons while he is president. U.S. presidents are not legally required to give up business or investments while in office.
Watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics is suing President Trump, claiming that his business ties violate a clause in the constitution which prohibits the acceptance of payments from foreign governments by U.S. officials.
Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates came out as one of the few Muslim countries to defend Trump’s now-suspended travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries and all refugees.
As thousands in the U.S. protested at major airports against the bans, the UAE’s foreign minister said Trump’s executive order was an “internal affair” and not meant against Islam.
Oil-rich Arab countries in the Persian gulf have also subtly expressed happiness over Trump’s victory as they expect him to implement aggressive policies against their regional enemy Iran as well as potentially supporting their interests in Yemen and Syria.
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