Conflict of Interest? Trump Sons Go to Dubai for Golf Complex

As ethics lawyers file a lawsuit alleging President Trump receives money from foreign states, his sons will go to U.S.-ally UAE for business.

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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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3 Responses to "Conflict of Interest? Trump Sons Go to Dubai for Golf Complex"

  1. Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  February 18, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Trump ran against Hillary because the Clinton Foundation was used as an “Emoluments”-laden enterprise.

    Yet Trump shut down the Trump Foundation because he did not register as a “Not For Profit” in New York.

    Now, by Executive Order, Trump exempts himself from the U.S. Constitution’s “Emoluments Clause.”

    The word “Chutzpah” comes to mind. Chutzpah on steroids… ;-).

  2. wjabbe  February 16, 2017 at 3:23 am

    As one might expect Congress and the President have totally sold out the country in their dismal failure to pass meaningful conflict of interest laws with teeth in them to prevent such conflicts by almost every member of government, Congress, Supreme Court, all Federal Judges, President and Executive Branch, Military, Generals, Pentagon and on and on and on. Obviously the totally sold out and corrupt Congress wouldn’t want to end the revolving door for soft high paid jobs of government officials when they leave government and enter industry to use their influence to get more government jobs. Our country is a totally corrupt disgrace. Former presidents should not even be permitted to benefit from inflated book royalties. America has the best government money can buy. This is why it is a national disgrace.

    • Khalid Talaat  February 16, 2017 at 8:29 am

      Wjabbe … graft has and will always been present among those who trade in power. What is realy alarming is how it is done right in full view. Thete is no limit of shame any longer.

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