When Donald Trump initially won the bid for presidency in 2016, one of the most concerning issues was whether or not he would be able to keep his business interests separate from public office. Despite the president claiming that this would not be a problem as a result of a blind trust he was establishing to have his children operate the business while in office, it is become increasingly clear that such interests influence official decisions.
Most recently, Donald Trump Jr. announced a trip he was taking to India, which initially was solely for business and promotional related issues. However, while on his trip, Trump Jr. claimed that he will be making a speech that would otherwise be saved for political officials. He is reported to be speaking at an event entitled “Preparing India for the Future,” which is a foreign policy event that will be attended by various diplomats in the country.
— Mark Landler (@MarkLandler) February 18, 2018
Don Jr. is visiting India to promote family real estate projects.
He’s also planning to deliver a foreign policy speech at an event with Indian PM Modi—despite the Trumps pledging that “the company and policy and government are completely separated.” https://t.co/PWPpHFWDrB
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 19, 2018
Trump Jr., who is also the executive vice president of The Trump Organization, will be speaking on new ties between the two countries, and a new era of cooperation in the region. The Trump Organization has real estate-related interests in the country, licensing their last name on buildings and signing contracts with building owners that members of the Trump family will visit for promotional reasons, as a means of providing an extent of assurance to those who undertake the massive, and fairly risk, projects.
For the third consecutive day on the first page of the Times of India. Must we all wake up to Donald Trump Jr’s face every day? A sad reflection on the Times in India. pic.twitter.com/AzH59yQp5D
— Debak Das (@DebakD) February 19, 2018
"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 bizarre" https://t.co/oVxItCh7lQ
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) February 19, 2018
At the same time that the president is working to deepen ties with India, it is coincidental that his son just so happens to currently be on a business trip to the country. Although President Trump vowed that the blind trust will be duly upheld, certain indications, such as Don Jr.’s trip, provide insight into the fact that the operations of the Trump Organization may not be as entirely under the hands of his children as expected. With Don Jr. also conducting his travels accompanied by the Secret Service, it is yet another means by which the Trump administration has effectively used taxpayer money to fund external ventures.
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