Conflict of interest? Donald Trump meeting with Indian businessmen raises questions

Sagar Chordia, Atul Chordia, and Kalpesh Mehta are building a Trump-branded luxury apartment in south Mumbai

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 20, 2016 12:19 pm
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President-elect Donald Trump last week met three Indian real-estate investors who are constructing a luxury apartment complex  in South Mumbai under the Trump brand. The meeting took place at Trump Towers in Manhattan, New York. He took time out from planning his transition to the Oval office to meet with the businessmen. A spokeswoman for Trump said it was a routine courtesy call and the three flew from India to congratulate Trump on his victory. “It was not a formal meeting of any kind,” Breanna Butler, a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, told Washington Post.

Sagar Chordia, Atul Chordia, and Kalpesh Mehta are building a Trump-branded luxury apartment in south Mumbai and their meeting has now raised doubts over Trump’s ability to separate his business interests from the White House. Trump’s spokesperson refused to comment when asked whether he discussed plans on expanding his businesses in India during the meeting, the New York Times reported.

The Economic Times, however, quoted the businessmen as saying they had discussed about expanding operations under the Trump brand. The report also stated that Washington ethics lawyer said Trump’s meeting with Indian businessmen raised conflict of interest.

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  1. U
    Nov 20, 2016 at 1:35 pm
    You are the mental asylum!
    1. P
      Nov 20, 2016 at 1:31 pm
      IT department should immediately raid the businesses of the three.
      1. A
        Nov 20, 2016 at 11:21 am
        You are an . China's economy is more than 4 times of India, China's area is more than 3 times of India, in Olympics China gets about 100 medals and India may be 2 or 3. I am living in North America for about 25 years travelling to Europe, India and Asia every year, engaged in financial and Commercial world. Everybody talks about China but very few people talk abut India. You are recommending China should be expelled and India should be included in Security Council because of so-called Democracy in India. Dubai, Shanghai has no democracy, Singapore has very limited form of democracy, whereas city off Calcutta/Kolkata has full fledged democracy. Even a mad man will not want to immigrate to Kolkata or in fact in any city of India from Dubai, Singapore, Shanghai. In democratic India almost 400 million people live in abject poverty and illiteracy, their lives are worst than the lives of Cats and Dogs in Western World. You have not seen the world and have no idea about it. Indians are suffering from tremendous inferiority complex in relation to China. In India, democracy is actually a mobocracy. Hitler was elected by democratic system by the people of Germany.
        1. K
          Kannada First
          Nov 20, 2016 at 11:48 am
          Absurdity at its best. Are you coming out straight from a mental asylum?
          1. K
            Kannada First
            Nov 20, 2016 at 11:57 am
            China and stan have all the reasons to lose sleep.
            1. J
              Nov 20, 2016 at 11:11 am
              Trump knows hindus are the if
              1. D
                Don Lockman
                Nov 22, 2016 at 10:35 am
                It's only conflict-of-interest if a Democrat does;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The New Law Of America:lt;br/gt;IOKIYAR
              2. S
                Nov 20, 2016 at 12:01 pm
                As of now he is a president-elect. What about US Governments lobbying in favor of US businesses with foreign governments? I don't see any conflict of interest. Should he stop running his businesses?
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