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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First Published on: November 20, 2016 11:18 am
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    Urcorrect
    Nov 20, 2016 at 1:35 pm
    You are the mental asylum!
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      Partha
      Nov 20, 2016 at 1:31 pm
      IT department should immediately raid the businesses of the three.
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        A.Choudhury
        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.
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          Kannada First
          Nov 20, 2016 at 11:48 am
          Absurdity at its best. Are you coming out straight from a mental asylum?
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            Kannada First
            Nov 20, 2016 at 11:57 am
            China and stan have all the reasons to lose sleep.
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              JayHind
              Nov 20, 2016 at 11:11 am
              Trump knows hindus are the if
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                Don Lockman
                Nov 22, 2016 at 10:35 am
                It's only conflict-of-interest if a Democrat does it.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The New Law Of America:lt;br/gt;IOKIYAR
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                  SP
                  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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                    intolerant indian
                    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:48 pm
                    no absurdity in thoughts . all true facts placed .
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                      ProdyotPran
                      Nov 20, 2016 at 11:06 am
                      I read and reread your comment to find some logic in your words. I found none. I think I should have known that. But, this is the first time I am coming across your hollowness. I will remember it next time I come across you. - In fact, you could have made some creative comments on the news item. You had the choice. But, you chose only to criticise a comment of a commentator. - You may not know that communist China was not even a member of the security council initially. China entered late. One country was thrown out to accommodate China. If you read history of the UNO you will come across this piece of 'not at all secret and clified' information. - So you see, nations can be thrown out if the Consution, or the charter in this case, is changed. - Anyway, cannot ask fools and ignorant to go to Mars.
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                        ProdyotPran
                        Nov 20, 2016 at 10:32 am
                        Trump will be good for India in the overall scenario.lt;br/gt;If he takes back jobs from us for his countrymen we cannot fault him.lt;br/gt;He is a nationalist and he too will try the best for his countrymen.lt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;But, I am sure Trump will show stan the door and ist India in effectively handling this banana country.lt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;In the international sphere too Trump will side with India.lt;br/gt;We have a strong chance to occupy a seat in the expanded Security Council.lt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;In fact China should be thrown out of the security council and India should be inducted as it's replacement.lt;br/gt;China is not a democratic country.
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                          ProdyotPran
                          Nov 20, 2016 at 11:47 am
                          WOW!lt;br/gt;Choudhury, I did not realise that I was a celebrity for people to ignore the main news item but to make comments on my comments that too not under my comment thread :-P lt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;Moreover, it does not matter where and how long you have been living abroad or for how long you have been globetrotting.lt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;Also, as far as I know the security council does not take into consideration how many medals a country wins to offer that country a seat in the august body.lt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;If geographical size is one of the criteria then France and UK should not be there.lt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;And, as far as I know,neither economic affluence is considered for the membership.lt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;So, where is your logic?lt;br/gt;You simply made some gutteral noise without any logic.lt;br/gt;At least in my initial comment I mentioned that as China is not a democratic country it should be thrown out of the SC.lt;br/gt;That is something to consider to begin with.lt;br/gt;How can a non democratic repressive country be allowed to occupy a seat in the SC?lt;br/gt;Just because it wins hundreds of medals, is exponentially larger than India, and has an affluent economy need not mean that it deserves to be in the SC?lt;br/gt;Letting China continue in the SC is a historic ber. lt;br/gt;We need to correct it.lt;br/gt;We need to initiate a movement against China.lt;br/gt;It could be a fair beginning.lt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;And, everybody talks about 'Whatever' Tony Blair too; about the US too; about Erdogan too, but for all the wrong reasons.lt;br/gt;So, everybody talking about somebody does not make that somebody a saint.lt;br/gt;'Everybody talking' is not a logic.lt;br/gt;Everyone talked about Hitler too, right?
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                            ProdyotPran
                            Nov 20, 2016 at 11:59 am
                            You got it.
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                              VGSS Reddy
                              Nov 20, 2016 at 9:00 pm
                              Dont ever think Trump can do anything. It was a match fixing between Democrats and Republicans. Hillary is always happy with the benefits she gets in losing . She benefited by losing with Obama and now with Trump.
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