We are still almost 2 months from Trump being inaugurated, and he is already breaking the rules.
According to Talking Points Memo, when Argentine President Mauricio Macri called Donald Trump to congratulate him on his election, Trump allegedly asked Macri for help with a real-estate deal in the South American country.
According to reports, Trump asked Macri to deal with some permitting issues currently holding up a Trump project in Buenos Aires. The complications, tied to financing and building materials, have allegedly been a problem for Trump for a number of years.
The story was not reported in the English press until a report in La Nacion quoted one of Argentina’s most prominent journalists, Jorge Lanata, as saying that “Macri called [Trump]. This still hasn’t emerged but Trump asked for them to authorize a building he’s constructing in Buenos Aires, it wasn’t just a geopolitical chat.” Shortly after the story hit English-speaking media, a Macri representative told a PRI/BBC reporter that “They didn’t talk about the tower at all.” The spokesman added: “It’s absolutely untrue.”
Here’s the background.
For a number of years, Trump and his Argentine partners have been trying to build a major office building in Buenos Aires. The project has been held up by a series of complications tied to financing, importation of building materials and various permitting requirements.
According to a report out of Argentina, when Argentine President Mauricio Macri called President-Elect Trump to congratulate him on his election, Trump asked Macri to deal with the permitting issues that are currently holding up the project.
This comes from one of Argentina’s most prominent journalists, Jorge Lanata, in a recent TV appearance. Lanata is quoted here in La Nacion, one of Argentina’s most prestigious dailies. Said Lanata: “Macri called him. This still hasn’t emerged but Trump asked for them to authorize a building he’s constructing in Buenos Aires, it wasn’t just a geopolitical chat.”
The Trump campaign has responded, saying, “Any reports alleging a discussion about personal business interests between President-elect Trump and President Macri are completely untrue. The Argentine President and his office have also refuted these baseless claims.”