This will be a surprise…Trump, despite promising that he would have nothing to do with his businesses, has already broken that promise by meeting with his Indian business partners in his Trump Tower office.
Trump’s children, Ivanka, Donald Jr., and Eric, who are part of his presidential transition team, also attended the meeting with Atul Chordia, Sagar Chordia and Kalpesh Mehta, according to India’s Economic Times.
The business partners are building a Trump-branded luxury apartment complex south of Mumbai. A picture of Trump standing alongside the men while giving a thumbs up was posted on Twitter earlier this week.
Atul & Sagar Chordia, Kalpesh Mehta meets U S President Mr Donald Trump at Trump Towers New York office just now pic.twitter.com/v7D3Uqx03d
— DEVENDRA JAIN (@shubham9601) November 15, 2016
The Hill states, “A spokeswoman for Trump told The New York Times that the three Indian real estate executives flew from India to congratulate Trump.
“It was not a formal meeting of any kind,” said Breanna Butler, a Trump Organization spokeswoman.
Butler and Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Trump, declined to comment when asked by the Times if the meeting included any discussion of Trump businesses in India or expanding that business.
But Donald Trump Jr. showed interested in expanding the business further in India, Mehta told the Economic Times.
A former deputy editor at GQ India told the Times that he hosted an event at Sagar Chordia’s hotel during the presidential campaign, saying the Indian businessman expressed “elation” about the opportunities Trump’s candidacy could bring.”
Trump currently has five luxury projects in India including a Trump Tower, a 46-apartment block with Panchshil Realty in Pune, and an under-construction 300-apartment project in Mumbai’s Lower Parel with the Lodha Group. These are not equity joint ventures. Trump has lent his name to the projects in return for payment.