Trump’s disastrous retreat from Syria raises new questions about his financial interests in Turkey JOHN HALTIWANGER, SONAM SHETH OCT 19, 2019, 1:41 AM
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Here’s what we know about Trump’s business ties in Turkey:
The Trump family has extensive business ties in Turkey, and Trump in a 2015 interview with Breitbart suggested there could be a conflict of interest.
“I have a little conflict of interest because I have a major, major building in Istanbul,” Trump said at the time. “It’s a tremendously successful job. It’s called Trump Towers – two towers, instead of one, not the usual one, it’s two.”
Trump Towers Istanbul continues to generate revenue for Trump as part of the Trump Organisation.
Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and a White House adviser, travelled with her father to Turkey for the launch of Trump Towers Istanbul in 2012.
Ivanka directly thanked Erdogan in a tweet. Trump also tweeted about it a few times.
Trump licenses his name to the owner of the building and made $US1 million to $US5 million in royalties in 2015 and 2016. And he made $US100,001 to $US1 million for 2017 and 2018, according to his financial disclosures.
Turkish business magnate Aydin Dogan owns the building. The Dogans invested $US400 million in Trump Towers and Trump has boasted about their “great friendship.”
The Trumps also have a close relationship with Mehmet Ali Yalcindag, Dogan’s son-in-law, who’s the president of the Turkish-American Business Council (TAIK).
In 2017, TAIK held a conference the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, which was attended by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, according to NBC News.
Yalcindag in an interview last year expressed hope that Trump would make foreign policy decisions that give Turkey more power to address regional issues and problems near its borders (Syria borders Turkey). He signalled that businesspeople were ready to act to help alleviate tensions between Ankara and Washington.
There have also been four Turkish-government related events at Trump’s hotel in Washington, according to CREW.
Trump has also been scrutinised for his financial interests in other countries, including Russia and Saudi Arabia. His frequent and repeated capitulation to the leaders of both countries has raised questions about whether the president was motivated by personal interests when dealing with them in an official capacity.
Trump’s financial ties to Russia, in particular, were central to the former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. They’re also a key focus for the House Intelligence Committee as it conducts an impeachment inquiry looking at whether the president used his public office for private gain.https://www.businessinsider.com.au/trump-business-ties-turkey-hotels-syria-2019-10?r=US&IR=T