President Trump’s sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump are expected to launch two new Trump Organization residential projects in India despite Trump’s promise his company would not pursue any foreign deals during his presidency to avoid potential conflicts of interest with foreign governments.
The two projects, a Trump-branded tower in Kolkata and apartments in the capital city of New Delhi, will join three other active Trump Organization projects in India.
The project deed was signed before the Trump Organization’s pledge to avoid new foreign dealings during Trump’s presidency, according to the Washington Post.
“We are long term, extremely bullish on India,” the Trump Organization boasted in an email to the Post. “The success of our existing projects and the strong inquiries that the teams are seeing from upcoming projects even before launch has been incredible. We are optimistic about the future and very proud of our existing presence in the market.”
Richard Painter, a former ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush, said that the president risks exposing himself to potential corruption probes.
“A company owned by the president of the United States shouldn’t be risking potential corruption investigations and working with foreign government officials who may be corrupt,” Painter told the Post. “They shouldn’t be trying to do all these deals all over the world. It just isn’t working.”
The Constitution’s emoluments clause strictly prohibits the president from receiving foreign gifts.