The Trump Organization has pledged to avoid new foreign dealings while the company’s namesake is in the White House, but a deal which was signed prior to that promise will soon take President Trump’s sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, to India to launch two residential projects, according to a report in The Washington Post.
The two projects, a Trump-branded tower in Kolkata and apartments in the capital city of New Delhi, join three other active Trump Organization projects in India.
In a statement to the Post, the Trump Organization said, “We are long term, extremely bullish on India. 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 Trump risks exposing himself to potential corruption investigations.
“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.”
In May, it was reported that Trump has gone back on his pledge to donate profits earned from foreign governments to the U.S. Treasury in an effort to avoid conflicts of interest. NBC News claimed that Trump hotels were not tracking all possible payments from foreign governments, despite the President’s promise.
The Constitution’s emoluments clause prohibits the president from receiving foreign gifts. Trump did not divest his assets after being elected, and instead put his business empire into a trust controlled by his two sons.