India substantially 'above board for business' compared to China: Donald Trump Jr

Donald Trump Jr in an interview said he has been cultivating relationships in India for a decade and that his company was now seeing the response of that effort

So far, 75 people have booked flats at the Trump Tower in Gurugram, and the number of investors is expected to rise to 100 by Wednesday, an employee of Indian developer Tribeca told AFP.

Donald Trump Jr. will travel to India this week to promote his family's real-estate projects - but will also deliver a foreign-policy speech while appearing at an event with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Two weeks ago, Trump phoned Modi pledging "to strengthen security and economic cooperation" between India and the US. While the projects that the younger Trump is promoting in India were agreed to before his father was elected, ethics experts have long seen the use of the Trump name to promote even existing business ventures as tricky territory.

Government transparency campaign group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (Crew) said in a report released last month that President Trump was profiting from his businesses as a result of being president. "For many people wanting to impact American policy in the region, the cost of a condo is a small price to pay to lobby one of the people closest to the president, far away from watchful eyes". CREW has filed several complaints against the Trump administration. The Trump Organization's spokesman did not return calls or emails requesting comment.

"I had no idea that Trump built property around the world before this development was launched", said Hitesh Khanna, who is helping sell units at the Trump towers in Gurgaon through a local real estate brokerage firm. The buildings, where flats run from $780,000 to $1.6 million, have private elevator service, in-residence catering and an indoor swimming pool.

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During his visit, Trump Jr will also visit Kolkata, where the construction of a project with 137 luxury units is set to soon begin. In fact, he will launch two real estate projects - one in Gurgaon near Delhi and the other in the eastern city of Kolkata.

The invitation has sparked concerns of a possible conflict of interest. Don't worry, said Eric, shortly before the Inauguration: "There is kind of a clear separation of church and state that we maintain, and I am deadly serious about that exercise".

Trump Jr. responded to the latest claims by arguing that he's been building relationships in India for years, reported BBC News, and that his itinerary during the trip was created to "steer clear of politics". The election changed that, he said.

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