President Donald Trump’s eldest son has arrived in India for what is being called an “unofficial” visit to promote his family’s real estate projects.
On Tuesday morning, Donald Trump Jr. mingled and posed for photos with Indian developers who are building Trump-branded luxury apartment complexes in several Indian cities, MSN reported.
Clinton subtly shaded Trump Jr. in her response to user @GuardianRover, who tweeted: “Imagine if Chelsea Clinton was paid to give a foreign policy speech while Hillary Clinton was president…”
Clinton retweeted and quipped, “My imagination doesn’t stretch this far.”
My imagination doesn’t stretch this far: https://t.co/bhoWSaiadz— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 19, 2018
As The Washington Post noted, the president did not divest himself of his businesses when he took office, instead turning over the day-to-day operations of his company to sons Don Jr. and Eric. Eric Trump told the Post last year that “the company and policy and government are completely separated. We have built an unbelievable wall in between the two.”
While plans for the projects that Trump Jr. is promoting in India were reportedly made before his father was elected, watchdog groups — and critics on Twitter — argue that Trump Jr.’s visit is a “conflict of interest.”
Walter Shaub, former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, and others made similar arguments on Twitter.
More exploitation of the presidency: Selling access to Trump's son, who "runs" dad’s phony trust. As part of this marketing blitz, imaginary foreign policy expert Don Jr. will speak about foreign policy at an event where India's Prime Minister is speaking. https://t.co/HLAKJz6xKC— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) February 20, 2018
Or the news that Jr is in India flogging Trump properties to the wealthy but is also giving a speech about foreign policy. Bit of a conflict of interest I'd have thought.— Jon (@jonos100) February 20, 2018
Why go through the typical lobbying and disclosure process when you can pay for access to the president's son... https://t.co/6zxM9Rk2ig— EASY ABBY director (@juicyplanet) February 20, 2018
“Bit of a conflict of interest,” one commenter said of Trump Jr. mixing real estate meet-and-greets with foreign policy remarks.
“Why go through the typical lobbying and disclosure process when you can pay for access to the president’s son,” another tweet said.