Donald Trump Jr arrives in India, to dine with luxury flat buyers

It is easier to do business in India than in China says Donald Trump Jr

Donald Trump Jr. on "Hannity".

Trump Jr, who will later this week share stage with prime minister Narendra Modi at a business summit here, said India represents the biggest market outside the U.S. for the New York-based company.

India is Trump Organisation's biggest global market, with projects in four cities - Mumbai, Pune, Gurugram and Kolkata.

While no progress has been made on the towers so far, with construction slated to begin only "in March", officials claimed the project has already clocked Rs 500 crore worth of bookings, selling over two units a day since its launch in mid-January.

The project, Trump Towers Delhi-NCR, to be developed by Trump's exclusive India partner Tribeca Developers and Delhi-based realtor M3M India.

"Trump is here - Are You Invited?" the headline of one ad reads, before offering home buyers the opportunity to pay about $38,000 to "join Mr. Donald Trump Jr. for a conversation and dinner". It is one of four projects that The Trump Organization is now involved with in the country.

The president, who enjoys widespread popularity in India, was greeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a bear hug in Washington in June, and the two leaders have frequently discussed greater military cooperation and ramping up trade.

He will also visit the cities of Kolkata, where a new project is set to break ground, and Pune, the only project that has been completed of the four.

Ethics experts have questioned President Trump's efforts to separate himself from his businesses, saying a pledge that the Trump Organization will not sign any new deals while he is in office is not enough to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

The Trump family does not own or build any of the properties.

"What is to stop a foreign national with interests before the USA government from asking Don Junior to raise some issue or concern with his father?"

"The planned speech by Trump Jr. has renewed conflict of interest concerns, with some questioning why the US President's son will be lecturing on foreign policy while simultaneously trying to hawk his family business's lavish new condominiums", The Washington Post reported.

"The overlap in India between father and son creates a spectacle with few parallels in business and diplomacy", says Singapore's The Strait Times. Some apartments are on the market for more than $1 million. Trump Jr's visit to India is expected to reinforce the trend.

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