Trump's Praise for Dubai Business Partner Points to Yet Another Conflict of Interest
During his private New Year’s Eve celebration at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida., President-elect Donald Trump made an announcement which thrust yet another conflict of interest into the spotlight.
“Hussain [Sajwani] and the whole family, the most beautiful people, are here [in the Grand Ballroom] from Dubai tonight. And they’re seeing it and they’re loving it,” Trump said in the clip recorded by an attendee.
Hussain Sajwani is a the billionaire CEO and founder of the DAMAC Group who partnered with the President-elect in 2008 to build the Trump International Course Dubai. But Trump and Sajwani's second joint project is set to open in 2018.
Following the event, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway defended Trump's remarks amid criticism.
"This man is allowed to have a New Year's Eve celebration with his friends, or his business partners, or his acquaintances," Conway told CNN's Anderson Cooper.
"I spent a lot of time at Mar-a-Lago during this break, including I had dinner with the Hussains one night. ... Hussain and his wife, absolutely lovely people," she added.
President-elect Donald Trump will be inaugurated on January 20. While he has promised to address the future of his unprecedented web of international dealings, Trump abruptly cancelled the press conference regarding such issues mid-December.
"No new deals will be done during my term(s) in office," Donald Trump tweeted.
Presidency. Two of my children, Don and Eric, plus executives, will manage them. No new deals will be done during my term(s) in office.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1481603521.0